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3 Indians will be riding around Australia in a bid to showcase the continent country to Indians and to meet maximum number of Indians (and of course Aussies) in the trip.
· Australia, Lonely Planet
· The Australian Drivers Atlas by Explore Australia Publishing
· RACQ Trip Planner Fantastic resource. All route distances maps have been primarily made from this tool.
The Great Australian Roadtrip : 3 Indians down Under. (Route Version2 : revised 11th oct 07)
Leg : Melbourne to Sydney via Canberra (thanks to zeeowh for his inputs) (Host : zeeowh, respected Shmerel)
Day 1 : Nov 1 07 : Melbourne to Bright via Bairnsdale : 510 kms
Day 2 : Nov 2 07 : Bairnsdale to Canberra via Mt Beauty, Talangatta, Khancoban and Jindabyne (The Great Alpine Way) : 500 Kms
Day 3 : Nov 3 07 : Around Canberra
Day 4 : Nov 4 07 : Canberra to Gerringon via (Kings Hwy) Batesman Bay, Milton, Nowra and berry : 292 kms
Day 5 : Nov 5 07 : Gerringon to Sydney via Shellharbour, Wollongong, Stanwell Park & Royal National Park 150kms
Leg : The Grand Circular Tourist Drive
Day 6 : Nov 6 07 : Sydney – Katoomba via The Great Western Highway : 112km
Day 7 : Nov 7 07 : Katoomba to Oberon via Jenolan Caves : 97kms
Day 8: Nov 8 07 : Oberon – Sydney via Lithgow and bells line of road : 189 kms
Day 9 : Nov 9 07 : Around Sydney (Diwali : The Great Indian Festival of Lights) (Host : Dear Mouse)
Day 10 : Nov 10 07 : Around Sydney
Leg : Sydney to Brisbane
Day 11 : Nov 11 07 : Sydney to Gloucester (NSW) via Putty road: 390kms (Thanks to Mouse for his inputs)
Day 12 : Nov 12 07 : Gloucester to Bellingen via Port Macquarie (Oxley Highway) : 330 kms
Day 13 : Nov 13 07 : Bellingen to Brisbane via Kyogle, Murwillumbah & Beechmont: 489 kms
Day 14 : Nov 14 07 : Around Brisbane (Host : Peka)
Day 15 : Nov 15 07 : Brisbane to Gold Coast and back : ~200kms (Host : DrPig )
Just a few tips Monky Mia is over rated you can see Dolphins in Tin can Bay in Queensland idid both Tin Can Bay was better .William Ricketts Sanctury in the Dandenongs near Melbourne is well worth a look & the Pinnacles Desert (Nambung National Park) near Cervantes in WA north of Perth was amazing.
Also the roads up north in the wet season are some times impassable.
I did a 36000km trip round Oz on a 1200 Sportster in 96/97 & a 16000km half lap in a Ford in 2000/01 . On the Highway the biggest distance i found between petrol stations was about 360kms in north WA.
Hope this is some use if you need any other help just ask .
Have a great trip Kev
Looks like a great trip! I have just finished a book by a Kiwi rider who went around in 35 days - 17 000 km. If you would like to read the book before you go send me your postal address and I will mail it to you.
Great itinery Sundeep ! it loks really interesting well done. I am heading to OZ at the end of November for 2 months, and i intend to buy a decent 2nd hand bike and tour as much as i can in those two months. i took the liberty of taking a closer look to your trip plan sundeep maybe who knows we might meet on the way as well ! any body can illuminate me on the situation and what price range to excpect for a decent 2 nd hand bike not too fussy of course ?
You don't say what kind of bike you want, so that makes it kind of difficult to answer. Maybe a better option is for you to look at this site linked below and search used bikes, that should give you a better idea.
One thing though from reading some of your itinerary, as much as I love the Bellingen/Dorrigo region, its nothing like south island of NZ or Fiordland in particular. As an Aussie national it is my sworn duty never to give compliments about NZ, so I hope no Kiwi's read this (joke) - but I have not seen any place quite as spectacular as Fiordland, no doubt that's why they filmed LTR there. On a global scale I guess Bellingen is close to NZ, sort of like Lahore is close to Chennai, but there is a world of difference between them.
As far as suggestions go - if you are looking for something different and you like offroad, you could try sand beach riding. In Queensland you can ride on the sand beach (its flat & hard at low tide!) at Tewantin near Noosa all the way to Rainbow Beach (about 60km) and if thats not enough you can catch the ferry to Fraser Island (National Park and World Heritage listed) for another 100km and more on the beach, then go inland on sand tracks to see the rainforest and freshwater lakes.
Depends on what bikes you have and if you like sand offroad though....
Well i did not have any model in particular, regarding what bike, as long as it can take me to point A to B and can handle some rough terrain and is ok on roads too its alright for me. i looked at that link you gave me its quite good. but i noticed that some bikes that interested me like the XT 500 / 600 where not round wothy. In my country we are not that strict here , i mean even XR 250/400/600 are seen on the street, whereas in Asutralia it seems different ? the only thing is that i have a budget and i cannot afford to spend more then $2,000 on a bike. I assume ofcourse i would have to pay insurance and road registration as well like eny country. and I only have 2 months in autralia. The good thing is that i could leave the bike with some friends i know there that can sell it for me after i leave Australia.
ozzee, I don't want to hijack someone's thread here, so very briefly.... many off road bikes can be registered in Aus, including XT's and XR's and others. Unfortunately each state has different rules for registartion of motor vehicles, so its difficult to give you good information.
