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.

11 Comments

  1. Good job! Now I know what to do over winter… reading up on your trips 😉 Thank you!

  2. What an excellent detailed notes. Being new to Australia and adherent fan of riding i would pick up your notes and go by it blindly. Heap Thanks!

  3. woow

    I hope to live there (NSW) in a few months
    goal¿?
    Get a bobber, scrambler or cafe racer and hit that roads

  4. Warren, Just wanted to thank you for your wealth of information. For those of you reading this, I was charged with the project of organising a bike tour from Brisbane to Sydney over 3.5 days for senior execs from Germany. For someone with limited experience with bikes and minimal knowledge of the best routes, Warren's blog and personal contact helped me to plan an awesome trip with really great biking roads. Keep up the great work Warren, I'll be looking forward to some Aussie updates when you return and I'm sure I'll have some new projects in the future! Regards Katie

  5. Great Work Warren! I've enjoyed reading every bit of your blog each time. It's inspired me and I've followed your routes and done the Northern Thailand region myself.
    Looking at your map, I've noticed Omeo Hwy in Victoria hasn't been done. Not sure if you've gone through there or not, but I highly recommend you that section of road from Tallangatta to Omeo. I can confirm that section of road is completely sealled now and is stunning!
    I'd recommend Vietnam as well if you haven't done it yet. I did the Top Gear trip which is quite popular now. Flamingo Motorcycles Rentals do One way bike hire from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, which is great so that you don't have to return back.
    Keep up the great work!
    It's a joy to read!
    Takuma

    • Hi Takuma, thanks for kind words. I was going to ride Omeo recently but rain forced me to cancel.
      I am back in Thailand now with a group of guys trying to no be solo traveling so much.
      I am looking at Vietnam. Maybe a loop from Da Nang in the future as a start.
      Thanks Warren

  6. Hey Warren, I’m Gary, husband of Ladyonmotorbike. I posted this elsewhere but you may not have seen it: We use your Best Motorcycle rides Australia Google map quite a lot, it’s very useful. Is there some way we could add rides to it as we discover them? A couple of examples from just this weekend are Turondale Road (an alternative route between Hill End and Bathurst) and Spring Ridge Road close to Gulgong, which broke up an otherwise boring ride to Dubbo. Both are sealed roads with reasonable surfaces.

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