Map of your Motorcycle road trip :
Noosa to Roma
As you head out of Noose, you’ll pass the historic town of Eumundi as you search for the Bruce Highway. Once you make it to Toowoomba, you’ll be on some incredible biking roads that a perfect for you to really get familiar with your bike. In the afternoon, you’ll pass through towns like Dalby and Miles until your reach Roma which fondly nicknamed the “Australia Zoo” and was home to “Crocodile Hunter,” the late Steve Irwin. You’ll end the days by passing along the impressive Somerset Dam— a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Roma to Barcaldine
With your motorcycle humming nicely in the fresh morning air, you’ll be on your way towards barcaldine. Today’s scenic routes will pass you through towns like Morven and Augathella until you reach Tambo which is known as the “friendliest town in the west” and a perfect place for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll cruise through Blackall home to the “Black Stump” which is famous in Australian folklore before you arrive in Barcaldine just in time for a icy, cold one at one the great local pubs.
Barcaldine to Longreach
You’ll have an easy ride on our motorcycle tours of Australia in the morning reaching Longreach around noon. Before you set off, we recommend taking some time to enjoy the sights of Barcaldine like the Australian Workers Heritage Center and “Tree of Knowledge.” Even if you take your time, you’ll be in Longreach by afternoon and can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool at your hotel. In the evening, we highly recommend a sunset cruise on the Thompson where you can enjoy a great view, delicious food and some Outback style entertainment.
Longreach is an exciting frontier town and you’ve got the day free to enjoy it. On our suggested itinerary we recommend a trip to the Quantas Air Services museum which will walk you through the history of Australia and flight. Of course, you need to hit Stockman’s Hall of Fame an amazing collection of exhibits that give you a true taste of Australia. In the afternoon, you can ride into the town center and enjoy the sights including the Powerhouse Museum and the historic train station.
Longreach to Carters Towers
First stop on the today plan is Winton which is the home of Australia’s unofficial national anthem, the “Waltzing Matilda.” This is true outback country where you’ll encounter massive three trailered trucks called “Road Trains.” Be sure take extra caution when you pass them on the highway. Then you headed along the Flinders Highway where you’ll have the choice for a little off-road adventure on the Kennedy Deviation or keeping on the paved route. Along the way, we recommend stopping at the unique Oasis Roadhouse at The Lynd Junction, but you’ll need to book ahead. Do note that if you take this route, road type motorcycles are prohibited.
Charters Towers to Cairns
There’s so much to experience on today’s route on the Gregory Deviation Road as you make your way into Atherton and its majestic hinterlands. Here are some truly great motorcycling roads that will carve through the lush forests of the area. You’ll then descend into Mareeba stopping over in the market town of Kuranda. After Kuranda you’ll be on the road to Cairns which is considered one of the best rides in all of Australia!
After all this rugged riding on our motorcycle tours of Australia, it’s time for a little relaxation in Cairns. The vibrant city has a huge range of fun things to do from great restaurants and shopping to the Skyrail Cableway which takes you up to Kuranda and is a fun half day adventure. Be sure also to enjoy the amazing public swimming pool which is even free to the public.
Cairns to Cape Tribulation and Return
Today’s likely to be the highlight of your adventure. Trust us on this. You’ll beat the traffic by heading out early on the stunning Cook Highway that runs along the coasts on the road to Port Douglas. We recommend stopping in Port Douglas for a local style breakfast before you head to the Daintree River Ferry and onto some of the most incredible motorcycling roads in the country. Here you can enjoy fantastic panoramas, awesome cafes and a refreshing dip at Thornton Bach as well as Myall Creek. You’ll head back into Cairns and we recommend stopping of at Ellis Beach Bar & Grill for a refreshing sunset drink before you end back into town.
Cairns to Townsville
Depart Cairns by mid morning and head out on the Bruce Highway through the cane country and towns like Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and more. You’ll arrive in Townsville, a charming medium sized city with plenty to do and see like a ride to the famed lookout spot of Castle Hill which provides great views of Magnetic Island. You can then head down to Townsville’s esplanade nicknamed “The Strand” which offers all kinds of great restaurants options. If you have time, you may even be able to catch the high speed ferry and check out Magnetic Island!
Townsville to Airlie Beach
Today’s ride will be short and sweet as you pass through the small towns of Bowen and Ayr and into the resort town of Airlie Beach where a refreshing swim and an icy cold drink awaits. Airlie is best known as the gateway to Australia’s paradise islands, “The Whitsundays.”
Airlie Beach to Rockhampton
You can start the day at a leisurely pace and relish the wind through your hair. After a just a couple hours, you’ll be in Mackay which is a perfect place to stop for a coffee before passing through Sarina and stopping at the unparalleled Carmila Roadhouse for lunch. Then it’s time to savor the varying countryside from mountains and hills, forests and coastal flats before arriving at Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital.
Rockhampton to Bundaberg
Your ride today will be smooth and easy passing through the large city of Gladstone before you head to the backroads along the beautiful town of Bundaberg. Bundaberg is scenically located on a river and is well worth exploring from the Bert Hinkler House Museum (one of Australia’s aviation pioneers) along with the great beaches and Australis largest turtle nesting grounds at Mon Repos.
Bundaberg to Noosa
As you begin to wind up your adventure we recommend you take a quick stop at Schmeiders Cooperage which specializes in keg making and will put you in the mood to sample some treats at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Then you can follow the road as you pass through the small town of Childrens and the old gold mining boom town, Gympie. By late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Noosa where it all began. We highly recommend adding a couple days to enjoy Noosa and its great beaches and relaxing atmosphere before you head home. Maybe you can even try out a few Harley davidson tours of Sydney!