HU Travellers Meeting Perth 2014
Horizons Unlimited 2nd Western Australia Travellers Meeting -
Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra), WA
Friday Oct 10 - Sunday Oct 12, 2014
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.
The event is taking place from Friday 10th October to Sunday 12th October 2014 at Fairbridge Village. The Village is a nationally heritage-listed town site operated by a major youth charity, and has convenient proximity to Perth.
We are organising an exciting range of inspirational speakers and educational workshops.
Arrive early on the Friday (after 12 pm) and make it a great weekend! There will be presentations and workshops starting Friday afternoon, 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 will be posted here 1 week before the event, and will be posted at the event, but is subject to change.
Presenters at HU Perth 2014 so far...
Being a Short Break Adventurer
Tony Friday has mastered the art of balancing a professional career with a passion for motorcycle adventure. By day, he serves as a government CEO, and has a portfolio of directorships spanning corporate advisory, property investment, disability services and contemporary theatre.
Once the suit comes off though, he is a dedicated motorcycle adventure traveller and adrenalin junkie. He has raced jet boats, surfed a volcano in Nicaragua, barreled down an Olympic bobsled track in Latvia, stayed as the guest of an African king, and visited more than sixty countries over the past few decades whilst on short-break motorcycle adventures.
Tony's HUBB session is all about being a short-break adventurer; balancing 9 to 5 with feeling alive. Using a couple of example adventures that you could book tomorrow, he will talk you through the process of exchanging less than a thousand dollars for an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life (and he's not talking about an Elvis wedding in Vegas to that 'waitress' you met last night).
You will leave this session equipped with the knowledge and tools to efficiently organise your own short break motorcycle adventure any time you choose. He will also provide you with access to his secret squirrel tools for securing cheap flights and accommodation, and for getting someone else to do most of the hard work for you. The most difficult part will be choosing the destination.
Jacqui Kennedy, ScooterGal
Around Oz on a postie bike!
A presentation of my trip around Oz on my Postie. At this stage I have only completed 2 months in Vic and Tassie but by next Oct I should be at least half way round.
Having traveled most of Australia and Europe on a scooter, Jacqui graduated to a "real" bike to circumnavigate Australia... a CT110cc Postie Bike.
Damon Pages-Oliver (Oly)
The 555 - Across USA on old small capacity shit box motorcycles
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
1) 1975 or older motorcycle
2) 500cc engine or less
3) $500 or less -- buying and restoring (minus tires and papers)
Goal: to build, and then to ride across America.
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.
Desert! Remote North West WA Rides
Being Based around Karratha in the Pilbara, I set up a BMW G650XC to go exploring the Pilbara and Kimberleys A brief run down on rides such as Yampie Gorge, Rudall River National Park (we missed Queen Desert baths due to leaving a map with the injured rider in Newman ), the Gibb River Road and Duncan Road AKA Beef Highway zig zagging the NT WA border.
Oly is heavily involved in motorcycles in WA from the Cafe Racer scene to adventure travelling and also youth development through his work. He's ridden through western Europe, North and Central America and done a lot of exploration throughout WA's remote regions.
Linda Bootherstone, RTW Solo Traveller
Three Wandering Poms and Waterfalls and Wats
Three Wandering Poms
In 1969 Jacky, Angie and Linda are three young women who leave their friends and family behind in UK and emigrate to Australia. From Flatting in notorious Kings Cross to travelling by motorcycle all round Australia their exploits include facing the then unsealed roads and meeting a wealth of true blue bush characters. Two of the women had never ridden before and yet they took it all in their stride.
Linda, one of the co-authors of this new book will show in this presentation that no obstacles are too great and where there is a will there is a way- its just a matter of following your dreams.
Waterfalls and Wats
There are many Guided bike tours around Thailand now with big bikes and fancy hotels provided but Linda shows that you can have a great time in cheap guesthouses and hiring a 125 Honda Dream. She takes you on her trip around northern Thailand to meet the people and enjoy the music and may even let you in on the secret of why she suddenly decided to go there this year!
During 50 years of motorcycling Linda Bootherstone-Bick has travelled the world, solo. In the 60s - Great Britain and Europe, USSR; the 70s Australia and Africa; in the 80s America and in the 90s, eastern Europe, Ukraine and North Africa. During her 60th year she rode from Spain to Australia - and she's still going!
Riding down the west coast of Africa - The highs and lows of riding in Africa with 4 HUBBers I'd met for 4 hours before leaving the UK...
Steve did not give himself much time to prepare for his around the world motorcycle trip. leaving work in July 2013 and departing in late August 2013 after organising inoculations, medication, etc.
