Norwegian on Melbourne-Perth route

Discussion in 'Australia' started by bjornarhuse, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. bjornarhuse

    bjornarhuse Adventurer

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    Hi

    I have rented a bike to go from Melbourne feb 10 to Perth about feb 18th (for the oil/gas expo).

    Is there a route available somewhere or a list of detours to take on the trip over?

    Not to keen on doing much desert riding on a big (unfamiliar) bike on my own, so I would like to stick to the coastline if not persuaded otherwise.

    Have a Duc Multistrada in Norway and have not done much gravel/sand previously.

    Suggestions?
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  2. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

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    just stick to the coast as much as possible, great Ocean rd and then go through the Barrossa and Clare Valleys, you'll get to see the stark bits when you hit the Nullabor, turn left at Norseman and wind your way around to Perth, easy as. I envy you.
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  3. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Make sure you pack PLENTY of water.

    If Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth get weather in Feb like this week (highly likely as school will be back and we all know we get hot weather when school goes back :D) you could be riding in 40/45 Celsius heat.

    And water on the Nullabor can be a long way between stops.
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  4. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    No more than a couple of hours ride between well stocked service stations. Accommodation, fuel, water and beer. :freaky

    It's not what I would call remote. :deal It's just a long way from anywhere. :lol3
    It's too busy to be a problem re water etc. Even if your bike craps itself, the wait for a passing vehicle will be minutes not hours.

    As Bully says, if it's to be slab all the way then stay as close to the coast as you can and you'll have a great ride. I would allow 6 days to do it that way which includes a lap round the south coast of WA. :1drink
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  5. oodeano

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    Trip to the tuna farms off Port Lincoln - on a sail boat and I liked the national parks down there.

    Half day islands cruise from Esperance was great.

    Stayed in Prevelly caravan park and hit up some Margaret river winery's for lunch :D Xanadu was my fave but that was a long time ago . . .
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  6. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Bwha-ha-ha! You're sendinga a Norwegian to NORSEMAN?
    Gold!
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  7. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

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    Gotta go through Norseman , not many choices.
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  8. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Stop the night at Streaky Bay if your timing works out that way ( Approx 110 km east of Ceduna). Much nicer than Ceduna
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    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3
    Better than sending an Albanian to Albany. :D
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    I've sent a few Danes to Denmark...
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  11. oodeano

    oodeano Some Guy

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    Streaky was good too :D
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    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Bacon?
    Did anyone mention Bacon?
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    A streaker to Streaky :)

    Get a camel back and keep drinking if it`s hot. You know, any more than 46c.:rofl
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    :clap :clap
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  15. bully1

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    beautiful stretch of coast, I'd ride right around that peninsula, take in Port Lincoln ( hi Naz :wave ) Venus bay, Coffin bay mmmmm fresh oysters.:tb
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  16. jungle face

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    Hi Bjorn.
    I can offer a roof, bed and a garage if your passing through Victor Harbor.
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  17. bjornarhuse

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    Well this sounds better and better!

    I'll try to plot your suggestions to a map and see what the snail's trail will look like.

    As for Norseman; it is named after a horse, so I don't think we should look for too many similarities. Probably more authentic than Solvang, California, the "danish" city. It was tacky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solvang,_California

    Cheers! :norton
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  18. bjornarhuse

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    That middle part looks fairly desolate!?

    Are there B&Bs or similar at some interval, or will I be better off tenting on the way? Are the prices tourist-scale, or affordable along the way?

    I tried getting info off the state tourist board, but they haven't replied... :-(
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  19. bully1

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    Plenty of campsites along the way. I'ts only 2 days accross the paddock. All the roadhouses have camping areas and the food in the restaurants is pretty good.
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  20. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude so little time

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    thanks
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