HU Travellers Meeting Australia Victoria 2014
Horizons Unlimited Australia (VIC) Travellers Meeting
Friday Oct 24 - Sunday Oct 26, 2014 - Cavendish, Victoria
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, Oct 24 to Sunday, Oct 26, 2014.
As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
Friday - Meet and greet. Registration opens 2:00 pm. Presentations, workshops and films starting at 3:00 pm. Dinner will be available at the Football Club by Cavendish Catering Ladies or self-cater.
Saturday - Presentations, demos, tech sessions, forums/discussions starting at 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. Breakfast by Lions Club or self-cater. Lunch by Primary School Parents or self-cater.
Saturday night - Social meal (at the Bunyip Hotel, short walk from the camping area). We are planning on booking the hotel out, so please indicate when checking in whether you want to have a meal (it is a good quality pub meal).
Sunday - Breakfast by Lions Club or self-cater. Ride-out at 9:00 am. Clean up and pack up.
More detailed schedule can be downloaded here, and will be posted at the event. Note: Schedule is always subject to change!
Presenters at HU Victoria 2014 so far...
London to Tokyo via Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia
During a flight to Newfoundland in 2003, Toni and Ken decided that their return from London to Hong Kong would be overland on 2 wheels. Within weeks Ken had a BMW 1150GS having only ridden a Honda 250 as a teen and a couple of scooters in Hong Kong. Toni knew how to ride a bicycle...
10+ years later and they continue to make the most of their holidays while living and working in Asia, India and Australia. They did complete the ride from London to Tokyo via Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia at their own speed. They have toured north west China with other BMW enthusiasts. They have ridden northern Laos and have bikes now in Melbourne, VIC and Phoenix AZ. They are planning to ride to Mexico's Copper Canyon this coming January.
This intrepid couple don't profess to be experts at adventure travel, although they are adventurous. While sharing some of their own stories and perspectives on 2-wheel travel they encourage the audience to ask the 'stupid' questions that they are often asking of others, for example "why do we need a gun?"
Brian and Shirley Hardy-Rix, Aussies Overland
RTW two-up! and Roads Less Travelled London to Melbourne
Two up around the world
We rode from the bottom of South America to the top of Alaska. A lap of Western Europe and southern Africa before heading home to Australia. 16 months on the road, more than 82,000 ks through 32 countries. We crossed the Andes, deserts, visited Antarctica and Galapagos. It was the ride of our lives!
London to Melbourne on roads less travelled
We left London with a year to get home to Melbourne. We were on the Isle of Man for the TT and rode the circuit on Mad Sunday. We travelled through the European heatwave and down the Dalmatian coast, through Greece and Turkey. Into Iran and then Pakistan where we had to ride under armed guard on some dangerous roads. We rode high into the Karakoram mountains, then through Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore and home into Darwin.
Shirley and Brian have written a book about their travels: Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond. The book will be available at the event - get your copy signed by the authors!
My Round Oz Ride - Hard Lessons and Serendipities of the lone ride
15,000km solo ride around Oz. A look at what's there if you haven't been. The loneliness of the long-distance rider. Good and bad decisions of the ride.
An 'Old Fellah' back on the bike doing the 'Adventure before Dementia thing' ....(ex school teacher).
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!
...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!
Anthony and Janet Morrison
What to take, how to get it there, how to carry it
Luggage, what to take, how to get it there, how to carry it - that is the dilemma we faced on our first overseas 2 up ride in South America with a tour company.
On our second overseas holiday the luggage problem was compounded when we went by ourselves, 2 up and camping around the UK and Europe. I will tell you our story and give you some tips and ideas hopefully.
In 2011 my wife Janet and I rode across South America with a tour company. In 2013 we spent 2 months traveling and camping in the UK, Isle of Man and Europe.
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.
Dave Milligan, Get Routed
Motorcycle shipping - Containerised bike shipping by sea
Dave will be available to answer questions about bike shipping by sea.
Dave has 17 years experience shipping motorcycles from and back to Australia using these destinations: NZ, UK, Southern Europe & USA.
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.
This ride is going to be a memorable experience and is different to last year's ride. Starting at the main gate at 9.00 am (not too hung over from Saturday night I hope). We travel out to David and Joan's farm for a look at their shearing shed and some of David and Joan's toys (there will be some old British and German motorcycles and cars, plus his micro light aircraft).
We will leave David's and travel towards Coleraine before taking Wilderness Road to the town of Wannon (about 5 houses) and then onto the Wannon Falls picnic area where another one of our local identities, Roger will be giving a short talk on the local flora. Roger was a forestry officer for many years and is a notable artist. From the Wannon we will travel back to the camping area via Nigretta Falls.
