LOCATIONS VISITED IN THIS TRIP: Noosa - Byron Bay - Port Macquarie - Sydney - Canberra - Bathurst - Coonabarabran - Goondiwindi - Noosa.
This tour will give you the opportunity to see three great Australian cities as well as enjoy riding some fantastic roads in-between.
Total tour distance: Approximately 3400km
DAY 1 - NOOSA TO BYRON BAY 400km Departing Noosa for the easy ride south to the resort town of Byron Bay, there is plenty of time to take in the majestic sights of the coastal road as you make for Mooloolaba on your way to Brisbane. Approaching the northern outskirts of Brisbane you could follow the Gateway Arterial which will have you bypassing the city or you might choose to pass right through this large sub-tropical river city which is the capitol of the state of Queensland. From here just follow the signs to the Gold Coast some 80km to the south taking the turn off to Southport and the famous beach side resort of Surfers Paradise. From Surfers, just continue south towards Tweed Heads and onto Byron Bay, your stop for your first night.
DAY 2 - BYRON BAY TO PORT MACQUARIE 385km Before leaving Byron Bay and the most easterly tip of Australia, a ride up to the historic lighthouse and a cruise around town is a must. We recommend taking the coast road south through Lennox Head on your way to Ballina for the best ride. If you wish, you could visit the well known hippie village of Nimbin before you leave the district.There are many small seaside hamlets along the way that you could visit before arriving at the large regional city of Coffs Harbour in time for lunch. A visit to the harbour and a look around the town is suggested before continuing on to the coastal resort of Port Macquarie, your final destination for today.
DAY 3 - PORT MACQUARIE TO SYDNEY 423km After a look around the holiday mecca of Port Macquarie, its back on the road to Sydney town. You will encounter some great bike riding roads around Taree and then its south through Pt Stephens and then on to the large industrial city of Newcastle. The two hour ride from Newcastle to Sydney will leave you in awe at the sheer size and scope of the engineering feat in constructing this road. It is amazing! As you approach Sydney just follow the signs to the city and your accommodation for the next two nights.
DAY 4 - SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING 100km Among the many attractions are:Sydney's famous Opera House, The harbour bridge, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross.
DAY 5 - SYDNEY TO CANBERRA (via Batemans Bay) 450km Leaving Sydney, you follow the Hume Highway south through the outer suburbs of Liverpool. Highway 31 then opens up and takes you over some very rugged country via a super highway that seems to suspend you over very deep gorges and through large hill side cuttings. Taking the turn off at Mittagong will reward you with some quaint little villages including historic Berrima with its original and still operating jail. Cutting across to Moss Vale you take the road to Nowra. This will give you the opportunity to check out the Fitzroy Falls and pass through Kangaroo Valley. Today's ride will stop in your memory as one of the best. Arriving Nowra, you continue south stopping at the seaside resort of Bateman's Bay for a coffee. An easy ride continues over some minor roads as you head inland through Braidwood, Doughboy and then on to Queanbeyan and finally, Canberra.
DAY 6 - CANBERRA SIGHTSEEING 100km The main attractions to see include: New Parliament House, Australian War Memorial Museum, Telstra Tower (Restaurant), and the Space Tracking Station
DAY 7 - CANBERRA TO BATHURST 337km Leaving Canberra its time to head north into some warmer skies. You point your motorcycle towards the town of Yass and then on through mainly rural areas to Harden, Young and Cowra. Typical country towns in rural Australia. Pressing on for another hour in the saddle and you will arrive in Bathurst. Famous across Australia as the town that plays host to the yearly 1000km motor race as well as the traditional Easter motorcycle races. As Mount Panorama Circuit is a public tourist road when it is not closed off for racing, you are welcome to ride the circuit. Beware however, as the police monitor its 60kph speed limit with devilish enthusiasm.
DAY 8 - BATHURST TO COONABARABRAN 365km Rumbling out of Bathurst you take the Mitchell highway westward to the regional towns of Orange, Cootamundra and on to the large central west city of Dubbo. Dubbo plays host to the Western Plains Zoo, a large African style game park, well worth a visit. Continuing north from Dubbo on the Newell Highway you pass through vast farming country with countless semi-trailer rigs for company as you eat up the highway miles. Soon you will pass through Gilgandra and then make for Coonabarabran or 'Wheel-a-barrow-back' as the town is sometimes called!
DAY 9 - COONABARABRAN TO GOONDIWINDI 344km More of the same today. By now you will have developed a real affinity for outback travel, small rural towns and the Aussie characters that you meet along the way. These roads are good quality, the scenery is superb and your machine will be humming along nicely as it too seemingly enjoys the ride. Lunchtime stop today will be the bustling town of Moree and then its on to Goondiwindi where you pack it in for another day.
DAY 10 - GOONDIWINDI TO NOOSA 500km Your last day in the saddle and you feel you could travel forever! You follow the Gore Highway northeast to the regional city of Toowoomba which will make an ideal midday stopping point. From here its straight down the range on Route 54 to Brisbane then north following the signage to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa. If you wish you could add an extra day to your holiday in order to spend the extra day relaxing in the beautiful ambience of Noosa and its stunning semi-tropical beaches.