Joining a group of HUBBers who promoted their trip in the 'Travellers seeking travellers' section of the HUBB, Steve planned to ride around Africa from Morocco to South Africa to Egypt without prearranged visas and without a carnet for a year, then carry on, on his own...
Anyone can ride around Africa
Leaving the UK with very little off-tar experience, Steve travelled around Africa trying not to drop his motorcycle.
How do you prepare for an around the world trip to continents you have not experienced, on terrain that will test you and your motorcycles ability? With only a weekends fun trail riding in Wales, Steve left the UK to travel around Africa. Coming across a full spectrum of conditions to brand new tarmac to mud and sand, Steve survived to tell the tale.
After working in IT for 20 years, Steve departed the UK on his 5 year RTW motorcycle trip in August 2013.
Morocco 'short way down' via Spain and the Picos Mountains
Morocco via Picos Mountains - Trans Morocco via Spain and the Picos Mountains - UK to Morocco on a GS 800, first adventure ride with three riding mates from UK, lessons learnt, tips and suggestions.
WA Short Trips by Adventure Bike - With so many excellent and challenging riding destinations in WA overland travel experience starts at home. Many of us can't take a few months to a year off work therefore short breaks and rides are one way of feeding the passion for adventure on a motorcycle. Ewen will present on a range of adventure riding locations from the Holland Track in the south east to further north and locations like Gascogne Junction.
Eastern Europe 2014
Presentation will cover 2 month adventure ride in Eastern Europe to be completed Sep 2014!
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.
Introducing the not so boring Nullarbor!
The treeless plain that spans a distance of over 2000km between the civilization of WA and SA. Most often described in travel blogs as "boring" and "endless". Not so!!!
Part of the ancient marine floor, the plain is home to much wildlife, hundreds of karst caves, spectacular vistas, scattered ruins and much stranger things. For the willing traveler that will brave the isolation, the plain is life-changing. Sten Larson from Norway had only one word to describe our 1st night on the plain: "Wow!"
Never the same as the last time you visited it, but always spectacular. I'll talk through some of the sites and places (and tracks) the Nullarbor has to offer, including Telegraph road, Kunalda station, Abrakurrie cave, Old coach road, Old Eyre highway, Thampana blowhole, the Bight and more. John has toured Southern parts of Africa, Suisse, North Island of New Zealand and Australia. "We have some of the best riding on our doorstep, but people choose to stay on the ringroad, and miss all the good stuff."
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!
11+ years later, they finally made it, through 50 countries - Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, with a side trip to Antarctica! Hundreds of great pics and some amazing stories!
Confirmed presenters (topics TBA) include...
...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!
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
Xander has been riding since he was 5yrs old and has never stopped for long. He started traveling on his bike as soon as he got his license at 16, traveling American and Canada. He always travelled solo until he was 25 yrs old when he met his wife Tam. Since then they have been travelling Two-up though Australia, Europe, and an 18-month long tour from the UK to Australia through the west coast of Africa and SE Asia. This is a light hearted but honest look at the pros and cons two-up travel. Looking back and looking forward we will find out if he would ever do it again.
Packing Light Two-up vs Solo (with Andrew Wilmot)
The debate of what to bring, and how much to carry is as enduring as what is the best bike. It is agreed that the "lighter the better", but what does that mean? What do you need to "live on the road". Andrew has been a motorcyclist for 24 years has always loved touring off-road, and into remote areas. In recent years he have explored most of Western Australia's remote outback including the Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert, Canning Stock Route, Goldfields and South West. Xander, started riding as a small child, and has ridden ever since. For the last 15 years he and his wife have been touring two-up, around Australia, Europe, and an 18month long trip from the UK to Australia through the west coast of Africa and SE Asia.
This workshop will have a close look at what an experienced solo traveller packs on his bike. We will then compare and contrast it to what two-up travellers pack on their bike. The differences or lack of differences may surprise you. We will show you what and how we pack for the weekender, the short break and the around the world trips. Find out what these two different styles of travel fit on theirs bikes, what they feel is necessary and what is a luxury that they wont live with out, and how they get it all in their panniers.
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 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 be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!
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.
LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.
How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.
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.
The event is taking place at Fairbridge Village, near Pinjarra, 1 hour south of Perth in Western Australia. Fairbridge Village is owned and operated by Fairbridge, a major youth charity in Western Australia. Fairbridge Village is self-contained and surrounded by bushland.
Facilities on the grounds: Art gallery; Museum; Tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts; Children's playground (wheelchair accessible); 30m swimming pool (for village guests only); Full sized sporting oval with football, soccer and cricket facilities; Free gas barbecues; Scenic walk trails; Picnic sites; Onsite cafe.
