Canadian coming to Australia
I'm from Vancouver Canada and around the end of June I'm going to be in Australia for a couple of weeks. I'm going to be in Melbourne for a few days for a conference but after that the rest of my time will be vacation.
I'm totally bringing my bike so I was wondering if anyone could help me out with suggestions on where to bike to and things to see. I'm a roadie so no mountain/rough terrain stuff - I'd prefer to stay on the road. I'm in pretty good shape too so +100km in a day is totally doable.
I haven't completely planned my trip yet but aside from being in Melbourne I'm thinking of spending some time in Brisbane so I can go snorkeling on the great barrier reef.
So what's the most beautiful riding in Australia?
Australia's a big place. Most of the Aussies in this forum seem to hang out at www.cyclingforums.com so you will have better luck asking your question there. Most of them seem to be from Melbourne.
Melbourne is a good place to ride & has lots of cyclists. Probably the most well known place to ride is Beach Rd, which can have literally 000's of riders on it over a weekend. Being along the beach it's pretty flat & fast but the scenery is good, & you can usually find someone to ride with if you want. It is along Beach Rd that the infamous "Hell Ride" takes place on Saturdays.
Up in the hills there are also plenty of nice rides too, and these are easily ridden to from the city area. Bear in mind that these are hill, not mountains, so don't expect 25km long climbs up 9% gradients - but there is still quite enough uphill to get you're heart rate up.
If you want more specifics of where to ride let me know whereabouts in Melb you will be staying & I'll suggest what direction you might want to go.
Also, as Johnny Monkey said, Australia is a big place - Brisbane is 2hrs flying time from Melbourne, but it's not where the Great Barrier Reef is. The reef is about the same distance again further north.
Well you should have some fun cycling in Australia although most if it wil probably end up being around the capital cities. June will be winter in Australia which isn't anything like a Canadian winter but you should bring cycling clothes for ALL seasons. Melbourne will be cold and maybe a little damp although we are in a prolonged drought at the moment so who knows. Unfortunately the drought is leaving much of the country parched and not as scenic as it could be.
Originally Posted by unixd0od
Now by the time you get to Brisbane and further north it will be hot. Brisbane locals think its get's cold in winter there but us southerners think its just mild and as a Canadian you will think that its quite hot so be prepared for all seasons.
I live just beside Canberra the nations capital which is quite nice to cycle around and you can visit the national monuments if your into such things. It will be cold in Canberra at that time of the year however.
There isn't realy much of a rural road network in Australia. Its mostly cities joined by a few major and secondary highways. The Major highways are probably safer in that they have wide shoulders but they are boring. The secondary highways can be twisty and narrow with fast moving cars not expecting cyclist around the corner so they are for the brave and not nessecarily relaxing, safe or realy enjoyable. There are some nice rural area's to ride through although you will need specific local knowledge to find them.
Anyway cycling around Melbourne, parts of Sydney, maybe Canberra, Brisbane and further north like Cairns (thats up where the Great Barrier Reef is) will be enjoyable.