HU Travellers Meeting Australia Victoria 2015

Horizons Unlimited Australia (VIC) Travellers Meeting

Friday Oct 23 - Sunday Oct 25, 2015 - Marysville, Victoria

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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.

Horizons Unlimited Victoria Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, Oct 23 to Sunday, Oct 25, 2015.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Friday - Meet and greet. Registration opens 5:00 pm. Pre-booked Dinner at 6:00 pm or self-cater. Presentations starting at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

Saturday - Presentations, demos, tech sessions, forums/discussions starting at 9:00 am until 10:00 pm. Pre-booked breakfast, lunch and dinner on site or self-cater.

Sunday - Breakfast on site or self-cater. Presentations from 9:00 am until noon. Clean up and pack up for departure by 2:00 pm.

DRAFT Schedule can be downloaded here, 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! Details of changes to presentation times or other matters of note will be posted at Registration and other locations.

Useful information about the event and the venue can be downloaded here.

Presenters at HU Victoria 2015 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Shirley and Brian Hardy-Rix.

Brian and Shirley Hardy-Rix, Aussies Overland

Two up across Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Central Asia

World travellers Brian and Shirley are just back from a ride across Scandinavia, Europe and into Russia and Central Asia. Extreme temps and extreme conditions! New stories and great pics!

Brian and Shirley in Norway!Brian and Shirley in Norway.

A bit chilly for summer, especially for Aussies!

Shirley and Brian Hardy-Rix in front of Moscow to Vladivostok sign.

Circle to Circle, by Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix.Brian and Shirley rode from the bottom of South America to the top
of Alaska. A lap of Western Europe and southern Africa before heading home to Australia. 16 months on the road, more than 82,000 ks through 32 countries. They crossed the Andes, deserts, visited Antarctica and Galapagos.

On their next trip, they rode from London to Melbourne through Europe, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore!

Shirley and Brian have written a book about their travels: Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond. The book will be available at the event - get your copy signed by the authors!

Scott Cairns.

Scott Cairns

Riding Solo Through East Africa - Diving in the Deep End - What I learnt on my first ever Adventure Tour and why YOU can do it too!

So what Is Africa really like? Is it "safe"?

From dealing with police road blocks to having a lion run out in front of the bike, I share my experiences through East Africa.

Scott Cairns.

I also talk about border crossings, food, camping and accommodation, seeing the gorillas, doing a safari, muddy roads - anything and everything that we have time to cover!

Scott Cairns.

So far Scott has lead a fairly adventurous life; from paragliding to spending two years in the Commando regiment. He didn't think there was much left to excite, but Adventure Touring fulfills that need!

Sherri Jo Wilkins.

Sherri Jo Wilkins, Because I Can World Tour

South America

A closer look into this part of the world. From arriving Colombia on one very scary boat from Panama, right down the tippy bottom, Ushuaia, Argentina. Plenty of drama and adventure in between!

Sherri Jo Wilkins in Chile.

Sherri Jo is originally from America, now a proud citizen of Australia with a goal to ride a motorcycle around the world! She had owned and ridden a Harley in the States, acted as a navigator and co pilot in light aircraft and sailed a yacht dodging pirates through the islands of the pacific – surely this was the next logical step...

Traveled 3 1/2 years around the world on a KTM 690 Enduro. Now exploring my own country on smaller trips with my new Triumph Tiger 800 XC.

Aidan and Maria Schumacher.

Aidan and Maria Schumacher

The length of India - Not on an Enfield

We'll tell you how to go about buying a bike in Delhi that is not an expensive Enfield (it can be done even without the help of the famous Lali Singh).

Then we'll show you lots of pictures and tell you of the adventures we had during our six months riding around India. First the freezing cold and stunningly beautiful Himalayas, through the recently flooded Srinagar, where we lived on a boat. The deserts of Rajasthan and the Pushkar camel fair. Bootlegging in Gujarat with its dried up salt planes that flood in the rainy season, almost cutting it off from the rest of India. Not to forget a Christmas amongst the ruins of Hampi and living with a tribe in the tea mountains. And finally the stunning hippie beaches of Goa and the waterways of Kerala.

Aidan and Maria Schumacher.

We are Aidan and Maria and we are on our big RTW. We set off from London, where we both lived for several years, in February 2014 and headed east. Like most plans, this one changed several times and our one big trip is turning more into a lifestyle of lots of trips. We haven't actually made it around the world yet so we're just working and traveling, having lots of adventures and meeting great people along the way. We thought we'd share a few stories with you while we're in Australia.

