HU Western Australia Travellers Meeting 2019

Horizons Unlimited Western Australia Travellers Meeting -
Yourdamung Road Retreat, Collie, WA

Friday 5 Apr - Sunday 7 Apr, 2019

Horizons Unlimited Western Australia Travellers Meeting Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday 5 Apr to Sunday 7 Apr at Yourdamung Rd Retreat in Collie, WA. This great new venue is perfect for riding, and there'll be lots of that on the weekend!

Arrive on Thursday to be ready for activities on Friday morning. Camping is available Thursday night, but no activities or meals provided on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Starting Friday morning, continuing Saturday and Sunday, there will be rider training, talks and workshops, ride-outs and skills challenges. Evening entertainment will consist of talks and travel films.

Download the schedule here!

+ Get the Event Guide for all the info you need!

Yourdamung Rd Retreat watering hole.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time! Details of changes will be posted at Registration and other locations.

Adventure Bike Off-Road Rider Training Course - ON SITE!

Want to improve your off-road & adventure riding skills? Back by popular demand - HUWA West Moto Adventures off-road rider training course. The folks at West Moto Adventures are offering a basic Adventure Bike off-road training course. This course is aimed at new riders who want to get the basics of off-road riding on adventure bikes, and for riders who have some experience but want to improve their off-road skills.

West Moto Park Adventure Bike off-road training course.

The course is directed at people with basic riding skills but limited experience of off-road riding. Course will cover:

• Body positioning
• Weight distribution
• Take-off and feet-up drills for difficult situations (e.g. coffee rock or sand)
• Control skills
• Basic balancing drills
• Slow riding and acceleration control
• When to stand, sit and waddle

Rider training at HU Western Australia 2018.

"Rider Training. It was fantastic for everyone, beginners and experts. Well done guys for making that happen. Came to the event on the gravel road at 45/50kms an hour, left at 70 with heaps more confidence!" Jenny Colquhoun

Training is NOT included in your registration fee, but is a smoking deal! The course will cost $75 per person for the one-day (7 hours) course on Friday 5th April (start time TBA). Camping is available at the venue on Thursday evening. Grab breakfast in Collie before you start.

All participants in the course must have their own road-registered bike and all appropriate riding equipment. Maximum number of participants is 30, so please sign up when you register. West Moto Adventures reserves the right to remove people from the course at any stage during the training. Course content may change at the discretion of West Moto Adventures.

For our planning purposes, please sign up when you register!

HU Western Australia Adventure Travel Challenge (ATC)

On activities across the weekend, you can put your freshly-honed skills to the test in the Western Australia Adventure Travel Challenge. There will be prizes!

Skills Tune Up, HU South Africa.

These events are open to ALL attendees, and you don't have to have done the training to compete (but it might help...)

Sign up on Friday or Saturday morning at Registration.

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Presenters at HU Western Australia 2019 include...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Richard Hall

Richard Hall

Remote Area Travel
Things I've learned since I was 15!

Adversity makes the adventure! Richard went on his first adventure ride on a DT250A from Kalgoorlie to Rawlinna when he was just 15. Back in those days, all he needed to survive was a piece of canvas, sleeping bag, cordial bottles full of water, and a 22. Since then, he's made regular journeys into the outback on a variety of bikes and with assorted mates. Over the last 40 years, he has travelled iconic tracks such as the Simpson Desert, Canning Stock Route, and most of Len Beadells' tracks.

Find out what Richard has learned over the years, what's changed, and what's stayed the same. This layman's introduction to desert travel will cover topics including: knowing the outback; desert track options; planning your ride; bike preparation; spares and repairs; personal preparation and fitness; luggage options; communication gear; water; first aid preparedness; plan flexibility; sand riding; and comfort! He'll show some shots from his trips and discuss things to know about the Suzuki DR650.

Richard Hall, Canning Stock Route.

Richard Hall, Outback with friends at Loongana.

