HU Travellers Meeting Australia Snowy Mountains 2018

Horizons Unlimited 3rd Snowy Mountains Travellers Meeting

Friday Nov 16 - Monday Nov 19, 2018 - Jindabyne, NSW

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.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU Switzerland 2018.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited Snowy Mountains Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, Nov 16 to Monday, Nov 19, 2018.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Friday - Registration opens 12:00 pm. Presentations, workshops and films starting at 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Lunch and Dinner will be available on site.

Saturday/Sunday - Presentations, demos, tech sessions, forums/discussions starting at 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on site.

Monday - Breakfast on site. Hang out with old and new friends as long as possible... Clean up and pack up for departure by 12:00 pm.

More detailed schedule can be downloaded here approx 1 week before the event, and will be posted at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in!

Presenters at HU Snowy Mountains 2018 so far...

Belle Sinclair

Belle Sinclair

Bollocks! But I Will...
Adapting after massive injury and paralysis to get back to riding

Having ridden through Europe, central Asia, southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, and parts of Africa on small bikes, and survived just with what I could carry, my future suddenly turned very grim after I was paralysed by physio treatment that went wrong. All I could move was my head and my arms. Slightly. Overnight, I went from being strong, adventurous, abled-bodied and confident, to a useless lump totally dependent on the help of others. Couldn't move, couldn’t feed, wash, or go to the loo without total help. It was bollocks. Really bollocks, especially as the surgeon then said he was 90% sure I wouldn’t walk, and definitely never ride again.

But I worked hard, got my legs and most of my mobility back, and am back riding and travelling. However, I’ve had to adapt quite a bit to get round the problems I now have. Different bike, different sleeping, different approach to spannering and off-road riding; but I am back riding. This is about what I did to make that happen - how I made it work, innovations, and why it’s better.

Belle's dog in her sidecar

BELLE SINCLAIR rode extensively on different continents on small bikes until 2015 when physio treatment-gone-wrong left her paralysed with no hope to walk, let alone ride, ever again. After surgery, she re-learned how to use her legs, bought a bike and sidecar (needed the stability and suspension for her still-dodgy legs), inherited a dog, and got back on the road. She rode through cyclone Debbie. Belle can ride two wheels now, but how she loves her rig! Woohoo!

Belle's sidecar

Linda Bootherstone-Bick

Linda Bootherstone-Bick, Linda Playing Up

Psychology of Long Distance Travelling
In Uganda and Rwanda on a 125 Yamaha

Psychology of Long Distance Travelling
A forum to discuss expectations, on-the-road problems, and after-effects of long-distance travel

To have a forum with a solo female , solo male and a couple who have completed long distance travel to discuss firstly their expectations beforehand, then how they coped with serious problems en route, and, finally, what happened when they returned to normal life. This has been the subject of a podcast and has attracted many comments, so is an important part of preparation for taking on a long journey.

Linda Bootherstone-Bick

In Uganda and Rwanda on a 125 Yamaha

Linda travelled to Uganda and Rwanda in 2017. She visited game parks, schools, and many other places where diverse people and landscapes formed her adventures there.

LINDA BOOTHERSTONE-BICK has been travelling the world by motorcycle for more than 50 years. She has covered all the continents and written three books about some of her experiences. She is also a musician, so it's no surprise that her instruments accompany here on her travels. You're guaranteed a livey and amusing time with Linda.

Linda Bootherstone-Bick

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.

Presenters at HU Snowy Mountains 2017 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Facing Fears Alone in the Simpson Desert
Preparation & execution of a solo crossing

Have you ever felt like there was a destination, a route, a challenge that was beyond you and your abilities? For Sarah, that was a crossing of the Simpson Desert. Inspired by explorers in history, and the challenge and danger of an isolated, unforgiving desert, Sarah set about preparing for a solo crossing - from getting a bike set up for the ride, selecting the right gear, and preparing physically and mentally for the challenge that most people thought she would fail at. Sarah will discuss this preparation, and the highs and lows of crossing the Simpson Desert.

Sarah is an adventure motorcyclist, paramedic and part-time medic for The Great Australian Ride and Compass Expeditions. She has travelled by motorbike through Australia and parts of Asia, and has worked as a medic in remote Australia and Africa.

Sarah Taylor and bike on the ferry.

Stuart Ball

Stuart Ball, The Great Australian Ride

The Great Australian Ride
Prepare for a 21-day, 7500 km transcontinental off-road motorcycle adventure, Byron Bay - Steep Point.

Welcome to GAR - The Great Australian Ride. Are you ready for a true Australian Adventure? It's one hell of an exciting adventure that pushes the boundaries mentally and physically. Join a fantastic crew and ride from east to west, crossing the vast red centre while helping a great cause, Red Nose Charity. Stuart gives an in-depth view of the ride, how to prepare, how to fundraise to activate your adventure ticket, how to train for sand riding, and a discussion on bike setup.

"For some of us, when a huge reality gap opens, it actually helps us to clarify our purpose in life: we get in touch with 'the big picture', we reflect on what life is all about, we connect with our true core values, and we grow and develop. We may even discover a greater cause or create a mission, which ignites our passion and gives us a sense of vitality."

