Overland Leeds (U.K) to Sydney

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by gs-ell, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. gs-ell

    gs-ell Been here awhile

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    We're starting to plan an overland trip to Sydney.
    I'm after some advice as we start plotting the route.

    The plan is UK - Sweden - Finland - Russia - Mongolia - China - SE Asia - Australia.

    Whats the best mapping system to use, I've used google maps to plot most of the journey, but am looking for a suitable system to plot and upload to the GPS.

    Any advice welcome, we're going in 2019, and will be doing several trips before then to prepare!

    All the best
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    Good luck with your planning and trip, having done a similar one I can say it will be a great experience. I would suggest going through Central Asia aka the stans rather than Russia as there is a lot more to see and try to include India which is a fascinating country to visit.
    If you are not already I would suggest signing up for the HUBB and get along to one of their meetings before setting off.
    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/
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  3. gs-ell

    gs-ell Been here awhile

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    great
    thanks for the info, will look in to your route suggestions also.

    Many thanks
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  4. Pecha72

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    Doing China on your motorcycle will be quite expensive. Only from the Stans via Western China and the Karakoram Highway to Pakistan could be a bit cheaper, cos your route in China is shorter.
    I went Turkey > Iran > Pakistan > India 10 yrs ago, there should be no big obstacles on that route, except maybe getting Iran/Pak visas for some nationalities. Security in Western Pakistan may be an issue but I really don't know the current situation. Carnet for vehicle would be needed, but you'll need it anyway, if you want to ride Indonesia. Nowadays you can do Burma, too, but not without a guide, that naturally costs money. Sadly Thailand, from this year, seems to have changed to a somewhat similar procedure, in the past it was very easy.
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  5. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    I wouldn't over think the fine detail of maps. We've just arrived in Greece after after 15 months coming the other way. We've used open source street maps on a 590 LM Garmin and it works quite well I've uploaded the whole world it no issues.

    We also use Mapsme on the phone, particularly when tracking down accomodation in a particular location are some other attraction.

    Do bring and use paper maps, Reise are the preferred and are indispensible when planning. Far better than any app or digital map.
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  6. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    PRC = People’s Republic of Changes, very interesting and variying country, most travellers miss out on the beauty across certain China regions. All I can say, prepare everything well in advance and be fully aware, China will be quite costly and complicated due to restrictions travelling & entering with overseas motor-vehicles due to required government guides and all the associated special permits.... enjoy and post up a ride report, cheers!
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