INTRO Just over 8 years ago in 2010 my best mate Mark and I did a Gold Coast to Cape York trip on 650’s, following the Great Dividing Range and trying to do as much dirt as we could. Well, next year in Feb 2019 we are planning to do a similar trip but this time down to Tassie and back with a couple of mates joining us. Planning the new trip got me back onto the Adventure Rider forums to see what others had done down south. It made me realise that the time riders take to post their epic rides not only provides a great story but also provides heaps of useful information to help plan your own trip. A big shout out to @bull600 for his entertaining and helpful trip posts of Tasmania and the Alps which have been invaluable references for our next trip. It also got me thinking I should post our original Cape York trip photos and tracks up, which may be of use to others. I was able to find the photos and tracks and also the four email updates we sent the families. For simplicity I have posted the email updates and just inserted the photos, so it is all there. The Gold Coast to Cape York was our Part 1 of the Great Dividing Range Top to Bottom, and Tassie will be Part 2 to be posted sometime in March 19. So here we go!