RICHARD HALL has been adventure riding since age 15. He is President of the Classic MXWA motocross club and a Level 3 Motorcycling WA Clerk of Course. He still rides motocross (to keep fit for adventure riding!). He does one big outback trip per year and tries to squeeze in a couple smaller ones as he can.

Tanya Nayda and Michael Eckert, Morocco

Tanya Nayda & Michael Eckert, Earth's Ends

A Fair Crack at Africa /
Mods, Maintenance, and Bush Repairs

1. A Fair Crack at Africa
Tales from over two years of meandering around Africa

After years spent happily ensconced in the bosom of the Australian mining industry, Tanya and Mick decided it was time to live the dream and travel a large portion of the globe on the back of their trusty, kitted-out Suzuki DR650s. Plans painstakingly made beforehand were swiftly abandoned upon arrival in Africa - more fun and adventure was to be had by following advice from locals and snooping around on the roads less travelled. An imagined 10-month trip morphed into a two-years-and-two-month, 66,000km meander throughout 23 African countries. They travelled south to go north, east to go west with blazingly glorious inefficiency over the continent.

Tanya Nayda, battling Congo mud

The most special leg of their 3.5-year RTW trip on bikes was the stretch from South Africa to Morocco. From remote trail riding in the north of Namibia to Kenya's Lake Turkana and through Ethiopia's Omo Valley, a last minute decision to tackle the notorious N1 Mud-fest across the Democratic Republic of Congo and an impromptu trip in the remote northern Congo Jungle with a trained opera singer to find singing forest people… and many tales in between.

2. Mods, Maintenance, and Bush Repairs
How we got (and kept) our bikes Africa off-road ready

Mick's an engineer and tinker-er from way back. Never one to leave well enough alone he embarked an an ambitious bike build (x2) that got a little out of hand before yielding a couple meanly kitted out, Africa ready dirt donkeys. And if that wasn't enough he managed a couple of full engine rebuilds and a bore out to 790cc for good measure....all from the confines of a tiny garden shed during an European winter. Mick speaks on preventative maintenance - the sting that holds any long term bike trip together and his favourite bush repairs.

Michael Eckert, Shipwreck off of a beach

TANYA NAYDA is a geologist and long-time lover and rider of all varieties of motorbike. MICHAEL ECKERT is a mining engineer by trade who has been riding for quite some time. They're one year back in the "real world" after a 3.5-year RTW trip on two Suzuki DR650s.

Viv Canini

Viv Canini, Metalmaiden Photography

Himalyas - What to Expect
There is a wide range of terrain to tackle, but all have one thing in common: The Spectacular View!

As a photographer, I have travelled the Himalayas quite extensively over recent years. There is no shortage of amazing scenery. As cliché as it sounds, it most certainly is a life-changing experience. No matter how many times I have been there, it is always offers a different experience to encounter. Sometimes the adventures run smoothly, and others not so much, but day-to-day life generally takes you on an unexpected journey and makes you grow in ways you would not think possible.

Join me as I showcase these amazing places and hopefully inspire you to whole-heartedly do whatever it is you choose to do in life. Don't sit and wait for life to happen… BE BOLD, PUSH YOURSELF AND GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE (Angie Gels).

Viv Canini, Himalayan flags.

Viv Canini, 'Hang ten' in the Himalayas.

VIV CANINI knew things had to change when she fell seriously ill in 2007. She took on an adventure that not only changed her life, but also fed her soul. Having travelled across the Nepalese and Indian Himalayas, and most recently across the Mongolian Steppes, Viv is always looking for her next adventure and new life experiences on two wheels.

Sea To Summit logo

Kirsty Cowie & Ellen Flower, Sea To Summit

Rest Well. Eat Well. Explore More. [EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION]
Join Ellen and Kirsty from Sea to Summit to find out how to choose the best stove system for your adventure!

When it comes to cooking after a long day of exploring, you want to ensure you've got a reliable setup that is easy to use, and enables you to create the meal that you want. We'll help you understand everything you need to personalise your entire cooking system, from stoves and fuel to pots, pans, dinnerware, and accessories. You'll also get to see how the most popular camping stoves fare against each other in our Battle of the Stoves, and sample some Back Country Cuisine freeze dried food.

