Sydney to Brisbane ReturnSuperb motorbiking roads skirting past world famous sights including the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley wine region, the stunning Waterfall Way, the pristine beaches around Byron Bay and vibrant attractions on offer along the Gold Coast.
Experience an inland route from Sydney to Brisbane, then revel in the differences by returning to Sydney along the coast. The best of both worlds!
Sydney to Brisbane Return - Self Guided Motorcycle Tour
Starting in the incredible city of Sydney, this return journey motorcycle tour will take you along some brilliant, tightly twisting back roads to some of the greatest sights in New South Wales. From the vibrant culture capital of Australia you'll ride up into the magnificent Blue Mountains, before heading north through the centre of Australia's wine growing expertise, along the sun-kissed coastline, dabble in the delights on offer at the Gold Coast and finally push further on to the 16th most liveable city in the world, Brisbane.
From Brisbane you'll then trace a route along the coastline south taking maximum advantage of the incredible sights and experiences on offer, before finally arriving back in Sydney ready to enjoy the cosmopolitan delights and celebrate your return!
There's so much to see and do in this fantastic city that words can't even begin to describe the place, that won't stop us trying of course! There's the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Manly, Circular Quay and that merely scratches the surface of what Sydney has to offer. One of the finest cities in the world and the perfect place to begin an incredible motorcycle tour!
If you fancy taking advantage of some of what Sydney has to offer, why not let us organise a few extra nights accommodation for you at a superb city centre hotel?
Named after the coloured tinge the mountains take on when viewed from a distance, the Blue Mountains is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and a motorcycle rider approved top quality area of Australia. Astounding scenery dominates the region at every turn with thundering waterfalls, the second largest canyon on earth, nerve jangling cable car rides, the steepest funicular railway in the world and some lovely walking tracks.
Check out the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and a plethora of other scenic lookouts, before riding a circular route back around the mountains. The accommodation for your time here is a great bed & breakfast with friendly, welcoming hosts and spectacular views over the Hawkesbury River.
The Hunter region, more commonly known as the Hunter Valley, is the grape crushing heart of Australia's wine production. Ride along sweeping minor roads, past the viewpoints, fast flowing rivers and gorges of the Wollemi National Park [Australia's second largest] to the vineyards, top class restaurants and wineries of the Hunter Valley proper. The overnight accommodation for this part of the tour is a brief taxi ride from some of the most famous restaurants and wineries in the region, so there's plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce. Arrive early and go on a wine tasting tour or savour the culture in a relaxed evening out amongst the vines!
Another incredibly scenic and winding back road takes you through New England to the settlement of Armidale. Famed for its deciduous trees in Autumn, it's an unusually seasonal area of Australia due to its elevation and actually experiences four distinct seasons, unlike most of Australia. If you time your visit right, the display offered up as the leaves on the trees switch to their more Autumnal hues is a sight worthy of retelling by the greatest poets. A good range of restaurants and a country town atmosphere mean Armidale is a pleasant town to spend the evening in, before riding on to the Waterfall Way the following day.
State Highway 78 or the far more attractively titled ' Waterfall Way', is a simply breathtaking biking road through dense rainforest, past countless waterfalls and boasts some epic views over the New England National Park. It's quite rightly regarded as one of the finest roads for motorcycling in the state. The route leads down to the base of the Great Dividing Range where you'll stay for the night.
It's not a long day on the bike this one but there's so much to see on the way it'll take all the time you're willing to give it! If you arrive earlier than expected there's the additional draw of the 'Promised Land' circuit to ride, which takes you along a beautiful single track country lane past some pristine crystal clear streams. Just the ticket for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!
Spectacular back roads winding through northern New South Wales will eventually lead you to the most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron at Byron Bay. There are even more beautiful beaches here augmented by a lively, friendly and incredibly welcoming small town with some great riding in the surrounding countryside.
Once a centre for 'alternative lifestylers', Byron Bay has clung on to that unique atmosphere and generally chilled out approach to life. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse, enjoy the goings on in town and get a good meal at any of the great restaurants. There's still more to come on this tour though, so don't get completely seduced by Byron Bay's undoubted charms.
The Gold Coast
Australia's most visited holiday destination and it'll be pretty obvious why once you ride in. Great beaches, all the top theme parks, vibrant nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you've got it, if you prefer the views and a bit more relaxation then you can have that too! The 57km of coastline bordering the aptly title region, include some of the most popular 'surf breaks' in the world, so if you're even slightly interested in that most Australian pastimes of surfing, you'll be well catered for here!
Capital city of Queensland, 16th 'most liveable city in the world' and the ideal place to explore mid motorcycle tour. Enjoy a glass of something nice in a restaurant overlooking the river or take advantage of the great nightlife, lovely parks, bustling shopping streets and a wealth of other attractions.
You'll wish you had longer to stay, but there's plenty more to come as you turn south and head back towards Sydney.
New South Wales Northern Coast
Trace the line of spectacular beaches on the Pacific Coast and call in at relaxed little towns including Coffs Harbour, which possesses the most 'liveable climate in Australia' and some of the finest beaches on the east coast, all set against a spectacular mountainous backdrop.
In terms of time this is a shorter trip back to Sydney than the route taken up to Brisbane, but there's plenty to enjoy along the way. The holiday resorts, coastal scenery and incredible climate make this the perfect chance to relax, wind down and anticipate your arrival back in Sydney.
If you fancy taking advantage of some of what Sydney has to offer when you arrive back, why not let us organise a few extra nights accommodation for you at a superb city centre hotel? Just ask!
A great 12 day version of this motorcycle tour includes an additional 2 days around the fantastic Sunshine Coast hinterland and coastal areas. You can visit the Glass House Mountains, Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo and the lovely Noosa Heads National Park. Just ask for more details and pricing options.
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