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Summer touring ideas

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' at netrider.net.au started by Infinite, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Hey all,

    This year seniorsenior and I finally have matching calenders for a nice long trip with both of us being forced to take 2 weeks off for the xmas period. We are trying to plan a 14 day trip out of Sydney starting on the 26th of December. We know this isn't the best time to go out on the road due to it being bloody hot but we want to do it anyway. One of the main reasons is to get away from the double demerits and busyness on the roads during the holiday period.



    At the moment the rough idea consists of going to visit Uluru and surrounds sometimes camping along the way.

    Another idea we are mulling over is to head up to Cairns to check out some of the beaches up there. This will most likely involve dealing with the huge crowds and a lack of accomodation (We will book in advance so likely wont be a problem) during peak tourist season.

    Anyone got any other recommendations of places to go during the holiday period?
     
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  2. I would be doing a tour of Tassie. There is no way would I tour up the center at that time of the year.
     
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  3. Tasmania!!!!!!!
     
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  4. jinx EricEric
     
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  5. Isn't Cairns rather wet that time of year?

    Great idea. Must be awesome touring with your Dad / son.
     
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  6. We honestly forgot about Tasmania... Lol. I will need to think of a route and places to see. But it does seem like a logical choice.
     
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  7. Benefit is that you come down thru all the cool victorian roads - all the alpine stuff, Omeo, EJ road etc, and closer to Melbourne black spur and Reefton, even GOR. And then Tassie!! Wow...
     
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  8. Tas isn't that great, but I would be avoiding Cairns and the outback during that extremely hot and wet time of year.
    If there is a big wet season up in the NW, you will find many roads cut for days on end.
     
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  10. Which is ok if you're with a lady but no good if you're on a motorcycle! ;-) :wink:
     
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  11. Quick update to this thread which I've kinda forgotten about. Looks like seniorsenior and I'll be welcoming in the new year with a Tassie adventure!

    The ferry and a hotel room in Hobart is booked for the New Years weekend, so no backing out now! Now all that needs to happen before then is to finalise an itinerary/route around those dates.
     
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  13. Plan for new tyres. Either just before you get on the boat, or as soon as you arrive. Places shut down over the holiday period, and Tassie roads shred rubber.
     
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  14. You'll love it, I did a similar tour at the same time last year. We took 12 days there and back through NSW and Vic high country and had an awesome time.
     
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  15. So, just in case you guys thought we forgot about this thread. We have made a rough itinerary of the roads we want to ride and things to check out. It goes something like this for the Tassie leg:

    Day 1 (284km)-
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...c685d071a60!2m2!1d147.995699!2d-41.291075!3e0

    Main attractions:
    -Swiss village (Coffee to start the day)
    -Low head lighthouse
    -Bridport Coast (Lunch)
    -Pub in a Paddock (Accomodation)

    Day 2 (440km)-
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...0x403c94dd0de0400!2m2!1d146.834!2d-42.556!3e0

    Main attractions:
    -Kates berry farm (Swansea)
    -Photo op at Great lake
    -Camp at Hamilton

    Day 3 (341km)-
    Google Maps

    Main attractions:
    -Strathgordon Dam
    -Hobart (Ride though)
    -Explore Huonville
    -Camp at Huonville Caravan Park


    Day 4 Mom arrives! (102km) -
    Google Maps

    Main attractions:
    -Mount Wellington with mom
    Google Maps
    -Taste Festival
    -NYE

    Day 5 -
    Main attractions:
    -Explore Hobart
    -Botanic gardens
    -Cascade Brewery tour (2:15PM)


    Day 6 (267km)-
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...3c94dd0de0270!2m2!1d145.5540562!2d-42.0811804

    Main attractions:
    -Camping at Queenstown

    Last day (301km)-
    Google Maps

    -Get to the boat before 6PM!

    So for those in the know is there anything that we have missed or that can be can be changed or added?
     
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  16. If its riding you want your missing some awesome roads, especially on the west coast. Obviously you cant do everything though but you can try :emoji_wink:
    Hellyer Gorge, Anthony Road/Lake Plimsoll, Waratah to Savage River. Also Cradle Mtn is spectacular.
    On the east coast there a couple of mountain passes such as the road to St Marys and Elephant pass and the A3 from Launceston to Scottsdale is pretty spech. Freycinet Nat Park is really nice and Port Arthur is worth seeing if you haven't been already.
     
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  17. Try to fit in Bruny Island if you can. Quite possible to do it as a day trip from Hobart..
     
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  19. We are a bit too constrained for time to go there I think. We won't be able to fit in NYE celebrations + exploring Hobart when mom arrives. We really only have 7 days + 6 nights from which 2 are taken up by entertaining my mother. :p
     
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  20. Ditch your mom. Problem solved :whistle:
     
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