7 great motorbike road trips

19 May 2016
Road trips can be great in a car – but even better on a motorbike. So whichever state of Australia you live in, here’s a road trip to take.

Queensland – Brisbane to Mount MeeQueensland – Brisbane to Mount Mee

Starting at The Gap, west of Brisbane, this scenic ride takes you through picturesque mountain roads that are considered to be some of the best.

Smooth, sweeping corners, bumpy s-bends and fast straight stretches await you on this route, delivering great views for most of the 200km stretch.

For locals, this is a popular weekend ride, as it can be done in a day – three hours there and another hour directly back to Brisbane.

Those who have done it before can agree that the highlights include coming down from Mt Glorious and the stretch of road that wraps around Somerset Dam. However, the best part is making your way up Mt Mee and the panoramic views from the popular lookout.

The small townships that dot the route offer a variety of lunch options to keep you fuelled for the trip, with local cafes and pubs serving up home-style food and refreshing drinks.

At the bottom of Mt Mee – the end of the route – is the small town of Dayboro, and from there it is only an hour’s ride back to Brisbane. Alternatively, you can go back the way you came and experience the excellent views and terrain all over again.

For more information on this route, click here.


Northern Territory – Darwin to Litchfield ParkNorthern Territory – Darwin to Litchfield Park

This scenic route through the territory is just less than 167km long, making it a reasonable ride to complete in a day.

There are few routes to take in the NT according to those who live there, particularly when it comes to surfaced roads. So this one seems to be a bit of an enigma, but you may as well make the most of it.

A great deal of the route follows the Stuart Highway, before following the Batchelor road and then heading up towards Rum Jungle.

The sweeping curves of Litchfield Park road make a nice change from the long and straight roads preceding it, but the real fun is at the end of the run, where you can enjoy Wangi Falls and the hospitality of the café at the National Park.

See here for further details.

New South Wales – Kangaroo Valley Ride

Starting on the Princess Highway at Kirrawee, this ride winds through the Royal National Park all the way to Otford, where the road then goes on to follow the coast and pass through the outer suburbs of Wollongong.

Coming back onto the Princess Motorway, and then onto the Illawarra Highway, you’ll eventually find yourself at the Fitzroy falls reservoir, and continuing on along the Moss Vale road all the way to Kangaroo Valley.

This 116km ride covers national park, coastal roads, suburban areas and encompasses some beautiful scenery along the way.

See the map here.


Western Australia – Walpole to AlbanyWestern Australia – Walpole to Albany

This 116km route follows the south coast highway, but if you are after a different route, it is possible to leave the highway at Young’s Siding and pass through the small towns along the Lower Denmark road.

No matter which road you take to get there, Albany is where you want to be; enjoying lunch by the sea is a great option before heading back on your way.

Other sights along the road include Denmark Dinosaur World or the toffee factory at William Bay if you feel like making a stop at either.

Click here before setting off on your ride.

Tasmania – Roseberry to West Coast

Tasmania seems to be a state of infinite beauty and excellent riding roads. Every route in the state is said to have great corners and gorgeous scenery that make a road trip well worth the trip down south.

The route we have here is only a 38km road through the Mount Murchison Regional Reserve, but the best part is that you can continue on in any direction that you’d like. From the town of West Coast, you can head to Strahan and Macquarie heads (on the actual west coast of Tasmania), north to Zeehan and loop back to Roseberry, or South to Queenstown and on to Lake St. Clair. See the map here.

The best part about riding through Tasmania is the twisting and turning roads through the countless hectares of National Park. The picturesque beauty might even inspire you to take a holiday and ride the Circle Tasmania.


South Australia – Adelaide HillsSouth Australia – Adelaide Hills

A 159km loop that starts in Golden Grove and ends in nearby Tea Tree Gully, this is a popular ride, and many will travel it on a regular basis.

Taking you all over the countryside, the roads have some great corners, as well as straight roads for those who have a need for speed.

Along the way, there are countless wineries, restaurants, and cafes, so you can easily find somewhere to stop for a bite to eat before setting off into more beautiful scenery.

Don’t get too distracted though, it is important to watch out for kangaroos at all times of the day, as they like to call the Adelaide Hills home.

See the route here.

Victoria – Ararat to Avoca

The best part about this short 62km ride is the views of the mountain range, along with the fairly quiet roads.

It is a highway ride, and there are a few options if you want to extend it. Continue east and you can easily get to Castlemaine, or head south to Ballarat – it’s up to you.

The road surface is good, and the corners rate well among regular riders.

Country Victoria can make for a great ride, so get out there and explore.

Find the map here.

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