I'm riding from Lismore to Melbourne in the 1st week of October. It's more functional than a tour -- aim is to get to Melbourne preferably in one piece, and get some km under my novice riding belt. I'm not in a hurry, but nor do I want to add the expense of too many overnights (not camping on this trip). I think 3 days riding will be nice and relaxed, though I'm open to adding to that either for a nicer route, or on the way to avoid terrible weather etc. I'd like a scenic route with relatively light traffic, but technical riding per se is not an aim (as I say, I'm a novice). I think I'll take the New England Highway to Tamworth. If I was driving, I'd just go west from there to Coonabarabran, then South along the Newell (Dubbo, Forbes, West Wyalong etc). Last time I went that way traffic was pretty light, despite the Newell's reputation for heavy trucking, but it's a bit dull south of the Pillaga. Would appreciate any thoughts.