If someone says bike is not roadworthy, that probably means that in the condition it is offered for sale that it will not pass the inspection certificate required for registration of bike for legal road use. It is possible that with some repairs and parts that it may pass and could then be regisitered, but this means you take a risk as to cost for parts/repairs and of course the cost of registration.
Finally, I think it will be difficult to find a running & reliable registered off road bike suitable for touring for $2000 or less. Just my opinion of course, but try using that link I posted above and search for all bikes up to $2000 and see what comes up - mostly 50cc minibikes and scooters I expect, maybe a few 250cc road bikes but I suspect very few off road bikes will come up.
Mate, looks like a great trip. Can't half tell you're excited about it.
Can I make a few suggestions on your route:
The Sydney - Wollongong - Sydney ride go down through the Royal National Park and down the old hwy along the coast, and back up through Kangaroo Valley. Great
Don't turn left at Townsville, keep going north to Cairns. Some of the most beautiful country in Oz. Go up the mountain range north of Cairns (just south of Mossman) and follow your map to Mt Isa via Kurumba on the Gulf. Very different part of the country.
Head out to Kakadu from Darwin before going south and get sh*tfaced at Humpty Doo pub and sleep out the back.
DON'T camp on the beautiful green grassy banks of the Victoria River near Timber Creek on the way to Kununurra - I nearly got eaten there once (well, almost nearly).
Depending on what bikes you've got:
- Take the old Wyndham Road from Wyndham to Derby in WA, not the main hwy.
- instead of travelling across the Nullabor (really just a "been there done that" destination - in reality dead-boring) travel north-east from Perth to Laverton and across to the Olgas and Uluru via the Warburton Hwy (all dirt and you need to get permits to pass through the Aboriginal land). Then head into Alice and south to SA.
Avoid Melbourne altogether...those pointyheads will try to mess with your mind and steal your soul. Just avert your eyes as you ride round it and up to Australia's greatest city - Sydney.
Keep us informed of your progress. I'm good for s in Canberra (and everything you said about the place is true).
You will love Australia, but your itinerary, whilst certainly possible is, in my opinion, a recipe for frustration. You will see plenty of road & little else. You will be exhausted by the end of your trip. What sounds easy on paper is very different in real life. Personally I think you would have a far better & more enjoyable trip if you had more time to stop & explore localities & locals.
I guess it depends which of 'completing the big lap' or 'discovering Australia' has the higher priority for you.
If you haven't seen it, you can read my account of our trip in 2000 here:- http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/lock/ We did 14,000kms over 7 weeks. Great trip. Will be travelling around Oz again , departing early next year, but this time gonna really take our time. I've converted a small bus & we plan to be on the road for 16 months. :-)
Contact me via my web site if you want to ask anything.
I think Sunny (Mr Sandeep Gajjar) conveniently forgot to mention a few things regarding his upcoming photography (not adventure) tour of Australia.
This photograpy trip is SPONSORED by Nokia, Castrol, Hyosung and a host of other companies. Nothing to do with the lofty aims he expresses as the purpose of this tour, rather like a miss world contestant appealing for world peace
He is going to be using a backup vehicle which he is trying to buy at present. It will have to be big enough to provide airconditioned sleeping quarters, as he is not comfortable sleeping in the heat. He may also be planning to transport a spare bike (provided by his sponsors) in it as he did in the "Great" India roadtrip. Please help him if you can.
See: http://www.xbhp.com/gar/blog/?p=222 ,
also: http://www.xbhp.com/girt/riders/gurjant.php (Has links to the pickup hired for the Indian trip which carried the spare scooter, refrigerated cold drinks, press releases etc). Of course, for that trip they tried to get 3 star (airconditioned) hotel accommodation as far as possible (vehicle did not have airconditioning)
He is looking for people to sponsor his food as well, perhaps you could help. He will never say no to using your resources, free, even if he already has sponsorship, as this is how he makes his money (selling off cellphones/cameras/electronic items etc acquired through sponsorship, slowly)
I'm sure you would like to help email@example.com (he owns the site), as he as not come to HU for a few days, or maybe even put him up at your place (if airconditioned).
He may not acknowledge your help though, later, as he has not acknowledged the help of anyone who helped him plan out the route of the Indian road trip (and there were several) till date. Small failing, esp as he was busy with more important people (the sponsors). And, if you feel his route is wrong/could be better, you could communicate with his sponsors.
Wonder why he forgot to mention these things. You could always contact him directly with your offers to help, now that you have his e mail address.
Ozzee no road worthy certificate meens it hasnt got a curent test certificate which in some states you need every year in overs you need when selling . Rego (Registration) normaly includeds 3rd party injury insurance. Get your self a copy of the lonely planet Australia this explains all you need to know & is a very handy book to have or even the lonley planets Outback Australia if you can find a copy as it shows the dirt tracks in much more detail . When registering the bike in your name if you can get a receipt for less than you payed this will also save you some money as stamp duty is paid & based on the purchase price but dont push it to far or they might smell a rat. Some bikes might be for off road only but i know there are lots of XTs/DRs/XLs etc on the road in OZ
I am sure that is much better that the initial highway route that we had. Of course the rest of the route will also be worked upon as we eventually start the trip.
I have also heard that the Australian sun will be too hard along with rains, of course not to mention snakes, spiders, road trains and busa's zipping besides us and we trod along empty highways of NT and WA. It should be a whole lot of fun!
Dust storms and plague locusts are also likely events along the way.
This surely caught my attention.
@brett : i get what you mean. I have read about the age long rivalry between Melburnians & Sydneysiders but have no intentions to get caught up in that . We will be starting our trip from Melbourne though!
Thats is for now, I am leaving on 19th for Melbourne! I will try and incorporate most of the suggestions here into the route. Thanks all!
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