Wouldn’t it be great if there were free motorcycle specific touring guides complete with maps and places of interest dedicated to each region in Australia?
There are of course several websites around that identify great riding roads, but these don’t seem to mention other attractions that may be of interest to motorcyclists visiting the area.
I’ve been harping on about Tasmania quite a bit over the last 12 months or so, and rightly so too, it’s a great place to visit and explore.
Especially if you’re on a motorcycle.
This time around I thought I’d re-post my piece here for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to see it.
Most Aussies would be aware of the deluge that Mother Nature unleashed on the Australian eastern seaboard in early June, where it seemed no city or town was spared along a 2000km (1250m mile) stretch of coast line.
On our way back from Port Arthur we came across a place within the Tasman National Park called the The Tasman Arch so we stopped for a look.
Port Arthur is one of those places that should be on the list of every Australian history buff.
It’s an easy 1-1/2 hour ride south-east of Hobart, with lots of scenic spots along the way. Once there, you could easily spend a couple of days just wandering through the ruins.
Just as well the entry ticket is valid for two days entry.
As is the case with any great adventure, The Pillion and I set off on Bluey one Sunday with no set destination and no deadline to work to.
We were just going to play it by ear.
It’s fine to say “Hey! Lets head off to the black stump, its only 500km (300 mi)” but what do you see?
Endless black top, other vehicles, dust, maybe a wallaby grazing on the side of the road?
It was a beautiful morning, about 25°C (77°F), hardly any breeze, the sun was shining and not a cloud could be seen for miles: Perfect riding weather.
I donned a pair of Kevlar flavoured jeans, threw my leather jacket over a T-Shirt and headed of with The Pillion for the short ride up to Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain.
One of the most iconic natural attractions on the Tasmanian landscape.
I love towns that are steeped in history. That haven’t been caught up in the “build or perish” mentality you see so often in today’s world.
Much of Tasmania is like that. Its like going back in time in some respects.