I've just completed my practice run of 1300k from Tully -Hughenden viaKenndy Development Rd and return via Flinders H'way, Townsville. I really enjoyed the isolation and the physicals presented no problems so I'm determined to go now. I'm heading out to Longreach then down to Bourke. The winter weather will be a challenge.
Congratulations on a successful ride. It sounds like a good route. I think the challenge weather/temperature wise will be the cold nights especially if your camping. Take warm clothes with you for when you off the bike and a warm sleeping bag.
Thanks again fo the good advice Anthony. I'm no martyr to the cycle. I'm keeping my credit card option open. A warm dry B&B in Katoomba may be the way to go at that time of year. I have a set of thermals and some ski gear which worked in the morning frosts of Hugheden.
My research has revealed specks of civilization along the long lonely stretches eg between Cunnamulla and Bourke. There is Tuen, Barrington and Ennagonia which will break the monotony of the 257km stretch. The mobile video in Google Maps gives me a good idea of the terrain and capsites.
I have chosen a route over the Blue Mts that goes Narromine, Dubbo, Wellington, Gulgong, Mudgee, Portland, Lithgow, Clarence, Bell, Bilpin, Castle Hill. History dictates that I return to Portland where my family lived in 1950 and my sister lives in Castle Hill. It was too cold in Portland so we migrated to Tully in FNQ in 1953. I have distant memories that I would like to rekindle. Are you familiar wth that route? Am I being too optimistic? I have crossed the northern range on my bike several times and I am quite used to getting off and pushing. I have rigged up a rope steering system that enables me to push on the back of the seat and steer. I think Katoomba - Clarence will be a long push. Dargan - Richmond looks like a dream run. The "free bit" after a long incline.
Anyway mate, every bit of advice is welcome so keep it coming.