Before i get in to my question i should just give a basic intro. I am seventeen years old and have recently purchased an '05 Giant xtc 2 le (Here). Next year i am going to have some more spare time on my hands since i have now finished school. I plan to do my first ever long distance multiple day ride when the weather has slightly cooled down.
Here is where i would like to ride (with a slightly different route, but mainly the same road), from what i have read in the Lonely planet book, "cycling australia" it breaks it down as a 5 day ride which is about the timespan i would like. Now i know that for a trip of this length i wont need too much equipment as i will be able to stop a town each day for food, camping ground etc... but of course i will still need essentials and equipment.
Now of course my first thought was simply to get some panniers, but after looking at the rear of the bike i noticed that there werent any holes where i could attach the rack for the panniers (unlike my old bike).
So what should i do?
Can i attach panniers to the front with my fork?
Any other way to carry the luggage?
Even if can attach panniers to the back will it cause any problems?
Sorry for the long winded post and probably newbie questions but i don't exactly have any experience with touring (but im willing to learn )
Edit: Of course i will be making a few other adjustments to the bike ie semi-slicks, new computer, maybe new bars etc... but how to carry my stuff is all that has me stumped