Thanks for all of the replies. I have booked with a company to hire a 2013 GS1200 LC bike - i have test ridden it here in the UK and it is an awesome machine to ride The plan now is to ride from Sydney to Perth. If i had sufficient time it would be Syd - Mel - Dar - Perth just to make sure i don't miss out any relatives. I have just been reading about the Oz wildlife - ekk!:eek1 Snakes and Spiders - Jesus! Browns/Funnel Webs/Death Adders and one other snake that are always aggressive and will go for you rather than sliver away!?!? not encouraged to read that a small spider will kill you instantly or in less than 30 mins and a snake will kill you in 4 hours...Hmm - how on earth do you guys survive down there! Not sure camping will be safe enough for a pommie like me.