Geoff Bransbury.

Geoff Bransbury, Dopey Old Bloke

Finding Serendipity in Russia & Mid Asia

Drama, amazing hospitality, stunning scenery, history & hilarious moments riding solo in Russia Mongolia, Stans, Pamirs and Iran!

I hadn't ridden for 35 years when I attended my first Horizons meeting. Now, aged 70, I'm into my RTW and ready for more!

Geoff Bransbury crossing water.

My solo 2014 trip through Russia, Mongolia, the Stan's and Pamir Mountains and Iran to London was life changing. It had it all... Drama, and near catastrophe, inspirational places and history and lasting friendships.

My presentation is more than just photos showing the journey, and the adventure. I try and bring to life the views of the people, their history which has so much relevance to us.

Geoff Bransbury makes new friends.

Geoff Bransbury, 70, started riding again at 65 He recently travelled from Vladivostok Russia to London via the Stans, the Pamir Mountains, Mongolia, Iran, Turkey. Previous bike trips include Europe, South/Central America, USA, India, Bhutan, Nepal.

Horizons meetings gave Geoff the inspiration, confidence and knowledge to travel the world alone by Motorcycle.

Rob and Kath Gordon.

Rob and Kath Gordon

Small bikes in big places - Travel hints and tales from two Aussie idiots, on sub-200cc bikes, traveling the Americas.

In 2014, two Aussie idiots gave up work for the year, piled their remaining belongings in storage, and went riding. 5 months were spent in South America traveling on local 125cc bikes. Then, they flew to the USA and bought big 200cc beasts to tour another 10,000 miles.

Rob and Kath Gordon.

Intertwined with trip tales are various lessons learned; from buying bikes in Chile & the USA, what worked/didn't work, what we used/didn't use and other hopefully helpful info.

In 2014, Rob & Kath took a year off work and spent it traveling the Americas on little bikes. We bought wee 125s in Chile, and rode almost 20,000ks through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. We then sold the bikes, flew to the USA and bought 200cc bikes to do 10,000 miles...

Tim Sleeth.

Tim Sleeth

Between Hither and Yon - Tales from the ride from Melbourne to London

In February 2014 Tim set off on what would turn into 45,000km journey across 33 countries lasting 11 months.

Leaving on a whim and intent to plan on the go led to many adventures including crossing Myanmar, getting locked in an Indian jail and riding through the Himalayas in Ladakh.

He will also touch on having his bike stolen in Budapest and how this challenge was overcome with the help of the local biker community to finish the journey.

Tim Sleeth at Khardungla.

Tim is a 26 year old adventure motorcyclist from Melbourne, Australia. After having backpacked around Europe, Asia and the Americas he decided to combine his passion of bikes and travel by riding from Melbourne to London.

Back in his hometown of Melbourne Tim is readily pursuing his next adventure and hopes his experiences will inspire others to try their own.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant Johnson on pipe bridge in Peru.

Grant crossing a river on a pipe bridge in Peru

11+ years later, they finally made it, through 50 countries - Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, with a side trip to Antarctica! Hundreds of great pics and some amazing stories!

Workshops and Educational Sessions

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

Aidan and Maria Schumacher.

Aidan and Maria Schumacher

Breakdowns = Adventure

We were told BMWs are pretty much the most reliable bike you can take on a RTW. Well, in that case I must have had the exception to the rule. As soon as we'd left our comfort zone of central Europe and reached Greece, where they use a different alphabet, the breakdown saga began and followed us around for months. Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Well, it actually provided us with some of the greatest adventures! The kindness and helpfulness of people is immense regardless of language or religion. We will share the great experiences we had and tell of the people we met because of my unreliable bike. And we'll show you how we've always found a way to fix the bike and carry on, even in countries where things work differently and people don't speak English.

Aidan and Maria Schumacher.

Things may not have worked out the way you'd planned - they hardly ever do. It can get really frustrating but don't let a breakdown make you give up. Just keep at it. Chances are you'll get to know the locals and have some great experiences when your bike forces you to stop for a while. So don't let the worry that you might break down stop you. It's just part of your great adventure!

Janet and Anthony Morrison.

Anthony and Janet Morrison

What to take, South America with a tour company, and Trials and Tribulations of 2-up camping in Europe

What to take & how to take it

This presentation is for those of us who just want to know where to start. I will talk about what to take and how to get it there for those going on a tour with a company or are doing their own thing. I will also show you how I packed the motorcycle for a three month two up camping holiday around the UK and Europe. I will also give you some help with the paper work. what is required and what is handy to have.

