Germany and England are behind us, we landed in Sydney yesterday, after an 18 hr flight and validated our new visas. For the next 2 weeks, we will be spending time with family and friends, and sorting out relevant paperwork, including collecting together the documents that will allow us to import our bikes into Australia at the end of our trip.
We bought our tickets at the last minute, picking them up in London the day before we flew!! There were 2 reasonable deals, we went for the cheaper ticket, giving us the option of not using the last flight back to London. Instead, we could buy a ticket from somewhere in South America giving us more flexibility in terms of time and destination.
After all the stress of the last few weeks, we can now relax for a while meet up with a few old friends and begin to plan our route.
Quite by chance we discovered that the National Motorcycle museum of Australia is just down the road, (by Aussie standards) at Nabiac in NSW. We borrowed a car and headed down the mountain - 30kmís of unsealed road. A further 25kmís towards Sydney and we found the museum, in a tiny village alongside the Pacific Highway. It was huge, 3 halls containing over 400 bikes, from all over the world.
We spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around through rows of motorcycles, restored and unrestored, and an amazing amount of memorabilia. Most of the bikes belong to the owner of the place, who has been collecting since he was a teenager, other bikes have been donated and some are on loan to the museum, which until recently was in Canberra.
For anyone making the trip from Sydney to Brissie, I would definitely recommend this as a place to visit.
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