The terrain we will be riding over is unique to this part of Victoria and the world. We will start off on fairly flat terrain with many old and large red gums (they normally only live in river beds but the soil here allows them to grow everywhere). After we leave David's farm we will travel up and down some valleys before riding through many paddocks filled with yet more red gums (narrow bitumen road). As we cross the Wannon River at Wannon the terrain changes to volcanic and different trees will be seen. The falls will probably not have much water flowing over them but they are well worth checking out as they were formed by larva cooling. Just a quick note: the south west of Victoria (from the Wannon River south) is the second largest volcanic plain in the world.
Distance about 65km; the roads will vary from narrow to good wide roads, it is all bitumen this year. Be aware of oncoming traffic and some sharp corners which may have some gravel on them.
Other scenic and interesting rides:
Byaduk caves or Mt Eccles National Park, explore the local volcanic places of interest.
Black Ranges - hard packed gravel and some sand. Visit local native paintings and a short scenic walk in the Black Ranges.
The event is taking place at the Cavendish Recreation Reserve in Cavendish, Victoria.
The camping area is a very large public camping ground with a limited number of powered sites. As you enter the camping area it is fairly level with the powered sites nearby. You can camp here or you can go over the cattle/sheep crossing and down the hill to a very picturesque area on the Wannon River and camp near the river (you may need mosquito nets).
The showers/toilets are at the top near the Cavendish Football Club rooms which we will be using for the presentations, etc. Note - the mens shower/change room does not have individual cubicles.
There is also a camp kitchen consisting of a covered area with a bbq and dish washing facilities.
Camping fees ARE NOT included in your registration fee. Please pay the caretaker on arrival (currently $6 per person per night).
Per the Cavendish town website, the campground at Cavendish Recreation Reserve:
- On the bank of the Wannon River
- Powered Sites
- Camp Kitchen
- Hot Showers
- Tennis Court
- Children's Playground
- Pets Welcome
- Groups Welcome
All money raised at the camp ground goes back into community facilities.
Local service clubs and associations will cater at the Football Club rooms from Friday morning to Sunday midday; they will provide breakfast, lunch and tea and other light refreshments.
Friday night is self catering.
Saturday night will be a Social meal (at the Bunyip Hotel, short walk from the camping area). We are planning on booking the hotel out for the meal, so please indicate when booking whether you want to have a meal (it is a good quality pub meal and very good value).
On Sunday morning a local farmer has volunteered to run a ride/tour through his property and this will cater for all bikes. A hearty breakfast will be included and the total cost $10.00.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES
Includes admission to all slide shows Friday and Saturday,
Pre-Register & Pay between:
(all presentations and workshops)
December 1st & March 31st
$35 (saves $35)
April 1st & October 17
$45 (saves $25)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER OCTOBER 17)
NOTE: Numbers are strictly limited! Online registration will close at 100 and DO NOT EXPECT TO JUST SHOW UP!
Full Pass (IF space is available!)
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 Events
"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."
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:
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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.
Cavendish Recreational and
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Melbourne - 294 km
Adelaide - 488 km
Sydney - 1,148 km
Brisbane - 1,883 km
If you'd prefer not to camp:
South Mokanger Farm Cottages
728 Mokanger Rd,
Cavendish, Victoria 3314
Phone: 03 55742398
Per their Website, they have 2 cottages:
Per Tripadvisor this is ranked Excellent.
Per Google Maps, this is about a 15 min drive from the venue.
Cavendish is a small town of about 150 people, we have a hotel called the Bunyip Hotel a Post Office and a hall.
The people of Cavendish are very friendly and helpful and in the past have hosted over 300 Ulysses members at the camping ground.
The Bunyip Hotel is open 7 days a week and serves amongst other things tea/coffee, light refreshments and meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For food and fuel the nearest town is Hamilton (about 30km to the south).
There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Cavendish has the Settler's Walk which is well worth walking, including an old jail and a settler's cottage (about 1.2 km total length) and is a short walk from the camping area.
Nearby are the Grampian Mountain Ranges and the Black Range. At this time of the year many flowers and other fauna are to be found, many are only found in this area.
To the south is Port Fairy (stop on the wharf for fish and chips) and Portland. The area to the south is also an old volcanic area featuring extinct volcanos, lava flows and lava tubes.
Anthony and Janet Morrison are the local hosts for this event - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
"On behalf of the people of Cavendish we would like to invite all World Motorcycle Travellers (or those planning to travel) to our town next October. This will be our first HUBB meeting and the first one in Western Victoria and we are planning to have a good time!"
If you have any questions, contact them at cata...@wideband.net.au with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers 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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