South America with a tour company

This is a short summary of our experiences in riding across South America with a large Australia tour company. I will talk about the lead up to the ride including medical, paperwork visa's etc. Included in the talk will be slides showing some of the places and things we saw and experienced.

3 months, 2 up camping around Europe - the trials and tribulations

This is a short summary of our experiences in riding around Europe. I will talk about the lead up to the ride including medical, paperwork visa's etc. Included in the talk will be slides showing some of the places and things we saw and experienced.

Anthony and Janet Morrison.

Anthony and Janet Morrison have traveled around Australia, South America and Europe. They have traveled with a tour company across South America but more recently have done two trips to the United Kingdom and Europe, camping two up for up to three months.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar 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 tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors Confirmed

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.

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!

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

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

For 2015, we are in a New location - Camp Marysville! Marysville is in the Yarra Ranges, and the Black Spur and Reefton Spur rides are famous with Australian motorcyclists!

Black Spur Drive near Marysville.

Camp Marysville is set just out of the village of Marysville (to which it is connected by walking and cycling paths) on 20 acres bordered by the Marysville State Forest and rolling farmland only 90 mins from Melbourne CBD.

Camp Marysville is owned and operated by the not for profit Outdoor Education Group (OEG). The camp was originally built as temporary housing after the Marysville fires, since repurposed and refurbished as an outdoor education camp for schools and groups.

Camp Marysville map - click for larger version.


There are plenty of shaded areas for camping, and also plenty of beds for anyone who doesn't fancy camping. We will dedicate cabins as required for campers so there will be full facilities available - toilets, sinks and showers.

Camp Marysville camping area.

Lots of shaded area for camping

Camp Marysville covered area foroutdoor  activities.

Camp Marysville covered area foroutdoor activities


Camp Marysville offers great value self catering accommodation for couples, families and small groups. Their two bedroom self catering lodges and one bedroom lodges have been recently refurbished and have everything you will need for your stay.

All lodges and cabins have reverse cycle airconditioning/heating and ensuite toilet and shower (no need for guests to leave their cabin to visit a remote ablutions block during the night).

Camp Marysville - cabins from the camping area.

Dorm rooms

Dorms have their own washrooms and showers and may be shared by up to 8 individuals. We will designate male and female dorms. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the dorms.

Camp Marysville - Beds in multi-bed cabin.

Beds in multi-bed cabin

Camp Marysville - Cabin bathroom.

Family Cabins

There are a limited number of 'Family' cabins available. These are suitable for a couple plus two (friendly) individuals, very good value for a family of 4. They include a kitchen for self-catering. Linens are supplied.

Camp Marysville - Family cabin.

'Family' cabin - suitable for couple plus two singles

Camp Marysville - living area for Family cabin.

Each Family Cabin also has its own lounge and kitchenette.

Camp Marysville - kitchenette in Family Cabin.

Camp Marysville - queen bedroom in Family cabin.

Queen bedroom in Family Cabin

Camp Marysville - single beds in Family cabin.

Single beds in Family Cabin


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. :)

"It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company."

"The atmosphere was relaxed and I liked the networking opportunities."

Networking over meals at a Horizons Unlimited event.

We have arranged 2 meal packages for the event, starting with dinner on Friday night through lunch on Sunday. We've been promised lots of great food!

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.

Meal plan below:

  Friday Saturday Sunday


Eggs, sausage or bacon, oatmeal or cereal, toast, yogurt, bircher muesli, fresh fruit
Pancakes, bacon, maple syrup, berries, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit
Lunch   Anti pasto style lunch
Rolls & fillings
BBQ Lunch on the deck
Selection of meats & salads
Dinner Roast Night (Chicken & Beef), roast pumpkin, spuds, carrot on spinach

Chocolate & Raspberry pudding with cream
Curry Night – Mild Chicken curry & vegetable curry, rices, flat bread, yoghurt

Chai tea cake with orange syrup & ice cream
Snacks   Fruit & cookies, muffins Fruit & cookies

Meal Package A - 6 meals, 130

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

Meal Package B - 3 meals, 65

- Saturday dinner;
- Sunday breakfast and lunch.

No Fires

Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

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.

Smoking & Drinking

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.

You may Bring Your Own alcohol for consumption in your cabin or tent. We reserve the right to expel without reimbursement any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance.


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