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Motorcycle: Triumph Tiger Explorer

Where: Bunbury WA to Herberton QLD via Outback Way and return via Savannah Way

When, how long and how far: April 2015, approx. two weeks, then return Sept 2015 approx two weeks, total 11,000km

Comments: : Having been around Australia on the bitumen, decided to do it (as much as possible) on unsealed roads. Brought a new Triumph with shaft drive and cruise control for the purpose. It was ok except that it didnít like sand / bull dust, and I dropped it eight times in total, and it was too heavy to pick up on my own. Carried a PLB for emergency and had to use it once. Carried a new motorcycle swag, fuel bladder and jack on the bike. The temperature on the outward trip was perfect during the day and cold at night, until the QLD coast. On the return trip it was really hot. Left the bike with a friend in Herberton for four months, and flew to Perth and back in between.

 

Route map: Bunbury / Hyden /Coolgardie / Laverton / Warburton / Docker River / Uluru / Kings Canyon / Alice Springs / Boulia / Winton / Charters Towers / Townsville / Magnetic Island / Port Douglas / Daintree / Cooktown / Cairns / Herberton. Return: Herberton / Croydon / Karumba / Burketown / Lawn Hill / Hells Gate / Borroloola / Katherine / Kununurra / Gibb River / Derby / Broome / Marble Bar / New Norcia / Bunbury NB: Google maps does not recognize the road between Docker River and Peterman as existing hence the gap

 

First stop: Collie for coffee

Goldfields water pipeline

Kookynie: One horse and pub town

Start of Great Central Road, near Laverton

Beware loose gravel, dust & corrugations

Bush swag on the outback way

Outback way, WA, early morning

Elderly cyclist on Outback Way

Northern Territory border

First bike drop near Docker River, NT

Uluru from campsite

Esky bag after dingo took it at Kings Canyon

Macdonald ranges scenery

Roadside anthill, NT

Cattle on the Plenty highway, NT

Swag bush camp near NT / QLD border

Welcome to Queensland

Selfie at crossing at Georgina river

Telstra remote phone box, Middleton

Sign opposite Middleton hotel

Townsville from Maggie island ferry

Daintree river ferry crossing

Creek crossing in the Daintree

Royal hotel, Herberton

Mt Garnet coffee stop on return trip

Self righting bike drop, near Croydon

Field full of wallabies at Karumba

Lawn Hill gorge national park

Burke & Wills memorial

Willy willy of dust in far west QLD

Cattle in drought stricken far west QLD

Selfie on hot station road far west QLD

Dropped bike that caused Rescue Me use

Pannier that fell off far west QLD

Morning Glory cloud Gulf country, QLD

Victoria River NT

El Questro creek overnight swag camp

Gibb river road Kimberley scenery

Difficult sandy stretch of Gibb river road

Baobab tree at campsite Gibb river road

Bells gorge, Gibb river road

Gibb river road scenery

Four dog road train passing fast & close

Worlds oldest Open air cinema Broome

Marble Bar roadhouse waiting to open

Marble Bar to Newman road scenery

Petrol stop at Paynes Find

Stop at Cue on Great Northern highway