Horizons Unlimited Perth 2013 Archive

Horizons Unlimited Inaugural Western Australia Travellers Meeting - Yanchep National Park

Friday Oct 18 - Sunday Oct 20, 2013


It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited Perth Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Saturday 19th October to Sunday 20th October 2013 at Gloucester Lodge in Yanchep National Park, Perth. The lodge is situated in the tranquil surrounds of Yanchep National Park and has convenient proximity to Perth.

We are organising an exciting range of inspirational speakers and educational workshops.

Arrive early on the Friday evening (after 4 pm) and make it a great weekend! There will be presentations starting Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventures from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

More detailed schedule is here and will be posted at the event, but is subject to change.

Presenters at HU Perth 2013 include...


Matthew Natonewski.

Matthew Natonewski

India - two wheels or three?

India East to West North to South - Royal Enfield v Rickshaw v public transport. Shillong to Jaisalmer, Delhi to Kochi, by rickshaw, by motorcycle, travelling with small children.

Matthew Natonewski.

35 years old environmental scientist and Perth father of two has crossed the Indian subcontinent numerous times over the past few years by various modes of transport, sometimes solo, sometimes accompanied by the extended family. Author of The Rickshaw Run diaries - Three blokes on the run in India and founder on Nevermind Leather, Everlong Handmade Towels and Bad Company Adventure motorcycle tours.


Damon Pages-Oliver

The 555 - Across USA on old small capacity shit box motorcycles

This is a cross country trip that has been running for 3 consecutive years. The presentation is on the 4th annual event of motorcycle masochism, on route to Portland Maine

3 Rules:
1) 1975 or older
2) 500cc engine or less
3) $500 or less -- buying and restoring (minus tires and papers)

Goal: to build, and then to ride.

History: In a dark basement in Tennessee cluttered with old bikes, scattered tools, gas fumes, beer cans and wise-cracks, Mike and his brother Cody mused over Cody's new purchase of a $100 CB350. Mike, having just returned from a trip to Panama on an old BMW/5, was ready for another trip. Cody, never having crossed west over the Mississippi River, was also ready. The idea was born to visit their other brother. Wanting an even playing field, Mike decided not to take the BMW and roll with a shitbox of his own. Then, they invited the guys. They presented the rules, 7 in all showed up, and then they rode... to Portland, Oregon.

George Guille.

George Guille

Trans Africa at 23 Years old... 36,000 km from Sark to Cape Town via East Africa

"A description of my overland trip from Europe to Cape Town. From leaving terrified on my own to having the greatest adventures and making the strongest friendships to arriving in Cape Town looking very different. How I have found myself and grown from a young man into a man by setting off in to the world with only my faith that it will be right."

George Guille.

Dan Talbot.

Dan Talbot

Kimberley on a postie bike!

"I am a police officer first and foremost, however, I have interests in health and wellbeing and presently undertaking doctoral research into offender management. I have a passion for all things with two-wheels, including my modern sports touring motorcycle, some post-vintage bikes (Triumph, Ariel and Sunbeam), my carbon-fibre BMC bicycle, a classic Colnago Master and, my personal favourite, a 55" penny farthing. I've ridden motorcycles across Australia, Africa and Europe.

Dan Talbot.

In June 2013 I joined 22 other people to ride decommissioned postie-bikes, the ubiquitous little red CT 110 Hondas Australia Post utilise to deliver our mail, from Derby in the West Kimberley 700 kms to Kununurra along the Gibb River Road. My presentation will include tales and photos from the ride, along with tips for people intending on travelling the Gibb River Road or undertaking an adventure on a postie-bike."


Andrew Wilmot

Desert Touring in Western Australia

Desert Riding through the Canning Stock Route and Little Sandy Desert

"Will be presenting on the trips I have done into the Little Sandy Desert, Great Sandy Desert and down the Canning Stock Route. Will cover gear and bike selection, safety, route planning, and reporting on experiences on the trail.