Stuart has completed eight crossings of Australia (Byron Bay - Steep Point), raising funds and awareness for Red Nose charity and other Australian charities. Founder of The Great Australian Ride, he organises a team of 16 who leave Byron Bay each year to ride 7500 km via four deserts, including the Simpson Desert, to reach Steep Point. These rides have raised over $350,000 since 2011.

The Great Australian Ride group

Rider on a dusty trail.

Mal Cremer

Mal Cremer

Building Confidence For Solo Travel
Use short adventure rides to build confidence for solo travel overseas

Build your confidence for your overseas solo ride. Work and family issues can cause postponement of the overseas solo riding adventure that many attendees at HU events are keen to experience. You should not put off the important and necessary learning for such a ride. Planned time away from your business or negotiated time off from your employer for shorter adventure rides will help build the confidence and skills that will benefit your ventures overseas. Mal talks from personal experience in taking time off from his commitments during the last ten years to undertake adventure riding. He has covered over 200,000 km on his bikes (BMW R1150R, Suzuki DR650 and BMW R1200GS) in Australia and New Zealand, both on and off road. He'll cover: preliminary planning; time constraints – real or perceived; negotiations with your employer for time off; running your business remotely; necessary communications with employer/business/family; examples of useful communication devices; solo or group riding - advantages and disadvantages; and safety precautions for you and your equipment.

Mal's work and commitments have constrained long-term overseas riding, and yet, in the last ten years, he has covered over 200,000 km (road/off-road ) on his own bikes in Australia and New Zealand.

Mal Cremer desert rest stop to Tibooburra

Mal Cremer at Akaroa Harbour

Jeff Luttmer

Jeff Luttmer, Someday May Never Be

Inuvik to Ushuaia
From the top to the end of the world

A devout traveller, explorer, and all-out adventurer, Jeff made his way from Inuvik to Ushuaia. The experiences in-between are revealed! With this adventure, plus others through Europe, Australia, and the Americas, Jeff still feels like he's "just starting"... and now he's got his sights on New Zealand.

Jeff Luttmer

Anne & Anthony Speed

Anne & Anthony Speed, 2slowspeeds

U.K. to Oz and Back
Iran & the 'Stans'

1. U.K. to Oz and Back
Buying motorcycles outside your home country & planning a RTW trip, from buying bikes to departure in six months

Anne and Anthony took early retirement to spend time with ageing parents and family in Europe and somehow decided to ride back on motorcycles. They bought two dealer demo F700GS motorbikes in the UK). UK-to-Oz ended up being a full round-the-world trip as the bikes could not be imported into Australia due to Australian Design rules. They travelled through Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, the 'Stans', India, Myanmar, South East Asia, and then South, Central and North America. So 15 months, 34 countries and 52,000 km later, they were back in the UK, still needing to get home in Brisbane!

They will go through their six-month planning process (how much or how little did they plan) and the pitfalls of starting a long trip outside your home country: motorcycle equipment and riding gear, travel and motorcycle insurance, carnet, Oz design rules, and visa application variations from country to country. Being relatively novice riders, they asked the bike dealership service manager if they could shadow their mechanic when they did the pre-trip service. The relationship with the service manager proved invaluable later in the trip. They will also go through the gear they found useful along the way in terms of bike equipment, clothing, maps and electronic gear, and what didn't make their 2nd RTW. Anne and Anthony hope they can inspire others to "just do it", whatever their dream.

Anne and Anthony Speed with bikes.

2. Iran & the 'Stans'
The highlight of our first six months on the road: Iran, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

When Anne and Anthony were asked what their favourite country was on their 15-month round-the-world trip, they answered: Iran. They spent one month in Iran, the maximum time allowable on their visas, with zero time to visit the most important tourist site, Persepolis. Why not? Because people kept inviting them into their homes and asking thaty they stay for a few days. Friends of friends of friends were lined up to greet them at the next town and the same hospitality was shown. They will share the fun and amazing experiences with people, driving, social requirements, dress requirements, and hospitality. They decided embracing those experiences was more important than visiting tourist sites. Iran remains one of their favourite countries.

There are two of us. We're slow and our name is Speed - we are the 2slowspeeds! After riding small bikes in the early 1980s for two years in South Africa, we didn't get back into biking until 2009. Since then, we've done two round-the-world trips in the past three years on our two F700GSs. In our blog, in addition to sharing our personnal experiences along the way, we have documented every border crossing and visa application, plus product reviews. We are happy to answer any questions!

Lyn Williams and Alan Curtis

Lyn Williams and Alan (Curt) Curtis, Twoxtw

Mesmerising Mexico
Not what we expected

If we had to leave Australia permanently, this is our first choice after 65 countries. Mexico - what a pleasant surprise. The amazing scenery, "wow" factors on every bend, the mountain ranges (many at 3200 meters), the Topes. Mexicans are such warm and friendly people, not like the media portray them. Build the wall or don't build the wall, come and listen to our stories and decide for yourselves.

