So a Canadian and an American want to tour Australia.... What routes?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by malott442, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. malott442

    malott442 Slacker

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    We are going to either do it this year in our fall, or next year sometime.

    We would like to get all the way from one opposite end to another. Any suggested routes? Any "must see" sights?

    Also, what would be a great approach to acquiring a motorcycle?
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  2. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    From one opposite end to the other :huh

    Did you mean East to West or South to North ?


    we gots to know :nod
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  3. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    what is this "fall" you speak of? are you anticipating crashes or is it a reference to autumn? we speaks real english round these parts. :D

    what kind of bikes, and what kind of routes? bitumen only? easy adventure? gnarly as you can get?

    buying bikes: flea market on this site, bikesales.com.au or gumtree in the relevant state (like your craigslist) or the australian ebay.
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  4. windypoint

    windypoint Been here awhile

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    I went completely around over two of our Winters here. Sydney to Perth via Melbourne, Coonaworra, Streaky Bay and Adelaide. Then across the Nullabor to Cape Leuwin and Perth. Parked the bike in Perth and returned the next season to go over the top to Broom, Darwin and down the middle and back to Sydney. Hell of a trip, with great people experiences all the way. Great weather, food, wine and beautiful women. What more could you want?
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  5. hahnelw

    hahnelw Just Mapping Another Ride

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    Timing will be important to consider depending on what you want to do. The southern states on the east coast have some nice high country riding, but our winter June - August is not the best time as it is likely to be wet and muddy. The deserts in summer here are not a nice place to be where temps get well over the 100 degrees farenheit. In the far north our winter is also the cyclone season with vast amounts of rain dumped making many roads impassable.

    Best compromise, depending on how long you have is to start the north of the country in August/Sept and work your way south as the weather improves down there. Alternatively start down south-east in March/April and work your way into the deserts and drier country from there.

    If you can give us some idea of how much time you have it might help. Its a solid 3-4 days to drive/ride from Victoria to Western Australia on bitumen.

    Sounds like a great trip though and I'm sure once you work out where you want to go there will be some ADVers here that will be happy to show you around.

    Cheers WH
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  6. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    Better bring your own routes, our girls are off limits to furriners!
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  7. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    And your sense of humour.:D
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  8. PBee

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    I think they are after our well worn routes....:sweeti
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  9. duckslider

    duckslider unintentionaldrifter

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  10. AlSheehan

    AlSheehan Been here awhile

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    Late spring, summer and into autumn is the time to see the Snowy Mountains (Southern NSW and Northern Vic) on a bike. Great roads (tar and dirt) and scenery. See the Snowy Hydro Scheme and marvel at how flat our mountains are (some of the hills are still steep though:wink:).

    February is the time to see Tassie (marginally less rain).

    The dry season in Far North Queensland is about June to November. Lots of things to see and do. Great tar and dirt roads. Ride from Cairns to Chillagoe is interesting to watch the vegetation and terrain change as you ride - start in tropical rainforest, tablelands and into savannah. Cape York is another option, but there's heaps of others.

    If you want to go North to South, I'd suggest work your route out to criss-cross the Great divide... but that's just me, I prefer twisty mountain roads to long straight blasts.

    I'll let others comment on other parts of the country.

    Al.
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    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    :nod:
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    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    OOz is against you! In the water stingers,sharks,rips,crocs! On land spiders,snakes,bush fires, heat, floods, etc.roos ,cattle and DROP BEARS!
    Isolated desert roads,road trains,bull dust.
    What floats your boat?
    What bike are you going to ride?
    How uncomfortable you want to be?
    Off road or road?

    Get a hema motorcycle road atlas,hema desert roads,do some research,get a huge oz map and plot your tentative plan.
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  13. GMess

    GMess Been here awhile

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    Or you could bring your own bikes and convert them to right hand drive:lol
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  15. malott442

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    Oh wow! I was not expecting such a large showing..... :clap We have not worked out any solid details of any sort, we may not even be able to make it this year. He is in the Royal Navy, I'm buying a 2nd house this year.

    I personally would like to trek left to right.... But I would hate to miss the north as well. We may try to circumnavigate the coast, occasionally breaking into the middle for a bit, depending on what there is to see. I know we talked about using up to 44 days for the trip, though I am trying to talk him down a bit. My job is not liking the thought of a leave of absence, but I've told them I will give plenty notice.

    Time of year is not greatly important.

    We may ship bikes over, not sure about that though. I'm considering picking up a few KLR's over there and selling them upon departure. (Or whatever rock-solid bikes are available cheap). We will mostly do paved roads (I'm a dirt biker, he's not)

    And we are going to publish our travels independently. We are going to also try to obtain sponsorship somehow to raise money for charities. The charity last year was the Canadian VA Hospital. This year one of them is going to be the Fisher House Foundation.

    I need to scoot along and work for a bit, but will check back in tonight and reply to as many questions as possible.

    I can't go after any routes, I'm happily married. But the Canadian is fresh on the prowl! Look out! :)
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    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    On the contrary. Australians usually, "never let a chance go by" to welcome foreign visitors' to the country, especially those from your neck of the woods.

    We do feel compelled however, to advise those contemplating a visit to be aware of some of the perils to be found here, especially the Drop Bear and the dreaded Hoop Snake.
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  19. malott442

    malott442 Slacker

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    Sorry for the delay, very busy lately! Well, we have bad news. My riding buddy is not able to make the trip this year. I don't feel comfortable doing it alone, so it'll have to wait.

    I'll make sure that I get adequate training in drop bear defense, and stock up on hoop snake repellent.


    On a serious note:

    Can you rent a scooter or motorcycle in Tasmania? How dangerous (serious this time :) ) is it to go alone?
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  20. hahnelw

    hahnelw Just Mapping Another Ride

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    Hi Mallot,

    We are planning a trip to Tassie in early December this year. Might be able to catch up if you are thinking of a similar time frame? You can hire bikes in Tassie. The one I know about is:

    http://www.motoadventure.com.au/

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers


    WH
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