I first started posting about bikes and roads to ride around 1996 to a ‘home page’ (remember those?). That turned into Motorcycle Paradise on Blogger in 2006 and became this WordPress site in 2019.
Along the way I posted maps with the roads I toured in Australia, then later Thailand and in recent years Japan where I now live.
The Google map below shows all the good riding roads I know for Australia. Nearly all I have toured, a couple added by a fellow moto blogger for me to explore when travel becomes a thing again. Open the map using the brackets icon in right upper corner to it’s own page to see the list of road names.
These roads originally were all individual articles on the blog, you can view that content HERE.
Are you planning to visit and ride Australia?
The South East states of Australia have many well preserved turn of the century towns and good riding over varying landscapes.
If you want to enjoy a little riding as well as a family holiday then Brisbane/Gold Coast is also a gateway to consider. There is no big city traffic to escape, you can be riding good roads in 20 minutes from your hotel while also having the beaches and theme parks for the family or significant other – but it is less historic than the south.
However from Brisbane my former home base you can easy access the New England Tablelands which is some of the best riding and scenery also boasting historic towns and great country pubs. As little as 4-5 days will allow you to experience a lot.
If looking to tour the country more then whatever you do please avoid the main coast highway which is nothing like you might imagine – these are concrete interstates and you will see nothing. Also the main highway across the middle of the country Darwin to Adelaide is horribly boring.
I read ride reports from people who come and only see the red centre desert who missed out on the counties varied landscapes and fascinating gold rush history of the eastern states when outlaws roamed the land just like the wild west of the USA – they often post how boring the riding was, don’t make the same mistake.
Please take a look at my Downunder Tour for an idea of what else can be seen.