It started with "I have a plan...." Almost four years ago, we left Queensland Australia to travel the world on our Yamaha XT 660s. Since then, we have taken in many sights and over 65 countries. From Asia to Europe, British Isles to Scandinavia, Russia, The "Stans", and Mongolia to the USA. Contintuing from there through Central America to Alaska....Over 110,000 km and not an end in sight!

Lyn and the bikes with sunny ocean view.

Tex O'Grady & Bundy

Tex O'Grady & Bundy

The Adventures of Tex & Bundy
We touch on our adventures, our charity work, a little about my 'Round Oz record and my endurance riding, AND our jet ski adventures

Come and hear the Adventures of Tex & Bundy (an Aussie bloke and submarine veteran and his Aussie stumpy-tailed cattle dog). The world's fastest and most-travelled motorcycling dog, just shy of one million km! Raising funds for much-needed local charities, Official Champions of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Ambassadors to Red Nose, Welfare Officer for Coffs Harbour Veterans Centre, and more. Hear about my successful attempt at riding 15,500 km in just under nine days for an Around Oz Record (1978). If we have time, you will hear about "Tex Does Europe!" (2017) - a 8,000 km quick squirt over a few weeks. Informative, sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious!

Each year, Tex and Bundy travel around 80,000 km for charity fundraising efforts all over Australia. Bundy is an Australian stumpy-tailed cattle dog who is just shy of one million kilometres old travelling on motorcycles.

Tex O'Grady and Bundy with motorcycle.

Mick McDonald

Mick McDonald, Compass Expeditions

The Biggest Mistake Of Our Lives
Co-founder, expedition leader, author and veteran of the travel industry.

Mick used to be a truck driver and tour leader for an overland adventure company in South America when a client on his tour made a special impression on him. She was Cathy McLean who had been diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia at the age of 27. This disease, which attacks the nervous system and often causes premature death, sparked Mick to organize a fundraising motorcycle adventure in support. This is the story of how Mick and his partners began adventure motorcycle tour company Compass Expeditions and the rocky road to success. Ten years on and Compass Expeditions is going from strength to strength, forever increasing the long list of destinations that Mick and his team take riders to around the world.

Mick on the Road of Bones

The Great Pyramids

Xander Kabat.

Xander Kabat, Overlander Adventure Equipment

Two-Up on a Twin

Seventeen months, two-up around through Africa and Asia. Like so many, a long trip was the dream. After 10 years in the making, we did it. One weekend changed our lives. This is the story of Xander and Tam's 17-months-long, 26-country trip across Africa and Asia, two-up on a 2000 750cc Africa Twin. This will be a light-hearted talk about how we prepared, the decisions we made, what worked, what DIDN'T, and some fun stories from the road.

Xander has been riding since he was 5 yrs old and has never stopped for long. He started travelling on his bike as soon as he got his license at 16, travelling North America and Canada. He always travelled solo until he was 25 yrs old, when he met his wife Tam. For the last 15 years, they have been touring two-up, including in Australia, Europe, and a 17-month trip from the U.K. to Australia through Africa and SE Asia. Xander now ownes and runs Overlander Adventure Equipment in WA, a shop dedicated to overland two-wheel travel.

Tam and Xander Kabat in Morocco with bike.

Sarah Goulopoulos and Tyson Clark

Sarah Goulopoulos and Tyson Clark

The Ride of Our Life
Walking a Mine Field with the Black Dog

1. The Ride of Our Life
Lessons learned, do's and don'ts, what's worked for us – what hasn't in our journey to get to the start line

New to adventure bike riding? Thinking of planning a trip around the world or even just an escape to the outback for the weekend? Then this is the talk for you! Ty and Sarah have started their RTW trip. First stop: HU Snowy. Sarah and Ty go through all the steps taken to organise this trip. They will cover what has worked and what hasn't, which companies and equipment they have used, and how they have gotten to the start line for their trip. Sarah will also be available to talk to any women interested in travelling and how she has gone about preparing for two years on the road. They'll return to HU Snowy in two years (2019!) to give a comparision talk, discussing further what did and didn't work whilst they travelled around the world. They will be honest and frank. They're always keen to discover new and better ways to do things, so feel free to say hi after the talk! Sarah and Ty will also touch on the charities that they are fundraising for whilst they travel.

Tyson and Sarah on bikes

2. Walking a Mine Field with the Black Dog
When a life-changing leg injury causes your whole life to stop and dealing with demons of the past.

Ty might be new to adventure riding, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had a few challenges in life. From riding his pushbike across the Simpson Desert as a 19-ear-old and fundraising for charity to the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, and to the jungles of Asia, Ty has always sought out adventure. However, just when Ty was getting ready to exit the army to ride around the world with Sarah, he accepted the offer to do one last deployment to Iraq. Whilst in Iraq, Ty was injured and returned home to Australia. With the prospect of having his leg amputated he spent nine weeks in hospital and then five months in rehab learning to walk again. It was at this point Ty met his greatest challenge. Ty "walks" you through a brutally honest and exposing story of how he has battled PTSD, major depressive disorder, severe anxiety, a life-changing leg injury, and how he walked out the other side. Listen first hand of the simple strategies Ty shares some of the simple strategies he used successfully in his battle against the "Black Dog" and how to cope when the going gets tough and, more importantly, how to keep the dream alive of achieving your goals.

