- Cape York, Queensland: Still the ultimate adventure-riding destination. It’s getting easier to get there every year and the four-wheel drives are making the most of it, but for adventure-riders, the CREB Track, The Lion’s Den, Cooktown, the deepwater crossings and the salties mean it’s still one of the world’s greatest adventure rides.
- Across the continent: From the west coast in WA to the east coast in NSW, or back the other way, across the centre, is riding that equals any in the world for sheer majesty, diversity and challenge.
- Jacob’s Ladder, Tasmania: One of the most stunning and breathtaking rides of either hemisphere. The relatively short run up the switchback dirt road to the Ben Lomond ski fields in Tasmania is awesome. It’s awesome not just for the ascent and descent, but for the riding to get there.
- The Flinders, SA: It’s hard to find words for this one. ‘A-frigging-mazing’ is as close as we can go. Arkaroola, Rawnsley, Wilpena Pound…they’re beyond stunning and the riding varies from challenging to flat-knacker, high-speed craziness.
- The Victorian High Country: Iconic stops like Dargo and Craig’s Hut, Bright, Myrtleford and The Billygoat Track. It’s the stuff of adventure-riding legend.
- Cameron Corner, Qld: Where three States meet, and there’s no easy way to get there no matter which direction you start from. The desert, the Dingo Fence and the Strzelecki Track are all part of the Cameron Corner experience.
7: New England, NSW: The clear air, granitic roads and historic sites of New England make the riding in the region superb. Towns like Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale cry out to riders to stop and enjoy the atmosphere. When the poplars are golden and the sun is shining, there’s nowhere like it anywhere else on Earth.
- Finke, NT: For most riders the name ‘Finke’ will automatically mean the race, but the ride to the Finke River from Alice Springs is a cracker at any time. The Finke Gorge is another that’s there for the seriously tough riders and bikes, with views to match the challenge of the terrain.
- The Great Ocean Road, Victoria: The road itself is fabulous for riders on big bikes who love to cruise winding bitumen roads littered with excellent cafes, pubs and eateries – not to mention the scenery – but the off-road riding in the area is superb. From the 12 Apostles, along the coast to Lorne and Torquay, the road is amazing, and for those with an adventurous spirit, the dirt leading off to the north at regular intervals offers hugely rewarding adventure riding, including access to the incredible Otways.
- The Otways, Victoria: Over 100,000 hectares of one of the world’s most glorious National Parks. Days and days of incredibly rewarding scenery and varied terrain.
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