Planning a Motorcycle Journey in Australia
Planning a bike trip to Australia is not an easy task. To ride it all would take a phenomenally long time and the saddle sores would be horrendous, but there is a huge amount to see and a lot of fun to be had too. This article considers what you need to know about riding a bike in Australia.
Road Law Variations
The road laws not only vary from other countries in the World, they also vary from state to state. Something legal in New South Wales, for example, may earn you 3 points and a hefty fine just over the border. It is important to understand the road laws of any country where you intend to ride and in Australia special attention needs to be paid for this reason.
In much of Australia, accommodation is few and far between so it is important to book ahead to avoid disappointment and a night in the outback. Even in the major cities it is important to book because hostels will be full for much of the year. Sydney hostels and those in other major cities tend to be full from the beginning of summer until early May, so finding accommodation on the day will be very hard.
Plan Your Route
Planning your route is an important factor because there is so much to see and the roads are so long that a wrong turn could take you for hundreds of kilometres in parts of the country. The coastal roads in Australia are of particular note and the Great Ocean Road is certainly worth riding. Other roads leading through the Northern Territories towards Uluru are also fantastic for riding and will provide you with unforgettable pictures and memories.
When riding in a big group for long periods, it is often important to be able to communicate. Helmet speakers provide the answer for this need and they will enable you to both communicate with other riders and with loved ones on the other side of the World. Sharing these moments with loved ones is an important part of getting the most enjoyment out of them, and there is no better way than by describing the beauty as you ride past waterfalls and along cliffs.
The final aspect that needs to be arranged for a ride across Australia is the bike rental. Renting a bike is fairly expensive, but it is certainly worth making the investment in a top quality vehicle. A poxy scooter will simply fail in the heat of Australia if you try to push it through the deserts day by day. A bigger and more robust vehicle is certainly in order and comfort necessarily needs to be considered for long rides such as this. Consider several options for bike rental because there is a large variation in the offerings provided.
Be sure to get full insurance for the vehicle and to get the contact numbers of registered mobile mechanics too, because being stuck in the outback with a broken bike is not pleasant in the slightest.