I have been a motorcyclist for 24 years since learning at age 21 whilst living in Alice Springs, where I got an introduction to Desert Riding. Since then I have always loved touring off-road, and into remote areas. In recent years I have explored most of Western Australia's remote outback including the Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert, Canning Stock Route, Goldfields and South West."

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Ralph Weiss.

Ralph Weiss

Chasing as much dirt as possible across central Australia

"MWM - 'married white male' - suffering the usual ailments mid life including suspected, but undiagnosed, mid-life crisis. Revisiting motorcycles after a long hiatus and learning, repeatedly, how to pick one up. Supported by a way too patient wife and three very bemused and slightly alarmed daughters. Adventure rider status - enthusiastic amateur grabbing time for the odd trip into the Australian outback between family and work responsibilities.

Ralph Weiss in Palm Valley.

Most recent trip and subject of my talk, a 4 week dash across central Australia chasing as much dirt as possible and learning that 200 kg and 100 bhp and sand make for some very interesting riding experiences. Also enjoyed the beautiful expanse and solitude of the Australian outback, fabulous scenery, interesting characters, 1000 kms of dirt roads and tracks and discovered that 0.002 kg saved by not carrying that extra set of underwear probably wasn't worth it."

Ewen MacGregor.

Ewen MacGregor

Morocco via Spain and the Picos Mountains

Ewen is a passionate advocate of adventure motorcycling and a key driver in making the fist Perth HU meeting happen. His first overland (motorcycle) adventure was to Morocco over the high, middle and low Atlas Mountains via Spain. Since then trips across Europe and more local within Western Australia have been the foci.

Hot enough!

Hot enough!

Morocco via Picos Mountains - Trans Morocco via Spain and the Picos Mountains - 'how to' and 'lessons learnt' the hard way.

Ewen MacGregor in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Short & local bike adventures in WA - Ewen believes that short local trips can be as much an adventure as the big round the world and will present some local trips.

Wide angle of the Holland Track, Western Australia.

Ewen MacGregor on the Holland Track, Western Australia.

Holland Track, WA

Steven Kirk.

Steven Kirk, Perth to Perth

This trip started in Perth Scotland through 19 countries and 28,600 km across Europe, Asia and into Australia, finishing in Perth WA.

"I'm now at an age where I don't care too much about work as its only there to pay for my adventures and beer... or preferably wine. It was on such a wine tasting excursion to my fridge one night that got to thinking about such things as... how difficult was it for the pioneers who first came to Australia. How hard would it be to go overland and other such nonsense. My third glass of Sauvignon blanc produced a great idea. Why not take a trip from Perth to Perth on a Triumph Tiger of course.

Then I woke up next day and realised it was a plan and everyone knew..."

Steven Kirk at Ace Cafe, London.

At the Ace Cafe in London, UK

The other Perth.

The other Perth!

Tam and Xander Kabat.

Xander and Tam Kabat, Two Up on a Twin

Two-up on a Twin: African & Asian Antics Tales from life on the road travelling two-up through Europe, Africa & SE Asia

Tam and Xander Kabat.

Xander began riding motorbikes as a 5-year-old, and they have remained a life-long passion. Starting with short trips in the USA, Australia and Europe, in 2009 he finally achieved his dream of long bike travel and journeyed with his wife from England to Australia via Africa and SE Asia. Xander began riding motorbikes as a 5-year-old, and they have remained a life-long passion. Starting with short trips in the USA, Australia and Europe, in 2009 he finally achieved his dream of long bike travel and journeyed with his wife from England to Australia via Africa and SE Asia.

Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Nat Crewe.

Nat Crewe

First Aid for Motorcyclists - What to take and how to use it. Some tips on the best preparation for the worst case scenario.

"I'll give a little chat on prepping a first aid kit for medium to long trips, but also touch on the weekend bag too. I'll discuss some ideas and tricks that help to maximise the use of certain everyday items that we carry already as well as going over some basic first aid principles that can be used in all types of situations. I'll highlight some products that exist already as well as ways of making your very own kits. If the worst should happen to the solo traveller, I'll highlight some tips that will make their chances of being treated properly and early as high as possible.

