2019 notes – I decided to retire the old list. The Google map below has the best riding roads listed. It is nothing fancy just click to expand full screen to reveal the alphabetic listing of roads. This sort of thing was not available when I first compiled a list of good roads for riding so I had separate articles with small maps from various sources and instructions how to get to places which are all obsolete now.
You can still view all those ‘best road’ posts in the section of the menu called The Vault – they have new photos and have been edited too.
(Roads for SA and TAS courtesy of friends. Additional content 2018 thanks to Gary Andrew)
Are you planning to visit and ride Australia?
If you are thinking to visit Australia and want to enjoy some riding as well as a holiday then Brisbane/Gold Coast is a great gateway for this. It is the only place with semi affordable rentals and there is no big city traffic to escape, you can be on good riding roads in 20 minutes from your hotel while also having the beaches and theme parks for the family or significant other.
You can easy access the New England Tablelands from Brisbane which is some of the best riding and scenery in the country also chance to see some historic towns great country pubs. As little as 4-5 days will allow you to experience a lot of wonderful riding.
If looking to tour the country more then whatever you do please avoid the Pacific Highway which is nothing like the one on west coast of USA but rather a horrible concrete interstate – you will see nothing. Also the main highways across the middle of the country like Darwin to Adelaide are stone dead boring, 1000’s of km of nothingness. I read many ride reports from people who come here and only see the red centre missing out on what I would call the true Australia that can be found in the countryside from which came the birth of the nation.
Please take a look at my Downunder Tour listed here for an idea of the rich history from the wild gold rush days and terrific sights that can be explored.
Feel free to ask me any questions about motorcycle riding in Australia.