Sea To Summit, cooking delicious camp meals.

KIRSTY COWIE has worked in the outdoor industry for over 10 years. Moving to Perth from London in 2011, she quickly embraced the WA lifestyle. She spends her free time camping, hiking, kayaking, and 4WDing with her partner and their dog, Frankie.

ELLEN FLOWER grew up in Tasmania, always dreaming of travelling the world. So far, she has managed to get to 35 countries. On her last adventure, she traveled from Singapore to the UK without flying. It took her 10 months and modes of transport varied from trains, buses, motor bikes, camels, and horses.

Steve Hammon.

Steve Hammond

Planning a Tour of North America (and Maybe Mexico) /
87 Octane... My Bike Won't Run On That!!

1. Planning a Tour of North America (and Maybe Mexico)

Want to travel to the USA, but think it's too hard? In this session, Steve walks through the steps he's been taking to ship his 650 V-Strom and himself overseas for five months of adventure. Steve's research will help you navigate the labyrinth of U.S. bureaucracy and get on with planning your own northern adventure. Discussion will cover: visa options and application; shipping your own bike or buying/hiring there; insurance and vehicle documentation; importation; crossing borders; bike parts and servicing; travel money; and how to use a U.S. gas pump!

Steve will have his fully-prepared V-strom available all weekend for tyre-kicking and discussion.

Steve Hammond hanging out be a sophisticated stream.

2. 87 Octane... My Bike Won't Run On That!!

The manufacturer's handbook says my bike needs 95 octane! How will my bike perform? Will it cause damage? Join Steve's discussion of fuels for both Australian and overseas adventures. Unravel the myriad of rumours about fuels as they change to meet modern demands. Petrol, diesel, LPG, and ethanol blends will be covered, as will the safe handling and storage of them. Hints for Aussie outback travellers using all forms of transport are to be found here and, if time permits, a chat about engine oil. Bring your vehicle's owner handbook to this session and we'll see what else you can discover about your trusty steed.

STEVE HAMMOND claims to be a greying nomad who enjoys motorcycle touring on dirt and sealed roads equally. He has toured all states of Australia and both islands of New Zealand. Never happier than touring, photographing and camping in a different scenic location, his next trip planned is a retirement tour of USA.

Doug Vickery

Doug Vickery

Adventure Wisdom at Any Age
A 60-year-old newbie's perspectives on motorcycle travel throughout Australia

There's two kinds of wisdom: the kind you (hope) to accrue throughout life and the kind you earn through motorcycle travel. Doug shares his experiences about the latter, especially as a late-starter to overland adventuring. Over the past couple of years, he has traveled over 44,000 km across Australia via the Great Central Road to Uluru, through the Victoria High Country, Snowy Mountains, and back via the Gramians, Eyre Peninsula... Doug brings "mature newbie" perspectives to adventure riding skills, camping, packing, breakages, injuries, wildlife encounters, and more.

Doug Vickerys, Uluru 2018

Doug Vickerys, Uluru 2018

At 60 years old, DOUG VICKERY, is a recently-initiated newbie to the world of motorcycle adventure travel after having ridden mostly Ducatis since his early teens. Having now done two rides across Australia through the centre via Uluru and the Victorian high country and ventured off the bitumen through WA, 44,000km later and a bit wiser? he'll talk about the trips, his hard knock and fun learnings and failings on bike setup, riding technique, exercise, motivation, safety, chance encounters of the people and animal kind and tips on camping and accommodation."

Lyn and Peter Mawby

Lyn and Peter Mawby

Riding Mongolia
Hindsight is 20/20: lessons learned during pre-trip planning and while on-the-road

Find out how Lyn and Peter arranged their first self-organised, overseas motorbike trip to magnificent Mongolia. Hear tales from the road on hired 150cc bikes as you follow their 3.5-week adventure, including all the fun and frustrating experiences.

