Tasmania - motorcycling paradise
This post is an attempt to alert the HU community to a frequently overlooked part of Australia. Hopefully the HUBB will tolerate one person's shameless plug for an area he knows and loves.
Tasmania is widely regarded as the best motorcycling region of Australia, and from my experience it should be considered as one of THE great motorcycling destinations on the planet (alongside NZ).
I'm not alone in this belief, Peter Thoeming in his book "Motorcycling in Australia" declares the same thing. Spectacular scenery, pristine wilderness, every type of surface from beautifully maintained sealed highways to "Hail-Mary" wilderness tracks, spectacular terrain at every turn and a friendly population. There is sea transport (http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
) for bikes and people twice daily and the ferries are fast and cheap.
Tasmania is an all-season area, though late-Spring to early-Autumn (November to April) is best. This timing is particularly good for travellers as this corresponds with the time that northern Australia and the Outback are dangerously hot.
Anyway, if anyone wants more advice, drop me an email and I'll be glad to give some recommendations for places to see and visit.
But if you are coming to Australia, I heartily recommend including Tasmania in your plans.