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Australia

Bike & trike touring in the Land of Oz

Most of the tours here are pretty small scale   -   does 50 kms really count as a tour ?   -   but there are a couple of longer ones also

Amongst the short tours are:

Cycle Sydney   Fantastic fun ride, from North Sydney over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Olympic Park

What can you say?   It's an event ride that aims to attract 10,000 riders of all ages and persuasions   -   the recumbenters, the mountain bikers, kids on bright pink training wheeled jobs, the day-to-day workhorse bikers and the lycra clad riders on their bright shiny new road bikes   -   that's available in multiple flavours, from 5 km and to 50 km (tho only the 50 km route goes over the bridge)

See more on the Little Rides page

Sydney to the 'Gong   Australia's most scenic one day bike ride

This ride is almost an institution, it's been going now for 25 years and attract thousands every year, many returning year after year. An event ride available in long (90 km) and short (60 km) versions the 'Gong ride is probably a little more serious than the Cycle Sydney ride   -   some of the inclines and a couple of the downhills are very serious indeed!

See more on the Little Rides page

Like the short tours, the longer tours below are also mostly organised events   -   it's great having someone else looking after all the little things and touring without lugging panniers and/or camping gear is nice!

Amongst the longer tours are:

Big Rides   Ride thru small 'one pub' towns, see the 'real' Australia

There are Big Rides in almost every state in Oz, the New South Wales Big Ride is a cycling/camping adventure that attracts a couple of thousand riders from all walks of life for a five or six hundred kilometre tour of a different part of the state each year

See more on the Big Ride page

Outback Odyssey   Into the fringes of the Australian outback together with 'roos and wallabies

Another organised cycling/camping adventure. This ride has been going for a few years now. I rode the inuagral Odyssey in 2002 which sort of followed the route of the off-road Mawson trail but my route was on-road

See more on the Outback Odyssey page

Nullarbor 1200   Into the depths of the Australian outback

Another organised cycling/camping adventure. This ride was meant to run in 2006 but was rescheduled to 2008, but it's again been postphoned.

See more on the Nullarbor 1200 page

Sydney to Adelaide   Thru the Hay Plains, probably Australia's least scenic place to ride

A solo unsupported 1400 kilometre ride from Sydney, New South Wales to Adelaide, South Australia in March 2006. This was sort of consolation prize, I had hoped to ride the Nullarbor. Anyway, riding down to Adelaide was the best of times and the worst of times as they say.

See more on the Adelaide page