They cover their pre-trip planning: visas, medical, bike hire, what riding and camping gear to take, and how it get it all to Mongolia. They'll also talk about the variable road conditions, what they used for navigation so they didn't get lost, and the side-trip they took to hike in the west. All that, plus a short video to showcase Mongolia's spectacular scenery and the beauty of this country and its people, regardless of how you travel.

Lyn and Peter Mawby with their bikes.

Lucky enough to grow up in the Swan Valley, PETER MAWBY spent his youth riding off-road, and has always been interested in motorcycles. LYN MAWBY's interests originally lay elsewhere - horses, hiking, kayaking or any other mode of transport that made it possible to enjoy getting out amongst nature. They love holidaying and travel, and spent many family holidays camping with a young family, followed by a variety of overseas travel, where they discovered the benefits and sense of achievement when travelling backpacker-style.

In 2015, Pete and Lyn fulfilled a long-time dream by joining a motorcycle group, riding two-up through India, after which they train-hopped around the country for three weeks. Thoroughly inspired, they chose Mongolia for their first independent motorcycle trip. At the time, the task of preparing seemed enormous. Now, on the other side of that trip, they're here to share the lessons learned during the planning stage and while on-the-road to prove that you CAN make your dream become a reality.

Jenny and Will Colquhoun

Jenny and Will Colquhoun

C'Mon, Let's Ride Australia... It's Easy?
Five months + 21,000 km: Team Wiljen ride from Mandurah QA to Cook Town QLD and back.

We focus on the humorous side of motorcycle touring across Australia (with a side-trip to New Zealand) as a married couple, riding our own motorbikes. Lots of things go right, but heaps also go wrong. Enjoy hearing about our bloopers balanced out with a quick fly home two-thirds of the way into the trip due to a very unexpected funeral of a loved one back home. We returned to Cairns, FNQ, to continue our ride across the Top with the tropical wet season on our tail. It all wraps up on a positive note. We have great photos, video, cost details, and ideas to share with you on how to ride as a middle-aged couple across Australia.

Jenny and Will Colquhoun, Northern Territory road sign

For the past four years, JENNY and WILL COLQUHOUN travelled to many places. Together, they're known as Team Willjen and love to live simply. They prefer self-organised travel by bicycle and motorbike. Multi-month tours include exploring Europe, India, New Zealand, and North America. It's just the beginning.

Ewen MacGregor

Ewen MacGregor

The Trans European Trail (TET)
Over 44,000 km. Put simply, an adventure rider's dream!

The Trans European Trail is an adventure rider's dream made up of a network of off-road tracks criss-crossing the European continent, stretching over 44,000 km from the northernmost point of Europe in Nordkapp, Norway, all the way to the shores of Africa and across from Portugal to Romania. Early social media posts in 2017 got me salivating at the prospect, given my passion for off-road adventure riding. Since I already had a European ride planned, I offered to do some pre-running of the route in France and northern Spain. By the time I arrived in Europe, the TET was officially launched with free downloadable GPX files available.

The TET project became a bigger success than the founder John Ross and supporters Adventure-Spec ever imagined. I returned in 2018, keen to finish the French TET route and ride in the Italian Alps. The adventure this time, however, was less about the riding and more about a relaxed pace that allowed for visiting museums such as the Le-Mans 24 hour, following locals chasing wild mushrooms, or cycling classic Tour de France climbs. Share my passion for adventure travel through lots of stories and some video footage.

Ewen MacGregor, TET Italy

Ewen MacGregor, Bike overlooking river bluffs

EWEN MacGREGOR is a passionate adventurer who has travelled extensively on two wheels in Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. His adventures include sea kayaking, hiking and mountain biking around the remote Kimberley; cross-country skiing in Norway; and mountain biking across the Canadian Rockies. More recent adventures include adventure motorcycling in Morocco, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Over the past two years, Ewen has been exploring Europe on the Trans European Trail. He is a strong advocate for Horizons Unlimited and been involved since its inception in Western Australia.

Educational Sessions

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

Andy C.

