Saturday, January 16, 2010

Australia Day Motorcycle Tour

I am going to try for my 7 day tour again starting on Australia Day.

I was staring at the calendar and then it presented itself to me, if I could get the days off after the Australia day holiday then from Tuesday 26th January plus the weekend and Monday gives me the 7 days needed. So I have secured those days off.

The long range weather looks not too bad, may be some rain still in the north of NSW. That said the Elders weather site rain predictions for northern NSW coastal areas seems to always be in the high 75% chance - it can't be raining there every day - the area simply doesn't get that much rainfall.

My route is a similar to last posting but revised again.

Day One is Brisbane to Walcha via Mt Lindsey and Summerland way then I will ride over to the coast (if fine) as the Summerland way from Casino to Grafton is more mind numbing than the Pacific h-way. I will exit the highway at Mclaean then take the back roads into Grafton besides the river which has a ferry crossing. Instead of Nymboida I want to try the adjacent road south then ride up the Waterfall way and on south to Walcha pub for tonight.

Day Two south via Thunderbolts way then to Singleton via Dungog and some back roads and then two roads I have wanted to ride for a long time, the Bylong Valley way west then south towards Lithgow and next I tackle the Tablelands way to Oberon and further south before stopping at the Taralga pub tonight.

Day Three should be a fun ride with lots of varied roads. Leaving Taralga south to Goulburn then west to Yass where I intend to tackle the Yass to Tumut road that has some unsealed sections but otherwise is said to have lots of nice corners. Some more back roads near Batlow that I heard were a better option that the main highway. I will ride the Murray river road and cross over Mt Granya which is another reccommendation by a reader of this blog then breifly join the Murray valley highway next to the Hume before I ride over to Beechworth and up Mt Buffalo before stopping at Bright.

Day 4 is perhaps the highlight of the tour, starting with the Tawonga Gap, then Mt Beauty to Falls Creek and down the other side to Anglers rest and lots of curves south to Omeo. Now the ride down from the alpine areas to the Tambo valley which is superb then I turn east before Bairnsdale to Orbost where I turn North and tackle the Delegate-Bombala road. A little bit of dirt on this road as well as 100+ k's of never ending corners. But wait there's more! After Bombala I will be zig zagging over the 4 mountains that lie to the east to make my way to Bega for tonights stop.

Day 5 starts with a coastal ride from Tathra to Bermagui before joining the highway to Batemans Bay where I ride via the Clyde river national park and climb Clyde Mt on the Kings highway which is a really nice ride. Bit of highway to get back to Goulburn and then ride the Tableland way again. From Oberon I am going to swing right towards the Blue Mountains, the road here past the Jenolan state forest should be interesting and I am aiming for Blackheath pub tonight.

Day 6 will be big. I hope the weather for the latter part of the tour is ok as I reenter the NSW mid coast area, the current rain capital of Australia. I am going to first cross the Blue Mountains and head north on the putty and over to Gloucester via Dungog then if fine ride the Bucketts way over to the coast and a little bit of highway 1 north before cutting across some back roads with a few k's of dirt to get on to the Oxley west to Walcha.

Day 7 I have the option to stay on the west highway if its raining otherwise I intend to ride down the Gwydir from Glenn Innes to Grafton then keep it simple for the run home on the Summerland way and My Lindsey.

Click on days to see the maps.

I have placed all the maps into my GPS, this tour (now on it's third attempt) still to be first one I use just a GPS. I find it clunky to get maps into my Garmin 760 nuvi. The only way I know thus far to get from Motowhere to GPS is do the route and then save the .gpx file then it has too many waypoints in it to be useable on my gps and also is a track file not a route file so I load it into GPSbabel and convert the file to a route file and reduce the waypoints in it from 500+ to 50. Then I can use Mapsource or GPSexpert to load the file to the unit. Then I have to load the route in the unit from the data area to the routes area. No wonder I still like paper maps.


  1. Very jealous. Looks like a fantastic week of riding. Bookmarked for later!

  2. Thanks Rob, I am really looking forward to this ride.