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Old 04-17-2015, 01:18 AM   #1
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Bundy to Canberra - Any tips - where to stay, what to do, etc.?

Hey folks

I'm planning a trip down to Canberra from Bundaberg on my WR250R - hopefully leaving on the 27th of April.

I will be travelling solo so I won't be going on any dirt

I will be heading down via Brisbane (staying overnight) - then making my way to Casino, well, Mummulgum (staying a night there too) - the rest, although not set in concrete, goes something like this:
Tenterfield
Glen Innes
Armidale
Tamworth
Muswellbrook
Bathurst
Goulburn
Canberra

...And return:
Queanbeyan
Nowra
Picton
Windsor
Singleton
Maitland
Pt Macquarie
Coffs Harbour
Grafton
Yamba
Woodburn
Casino
Kyogle
Brisbane
Bundy

I have 4 weeks (possibly more?) and, if I can stand the cold (I've got extra thermals packed and heated grips in the post ) and weather permitting (and I'm going okay), I may even try and head on over to Adelaide.

I haven't done this trip before, let alone solo, so I'm just seeing if anyone can suggest any places to stay / visit, things to do / see on the way?

I am working out my journey with the Motorcycle Atlas in hand and have tried to include as many of the 200 Top Rides as possible. So far, my trip includes 9) Mt Lindesay Hwy, 24), The Lions Road, 27) Nemingha to Wallabadah, 31) Putty Road, 16) Bells Line of Road, 28) Oberon to Goulburn - and on the way back: 19) Clyde Mountain, 22) Kangaroo Valley and 18) Bucketts Way.

Any suggestions / advice will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers Nikki

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Old 04-17-2015, 01:35 AM   #2
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You need a medal! Try the old Grafton Road ( Grafton - Glen Innes ). Interesting easy gravel road.

Try Armidale, Walcha Nowendoc then Gloucester Via Cooplacurripa ( lovely gravel sections through farmland ).

From Gloucester either over Barrington ( good gravel ), Muswellbrook, Putty rd or via Dungog, Singleton, Putty rd.

Instead of using the Putty rd ( boring as bat shit ) think about Singleton, Broke, Wollombi then St Albans ( a lovely section of gravel ) Wisemans Ferry then on to western Sydney.

Don't be in any way afraid of the gravel sections I have put in. All fairly well used and as safe as any tar road.

There is plenty to do and see along the way. I guess it depends on how long you plan to ride each day.

I live near Muswellbrook ( Miserybrook ) and wouldn't advise staying overnight unless you are prepared to pay for a more expensive motel room!
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:50 AM   #3
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Haha! Thanks Rider 101. Time will tell, I may only get as far as Tenterfield and turn back - but I'll give it a good Aussie go!!!

I love gravel - my only issue is IF I do come off, I am out there alone and, unlike my TTR230, there is no way in hell I can lift the WR up! I'm a 5-foot-something, 60kg weakling...

I think it'd be wise for me to get some dropping / lifting practise in before heading off...
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Get someone to give you a hand first. Lay the bike over then back up to it and lift it backwards. There is only 20kg difference between the two bikes!

The gravel bits I have suggested are well populated so don't be afraid of using them.

Just remember to watch out for skippy. I am currently languishing on the bed after launching my WRR250 at a roo . Needless to say I came off second best and have a lovely titanium rod in my left shin

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Haha! Thanks Rider 101. Time will tell, I may only get as far as Tenterfield and turn back - but I'll give it a good Aussie go!!!

I love gravel - my only issue is IF I do come off, I am out there alone and, unlike my TTR230, there is no way in hell I can lift the WR up! I'm a 5-foot-something, 60kg weakling...

I think it'd be wise for me to get some dropping / lifting practise in before heading off...
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:24 AM   #5
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Get someone to give you a hand first. Lay the bike over then back up to it and lift it backwards. There is only 20kg difference between the two bikes!

The gravel bits I have suggested are well populated so don't be afraid of using them.