Andy C. & HUWA Team

How to Lift a Fully-Loaded Travel Bike

Does the idea of dropping, then having to pick up your loaded bike give you the heebie-jeebies? Have you tried to pick up your bike and found recommended techniques just don't work for you? Bring along your bike and willingness to find a helpful technique or two for the next time your bike decides to take a nap!

Jenny and Will Colquhoun, Northern Territory road sign

Andy is a long-time adventure traveller with many great rides in Australia under his belt. He's owned a KLR250, XTZ660 Ténéré, XR600, DR650, XTZ660 Ténéré. Now he rides the Africa Twin.

John Lizamore

John Lizamore

Bike Ergonomics and Maintenance

You will get the most out of your motorcycle when it feels like an extension of yourself. John shows you the amazing difference a properly set-up bike makes to your riding fun. He covers ergonomic and functional bike set-up, the advantages and disadvantages of various options such as handle bar position, screens, and more.

JOHN LIZAMORE has traveled more than most, but less than others. He prefers solo trips, but can be persuaded to join groups if he knows them. Whille he prefers motorcycles, John also has extensive 4x4 and trucking travel experience.

John Lizamore

Xander Kabat.

Xander Kabat, Overlander Adventure Equipment

Packing Smarter and Fix That Flat!

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.

Fix That flat! Tyre Changing

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 tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts.

XANDER KABAT has been riding since he was five years old, never stopping 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 when he met his wife Tam. For 10 years, they toured two-up, including in Australia, Europe, and a 17-month trip from the U.K. to Australia through Africa and SE Asia. Now he travels around Australia solo or with Tam on her own bike. Xander and Tam own and run Overlander Adventure Equipment in WA, a shop dedicated to overland two-wheel travel.

Stay tuned for more presenters...

The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors - To Be Confirmed

CTI has been serving the motorcycle industry for over 40 years with a wide range of innovative, high quality and unique products.

For over 40 years CTA has been serving the motorcycle industry with a wide range of innovative, high quality & unique products.

CTA is the Australian importer for Kenda Motorcycle & ATV Tyres and Tubes, Nexx Helmets, K&N Air Filters and Oil filters, Lucas Oil Motorcycle Oil Products, Nankang Motorcycle Tyres, Bagster Luggage, Antigravity Lithium Batteries and Jump Starters, Invision Visor Inserts, Multiair Air Filters and Dimple Drain Plugs,

We are also the NSW & WA State distributor for Nolan Helmets, X-lite Helmets, Givi Luggage, Afam Sprockets, Continental Motorcycle Tyres, Denso Spark Plugs, EK Chain, Battery Tender chargers.

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!
Bikes Abroad.

Bikes Abroad provides cost effective international shipping solutions. Services include crating and un-crating of bikes, packing containers, booking direct sailing vessels and flights, arranging import permit applications, marine insurance, customs clearance and quarantine inspection.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them!
Exhibitors
, more details and registration here. Please contact us if you have more questions.

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.

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Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

The event is taking place at Yourdamung Rd Retreat near Collie, WA.

708 Yourdamung Road
Collie WA 6225
-33.252263, 116.278153

Please be aware there is a 7km gravel road (in good condition) to access the venue.

Yourdamung Rd Retreat hosts events and holiday retreats. The area consists of self contained living areas, a watering hole, stage, camping area, function area, and much more!

 

Yourdamung Rd Retreat - Swimming area and stage.

When you're not riding, you can soak in the Aussie bush atmosphere - view wildlife, swim in the waterhole or take a leisurely bush walk.

Accommodation

Youradmung Rd Retreat has camping, self-contained rooms and caravan space on site. The nearby town of Collie has a number of hotels/motels and bed & breakfasts to suit every budget. See listing on this page.

Camping (Pre-book when you register)

Yourdamung Rd Retreat camping area.

Lovely area with grass and trees for camping, pic by Christian Komnick

Weekend (Thurs/Fri/Sat night) Camping: $25 per tent. (Not included in registration fee). You can also pay just $10 per tent per night if you're only staying Fri/Sat nights!

