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Old 11-03-12, 02:38 AM   #1
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Melbourne 2 brisbane

I've been wanting to go on a bicycle tour for a while now, but i don't know how much money I'll need to do it and also what things i NEED to take with me, can anybody give me an estimate on the minimum amount I'll need. I won't need money for camping sites or motels etc cause i'm planning to rough it.
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Old 11-03-12, 10:14 AM   #2
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Old 11-03-12, 10:29 AM   #3
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Melbourne to Brisbane ...... My experiences comes from Sydney to Melbourne.

What time of year are you leaving? Winter is much quieter tourist traffic wise, summer is an extreme gong show. It's a lot of riding the Princes Highway, usually good shoulders but it can be extremely busy at times. Not a heck of a lot of options for different routes either if your sticking to around the coast.

Money wise, I was spending about 30 bucks a day usually just free camping, eating rather well, cooking 2 meals a day. NSW has a lot of nice campgrounds along the coast, sometimes with hot showers to stay and good roadside stopping points. And in every small town along the coast there are free showers near the beach for the surfers to rinse off....

Gear wise, this one is totally up to you. There is really only once 200 km stretch that doesn't have a heck of a lot of facilities in southern NSW, but the rest of the route has a town no further than 50 km from the next. Bring rain gear, clothing warm enough for lows of about -5C (winter, inland) and minimal spare bike parts (lots of excellent bike shops around).

In Victoria there are lots of Rail Trails around, highly recommend them.
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Melbourne to Brisbane ...... My experiences comes from Sydney to Melbourne.

What time of year are you leaving? Winter is much quieter tourist traffic wise, summer is an extreme gong show. It's a lot of riding the Princes Highway, usually good shoulders but it can be extremely busy at times. Not a heck of a lot of options for different routes either if your sticking to around the coast.

Money wise, I was spending about 30 bucks a day usually just free camping, eating rather well, cooking 2 meals a day. NSW has a lot of nice campgrounds along the coast, sometimes with hot showers to stay and good roadside stopping points. And in every small town along the coast there are free showers near the beach for the surfers to rinse off....

Gear wise, this one is totally up to you. There is really only once 200 km stretch that doesn't have a heck of a lot of facilities in southern NSW, but the rest of the route has a town no further than 50 km from the next. Bring rain gear, clothing warm enough for lows of about -5C (winter, inland) and minimal spare bike parts (lots of excellent bike shops around).

In Victoria there are lots of Rail Trails around, highly recommend them.

Also, it's bloody little hill country. You'd be shocked on how many times a day your going up and down. Nothing difficult or huge, just the quantity.
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Old 11-03-12, 08:21 PM   #5
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Did you forget ... you already posted this question.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post14735593
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Old 11-03-12, 08:23 PM   #6
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As I posted in the previous thread you started ...

First of all, Rowan (my husband) is Australian, and I am a Canadian who is also a permanent resident in Australia. I've lived there 3 years. Our home for those 3 years was just north of Melbourne.


Now we need some information from you.

1) When do you want to start? Australia is in the southern hemisphere so Melbourne is in the early stages of spring right now.

2) Have you done any cycletouring before? What equipment do you have? Do you have a bicycle?

3) What country are you from? If you are from Canada or the US, you'll notice that some prices for some things (like food) are a little bit higher than they are in Canada or the US.

4) Do you plan to bush camp? Camp in campgrounds? Use hostels? Use caravan park cabins? Use hotels?
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In the other thread, you mentioned you were Australian. Roughly where in Australia do you come from?

So we have the answer to that question ... what about the rest of the questions?

Do you have a bicycle? Have you ever ridden a bicycle? Do you have any cycletouring equipment? Have you done any cycletouring before?

It's very hard to give a person an estimate of how much it might cost without knowing the answer to some of these questions.


And here's a suggestion ... it's spring in Australia now. Get on your bicycle (assuming you have one) and go do an overnight tour somewhere. How much money did you spend on that tour? How much money do you think you might spend on a longer tour?
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