The five best motorcycle rides in Australia
Many roads in Australia feel purpose built for motorcycle riding with scenic winding bends across mountain ranges, through rainforests and next to the ocean.
Here’s a guide to the top five motorcycling roads and racing tracks across the country, according to QBE’s Motorcycle Customer Service Manager, James Canny.
Canny has over 27 years’ experience in the motorcycle industry as an instructor, examiner, superbike racer and road user.
1. The Oxley Highway from Wauchope to Walcha - NSW
This 165km stretch takes motorcyclists up and over the famous Great Dividing Range via hairpin turns and through thick rainforest and tall trees entwined in vines.
“It’s not only beautiful scenery, but also often a quiet road. The views from the height of the mountain are breathtaking,” says Canny.
“Late spring or early summer is the ideal time for this ride. It’s warm enough to be comfortable and likely to be early enough to beat the start of the rainy season.”
2. The Great Ocean Road – VIC
There’s no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful and famed roads in Australia with roughly 120km of smooth asphalt stretching from Torquay to Glanaire, past the Twelve Apostles, one of the seven wonders of the world. While beautiful, it can be challenging for riders, says Canny who says to look out for congested convoys of tourists stopping and starting along the way for the many photo opportunities. The roads are narrow and the buses can be wide.
3. The Black Spur – VIC
Famed for its lush tall rainforests and giant ferns lining the way, this 30km road lies between the towns of Healesville and Narbethong, part of the Maroondah Highway. “Sweeping corners offer a great ride for motorcycle riders and the surrounding foliage is stunning. On this road, you ride directly through the middle of a rainforest and underneath a canopy,” says Canny.
“But it can be busy on long weekends and during the summer months with cars and other motorcyclists on the road, so it’s important to be wary on a couple of the tight turns if you’re riding at these peak times.”
4. Kangaroo Valley – Southern Highlands, NSW
There’s a couple of pretty routes to Kangaroo Valley that are also fun to ride on a motorcycle, but Canny suggests riding via the Macquarie Pass which offers a view of an 822m waterfall. “The 8km section of the Illawarra Highway is a climb up a single-lane, twisty road that takes you to the lookout at Fitzroy Falls. Plus, a nice break in the journey is to try one of the famous pies at the Robertson Pie Shop,” Canny says.
5. The Lions Road - Scenic Rim, QLD
The Lions Road is a stunning 96km link from Beaudesert to Kyogle in the Scenic Rim region of the Queensland hinterlands and it’s famous in the motorcycling world.
“It’s perfect for an adventure-style motorcycle route because it takes you through local towns, the rainforests of Border Ranges National Park and Running Creek and Gradys Creek,” says Canny.
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