Nothing compares to touring Australia’s best roads on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. If you’ve been dreaming about your Harley engine rumbling around the rim of a winding mountain edge, here’s three offbeat motorcycle rides in Australia where the road is always good when travelled.
1. Riding deep in Goulburn, NSW
Goulburn should be synonymous with motor sports in Australia. The first nationally acclaimed Tourist Trophy Race of Australia took place here in 1914. But it was Goulburn District’s first motorcycle Australian Grand Prix that really put Goulburn and riding on the map in 1924. Make sure you stop to see the Grand Prix Memorial Park on Mountain Ash Road (near the intersection with Windellama Road) as you’re riding through town. Better known for its iconic sheep, the Big Merino, it’s the plunging depths of the Bungonia Gorge that Goulburn holds secret. 35km east of the town, you’ll need to stop and climb 400m down to explore the deep limestone caverns.
2. Coral Coasting, Perth to Exmouth, Western Australia
Between July and September, polish your fenders for a three day trip from Perth to the Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth. Along the Indian Ocean Drive it’s four and a half hours riding to Geraldton, then about five hours on to Carnarvon. If you’re arriving after a nine hour day trip, you’ll appreciate the pork medallions on the dinner menu at Sails Restaurant overnight. The next morning, don’t forget a photo at the Coral Coast Tourist Park before riding the final five hours north to Exmouth, off the cape of Western Australia. Riding from Carnarvon to Exmouth is flat, dirty and red. Steer clear of the terrestrial termite nests as you roll into town to see a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish at Australia’s Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
3. All over Tasmania
Avoid the chilly Antarctic winter winds that blow up from the south by riding in September. From the mainland, you could take a ferry from Melbourne and start at the top in Launceston. In five or six days, the whole island is yours for the taking. Midway down the east coast you’ll find Wineglass Bay in Freycinet – where there’s a stretch of island that’s so thin you’ll feel like you’re riding on a plank of earth on the brink of breaking off in the sea. If you need to stretch your legs after your two hour ride to Hobart, a Mount Wellington visit will do. There’s plenty of hiking trails on the way up to 1,271m above sea level, so jump off and drink in the panoramic views of the city and harbour.
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