The Pacific highway in it’s older form was a far more interesting road than it is now. Twisting and turning its way around every mountain and valley. Surveyors earned their money in those times because gradients needed to be milder for lower powered vehicles with drum brakes.

Now new highways can have huge cuttings and even modest powered vehicles need not rest to cool engines half way up ranges like I remember as a young boy on these roads.

The edges of this road are very slippery so be careful to avoid.

Another old part of national highway is Bulahdelah to Booral nearby. Not sure it still exists but this used to have double yellow centre line. This yellow line marking was once used on all our National road system. The Bucketts way was the original route Sydney to Brisbane and then it was decided to build a new alignment to the east. What they did was upgrade this road so people could use the new eastern Pacific hway to here then cut back over to the old Bucketts because they were still building the river bridges north of here.

I have removed the original post as it was too old, please open the map full screen to view listing of all roads.



  1. Anonymous

    The old highway at Buladelah is agreat bit of road and is in reasonable condition, sure beats the new highway. I travell it every time I ride up the coast, beautiful bit of road through the forest.
    I travelled along the Booral to Buladelah road a few months ago, bought back memories as I can vaguely remember travelling it as the highway when I was a kid. Yes it was a long time ago. Rough in places, tight corners that wind through the bush, but a ton of fun. Very quiet, no one else on the road the trip I did.

  2. Anonymous

    I'm riding the Booral to Buladelah road with a group of friends tomorrow, I've not ridden it before so I'm looking forward to it. The old highway near Buladelah is called Wooton Way, it's great fun (on a bike or in a car) and I also travel on it whenever I'm near it. If your in the general vacinity and have the time try Washpool/Booral Road and Bingleburra Road between Dungog and Gresford.
    Cheers, Shaun

  3. Haven't done this on a bike (got into bikes after moving to the UK), but used to love this road in a car.

    There's one corner that is one of my favourite places in Australia – travelling north it's a hard down-hill left-hander, with a magnificent stand of tall, white gums and tree ferns in the valley straight ahead.

    When I come home to Aus (with my BMW 1150GS) I'll be straight back there.

    Thanks for the road report!


  4. Its now called The Wooten Way. The leaves that collect on the side of the road give it a real forest feel.


  5. I ride it every time I go up the coast to Taree.
    Fantastic road approx 22km long 4 lanes wide in places with no one on it.Also takes no longer than going on the new boring motorway.

  6. I've ridden the Wooton Way twice in a many months, each tome a road crew was patching holes. Usually very quiet now with more bikes than cars

  7. It is best to be circumspect on the Booral/Girvan/Buledelah Road – I have found BDouble quarry trucks each time I have ridden it lately.

  8. Once again my previous replies have been lost but thanks to everyone for the feedback.

  9. Has anyone ridden this road of late. What was the condition such as potholes, rough surface etc

  10. Has anyone ridden the Booral to Buladelah rosd of late. What was the condition of road such as potholes etc

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