This year the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Nationals were held on the Gold Coast at Royal Pines resort. We drove up from Victoria to the Gold Coast in the Alfa 159 2.4 JTDm, along the excellent Newell Highway at 110km/h stopping at Coonabarabran overnight. The 159 excels at long-distance touring with comfortable seats, cruise control, and good luggage capacity. It looks alright too. 1715km in nineteen hours driving time at 7.2L/100km consumption.
Alfesta was very well organised by the Queensland crew this year and the weather on the Gold Coast was perfect. The photos below are from the show’n’shine on Friday, well supported by some very interesting local cars. Saturday we drove some very pretty roads to Mt Tamborine and explored the township of Gallery Walk before returning to the coast and putting on a display at Sanctuary Cove while we ate lunch. Sunday was a lovely touring day driving through Springbrook National Park and visiting ‘Natural Bridge’ a very picturesque waterfall location. We continued south and crossed into New South Wales for a tasty lunch at the village of Tyalgum, then some lovely driving roads returned us to Queensland and the Gold Coast. A really nice way to spend Easter with some fellow car nuts, many thanks to Queensland for organising this years Alfesta.
So we turned the nose of the 159 south towards Victoria, taking a couple of days to explore the NSW north coast and then turning west to visit Mecca (Bathurst Mt Panorama) and the excellent Temora Aviation Museum before arriving back in Victoria.