Riding Australia

Australia is, geographically, one of the biggest countries in the world, just behind the USA and Canada, but with a tiny population of twenty-five million. Anyone wishing to ride Australia must be aware of the cast distances between towns. Closer to the coast, where most people live, the lengths are not as high. A traveller can ride for thousands of kilometres in the centre of Oz without seeing another human. In this vast land scenery varies from area to area, sometimes monotonously dull.

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

This is probably one of the most famous roads in Australia. Bikers beware in busy times other tourists are doing their own thing, and stop at viewpoints to enjoy the scenery, and some are rubbernecking with the resultant confusion. On the road between Torquay and Allan’s Ford are the Twelve Apostles which have been named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world – worth a stop! Other natural attractions include the famous waves at Bell’s Beach and the fishing village of Port Fairy. Charter a helicopter and see the Apostles from the air plus other magnificent scenes such as the Shipwreck Coast.

In the Great Otway National Park north of Melbourne, you will pass over and through the numerous waterfalls and gorges. Enjoy treetop walks or try the zipline, thirty meters above the forests. Stop and taste the best of Australia’s wines and platters of cheese at the many vineyards and restaurants. You will pass many vineyards, but remember you’re on two wheels. Visit Warrnambool to view Australia’s wildlife with koalas, roos and emus, and if you’re fortunate, the strange duck-billed platypus with a bush wise Aboriginal guide. When getting near to Logan’s beach, keep an eye out for the whales which come to the warm waters to give birth and also view the seals at Cape Bridgewater. At the famous beach at Queenscliff, you may be lucky enough to swim with the dolphins, so take your trunks!

When in the Melbourne make sure to stop at William Ricketts Sanctuary and wonder the forests to see his sculptures of Aboriginals hidden in the fern beds and behind the creepers and trees, mainly of children, shaped and baked in his kiln which is still there and is part of the museum. In South Australia visit Adelaide Hills, starting in the Golden Grove and ending at Tea Tree Gully, a trip of 159 Km. The road takes you along long stretches, with many exciting twists and turns past beautiful vineyards worth a stop off to enjoy the local wines.

Oxley Highway is one of Australia’s better, well-known rides and stretches for 165 km from Wauchope to Walcha is the most popular. The 300 twists and turns make for an epic ride and will probably be one of the most memorable rides you will ever experience.

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