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Cooper1991 08-09-20 06:36 PM

Australia East to West
 
Has any one done Australia coast to coast? Sydney - Adelaide - Perth.

Especially interested in Nullarbor National Park on the BIght where there seems to be no villages or even gas stations for 300km. So how does anyone get water and snacks?

Also are snakes and spiders rife on this stretch or are they mainly in Northern Territories/Queensland?

Estimated time? 90 days?

AnthonyG 08-10-20 02:08 AM

I cant answer all your questions but I will tell you this. The prevailing winds in this part of Australia (due to the polar vortex) is always West to East. Riding East to West will be committing yourself to a Headwind the whole 3,700 KM.
Good luck on that.
Everyone rides it Perth to Sydney.
And yes, you will need a lot of supplies. Not something to take on lightly.
And,
Due to COVID-19 you won't be allowed to do it at the moment anyway.

Cooper1991 08-10-20 04:06 AM

Thanks. Didn't think of that and Windy.com shows that today, albeit north west winds. Yeah, I believe you can do 14 days quarantine in Oz but maybe moving inter-states would be an issue. I'm more dreaming up an adventure so this would be a year from now when it's cooler there. Was thinking of Kathmandu-Agra-Goa but feels like a health hazard with disease and traffic.

Still not sure how someone can go lots of km's with very limited food and water, and nowhere to stop in the mid section, except the occasional gas station.

AnthonyG 08-10-20 04:42 AM


Originally Posted by Cooper1991 (Post 21632663)
Thanks. Didn't think of that and Windy.com shows that today, albeit north west winds. Yeah, I believe you can do 14 days quarantine in Oz but maybe moving inter-states would be an issue. I'm more dreaming up an adventure so this would be a year from now when it's cooler there. Was thinking of Kathmandu-Agra-Goa but feels like a health hazard with disease and traffic.

Still not sure how someone can go lots of km's with very limited food and water, and nowhere to stop in the mid section, except the occasional gas station.

Someone may have more/better details of what's out there, but yes, don't underestimate how little is available out there and how much you will need to carry.
People do do it though. West to East.

Tamiya 08-10-20 09:48 AM

Last year this Tasmanian family did the full mainland lap on 2 tandems with 2 young kids...!!
https://www.swagfamily.com.au

Aushiker 08-11-20 08:05 PM

Wind: The Bureau of Metrology wind roses are a helpful tool in respect to wind ... Wind roses for selected locations in Australia
Carrying supplies: I have loaded up out of Carnavon/Gascoyne Junction (Western Australia) with seven days of water (35 litres) and 15 days of food. I was riding my Surly Long Haul Trucker and pulling an Extrawheel trailer. Crossing the Nullarbor would not require as much food or water so doable for sure.
Resources: I suggest checking out the touring sub-forum at the Australian Cycling Forums for local advice. Also, CGOAB will I am sure have lots of trip reports which will be helpful.

Personally I would ride West to East because of the winds. I would also take an alternative route through Hyden to Norseman before crossing the Nullaboor but then I am local and have been to Kalgoorlie before.

Bicilover 04-10-21 11:50 AM

I could not think of a more boring bike route

Aushiker 04-10-21 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by Bicilover (Post 22008855)
I could not think of a more boring bike route

Each to their own.

alo 04-10-21 11:58 PM

Don't do it. The risk of being squashed under a truck is too great.

If you did do it, you would need to carry a huge amount of water for the long stretches. Get someone to film you riding up hill with all that water.

Aushiker 04-11-21 04:37 AM


Originally Posted by alo (Post 22009461)
Don't do it. The risk of being squashed under a truck is too great.

If you did do it, you would need to carry a huge amount of water for the long stretches. Get someone to film you riding up hill with all that water.

I have carried 35 litres of water and 20 days of food all on gravel and rough roads. Not the end of the world. That is what outback riding can involve here in Australia.


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