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Getting close, bike is bought, trip is planned and by mid May i'll be in the saddle to circumference Oz.. starting in brizzie, going south to Melbourne, have three days in Taz, go west to Perth, north to Darwin and back to Brizzie.. will be a 34 day doddle. I'll try to keep this thread as a diary .. let's see..
 

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36 days - happy to meet fellow 'stromers on the way

Below my day-today plan..pretty sure it will not happen exactly that way but as they say: fail to plan? plan to fail!


Day Start Destination Distance [km] Total
1 Wakerley Tamworth 590 590
2 Tamworth Gundagai, NSW 748 1338
3 Gundagai, NSW Orbost, Vic 553 1891
4 Orbost, Vic Melbourne/ Ferry 600 2491
5 Devonport, Tas Tarraleah, Tas 419 2910
6 Tarraleah, Tas St Helens, Tas 385 3295
7 St Helens, Tas Devonport, Tas 284 3579
8 Melbourne Portland, Vic 446 4025
9 Portland, Vic Adelaide, SA 622 4647
10 Adelaide, SA 0 4647
11 Adelaide, SA Elliston, SA 654 5301
12 Elliston, SA Eucla, WA 726 6027
13 Eucla, WA Norseman, WA 708 6735
14 Norseman, WA Albany, WA 648 7383
15 Albany, WA Rockingham, WA 709 8092
16 Rockingham, WA Perth / Freemantle 47 8139
17 Perth / Freemantle Geraldton, WA 436 8575
18 Geraldton, WA Minnilya, WA 609 9184
19 Minnilya, WA Port Hedland, WA 730 9914
20 Port Hedland, WA Derby, WA 765 10679
21 Derby, WA Kunurra, WA 708 11387
22 Derbi, WA Kunurra, WA 11387
23 Kunurra, WA Pine Creek, NT 603 11990
24 Pine Creek, NT Darwin, NT 462 12452
25 Service Day Darwin 0 12452
26 Darwin, NT Katherine, NT 430 12882
27 Katherine, NT Three ways, NT 649 13531
28 Three ways, NT Camooweal, Qld 446 13977
29 Camooweal, Qld Normanton, QLD 602 14579
30 Normanton, QLD Cairns, QLD 683 15262
31 Cairns, QLD Port Douglas 646 15908
32 Port Douglas Magnetic Island, Townsville 474 16382
33 Magnetic Island, Townsville 0 16382
34 Magnetic Island, Townsville 0 16382
35 Magnetic Island, Townsville Rockhampton, QLD 721 17103
36 Rockhampton, QLD Wakerley 659 17762
 

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Getting close, bike is bought, trip is planned and by mid May i'll be in the saddle to circumference Oz.. starting in brizzie, going south to Melbourne, have three days in Taz, go west to Perth, north to Darwin and back to Brizzie.. will be a 34 day doddle. I'll try to keep this thread as a diary .. let's see..
Hey Darth V
Sounds like a great trip, ride safe and keep us up to date with your progress.
There is an Aussie / Kiwi forum on this website if you want to contact some Aussie riders on the way.
Regards Bruce
 

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Hi there,
12 days into the trip here an update - so far it went all swimmingly.
A big help is the Australia Motorcycle Atlas by Peter Thoeming

Start Destination day
Wakerley Tamworth 605
Tamworth Bathurst 512
Bathurst Myrtleford 560
Myrtleford Beaconsfield 588
Beaconsfield Port Campbell 327
Port Campbell Mt Gambier 277
Mt Gambier Gawker 498
Gawker Ceduna 762
Ceduna Eucla 1498
Eucla Norseman, WA 722
Norseman, WA Albany, WA (Emu Point) 692
Albany, WA Fremantle 749

Total to date: 6800 km
To come: 9800 km

Great rides: Putty Road, Great Alpine Road, Albany to Augusta, Nullarbour (for the experience)
Not so great: Busselton to Perth on M/way, riding in Vic and QLD (policing ....), had to drop Tas due to weather (wet, cold and windy (who said that Oz is the hottest/ driest Continent?:-;
Lessons learned: Dunlop TR91 are wearing a lot when riding into wind at speed, fatigue aspects of 700km days without corners, petrol station (or lack thereof) in SA and WA...gotta fill up when you can, 200+km between stations is not uncommon, tyres can be hard to come by if not in the Metropolis

Best destination for the day: probably Freo , Mt Gambier
Worst: Eucla, Norseman...

Next: Heading North for Darwin. I am undecided about riding out to Monkey Mia... who can help?

Cheers,
Stefan
 

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Go DarthV :thumbup:
 

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Update 2

To add to my previous report in Freemantle. Moved on further and am now in Townsville, just 1400 more km to go:
Start Destinatinon day total
Freemantle Kalbarri 648 7760
Kalbarri Carnarvon 530 8290
Carnarvon Karratha 653 8943
Karratha Roebuck 825 9768
Roebuck Halls Creek 663 10431
Halls Creek Timber Creek (NT) 601 11032
Timber Creek (NT) Darwin 649 11681
Service Day Darwin 31 11712
Darwin, NT Katherine, NT 593 12305
Katherine, NT Three ways, NT 676 12981
Three ways, NT Mount Isa, Qld 664 13645
Camooweal, Qld Normanton, QLD 512 14157
Normanton, QLD Cairns, QLD 713 14870
Cairns, QLD Cairns, QLD 469 15339
Cairns, QLD M Townsville 359 15698
 

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Summary

Learned a few things on this trip:
1.) when going around Oz, go counter clockwise... saves you from a lot of head wind/ cross wind
2.) there are some truly great roads around Oz but also loooooong days with nothing happening
3.) watch for fatigue, avoid being a zombie in the saddle. For me the limit was somewhere around the 650km mark.. doing more is not that enjoyable and can be dangerous (especially when seeking accomodation after a long day..)
4.) Headwinds can increase fuel consumption dramatically... gives you sweaty palms if the next petrol station is 290km away :jawdrop:
 

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Best (and worst bits)

Best bits:
1.) great Alpine road
2.) Albany to Freemantle via coast
3.) Broome going east through to Timber Creek (Kimberleys)
4.) Kakadu Park, Jaibur to Pine creek
5.) Around Cairns ( take a day or two!)
6.) Great Ocean road
7.) Putty Road

Worst:
1.) Perth going North, three days instantly forgettable, hot, boring, flies
2.) Katherine to Mt Isa via Threeways (see 1.)
3.) Nullabour

Best help:
get yourself a copy Australia Motorcycle Atlas 200 Rides - don't leave home without!
 
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