Malcolm Turnbull may have been in Bomaderry to deliver promises about fixing Gilmore roads, however he shunned car travel for a leisurely train ride down the South Coast.
Boarding the 7.24am Kiama train from Central, the opposition communications spokesman used the meandering journey through the northern Illawarra to catch up on work and conduct interviews with the media.
This strategy backfired slightly during his chat to ABC Illawarra, when his phone service dropped out around Coalcliff.
The Mercury managed to catch up with Mr Turnbull as he travelled between Wollongong and Unanderra stations, asking him why he had decided on the three-hour journey between Edgecliff and Bomaderry.
"I like trains and it takes longer obviously, but not a lot longer, and I can get a lot of work done," he said.
"And it's a very, very pretty trip so whenever I get the chance to get the train down the South Coast I do."
It also gave him the chance to highlight his party's plans to fix mobile black spots.
"This is a very big policy difference between Labor and the Liberal Party," he said.
"We've announced a $100 million program to rectify mobile phone black spots ... we are aware, in regional Australia in particular, the biggest communication headache is not broadband but mobile phones not working."
Gilmore candidate Ann Sudmalis joined Mr Turnbull on the train between Kiama and Bomaderry, where the pair alighted to announce $15 million in funding for Shoalhaven roads and conduct a forum on broadband at Bomaderry Bowling Club.
"[The funding] is obviously going to improve a number of key roads in the area, but the bulk of it is to plan the third crossing over the Shoalhaven River," Mr Turnbull said.
Although charged with announcing spending on roads in the southern Illawarra, the communications spokesman admitted he didn't know enough about the Coalition's plans to say whether it would keep Labor's $42 million budget commitment to upgrading Mount Ousley.
"I'm not an encyclopaedia on roads," he said.
Speaking in his area of expertise, Mr Turnbull pitched his views on broadband against those of Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who visited Kiama on Tuesday to switch on the NBN for 4600 homes.
He said Labor's approach offered the "best theoretical, technical solution" but provided capabilities that were "far in excess of most people's needs".
"The critical thing is just getting the analysis of the cost benefit worked out properly and using the technology that meets your requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible."
Mr Turnbull addressed rumours that Liberal candidates were being told to stay out of the media spotlight prior to the poll.
"I'm a Liberal candidate and I haven't been told to stay out of the media," he said.
"I think you'll find that our candidates are getting out and about and engaging with their constituents."