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Grand camping trip to Phillip Island and beyond: October 2014 Geoff Jenkinson. Hello to all fellow club members, and welcome to my very first article in the club magazine! I am planning the journey of all journeys next year to Phillip Island for the 201 4 Australian Moto GP and want to do the trip commuting by our favourite choice of transportation, the humble, yet exciting motorcycle. I am extending an invitation to all club members to be a part of this wonderful and unforgettable journey. The trip will take in many decisively chosen destinations along the way. The route will be planned to minimize the number of roads that are travelled twice. The pinnacle of the journey won't just be the Moto GP race, it will continue on to other exciting destinations beyond Phillip Island. Now I know that the trip is still just under 1 8 months away, but because it will be such a big commitment, I thought it would be wise to be making club members aware now rather than later, so as to allow those who might be interested in coming to make the necessary arrangements. Most of the time we will be camping in the outdoors, with about every 4th or 5th day spent in paid accommodation to allow for a good rest and to do laundry etcetera. The 5 day stay at Phillip Island will be in non-camping accommodation. If you have the sense for adventure and are happy to tag along, you are most welcome! The exact route and destinations are still in their infant stages, but I have been researching through various motorcycle magazines and pouring over tourist web pages to get a good idea of places I would like us to visit. Suggestions by other people have also been considered. We will be departing Perth along Great Eastern Highway, the traditional route to the eastern states, turning south at Coolgardie and then continuing east from Norseman onto the Eyre Highway. We will be staying on the Eyre Highway all the way into South Australia, until we reach Ceduna. From there we will be heading south to Port Lincoln, then head north to Lucky Bay near Cowell and catch the ferry across the Spencer Gulf to Wallaroo.

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From here we head inland towards the start of South Australia's famous wine region, the Barossa Valley. If wine is on your list of favourite things to taste, then tasting is what will be happening here! Of course we won't be getting blotto, it's not a wise move to be getting to inebriated while in control of a motorcycle! In Adelaide, we may pick up supplies before heading to the hills and the Chain of Ponds towards Hahndorf. From this lovely little town, the journey then heads further southward, where we will be visiting Mount Gambier and its famous Blue Lake, which I think is actually a giant sink hole. After Mount Gambier we continue south eastwards into Victoria, and into Warnambool, where the western end of the Great Ocean Road starts, one of Australia's most famous tourist coastal drives.

We will avoid going through Melbourne city by catching the ferry across from Queenscliff to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. We will be visiting the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs for a lovely soak in their naturally heated hot baths after such a long ride.

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From there, it's only a short ride, maybe a few hours to Phillip Island where we will be checking into our accommodation for our 5 day stay, most likely in Cowes. During our stay there will be plenty to see and do, as well as the main event being the Australian Moto GP Race.

After our eventful stay at the Island, we depart eastwards, travelling mostly along the coast. Our journey will take us to Sydney, passing through Woolongong, where we will visit the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. I've never seen this place, but heard of it, so I considered it to be a place of interest.

Once we get to Sydney, we’ll visit the Sydney Opera House, then as we depart Sydney northwards, we will cross the big coat hanger, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Eventually swinging back towards the west through some scenic national

parkland and to Wiseman's Ferry. At Richmond, we will take the Bells Line of Roads, a great motorcycling road, to the Blue Mountains. These roads take us through Lithgow, on our way to Bathurst and Mount Panorama, where we will be taking a more leisurely ride around the street circuit which holds the Bathurst 1 000 Race.

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Departing Bathurst heading south, we will visit Goulburn and Canberra, then head into the Mount Kosciusko National Park and into the Victorian Alps. After taking in the breathtaking scenery and magnificent roads in the mountainous regions, we will head to Albury Wodonga, then follow the River Murray all the way to Echuca. This is where we head south through the Victorian Goldfields on our way to Ballarat, where we will be staying for an evening at Kryal Castle, accommodation fit for motorcycling kings of the road, and mock medieval fighting displays!

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From Ballarat we will follow the Western Highway to South Australia, heading north-west through Peterborough and Wilmington to Port Augusta, the crossroads of Central Australia. Port Augusta reunites us with the Eyre Highway, where we head towards home. We don't hit the same stretch of highway we've travelled on eastwards until Ceduna.

With Western Australia back in our sights, once we arrive in Norseman, instead of going towards Coolgardie ,we will head south and spend the evening in Esperance. The next day will be our final day of travelling, heading back home through some scenic Porongarups and Kattaning, avoiding Albany highway, then through Brookton for the final stretch home. The estimated duration of this trip is about 5 weeks. I certainly hope through the club magazine, I might generate some genuine interest, and it would be a pleasure if you could join me. I have plans on videoing the ride as well as taking photos, with the intention of making a DVD of the entire trip. Something for memories’ sake and to inspire others to do the same thing! I mean, what better way to explore your own backyard than from the seat of a motorcycle? Expressions of interest should be forwarded to my email address or just have a word to me at one of our rides throughout the year. I welcome all interested parties. Hope to see you there!

Geoff's Ride 2014  

Phillip Island and beyond.

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