Here in Australia we have almost one million kilometres of road under our wheels.
If you love to get the motorbike out and take to the road with your mates at the weekend, you have an incredible opportunity to see the best of the Australian landscape while enjoying the exhilarating feeling of doing so on two wheels.
Here are the top 5 Australian roads to ride this weekend.
The Great Ocean Road
It’s called ‘great’ for a reason.
If you haven’t done the Great Ocean Road before, our suggestion is to take it in over a weekend, and then go back and do it all over again when it’s quieter.
There’s nothing quite like this 120km stretch of road. Whether you travel the full length from Torquay to Glanaire, or only ride a small section of it, you’re bound to see something memorable that you want to return to.
The Putty Road
While the Great Ocean Road is perhaps the most famous road in Australia, among motorcyclists the Putty Road is the beginning and end of legendary motorbike routes.
177km along the western edge of Sydney, from Windsor to Mount Thorley.
Bordered on both sides of the road by the Wollemi and Yengo National Parks.
This road has something for every rider. Long hills offering breath taking views in both directions, but particularly on the way down. A combination of sweeping and tight corners, and long, straightaway drags that give you time to take in the scenery and truly enjoy where you are and what you’re doing.
The northern end of the road also contains “the 10 miler”, where you can really stretch your bike’s legs and feel the wind around you as you build up speed.
The Lions Road
The Lions Road is a simply stunning stretch of tarmac that will see you travel around 145km from Rathdowney, Queensland to The Risk, New South Wales.
This trip is definitely one for the more confident and advanced motorcyclist, given the nature of the twisting roads and corners that often mean oncoming traffic has moved across to your side of the road.
Another famous and popular road among the motorcycling community, what really makes the Lions Road stand out is travelling from countryside, through small towns, into rainforest, and through the whole sequence again, sometimes in the blink of an eye.
This is a trip that has to be experienced to be believed. The only danger is that you’ll love it so much that you’ll never try a different route again!
Bylong Valley Way
Having looked at three routes more suited to confident and advanced motorcyclists, it’s time to turn our attention to two that are less technically demanding but still offer breathtaking scenery and the chance to unleash the potential of your motorbike.
We start with the Bylong Valley Way.
This road stretches 140km from Ilford to Sandy Bay, all in New South Wales. The curves on this road are gentler than on the more technical routes on this list, with plenty of straightaways that allow you take in the field and hilly terrain that will surround you. Where the road does start to twist you’ll be going up or down hill and generally be at a slower speed anyway, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride.
The Balingup-Nannup Road
We end with the Balingup-Nannup Road, which is not only the shortest route on the list but also the only one in Western Australia.
At just 45km, this is a route than can easily be done in both directions in a couple of hours with time for a break at one end. Despite its short length, pound for pound it’s a real heavyweight in terms of scenery. Although the road surface is uneven in places, you shouldn’t let that put you off. You’ll roll over hills and across farmland, and have the opportunity to take in untouched, unspoiled parts of the bush.
Hitting a Great Australian Road!
Whether you take in one of our recommendations, or if you and your mates have discovered a route that few others know about, stay safe and have a great weekend!
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