Other Accommodation On-Site

There are a very limited number (10) of Self contained rooms. Please book these directly with the venue: (0408 224 562 or 9734 3056) as soon as possible.

Bring your own caravan. Power is available.

Toilets and showers

Yourdamung Rd Retreat - showers and toilets.

Toilet and shower facilities

Food (Pre-book dinners when you register)

We have arranged to have fully catered dinners for Friday ($28) and Saturday ($28) nights, so you don't have to wander around finding food! Quantities will be limited, so don't wait to book!

Friday dinner: $28 Pre-booked - Pickled Pork and vegies (potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, cauliflower and broccoli, cheese) and vegetarian option (vegi option MUST BE pre booked also $28)

Saturday dinner: $28 Pre-booked Hangi (lamb, chicken, pork, beef) with vegies/salads (potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage & gravy) and vegetarian option (vegi option MUST BE pre-booked also $28), fire pit.

Yourdamung Rd Retreat outdoor BBQ area.

Outdoor barbecue area

Thursday night - there's wood fire pizzas on Thursday night for anyone who's coming early! $15-18 per pizza (PAYG to venue).

Friday, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts will be available (PAYG to venue). Egg & bacon sandwich $5 or continental for $5. Coffee/ tea and juice. Hot drinks are available all weekend free of charge!

The kitchen will be open with snacks for sale: Toasted sandwiches, Sausage Rolls, Pies, Chips, Cold Meat & Salads.

Indoors - Entertainment area (Bar will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 2-10 pm)

Yourdamung Rd Retreat indoor entertainment area.

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION PRICING

Includes admission to all riding activities (Mini-HUMM, ride-outs, challenges), films, presentations and tech sessions. Does NOT include rider training.
Meals and Accommodation are NOT included in the registration price
- Dinner and Camping prices below.

Register & Pay before 31 Dec 2018

55

Register & Pay before 29 Mar 2019

65

At the Event Pricing (applies after 29 Mar):

75

DINNERS

Pre-order only - please order when you register so you don't go hungry!

Friday Dinner - Pickled Pork and vegies (potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, cauliflower and broccoli, cheese) and vegetarian option

Saturday Dinner - Hangi (lamb, chicken, pork, beef) with vegies/salads (potatoes, pumpkin, cabbage & gravy) and vegetarian option

28


28

ACCOMMODATION

Camping should be booked when you register.
Book rooms and other accommodation directly with Yourdamung on 9734 3056.

 

Per night per tent

Weekend (Th/Fri/Sat) per tent

Camping

10

25



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Comments about HU Western Australia

"The overall vibe of the event was awesome. The team were perfect ambassadors for HU. Can't wait till next year."

"Great sense of common thoughts, ideas and passion. People very open to conversations and creating an inclusive environment."

"Awesome work to the organisers and support crew. Without you it just wouldn't happen. Great job and look forward to next year as well."

"Over all 10 out of 10."

"By putting like minded people together I have had the amazing opportunity to get first hand info on places I've been researching online for months! The generosity of the presenters, organisers and participants was refreshing."

"The venue was fantastic."

"I attended presentations most of the weekend and enjoyed the full range of them all very much."

"The event was well run and organized. I did not meet one ego all weekend with everybody willing to pass on information."

"The event was wonderful and filled me with even more enthusiasm to more adventure riding."

"It was the best thing since sliced bread. I want to go again I will go again even if I have to go to another country to do it. See you there."

"I found it very enlightening. The weekend could go longer as I was busy and never bored at any time."


HU Western Australia Adventure Weekend is sanctioned by Motorcycling New South Wales.

Sanctioned Event

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (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 (233 kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Western Australia 2019 Travellers Meeting poster.

Hi-Res Poster (453 kb)

POSTCARD - NEW!

Postcard in pdf format (623 kb) full colour Event postcard. Can be printed 4 to page (1.9 MB)

HU Western Australia 2019 Travellers Meeting postcard.

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Thanks!

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.

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

"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.