Just remember to watch out for skippy. I am currently languishing on the bed after launching my WRR250 at a roo . Needless to say I came off second best and have a lovely titanium rod in my left shin
Thank you - will do. :) ...But I'm putting a bigger tank on it too so it will be even heavier!!! :p

Ouch!!! I thought the WR's were tougher than that! Yes, I will be watching for everything - I've only ever done one solo ride before, and that was only into Bundy!!! Haha! I've been a learner for a couple of years and have done a fair bit on dirt - including a trip from Cairns to the tip of Cape York last year - but I only just got my opens last week!
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Hardly a mark on the bike. Biggest dent was my pride!!

If you did Cape York you will have no probs with the roads I have suggested.

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Thank you - will do. :) ...But I'm putting a bigger tank on it too so it will be even heavier!!! :p

Ouch!!! I thought the WR's were tougher than that! Yes, I will be watching for everything - I've only ever done one solo ride before, and that was only into Bundy!!! Haha! I've been a learner for a couple of years and have done a fair bit on dirt - including a trip from Cairns to the tip of Cape York last year - but I only just got my opens last week!
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:37 AM   #7
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If you need a spot tracker you can borrow mine.

and even the heated vest if you need it just wires up to your battery & has a switch on the cable that you can turn on and off.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:23 AM   #8
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Depends on what you like & what you what to see. Yep, compared to Bundy it will be "fresh", we normally get our first frost around Anzac day weekend but the daytime temps are normally ok. Canberra has the war memorial, Questacon science center, the National arboretum, Art gallery etc, etc. Nice bit of day trip riding through the Brindabellas or towards the coast. Your only a couple of hours from the coast & could head back toward Picton through Nowra, Kangaroo Valley & Bowral. Take the old "loopline" from Mittagong through Hill Top & Thirlmere to Picton. We do have the ADV get together at Delegate ( about 160km south of Canberra near Vic Border on the 16th of May as well. If you need somewhere to park up Mrs DD & I are about 40km from Canberra & have room & workshop if needed.

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Bells Line should have been taken out of the Atlas. Don't bother.
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Hardly a mark on the bike. Biggest dent was my pride!!

If you did Cape York you will have no probs with the roads I have suggested.
- hope you heal quickly.

Thanks very much for all the info and advise.
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If you need a spot tracker you can borrow mine.

and even the heated vest if you need it just wires up to your battery & has a switch on the cable that you can turn on and off.
Hey Hodgo

I'm going to take Derek's spot tracker and should be alright without the vest, thank you. I've bought a new, fully quilt-lined Dririder jacket (and neck warmers, long thermals, etc.) and I'm planning on only riding for 4-5 hours a day so (hopefully) should miss the extreme morning cold and should well and truly have pulled up for the night before the late afternoon.

Thanks very much anyway!
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Depends on what you like & what you what to see. Yep, compared to Bundy it will be "fresh", we normally get our first frost around Anzac day weekend but the daytime temps are normally ok. Canberra has the war memorial, Questacon science center, the National arboretum, Art gallery etc, etc. Nice bit of day trip riding through the Brindabellas or towards the coast. Your only a couple of hours from the coast & could head back toward Picton through Nowra, Kangaroo Valley & Bowral. Take the old "loopline" from Mittagong through Hill Top & Thirlmere to Picton. We do have the ADV get together at Delegate ( about 160km south of Canberra near Vic Border on the 16th of May as well. If you need somewhere to park up Mrs DD & I are about 40km from Canberra & have room & workshop if needed.

Enjoy the ride!!
Awesome! Thanks Dennis.

Will definitely go to the War Memorial - and the Science Centre if I have time (if I've enjoyed the ride as much as I'm hoping to, and I'm not too cold , I may go on to Adelaide and, if that's the case, I will only have a day or so in Canberra).

I'm planning on heading home via Picton through Nowra, Kangaroo Valley & Bowral so I'll keep and eye out for the loop line - and if I'm any where near Delegate on the 16th I'll give you a holler!

Thanks very much again.
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Bells Line should have been taken out of the Atlas. Don't bother.
Thanks Woody - I'll more than likely be taking this road anyway as I'll be going from Karrajong to Lithgow - unless Lithgow via Katoomba is better?

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Instead of Bells, turn right (when heading south) further north and do the Bylong Valley Way and then you can head down to Bathurst to ride Mt Panorama.
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Instead of Bells, turn right (when heading south) further north and do the Bylong Valley Way and then you can head down to Bathurst to ride Mt Panorama.
Excellent! Will do - thanks Matt.
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