We have booked the Ruby Fairbridge Centre as our main presentation room and dining room. We have also booked the Lady Kyle room as a second presentation room, so we can run two streams of presentations / workshops concurrently.
Camping (Pre-book when you register)
Camping is on the Oval, and there are lots of showers and toilets. Campers will also have the use of kitchen facilities and communal areas of the Lodge (see below).
Weekend (Friday + Saturday night) Camping: $35.00 per tent. (Not included in registration fee).
Scratton Lodge (Pre-book when you register)
For 2014, we have booked the entire Scratton Lodge. This offers a choice of 3 levels of accommodation:
- Shared rooms - $30 per person per night. Max. 3 persons sharing a room, communal bathroom facilities (boys in one room, girls in another).
- Private rooms (single bed, communal bathroom facilities) are $140 per person for weekend (cannot be booked for 1 night only). Limited numbers are available, so book early!
- "Suite" (suitable for family or 2 friendly couples) - 2 rooms with 2 single beds per room, shared bathroom within the suite. $300 for the weekend (cannot be booked for 1 night only). Only one of these is available, first in best dressed!
Pillows and blankets are supplied. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.
The Lodge is equipped with oven and gas hotplate, fridge, kettle, cutlery and crockery. There are also several communal areas and verandahs.
For those who were at Yanchep, Xander has personally checked the facilities and they are in very good condition!
Food (Pre-book when you register)
We have arranged to have fully catered dinners for Friday ($25) and Saturday ($25) nights, so you don't have to wander around finding food! Quantities will be limited, and we must give the caterers final numbers 14 days before the event, so don't wait to book!
There will also be breakfasts and lunches available, catered by local community groups, pay on the day.
There is a cafe on site for fast food - meat pies, cold drinks, etc.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
ONLINE REGISTRATION PRICING
Includes admission to all presentations and tech sessions.
Register & Pay before March 31:
Register & Pay between Apr 1 and October 3:
At the Event Pricing (applies after October 3):
Pre-order only - please order when you register so you don't go hungry!
Friday Dinner - Buffet style, including dessert. Menu to be advised.
Saturday Dinner - Buffet style, including dessert. Menu to be advised.
Camping or lodge accommodation is available. See descriptions above.
Camping - per tent for weekend
days to go!
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
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.
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).
Comments about HU Perth
"It was the best thing since sliced bread. I want to go again I will go again even if I have to go to another country to do it. See you there."
"The meet was well organised, exciting to see so many enthusiastic riders and to listen to the experiences of those that have done some amazing journeys."
"Has been a really great meeting! I have met many lovely people. My thanks goes to the team. Great start for my trip around Australia."
"We had awesome talks and great discussion sessions and workshops. Everyone chipped in to keep the place amazingly clean and the event running smoothly, and as I've come to expect of motorbike travellers, were very well behaved :-)"
"Loved the meeting - one of the best rallies I have been to in years."
"I found it very enlightening. The weekend could go longer as I was busy and never bored at any time. A big thank you to all the committee who made the weekend so enjoyable for me."
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 (300kb) full colour Event poster:
Really Large Hi-Res Poster in pdf format (1.3 MB) Event poster
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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.
South West Highway
Pinjarra WA 6208
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Perth - 82 km
Margaret River - 204 km
Darwin - 4,099 km
We have booked Scratton Lodge for this event (shared or private rooms), and campers will be in the Oval. See here for details and prices.
Contact Fairbridge Village reception for any other accommodation bookings.
Phone: 08 9531 1177
Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park
522 Pinjarra Road, 6210 Mandurah
Comfort Inn Mandurah
110 Mandurah Terrace, 6210 Mandurah
"Fairbridge is a major youth charity in Western Australia and the only charity in Australia that owns a whole nationally heritage-listed town site.
Fairbridge runs a myriad of programs and services for young people. Fairbridge works with young people at risk from throughout Western Australia, including young people with a disability, those with drug problems, those with mental health issues, refugee children, Aboriginal young people, children with cancer, those struggling with depression.
Basically we work with any young person in need to support them to bring about positive sustainable change in their lives, their families and their community.
Fairbridge uses a holistic approach to working with young people and their families. Services provided range from mentoring, leadership development, life skills, interest free loans, accommodation, education, accredited training, employment opportunities and adventure camps. All income goes back into creating more opportunities for young people."
Xander and Tam Kabat are co-ordinating a number of volunteers for this event - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
Contact Xander at 2upo...@gmail.com with any vendor, venue and presenters questions.
We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!
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 15 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 15 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.
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.
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.
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