*DISCLAIMER: Ty is not a qualified mental health practioner. He is one overlander talking to other overlanders - mates helping mates. Adult language may also be used.

Tyson and Sarah in front of road signs

Ty is new to adventure bike riding. He and Sarah are stepping off on a two-year RTW trip starting in November 2017. First stop being Snowys HU!! Sarah is a Level 1 yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for five years.

Jo and Mike Hannan

Jo and Mike Hannan, Elephant Travel

Travel Writing for Non-Writers
Border Crossing: A Check List
Gear Management

1. Travel Writing for Non-Writers

Most travelers hope to record their adventures in a travel blog or through travel stories. Unfortunately, many lack a clear narrative or get lost in personal detail and readers quickly lose interest. With a little forward planning and some practice anyone can write a travel story that captures the spirit of their journey and the hearts of the readers. The presentation includes just enough theory to provide context and focus attention on what makes a story work. Most of the presentation is given over to a simple "how to" guide aimed at those who are new to writing for a wide audience. Particular attention is given to avoiding common pitfalls such as over-committing and having your blog take over your journey. Attendees receive a handout with an outline of important points and a checklist to get started.

2. Border Crossing: A Check List

Jo and Mike provide a straightforward guide to assist in preparing for border crossings. It will help new riders approach their first international land border with confidence. A short formal presentation covering the listed points will be followed by a monitored discussion intended to draw on the wide experience of other travellers.

Topics include: doing the research; the paperwork; picking the border; deciding the time; fuel; gear security at the border; food and drink; the common process and the variations; currency exchange problems; finding your way around; how to use a helper; what to do about bribes; what to do when things go wrong; insurance; and getting out of the border town fast.

Jo and Mike Hannan with bike

3. Gear Management

Getting the set up and packing of a motorcycle right is vital to safety and comfort on the road. There are plenty of options for bikes and luggage, but a little forethought will keep you bike properly balanced and your gear safe. Jo and Mike provide a check list to help clarify and simplify what they call Gear Management for both ON and OFF the bike, including: GVM and what it means for your chosen bike; managing weight distribution; practical steps to improve mass centralisation; equipment problem solving; practicality; and gear security; gear organisation off the bike; emergency planning; and decoys/back-ups. Several rally bikes are used to show examples and demonstrate various options to balance the conflicting needs of volume, mass and distribution. Jo and Mike don't attempt to offer a single solution to this compromise, but provide a check list to assist riders to manage their gear so that it remains safe and secure.

Jo and Mike Hannan at Bright Angel Point.

Team Elephant consists of Mike and Jo Hannan and their aging BMW R1150 GSA which has covered more than 200,000 km through 46 countries over the last 10 years. They have had more than a few "border experiences" including a four-hour interrogation by Russian officials when attempting to cross into Mongolia.

Claire Girard

Claire Girard

Best Places to Ride in Canada
Riding Australia: a Canadian Perspective

1. Best Places to Ride in Canada

Claire gives an overview of the best roads and spectacular scenery found in National Parks in Canada. She and partner Richard Moore have been riding for the last ten years all over Canada, from the east coast to the west coast, as well as to Yukon and Alaska. They are particularly interested in visiting all national parks. Claire will speak about their experience, where are the best roads, what time of year you should visit and spectacular scenery you will find in national parks throughout Canada. They will also talk about camping and lodging facilities in Canada, comparing with the way of doing things in Australia.

2. Riding Australia: a Canadian Perspective

Claire and Richard had been riding in Australia for 3.5 months from April to mid-July 2017. They started in Melbourne (Victoria) and rode over 20,000 km visiting six states or territories, including the Northern Territory, crossing Australia from the Top End (Darwin) to the southern part and along the Great Ocean Road. They visited the major national parks and experienced the outback as well. From their Canadian perspective, Australia is very attractive, special and unique for motorcyclists. How does this compare with their previous experiences of riding, camping and visiting national parks throughout Canada and the U.S. during the previous ten years?

Claire and Richard have ridden all over Canada and the United States, from Newfoundland to Yukon, and from Alaska to California and to Louisiana. They started riding oversees in New Zealand as well as in Australia in 2017, now that they are both retired.

Claire Girard on her bike.

Axel Leonhardt

Axel Leonhardt, Curious Meandering

Curious Meandering
Impressions and experiences of 25,000 km and 7 months solo: Vladisvostok to Cape Finisterre

Axel shares his experiences of a life-time trip: 25 000 km, 22 countries, 7 months in the saddle... and a 600 km walk to top it all off! In 2016, he finally put into practice what he had gleaned from attending several HU meetings. Axel set off solo on his trusty BMW 1150GS to meander westwards. He experienced a lot, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. He will tell you all about it, and perhaps even inspire you to do something similar. Bring all your questions.

