Meanders in Oz
Motorcycle Adventures in Australia – The Land of Oz
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not
intent on arriving.”
Every ride is usually something of an adventure.
Although my intention is to be selective in writing-up adventures, I’m sure
this section will inevitably end up an eclectic mix of rides, stories and favourite
There’s also a lot that has happened in the few
years before I started the Motorcycle Meanders site that I would like to
record, but that may take some time.
These are the pages so far under Meanders in Oz (in
reverse chronological order of publishing):
Exploring some back roads, including gravel roads,
in the Riverina between Canberra and Wagga Wagga; and making a few fascinating
discoveries along the way.
Darling River Run
An adventure with four friends tackling the sandy
bulldust of the dirt roads and tracks running alongside the Darling River in
Outback New South Wales as it makes its way south from Bourke to its confluence
with the Murray River at Wentworth.
Outback Trip 2014
A three week venture with the
destination being the Queensland Outback cattle station of "Afton
Downs". It was a get-together by four of us who have done a few
overseas motorcycle tours together.
Mount Isa and the Gulf
Starting out to accompany a vintage expedition,
this trip took me north from Mount Isa to the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria;
then across the Savannah Way to discover some new treats like Cobbold Gorge and
the Undara Lava Tubes. It included a three week stay on the Atherton Tablelands
catching up with an old friend before heading back south for home.
Old Mail Routes
This trip set out to trace and experience the first
mail routes, both horseback and coach, that were used to bring the Adelaide
mail along its last stages from Blanchetown in SA to Wentworth in NSW. It was
also the first serious trek on my F800GS.
My Big Trip North
This was my adventure to end all adventures. It was
a solo effort of 14,000km up the middle of South Australia, including the sand
and gravel of the Oodnadatta Track, through the Northern Territory, the Gulf
Country, and Outback Queensland. And all on a road bike – the F800ST.
A Day Off Road
This story seems a bit tame now – a few years on;
but it was certainly ground-breaking for me at the time. Besides, it covers
some great motorcycling country, totally manageable on a road bike.
Ghost Town Rallies
These rallies are a long-standing tradition in
Broken Hill – about as far west you can go in NSW without crossing into South
Australia. But, although in NSW, you enter into the phone and time zones of SA!
All very confusing. I have drawn together a couple of visits to the Ghost Town Rallies from 2006 and 2007.
Trip to Port Macquarie
This was a four day ride with mates just for the
hell of it. In fact, its historical significance lies in the fact that it was
the very first ride that followed getting set up with the where-with-all to
publish a daily blog and then have a website to put it on.