Savvy Tips For Bike Riding In Australia

Savvy Tips For Bike Riding In Australia

Savvy Tips For Bike Riding In Australia

Experiencing Australia on a bike is really getting in touch with our great country – unlike driving a car, bike riding has a real connection with nature. It's just you, the wind and the open country! Australia is beautiful, but it's also large and sometimes dangerous. Here are some tips from to make the most out of your bike trip in Australia.

Consider the time of year
If you're considering heading up north (Northern Territory, Far North Queensland) in the summer, you must be prepared for wet season. This may also mean being prepared for cyclones. If you're travelling down south in wintertime, you could be facing snow and sleet. So you should always know what kind of weather to expect before you set off.

Some of us will be setting up bush campsites around the more remote areas in Australia, and you should pack a tent and sleeping back as required. Sometimes you can find powered sites with amenities such as showers or toilets, too. If you're feeling a bit up-market, you could stay at hotels or motor inns, which generally cost $75-150 per night outside of the capital cities. It's nicer, but gets expensive.

Water and supplies
You cannot survive without water and you must carry your own uncontaminated supply. The best thinking is to carry about 10 litres per day, which doesn't include water for cooking. You may need even more if you're going bush to deal with heat and dehydration. You should also bring extra fuel, oil and basic food. You may plan your trip well, but even the best-laid plans go awry!

Animals and nasties
Australia is beautiful but its insects and bugs are annoying. You should wear sunscreen, even when weather is overcast. You should also pair this with some insect repellent, preferably over 40% DEET. You should also observe signs about wildlife – this could save you one day.

Luggage and clothing
Since you'll be carrying water and extra fuel, your luggage space may be at a premium. You will likely carry some sort of duffel bag on the bike and a rucksack on your back. These should be waterproof. You should also consider carrying a collapsible chair so you have somewhere to sit! Also consider your tent or hutch – that takes up space too.

Make use of rest stops
The saying is 'arrive alive" – if you feel drowsy or haven't slept in a long time, make use of rest stops along your journey.

Tools and backups
In addition to extra oil and water, you should have a basic toolkit to carry out minor mechanical repairs. It's a non-negotiable must to have your own puncture repair kit. You should also have 'liquid metal" to fix leaks in sumps. Preparation is the best cure for a disaster!