After having attended HU events several times, Axel is a known (positive) heckler. ;-) He's been a motorcyclist for 40+ years in Oz and Europe. He can finally share his experiences with past and prospective RTW motorcycle travellers.

Bike with a view

Hawk and camel

Balloon ride in Cappadocia

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Dave Milligan

Maggie Wolfenden & Dave Milligan, Get Routed

Motorcycle Shipping
Dos and Don'ts

Dave and Maggie share their best dos and don'ts of shipping your bike overseas, specifically from Australia to and from the USA, the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Maggie also shares some stories about touring throughout Spain.

Dave preparing a bike for shipment

Maggie and Dave have been riding bikes for over 55 years - throughout Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and New Zealand. They have been shipping clients' bikes internationally for 20 years to USA, UK, Europe and NZ.

Rupert Shaw

Rupert Shaw

Filming Your Adventure
Making a travel movie your friends won't have to pretend to like.

A succinct presentation with anecdotes covering the do's and don'ts of telling the story of your adventure. Rupert is the organiser of the Australian Adventure Travel Film Festival and has square eyes from watching too many films to prove it. Loves two wheels, Range Rovers, Unimogs and reading historical plaques. Seen a few things. Big proponent of shorter intense travel is better. Is here to share what makes a good film from a viewer's perspective.

Rupert Shaw

Janine Nicholas

Janine Nicholas, Rider Down

FAST AID for Motorcyclists
Lifesaving techniques not normally taught in other first aid courses [NOTE: This is NOT a certificate-issuing course. FYI only.]

In mid-2015, Janine created the Rider Down® program which has a core focus of reducing fatalities through the international 'Stop the Bleed' program. Over the past decade pre-hospital care has undergone a transformation toward evidence-based medicine. Advances in research have changed the way we do things including how to control major bleeding in the event of an accident. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within 3-5 minutes. Therefore, it is important to quickly stop blood loss. Rider Down® Fast Aid for Motorcyclists includes steps to control major bleeding, including the use of haemostatic dressings and commercial tourniquet application. Other skills include emergency helmet removal (when to and how to) and practical first aid kits (when size matters). Rider Down® was a finalist in the 2017 Australian Road Safety Awards.

Janine has a background as a paramedic and is an internationally certified emergency medical service (EMS) provider and educator with experience in Australia, North America and the Middle East. With a career spanning well over 25+ years, she holds numerous instructor, instructor trainer, and program development and coordinator qualifications. Janine founded one of Australia's first companies to open up formal vocational paramedic education to all individuals. Her company went on to become one of the largest private paramedic education providers in the Australia and is Western Australia's second largest private emergency ambulance service.

Janine Nicholas leads a Fast Aid course.

Xander Kabat.

Xander Kabat, Overlander Adventure Equipment

Packing Smarter / Fix that Flat!
Mechanical Maintenance Workshop

1. Packing Smarter

'Overweight is underprepared' has become an anthem for overlanders. However, the debate of what to bring, and how much to carry is as enduring as what is the best bike. It is agreed that the 'lighter the better', but what does that mean? What do you need to 'live on the road'? We will explore some of the advances in Camping and Motorcycle gear that is designed to be lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Be it a week end, a week or year the advances in gear may make your travels more enjoyable (or at least easier).

Xander Kabat packing workshop, Perth 2013.

Xander Kabat packing workshop

2. Fix That Flat!

In the style of Grant's tyre changing seminar, Xander 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 tyres; hands-on practical session for beginners to experts.

3. Mechanical Maintenance Workshop

So you think about travelling the wide open (unpopulated) spaces, but the travellers who have done it seem so blasé about the subject, which is ok if you can overhaul a motorbike in the middle of the Simpson Desert with an old boot, a Swiss army knife and a pair of pliers... but not everyone is a mechanic. This interactive workshop session will focus on the main mechanical aspects of motorcycle preventative maintenance and minor repairs. Although this is not a hands-on session, Xander will demonstrate some items on a bike. Topics include: oil change; air cleaner maintenance; daily and weekly checks; chain tension and adjustment; tyre pressures and wheel inspections; wheel bearings; chains and sprockets; clutch and brake adjustment; electrical fault finding; basic fault finding methodology (i.e., she's not going, and where do I start).

Xander has been riding since he was 5 yrs old and has never stopped for long. He started travelling on his bike as soon as he got his license at 16, travelling North America and Canada. He always travelled solo until he was 25 yrs old, when he met his wife Tam. Since then, they have been travelling two-up through Australia, Europe, Africa, and SE Asia.

Sarah Goulopoulos

Sarah Goulopoulos

Yoga for Adventure Riders, with Sarah
Learn some simple techniques on how to warm up/down for a day of riding

Sarah leads you through a sequence of stretches that will help you strengthen and stretch those muscles. The key to less pain is strengthening those core muscles and lengthening the rest. Reduce lower back pain and tight hamstrings. Learn how to stretch your wrists, shoulders, back and legs in a safe way so you don't wake up sore! All you need is a willing attitude, comfortable clothes and a towel/deflated air mat or a patch of grass to practice on. See you on the grass! NOTE: No previous experience in yoga required, just a positive attitude.

