Best Rides by State
Brisbane – Cairns
Winter time is ideal to do the beautiful ride from Brisbane to Cairns. Sunny days without the hot humid heat of winter days make it an awesome time to visit tropical Queensland by motorbike. The highlights of this ride are places including Fraser Island, Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef of course.
Brisbane – Sunshine Coast
Starting in Brisbane you will ride up towards the sunshine coast, touring the spectacular Hinterlands which combine the country with rainforests, waterfalls, Pineapple Plantations and of course the beautiful Glass House Mountains
Sunshine Coast – Fraser Island
Then heading further up to Fraser Island, many people consider this to be the best part of the ride as it goes along the eastern beaches, north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes and magical shipwrecks on the beach and very tall sand dunes.
Fraser Island – Whitsundays
Those stunning islands you’ve seen in magazines? That’s the Whitsundays, just off a small coastal town called Airlie Beach. It’s well worth going for a slow cruise along this tremendous road.
Whitsundays – Atherton Tablelands
Now to the Atherton Tablelands, which have smooth rolling green scenery, leisurely curves and lazy hills make it a fun ride! This road includes some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia, and they can be found at Waterfall Circuit. There is also a 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree to see along the way. With superb corners on the roads of this region, farming and rainforests blend seamlessly.
Rainforests heavily makeup a large amount of Northern Queensland, the oldest rainforest on earth is located here. It can be explored by paying a visit to the information centre with tours and other constructive activities. These roads are narrow and tightly twisting, making it a tremendous ride with a terrific view to admire.
Cape Tribulation with its coconut lined beaches that back straight onto the verdant rainforest. It’s a sight that apes many, with its beautiful view from known movies. The roads are windy along the mountain side, as well as, some dirt roads depending on what type of riding you are into, making it an interesting ride.
New South Wales
Not only a best ride in NSW, this is one of the best rides in Australia! It’s a 165km stretching from Wauchope near the New South Wales North Coast and climbing over the great Divide to Walcha on the New England plateau. There are over 300 corners from start to finish, 70km of non-stop twisties and a great roadhouse half-way along to refuel.
The Putty Road
NOTE: Expect to see Police patrolling this road. The northern end of the Putty Road, which links Windsor to Singleton is a cracker! It’s probably still the best fun you’ll have despite being a small ride (16 kilometres) and so close to Sydney. Colloquially referred to as ‘the 10 mile’, it’s the point where the already fun Putty Road tightens up into a well-surfaced piece of motorcycling nirvana. Make sure you are aware of trucks and cars on the road, some tend to sit mid corner.
Bylong Valley Way
The Bylong Valley Way is a picturesque road which runs between the two small New South Wales towns of Sandy Hollow located on the Golden Highway and Ilford situated on the Castlereigh Highway. The beauty of this 141km stretch is that it has only been sealed in the last decade or so and so still remains relatively quiet. The fact it isn’t a thoroughfare between major towns helps, but keep an eye out for trucks which use it in a bid to avoid the weigh stations. The surface is great, though it’s narrow in parts.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road should be top of your riding bucket list. This ride of 243 kilometres is along the stunning coastline of Victoria's southwest, the road is considered one of the best motorcycle routes in the world. Stretch out your time in the saddle and continue along the Great Southern Touring Route to take in the Grampians and Goldfields on your return. For a shorter run, take a spin Around the Bay, an ideal day trip around the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas, or stretch out a trip to Phillip Island's Moto GP with the Bays and Surf Coast Touring Route.
Black Spur Drive
Sweeping turns through a rainforest, this 28 kilometre ride really delivers. Start this ride at Healesville. Linking the Yarra Valley with the mountain areas around Marysville is the road known as the Black Spur Drive, which passes between Healesville with Narbethong on the Maroondah Highway. It’s famous for its heady scenery of spectacular tall forests, the Black Spur winds its way up the Great Dividing Range.
Great Alpine Road
Reach higher ground on the Great Alpine Road, Australia's highest year-round accessible sealed road. The 339-kilometre road stretches from Wangaratta in the northeast right across to Metung on the Gippsland Lakes. The most popular leg for motorcyclists is between Bright and Omeo, especially around Moto GP time of year.