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Old 27 Oct 2013
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Round Australia on the working holiday visa, by bike, now!

I flew into Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, and have bought myself an XR600 which hopefully will be on the road this coming week. Planning to head around Oz over the course of a year, stopping off to work a bit and seeing the cities as well, whilst doing a bit of classic rough camping (or was that tramping?) and seeing some of the outback and bush.

Wondering if anyone else is doing something similar? I saw on the Aus/NZ regional forum there's a few people doing the same in NZ soon. I've also spoke to a guy via the advrider forum who is doing the same in Oz, and he reckons he knows of another guy as well, so may end up catching up with them at some point. Always good to meetup with like minded folk where paths and plans coincide, do a spot of riding, and drink a beer or two.
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If you make it to South Australia feel free to contact us if you need anything or a place to stay. We owe much to others how have helped us on our recent trip around North America. Have a great time while you are here, it is a fantastic place to live.
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I'm doing the same thing. My boyfriend is Australian and so I requested one year in this region to do some traveling. Quit my job and am on the working holiday visa as well. I bought a KL250 a couple of months ago, and have been doing some trips since! Just returned from a 4,000km stint around Victoria. Loved Melbourne! Make sure to stop at the Cape Otway national park on the Great Ocean road. There's camping, and if you follow the track towards the beach, you'll see zillions of koalas.

Heading to Tasmania in Nov/Dec with my partner, and will then take more trips. Possibly over to Perth or up to Cairns. Not sure yet.

Will hopefully be going to this in Feb:

Australian Festival 14-16 Feb 2014 : The Adventure Travel Film Festival
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Hey all,

I will be landing in Sydney Nov 25th, just finishing 16 months in Latin America. Anyone nearby around then? And Jeffery G I will for sure be passing that way at sometime. Would love to meet up and here about your North America as it is my backyard.

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A lap of oz.

Hi, I rode right round Australia in 2012 from Perth WA to Perth, the best part of OZ is Queensland the coast from Brisbane up to Cooktown ya gotta see. If you get your hands on a camping/caravan book called camp7 it's about $70 new but you might find an old copy for $20 like I did it will show you all the free and national park campsites and what is on them. Pretty handy.
One campsite you gotta go to is Rainbow beach south of Hervey Bay as it is just awesome, I was stood on the beach having my morning coffee watching dolphins swim by.
If you get to Airlie Beach go to the Seabreeze campsite above the marina, it's a damn good site within walking distance to the town, also book yourself on the Solway Lass for three days and nights around the Whitsunday Islands, worth every penny. (Say hello to Loz from me).
The Athertone Tablelands are not to be missed, theres a free campsite in the centre of Ravenshoe with showers for a small donation.
Further up is the Lions Den near Port Douglas and if you lucky you will see a Castlewary or two roaming about.
In the Northern Territory at Pine Creek look for the Lazy Lizard campsite, that place gets my seal of approval.
In WA at Exmouth look for the Potshot hotel and book yourself in to the Ningaloo Blue dive aboard the Venture IV and swim with the whale sharks, you will have to be there May, June or July, that's when they swim south. (Say hello to "V" from me)
They is a website for people travellers looking for work but I don't know what it is, sorry.
Ride safe and look out for them furry critters bouncing out in front of you.
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Great info Gixer......just gets me more excited to get there!
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Hey Ryan, Hit me up when you get to South Australia I should be able to offer some accommodation and travel advise for the area. I am going to be in Sydney on the 25th as well picking up my Tenere which is returning from overseas. I will be in the area for the day before heading back to Adelaide in the morning. Hope o catch up in the future.
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I am doing the same thing right now
I started in Perth a month ago and I am in Esperance a the moment.

I will definitely go to the Adventure Travel Film Festival.


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Just checked out the link for the festival. Did not know this existed! Looks awesome....Definitely going to attend. I land Nov 25th in Sydney

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There are three of us too, riding postie bikes the whole way round - Belle, Nadsicles and Limaone Currently in Tassie, and heading roughly west after Christmas. Not going very fast though as we're on 110cc's and we keep finding things to see, and meeting people. Terrible.
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OZ ring road experience

Howdy folks..... I'd like to talk to people that have made the ring road tour of OZ. Especially about the best time of year to do it. Seems like when it's warm and dry in Darwin, it's cold and wet in Adelaide. I'm planning on taking 3 months to do it 'cause that's all the time a tourist visa allows. So....I'm thinking Apr. May, June or Sept. Oct. Nov. but would like to hear from people that have done the tour and their reccomendations to et the best weather.

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Belle, what on earth are you doing down in Tas in late November?? It's probably warmer and dryer back home right now, you must be crazy! I catch the ferry down there on Saturday night...

I've not got a set plan and I haven't booked a return ferry in case I stumble across a job whilst I'm down there. It's not a big island, I'm sure out paths will meet at some point for a spot of either riding or drinking. Where are you now, and where are you heading?
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Looks like we are all pretty scattered bunch! I am on the ten660 in north nsw, near mt warning. Will head to so qld Sunday and see brisie early in week, roam around there for a bit then head back either west to uluru if I find partners, or south the inland route - the coast is just too busy for me.

I find roads in nsw are some of the best I have ever ridden. I use the motorcycle road atlas and it has great road advice, along with locals. I stick to 'b' road or less unless forced, maybe an 'a' road. Motorways suck.

Open for a meet on routes and share advice. Or maybe even virtual? Got Skype?

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Sept Oct Nov would be better than April May June - more daylight hours.

More chance of rain in Nov/April compared to the other two.

For temperature you want to be south in Nov, and north in June.

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Central OZ and Northern OZ will be flamin hot this time of year (Dec).
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Warin............thanks for the note. Your comment on more daylight for Apr. May June was a good idea. However, I can't be south in Nov. and north in June so I have to try and balance it out. I don't have a problem riding in heat but I hate riding in cold.
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