Sarah is a Level 1 yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for five years. Sarah and partner Ty Clark ride BMW 650s and have found that after a day on the bike, their muscles can be tight and painful. She and Ty are embarking on a RTW trip in November 2017 for TWO YEARS, so yoga is definitely on the "gear list".

Sarah's yoga pose on beach rock

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!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors - To Be Confirmed

Craig Jackson of Compass Expeditions will be here!

"For an experience of a lifetime, you can't get much better than a motorcycle ride with Compass Expeditions, be it a weekend training course with Dakar legend Simon Pavey in Australia, a ride with Charley Boorman in Africa, multi week tours around the globe or an epic multi country ride through some of the most remote regions on earth, you're in good experienced hands. Let your adventure start here!! 9 to 128 Day Adventure Motorcycle Tours across the globe including: Australia, South America, Africa, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and more."

Compass Expeditions.

Planning a trip around Oz? Check out BikeRoundOZ.

"We're here to help you make the most of your time and not just provide you a motorbike. If you'd just like to rent a motorcycle then that's fine but if you need route advice, accommodation booked, internal flights or even help with side trips such as Great Barrier Reef tours, then that's what we're here to do. Our staff have ridden right around Australia, through the middle and to parts beyond, so have incredible first hand experience of the country. Use us as a travel agency style resource for your trip."

Whether you travel by motorcycle or bicycle - for commuting, weekenders, or long adventures - Overlander Adventure Equipment will have something for you. We offer only the best equipment for two-wheeled travellers from around the world, & are here to help you achieve your overland travel goals. OverlanderAE also supplies lightweight camping gear, emergency communication & GPS devices, plus maps & books to suit all types of travel & traveller. Overlander Adventure Equipment - the best equipment for 2-wheeled travellers!
D2D Accessories specialise in the latest LED Lighting solutions, Adventure Motorcycle Accessories, Waterproof Dry Bags and Packs, Camelbak Hydration systems, and Compact Camping Equipment for the touring and adventure motorcycle market. D2D Accessories.

Robin Box of Touratech Australia will be demonstrating their products! Touratech is the world's leading motorcycle accessory manufacturer for the touring, rally and adventure motorcycle market.

The Touratech range includes motorcycle accessories, clothing, aluminium case and case systems, adventure motorcycle parts, crash bars, sump guards, tank bags, seats, parts, and accessories for adventure touring motorcycles like the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190, BMW F800GS, BMW F650GS, Suzuki V-Strom, KTM 990, KTM 950, Triumph Tiger, Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z, KTM 690, KTM LC8 and KTM LC4.

Perfect for Australian conditions, Touratech equipment is made desert tough, while precision engineering makes for a perfect fit every time. With thousands of products catering for most of the popular bike brands, we have the gear for your next adventure.

Touratech Australia.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.



Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

For 2018, we are back in a fantastic location - Jindabyne Sport & Recreation Centre, Jindabyne, NSW. Typical comments: "An excellent location and relatively quiet at this time of year." "The venue and food was excellent." "Great ride to the location." "Hope the event is at the same venue in 2017!"

Two hours south-west of Canberra in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre provides a range of services, facilities and accommodation options. Set on 87 hectares of high alpine country, the Centre delivers nature on a grand scale – crisp blue skies, gold-hued plains and views of massive mountains topped with snow. The Centre is moments from Lake Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park and only a short drive to the NSW snowfields. 

Jindabyne Sport & Recreation Centre, Jindabyne, NSW.

Presentation Facilities

We have several presentation facilities available, which will allow us to run multiple concurrent presentations.

JSR Conference hall.

JSR Dining hall and presentation room.


Jindabyne Map - click for larger version.
Click for larger version

Catered Accommodation - Camping

We have persuaded management to allow camping, but campers are required to take a meal package. There is plenty of flat space for camping. Full facilities will be available within a short distance - toilets, sinks and showers. We think camping is very good value at $85 per day including 3 meals. See menu below for sample food.

Jindabyne Sport & Rec Centre - Oval.

Camping will be on the Oval - nice and flat!

Plenty of shaded areas for chilling at Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.

Plenty of shady areas for relaxing and chatting

Catered Accommodation - Dorm rooms in Student Lodges

Student lodges will be shared - maximum of 18 people, comprising 4 bedrooms with four bunks in each, plus 2 private 'Staff' bedrooms (see Private rooms below). We will NOT use upper bunks, those are available for your stuff.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - Student Lodges - Bedroom.

There are no cooking facilities available in the Student Lodges. There is a lounge room with a digital TV, and a drying room with a washing machine and dryer. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the dorms. If you don't wish to bring your own, you can rent these for the weekend at $17 directly from the venue.

Jindabyne Sport & Rec Centre - Student Lodge.

We think the Student Lodge beds are very good value at $115 per day including 3 meals. See menu below for food.

