Riding In Australia
1000 km south is Sydney (reputedly a mosquito infested swamp dividing Victoria and Queensland) from whence you can ride along the east coast to Melbourne and then along the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. This trip is truly spectacular, 300 kms of twisting and winding road dotted with pretty little holiday towns, breathtaking cliff-top views, lush forests and dramatic coastal formations including the awesome Twelve Apostles which rise above the pounding surf near Port Campbell. The Great Ocean Road ranks as one of the best motorcyling roads in the country, rivalling the Oxley Highway.
Tasmania is an overnight ferry ride from Melbourne and in the summer offers magic riding through some of Australia's most beautiful World Heritage listed national parks with open grasslands, rainforests, lakes and gorges. Tasmanian events of note include the Targa Tasmania (a battalion of loonies in Ferraris and Porches barrels around the island at ludicrous speed) and the quite amazing Pylon Racing, where another band of refugees from the funny farm play chicken in souped up Cessnas.
Travelling north of Brisbane takes you up to the Barrier Reef coastal towns of Mackay, Gladstone, Townsville and eventually Cairns. Outback takes you to such places as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the opal mining towns of Central Australia, or less well known attractions such as the superb Lawn Hill Gorge and the Morning Glory of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Key things to remember when planning your trip are our climate (harsh in an outback summer), and the vast distances involved. You're not in Kansas anymore!
A little geography
Australia is almost as large as all of Europe put together, and a good deal larger than Texas. Motorcyclists on an extended trip around the continent with a diversion into the centre of Australia generally ride over 20,000 kms. Years ago blokes used to race around the country, and every couple of years someone would break the record for the round trip over some of the worst roads and through the harshest country imaginable. Two coppers finally beat the 10 day mark (well one did - the other had an altercation with a 'roo) on Z1300's back in the early 80's. That record stands, and probably will forever. Speeding is rather frowned upon these days - go fast enough, and they'll lock you up!
You will find the climate varies in Australia just as much as the geography. The climatic conditions vary greatly throughout the year and will depend on the area you are travelling through. Beware of travelling through the outback during the high summer.
Australian Motorcycle Adventures does not recommend travel in Central and Northern Australia during the summer months, as the conditions are ... hot .. damn hot.
Ideally Central and Northern Australia
should be travelled to during the winter months, when daytime temperatures
range from 15 to 30 degrees. At night it often drops to freezing temperature,
so take your woollies! The area north of The Tropic of Capricorn is subject
to monsoon conditions, with a wet and
dry season. The Wet (November to March) is subject to daily storms
and occasional cyclones. This heavy rainfall makes travel on unsurfaced
roads hazardous if not impossible. The warmer months are perfect for travel
in the coastal areas of NSW, Victoria, Tasmania (if you don't like the
weather, come back in 5 minutes), the Southern coast and areas of South
Australia and Perth and surrounding areas in Western Australia. Queensland,
so they say, is beautiful one day, perfect the next.
Australia has very good highways along most of the eastern seaboard and across to South Australia, linking the major cities. The more populated the area, the better the road conditions. Generally these areas have sealed roads, which can vary from well maintained highways to narrow sealed country roads. For the dirt bike enthusiast the secondary roads in the outback and in Central Australia are almost all unsealed. Fire trails and dirt roads through the Queensland hinterland and the Great Dividing Range are easily accessed from Brisbane. Whether you choose a road bike or a dirt bike, there is a wealth of adventure ahead.
Motorcycle Adventures recommends
that you avoid riding a motorcycle between sunset and sunrise, particularly
at twilight. Riding flat-out at kangaroo feeding time is a known health
hazard. And when camping, watch out for the dropbears.
Full comprehensive insurance is provided
on all hire bikes as part of the rental fee.
Personal Injury/Travel Insurance
Australian Motorcycle Adventures recommends you obtain this type of insurance before departing for Australia. These policies generally cover you for medical expenses incurred whilst travelling, and for theft of passport, money and personal effects.
Motorcycle Licence Requirements
An International Licence is the most convenient and popular method of riding legally in Australia and is available for short term visitors and holiday tourists. International Licences are valid for three months from the date of entry into Australia. We will accept a licence from your own country, providing it clearly defines, in English, the right of the holder to ride a Motorcycle.
Third Party Personal insurance
This is a component of motor vehicle
registration in Australia. If you are involved in a accident whilst riding
in Australia and you are at fault, then you are insured against any injury
caused by you to another person (including a pillion passenger) in the
event of an accident.
The official language spoken in Australia is Australian, which consists largely of unprintable monosyllables. For those who speak other tongues, our multicultural society has a very accessible telephone interpreting service.
If there is something we haven't
covered, please just ask us and we will help you. Please note that the
insurance comments are a guide only and not legal advice. We suggest you
obtain further information from insurance companies at home regarding personal
and travel insurance.
For more information on current tours and rentals please visit Australian Motorcycle Tours - Outback adventure tours to Uluru, Cape York and Northern Rivers.