I (Fredrik) have lived one year in Sydney and we both have been to a number of the other state capitals. So we have seen some parts of Australia already. But Australia is more then it's cities and this time we want to discover the rest of the country. We hope to see as much as possible of the things that makes Australia to an unique and amazing country and continent.
Australia is also the perfect destination for bicycle touring with it's big vast landscape, interesting nature and roads that seem never ending. It's also the ultimate country for wild camping.
Why by bicycle?
The idea was born somewhere during 2011. Since then we have worked and saved some money and now we're ready for putting the idea to work. We think bicycle is the ultimate way of transportation when you are traveling. Not too fast nor too slow. And it's something special with traveling by bicycle and by your own leg power. You'll also get closer to nature, people and you'll literally see how the landscape and climate slowly changes in front of you. You will feel the wind, the scents and sounds from the surrounding and get a nice bicycle tan.
Not all things are just positive with cycling, you'll have the flies, heat, flat tires, headwind etc but again this is also part of the picture and adds to the experience.
We will land in Sydney on the 22nd of August and start our trip from there. We have no deadline for our tour but our aim is to see the most of Australia and zig zag our way across the country and combine cycling with trekking. This means that the itinerary is not fixed, we have a rough plan of places we would like to see but how we travel between these places will be decided along the way. The fist stop will be Captain Cooks landing place in Botany Bay, which is near the international airport. From there we will cycle through the southern parts of Sydney up to Penrith and then north along the Great Dividing Range up to New England and the Tablelands where we will turn inland before heading back south towards Canberra.
Next stops on the way are: Mount Kosciuszko, Australian Alps. Melbourne, then ferry to Tasmania, around Tasmania before heading back to Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Nullarbor Plain, South West of WA, Perth, Exmouth. Then turning east into the outback and Mount Augustus, Meekatharra, Laverton and the Great Central Road to Uluru and Alice Springs.
This is a rough outline of the first leg of our trip. Might be other sidetracks or stops on the way. When we reach Alice Springs we will decide the next leg. One option might be to take the Tanami Track to Halls creek. Looks like a much more interesting road compared to the Stuart Highway.