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Old 25 Nov 2022
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Hi, I'm planning to come to Australia by February to 3 months approximately (+). planning to spend some time buying the motorcycle and diving in the area to let the heat come down.
I would love some info on topics less up to date I found thank you.

1.do I need equipment like tent and sleeping bag?
2.is it will be ok to start on this time on the year?
3.recommendation for a bike I could find in Sydney? (budget 3k-4k usd) can go for higher price but planning on selling so would like the cheapest option.
4.and most important, places on the way to see and to ride throw
and any tips would be great!

I know there is a lot of repetitive question on the hub but a lot of them are very old

thank you
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1.do I need equipment like tent and sleeping bag?

Well, if you plan to camp then yes you do. Hotels in Australia are expensive (campsite are as well) so I assume you'll camp.

2.is it will be ok to start on this time on the year?

In February temperatures are reasonable in the highlands, Victoria, and Tasmania; can be high in Sydney, and will be very high in the Red Centre/South Australia. So, if you start in the south you'll be fine.

3.recommendation for a bike I could find in Sydney? (budget 3k-4k usd) can go for higher price but planning on selling so would like the cheapest option.

No idea, I'm afraid. I guess just go to a dealer and see what's on offer.

4.and most important, places on the way to see and to ride throw
and any tips would be great!

Have a look at Discoverthedreaming for ideas - the posts from April through May and October & November cover the areas you'll probably visit to get from Sydney to Perth.
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I rode two up from Sydney to Perth in 2019. Unless you are doing trails a dual sport bike like my V strom 650 will be comfortable and give you good gas mileage Range around 300kms to a tankful. Never needed to camp, used Booking.com all the way round generally. Carry a fuel can though. We came across a couple of fuel stations that had closed.
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yes, I think you are better off using Booking.com to find inexpensive places to stay as opposed to taking a tent (and assoc gear) , because if you have to pay $20 a night for a campsite, then for not much more you can get hostel type accomodation with all its facilities thrown in. An example - The BIG HOSTEL near the Sydney central station for $28 a night.
I am currently doing a 2 month ride in NZ and gave up on the idea of tenting.
If you get wet during the day, you need a hot shower and a place to dry your clothes. You avoid the problem of security if you go off during the day to look at stuff.
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I am currently doing a 2 month ride in NZ and gave up on the idea of tenting.
Yup - the question always hinges on:

1) How easy is it to find a free, pleasant, camping spot?

In NZ pretty much every piece of land is somebody's property and being actively looked after, and if it isn't, it's a conservation area where camping is probably actively forbidden outside designated areas. So tenting probably won't be free. I imagine in the wilder parts of Australia this is not really enforced much, but the issue of camping safely, having access to water, etc. is still a big concern.

2) How hard is it to find affordable indoor accommodation?

I don't have experience traveling through rural Australia, but I imagine there are hostels/roadhouses at the same places where you would stop anyway to get fuel.

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What's definitely not worth the headache is bringing your camping equipment from home. When I was last in NZ, and scheduled a 4-day hike in the Abel Tasman national park (could've done it in 3 easily, 2 if I pushed...), I paid something very reasonable - 40 dollars I think, in total - to rent a big 65-liter backpack and a sleeping bag from a local company. They delivered it to my hostel in Nelson and picked it up from there too. And for the sleeping bag, I could have just picked up a cheapo one from a big supermarket for like 30-40 NZD if I was precious about a used one. In fact, many backpacker hostels in NZ - especially at the logical start/end points of a trip - will have a "free gear" pile.

So if I was the OP, I'd get some basic cheapo camping gear to bring along on the trip and use where it makes sense, but assume I'd stick to indoor accommodation mostly.
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Hello
Keep seeing people asking for advice and people giving it but we never know if the person in just recently out of school or just retired.
Don,t know about their experience either with traveling with a motorcycle before.

Which are you?

Some people are eagle eyed for freedom wild camping spots and can stay quiet enough not for a neighbours barking dog not to be disturbed.

February is starting to cool off a bit but you will have a more comfortable night if you can have some kind of wash. If you are adventous enough or tight enough you can wash yourself in a tarp hung up in four corners in a few litres of water if freedom camping in the bush in Australia.

Days are currently where I are now are topping out at 40c but this time last year was closer to 50c, ( Marble Bar). so it almost feels cold.


Some kind of camping gear to stay warm though the night always has its use if you can,t make it to your destination.
Once you have had a kangaroo or Emu has cross your path in the evening you will think better about continuing.
A number of Dead Kangaroos beside the road in a area is a sign to slow down.

It can be very easy to find a free camping spot in Australia particulaly if you,d like to enjoy the night sky free from light, noise and air pollution.

You had a title about Sydney to Perth?
The Nullarbor plains have some must see cliffs to see but its seems to me some sign posts have been removed from some the best viewing points to discourage tourists because there is always someone who has to fall over the edge. Recovery etc is extremley differcult or impossible etc.
Maybe someone else has a view on this opinion?
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