HU Western Australia Venue Location

Yourdamung Road Retreat
708 Yourdamung Road,
Collie WA 6225

Ph: 0408 224 562 or 9734 3056

-33.252263, 116.278153


Distances:

Perth - 211 km
Margaret River - 170 km

Information about the area

"Collie is a modern thriving community of approximately 9500 residents. It’s large enough to offer all the services expected of a regional centre, but small enough to retain its country charm and hospitality - It is a warm and friendly community surrounded by forests, rivers and lakes.

Collie offers excellent shopping facilities, with two supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths), Target Country, gift shops and lots of specialty stores. Two medical practices and dental surgeries, allied health services including physiotherapist, chiropractors, podiatrist and Silver chain all support the modern Collie District Hospital."

Collie Visitor Centre

156 Throssell Street, Collie WA 6225,
Ph: 08 9734 2051, Fax: 08 9734 7518,
info@collierivervalley.org.au

They provide:
• Free WiFi
• Free accommodation booking service and advice
• Rail, coach and accommodation bookings
• Tour bookings
• Collie shirts, hats and souvenirs
• Outlet for local crafts
• Large range of maps and guides
• Complimentary storage of packs and parcels for Mundabiddi Cycle Trail users and Bibbulmun Track walkers
• Register and notice board for those using the Mundabiddi Cycle Trail or walking the Bibbulmun Track
• Potable water for a donation.

Medical Centers

• Collie River Valley Medical Centre 24-28 Harvey St, Collie, WA 6225 (08) 9734 4111
• Collie Medical Group 17 Johnston St Collie, WA 6225 (08) 9734 1233

Supermarket

• Coles 49 Johnston St · (08) 9734 1633
• Woolworths Collie 534 Johnston St · (08) 9735 2600

Petrol stations

• Caltex 124 Throssell St (08) 9734 7938, Open until 9:00 pm
• Coles Express 57 Johnston St (08) 9734 2002 Open until 10:00 pm
• Gull Coronation Collie 143 Throssell St (08) 9734 2830 Open until 3:00 pm
• Shell 57 Johnston St

Restaurants & Wineries

8 Thai Ladies (52 Cherry Street, Cardiff - Reservations are a must and can be made by phoning 08 9734 4538)
Harris River Estate Winery, (08)97344042

Cafes

• Collie Boulevard Café
• Colliefields Coffee Shoppe & Tea House
• Jax's Corner Deli & Diner
• Kiosk at the Dam
• McDonald's Café
• Wagon 537

Takeaway

• Jax Corner Deli & Diner
• Kiosk at the Dam
• McDonald's Family Restaurant
• Wagon 537

Pub Counter Meals

• Club Hotel
• Crown Hotel
• Federal Hotel
• The Victoria Hotel

Local Hosts

Xander and Tam Kabat have found this great new venue and will be organising the 2019 HU Western Australia Travellers Meeting.

Tam and Zander Kabat in Morocco.

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

Like adventures, life can throw surprises our way. Stuff happens. While we would love for you to join the fun and connect with everyone at our events, we understand that you (and the funds) may be needed elsewhere. We'll catch up later!

On our side, we know you appreciate that we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

The best way to let us know that you're unable to attend an event is to reply to the Registration Confirmation Email you got from us when you first signed up.

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration and all fees to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund only the camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU Event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds. At your request, we can apply your registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

If WE cancel an event:

We are constantly evaluating the situation for every event, and very much err on the side of caution. We will endeavour to announce "Final" decision one month or more before the event, but the situation COULD change closer to time, and we could be required by law to cancel.

If we are forced to cancel for COVID or natural disaster, we will roll your registration over to next year automatically.

If you want to transfer your existing registration to any other HU event in the world, just let us know.

Need a full refund? PLEASE REPLY to your original Registration Confirmation email to make it easier for us to find. If you can't find it, please email a request to: events-c (AT) horizonsunlimited(-)com with the subject line: "Refund event-name event-year"

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

2025:

  • Queensland is back! Date TBC - May?

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

 

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.