Private rooms / Student Lodges

There are 2 private bedrooms in each Student Lodge (noted as Staff 1 and Staff 2 on floor plan). Toilet and shower facilities will be shared with one other person. Private rooms are priced at $415 for 3 days, including 9 meals. See menu below for food.

Jindabyne Sport & Rec Centre - Student Lodge bedroom.


Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - Student Lodge floor plan.

Self Catering Accommodation
(meal packages may be purchased separately)

There are a limited number of 2 Bedroom units and 2 Bedroom 'Family' units available. These are suitable for a couple plus two (friendly) individuals, very good value for a family of 4.

2 Bedroom Units (Snowy/Moonbah)

2 Bedroom Units comprise 2 bedrooms (1 upstairs loft): one double bed, one double bunk and one single bed. Bathroom with shower. Kitchenette with hotplate and microwave, digital TV. Pillows, doonas, bed linen and towels are supplied. $529 for 3 nights.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - 2 BR Units.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - 2 BR Units.


Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - 2 BR Units floor plan.

2 Bedroom Family Units

2 Bedroom 'Family' Units comprise 2 bedrooms: one king-split bed and two double bunks. Bathroom with shower. Fully-equipped kitchen with conventional gas oven, microwave and dishwasher, digital TV. Pillows, doonas, bed linen and towels are supplied. Two units provide disabled access. $645 for 3 nights.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - 2BR Family Units.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - 2 BR Family Unit floorplan.


Share meals with your fellow travellers!

Sharing meals are an excellent way to meet fellow participants and talk to presenters - the 'connect' part of Inspire, Inform and Connect! Also, since you're eating right there on site, you won't miss any of the after-dinner slideshows. :)

We have arranged 3 meal packages for the event, starting with lunch on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday. Feedback from 2016 was uniformly great!

"The venue was excellent, with the quality of the facilities and meals a treat."

Food MAY be available if you don't prebook, but no guarantees, so best to prebook.

There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special dietary needs within reason can be accommodated with advanced notice.

Sample Fri-Sun meal plan below - 2018 to be posted as soon as:

  Friday Saturday Sunday


Orange / Apple juice
Bacon / sausages
English muffin with tomato and cheese
Savoury eggs
Fruit Danishes
Toast and spreads
Selection of cereals / porridge
Fruit yoghurt
Compote fruit
Fresh fruit selection
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate
Orange/Apple juice
Bacon / sausages
Poached/fried eggs
Toast and spreads
Selection of cereals / porridge
Fruit yoghurt
Compote fruit
Fresh fruit
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate
Lunch Crusty bread roll
Soup of the day
Beef pie
Spinach and ricotta roll
Selection of sandwiches and wraps
Salad bar – selection of salads
Fresh fruit salad
Fresh fruit selection
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water
Crumbed fish
BBQ sausages and steak
Seasoned wedges
Salad bar – selection of salads
Fresh fruit selection
Apple and cinnamon cake
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water
Dinner Baked chicken with Mediterranean vegetables
Bacon and mushroom sauce with pasta
Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli
Beef lasagne
Salad bar – selection of salads
Crusty bread roll
Cheese cake or fruit salad + ice-cream
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water
Roast Beef
Roast Chicken
Vegetable cous cous
Baked potatoes and vegetables
Salad bar – selection of salads
Crusty bread roll
Pavlova or fruit salad + ice-cream
Fresh fruit
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water
Snacks Cookies & fruit Cookies & fruit  

Meal Package A
- 9 meals, 189

Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Meal Package B
- 6 meals, 125

Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Meal Package C
- 3 meals, 65

Saturday dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch.


The venue is licensed, so please DO NOT BYO. We reserve the right to expel without reimbursement any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance.

Jindabyne Sports and Recreation Centre - bar area.

No Fires

Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. There is a BBQ area available for cooking, but no camp stoves please. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre - fire pit.

Children & Pets

Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travellers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish. Bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kids' activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Participants under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8 pm onwards each evening.

Unfortunately we are not allowed to bring pets onto the property, so please leave your pets at home.


The venue has a No Smoking Policy in all work, washroom, meeting and food services areas. Smoking outside will be restricted to designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of the butts properly in the butt cans.

I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all slide shows, tech clinics & demos Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Camping, accommodation and meals are priced separately below.

Register & Pay before:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

Dec 31, 2017

July 31, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

55 (saves 30)

65 (saves 20)

75 (saves 10)


Pay Cash, PayPal or BSB on arrival

Full Pass (IF space is available!)

Weekend Pass (arrive Friday night)




Accommodation is NOT included with your registration fee. Catered or Self-Catering accommodation is available. See descriptions above. If opting for self-catering, meal packages may be purchased separately (see below).

Catered accommodation options include Camping or Dorm beds. These prices are PER PERSON per night and include 3 meals.

Tent camping (includes 3 meals), per person, per night

Dorm beds (includes 3 meals), per person, per night

Private room (shared facilities, includes 3 meals), per person, per night, must book for all 3 nights




Self-Catering options include 2 BR units and 2 BR 'Family' units, max 4 persons per unit, and are priced PER UNIT per night.