I'm a remote area paramedic with metro, industrial and remote experience spanning the last 7 years. Before that I was a bit of a world traveler, some of it by motorcycle. My longest trip was a solo venture from Northern Alaska to Southern Argentina. I currently live in Perth and still have a bike in my garage!

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.


Nicholas Heidl, TwoNavAU

GPS - What you need to know

Knowing what is out there and what suits you. I will be presenting information on the direction GPS are going, what GPS are designed to do, what GPS can do what and provide some assistance to those who may have issues with their own units. I suggest people bring their own GPS along.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

The event is taking place at Gloucester Lodge in Yanchep National Park, Perth. The lodge is situated in the tranquil surrounds of Yanchep National Park and has convenient proximity to Perth.

Camping at Gloucester Lodge, Yanchep National Park, Western Australia.

Camping (Pre-book when you register)

Saturday or Friday night Camping: $16.00 per person per night. (Not included in registration fee).

Bunkhouse (Pre-book when you register)

Saturday or Friday night Bunkhouse- $26.00 per night. (Not included in registration fee).

Gloucester Lodge, Yanchep National Park, Western Australia.

Gloucester Lodge is privately leased and has been refurbished to offer Dormitory Accommodation, Camping and Hall hire to schools, recreation groups and other group bookings.

Dining room at Gloucester Lodge, Yanchep National Park, Western Australia.

Construction of the Lodge began in 1932, and was completed in 1933. The Lodge was built by sustenance workers as a pavilion for the Crystal Swimming Pool and to provide accommodation for tourists. When it first opened the building was known as either 'The Lodge' or 'Yanchep Lodge'. Its name was changed to Gloucester Lodge, to commemorate the visit by the Duke of Gloucester in October 1934.

Other Accommodation - Yanchep Inn


Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

What happens at HU events?

HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).

Click here to submit your ideas

Comments about HU Events

"I don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"

"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (500kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Perth 2013 meeting poster.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."


Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Perth 2013 Venue Location

Gloucester Lodge
Yanchep National Park, Perth

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Perth - 55 km
Darwin - 4,031 km

Other Accommodation

Feel like more luxury?

The historic Yanchep Inn is walking distance from Gloucester Lodge within Yanchep National Park.

"We have a range of accommodation to suit your needs including Heritage listed 'backpacker' rooms, simple motel rooms or modern rooms with a view of Loch McNess complete with bath-spa."

Yanchep Inn, Australia.

Yanchep Inn accommodation can be booked direct:
Ph: 61 8 9561 1001
Website: www.yanchepinn.com.au/contact-us/

Information about the area

Yanchep National Park

"Yanchep National Park is the perfect place to experience a true Aussie environment in a pristine, national park. Visitors can experience Aboriginal culture (subject to availability), participate in a cave tour and admire heritage architecture, Australian flora and fauna including kangaroos and koalas, walk along the park's trails, enjoy a picnic in the natural surrounds or dine at one of the park's dining facilities.

Yanchep National Park aboriginal culture.


Crystal Cave is open daily for tours and the park offers a choice of nine interesting walk trails ranging in length from 500 metres to 55 kilometres. See collapsed cave systems, gorges, pristine coastal wetlands, or haunted historic remains. Choose a walk trail to suit your fitness level and time frame."

Crystal Cave.

"The word Yanchep is derived from Yandjip or Yanget which is the aboriginal name for the local bulrush reed found fringing the lakes in the area." Wikipedia

Local Hosts

Ewen MacGregor is co-ordinating a number of volunteers for this event, including Tam and Xander Kabat - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

"We look forward to sharing the inaugural Horizons Unlimited Perth meeting with you and showing you some of our 'sandgroper country'. Regards, Ewen MacGregor, Event Coordinator"

If you have any questions, contact Ewen at E...@behaviourchangesolutions.com with any vendor, venue and presenters questions.

Ewen advises "the Perth crew are very friendly, we have loads of ex pats and will host and guide any international riders who make the event!"

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 10 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 10 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

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