Born to be Wild: Queensland Outback by Motorcycle

  • Posted by Julian Bradder
  • July 13, 2011 10:57 PM AEST

If all the talk earlier this week of cycling the Margaret River has left you feeling worn out, perhaps we have another two wheeled odyssey, this time a little easier. Your steed is powered not by your legs but by a reliable engine of Germanic heritage. We are of course talking about Motorcycling. 5,000 km of the Queensland Outback over 14 days.

In fact 14 days is the minimum recommended time, a month to 6 weeks being more preferable across these kind of distances. There is a lot to see and do. Half of the trip is spent in the outback, half spent touring the Queensland coast.

Starting in Coffs Harbour, you head over the Great Dividing Range before heading North into Outback Queensland. Bikers from North America may be more familiar with wide open spaces than those in Northern Europe and the sense of freedom afforded by motorcycling in Australia will rapidly become apparent for European motobikers. The Queensland Outback is vast, rugged and unspoiled. It is a region that embraces the nations heritage, experience the environment that shaped what is modern day Australia.

The Outback section of the trip includes Charters Towers, Toowoomba and Emerald. See Australia's mining history, grasslands, true Matilda country.

Heading North through to the coastal city town of Cairns, this motorcycle epic now centres upon a coastal return trip. Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Rossa a numerous other stops en route make up this fascinating return trail along the Pacific Highway. The return leg affords a different experience to the outback leg. Visit the Whitsundays, enjoy tropical beaches and the fantastic Australian coastal experience that is so definitive for the many who visit and live in this region.

The trip ends as you travese the Glasshouse Mountains and the Sunshine Coast, returning to where you started in Coffs Harbour.

This has to be one of the most fascinating ways to see and visit Australia's varied Queensland area. 14 days seems a bit tight. I doubt you would get the opportunity to savour the experience that well; remember it is a 5,000km round trip. That's equivalent to driving the length of the British Isles 4.5 times. Take a little bit more time and really enjoy the trip.