2 BR Unit, max 4 persons, price per unit, per night, must book for all 3 nights


2 BR Family Unit, max 4 persons, price per unit, per night, must book for all 3 nights


All beds are sized for one person unless otherwise specified. We will not use upper bunks. All cabin and dorm space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure your accommodations!


Meals are included in your camping or dorm accommodation above. Meal packages are available if staying offsite or in self-catering accommodation.

9 meals - Thurs lunch - Sun breakfast inclusive:

6 meals - Fri lunch – Sun breakfast inclusive:

3 meals - Sat lunch – Sun breakfast inclusive:







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Join the Volunteer Crew

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.

Comments about
HU Snowy Mountains

"Had a great time at my first HU meeting. Met some lovely people and inspired by the rides they have done. Thanks to all who made this event possible."

"...amazing, inspiring people who made me feel, despite age and a few creaking joints, I can have an adventure ride overseas, and I should just get out the and have a go. Motivating and confidence building."

"Great weather, great company, great talks. Great food. Well done team. Special thanks to Jacqui and her Drone..."

"Meeting such amazing people! Including Brian and Shirley - I am a huge fan of theirs!"

"Very informative talks!"

"Such a great way to meet people and also meet some of my favourite travel writers and adventurers. It was an amazing experience that I'll always remember."

"Mix of great tech sessions and presentations on things I wanted and needed to know."

"It was a well planned and executed event, with a good balance of technical and travel sessions."

"The venue and food was excellent."

"This was a well run event. The location was (is) better than HU NSW 2015 which I attended and presented at. The grounds were great for camping and the support from Sport and rec NSW was very good. Hope the event is at the same venue in 2017."

"Having two presentation rooms (plus the outdoor areas) is a bonus as more sessions cam be attended."

"Very well organised and a great sence of comminity with like-minded riders."

"Great ride to the location."

"The venue was excellent, with the quality of the facilities and meals a treat. I'll be back with those I can encourage. Thank you!"

"Camaraderie of motorcycle travellers and continuous chatter (congratulations! you know you've put on a successful event by the amount of chatter!)... with everyone smiling."

"Too short!"

"Liked that people could pick a camping spot just about anywhere on the campus (not all crowded together on an oval or something), also food and presentation facilities were very good."

"An excellent location and relatively quiet at this time of year."

"The camaraderie and the willingness to pass the experience."

"Well run, very enjoyable, great people."

Highlight - "chatting with Linda Bootherstone" mentioned by several people!

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster or postcard (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 (453kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Snowy Mountains 2018 meeting poster.

Hi-Res Poster - 1.5 MB


Postcard in PDF format (676kb), also can be printed 4 to an A4 page:

Horizons Unlimited Snowy Mountains 2018 postcard.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."


Be a Presenter

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 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas


Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

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.

Advertise at HU Snowy Mountains

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Snowy but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Snowy Mountains Location

Jindabyne Sport & Recreation Centre
207 Barry Way
Jindabyne NSW 2627


Canberra - 181 km, 2 hrs
Sydney - 464 km, 5 hrs
Melbourne - 583 km, 6.5 hrs
Adelaide - 1,123 km, 12.5 hrs
Brisbane - 1,374 km, 15 hrs

Other Accommodation

Good value accommodations (including self-catering cabins) are available at Jindabyne Sport & Recreation Centre, but the town of Jindabyne has lots of accommodation at varying prices, including very luxurious. This time of year will book up fast, so don't delay if you wish to stay off site.

Visit NSW Jindabyne Accommodation

Information about the area

From NSW Tourism

"Home to exhilarating alpine wilderness and Australia's highest peak Mt Kosciuszko, the Snowy Mountains presents a stunning vista of rivers, mountains and glacial lakes. Enjoy great skiing and snowboarding in the cooler months or bushwalk, mountain bike and horseride through wildflowers during the warmer months."

"The township of Jindabyne, in close proximity to the resorts of Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Thredbo, is full of activity with restaurants, nightlife, cafes and retail therapy all year round."

Snowy Mountains Ride -

Snowy Mountains by Motorcycle

"The region provides some of the best motorcycling routes Australia has to offer. When riding through the Snowy Mountains there are a number of routes you can choose from. There is the Snowy Valleys Way, Snowy Mountains Highway, Monaro Highway, Cann River Highway, Alpine Way, Elloitt Way, Tooma Road and Batlow Road to mention a few, all offer outstanding riding." Suggested Itineraries

Motorbike Rides in the Snowy Mountains

"Detailed description, directions, map, downloadable GPS file, and many on-board ride videos."

Local Hosts

For 2018, we are returning to our fantastic venue in Jindabyne, that we've christened HU Snowy Mountains. Our organising team hails from both sides of the line and even WA! Veteran travellers Brian Rix, Shirley Hardy-Rix, Pamela & Dave Hyde, Bryce Tobias and Ove Gehrmann have stepped up to the challenge, and we're VERY grateful to them all!

Brian Rix and Shirley Hardy-Rix are well used to snow!

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!

HU Events Refund Policy

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.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

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.