Cycle across Oz from Perth to Sydney.

by Marc
(UK)

I am from the UK. Myself and a friend are planning a cycle trip from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide. I was wondering how safe it is. We are looking to camp mostly. Not being from Australia, we were just wondering whether locals knew of any dangers. What is the risk of snakes/ spiders? Is it safe to camp in the wild?

I would appreciate any guidance.

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Cycling Perth to Sydney
by: Birgit

Hi Marc,

It seems this is not so much about specific advice for cycling from Perth to Sydney, but more about the general fear of the outback. That fear is based on hype (which is usually all you get to hear outside Australia) and not on facts.

If you read my pages about snakes and spiders then you already know what I think about those (common) fears.

If you didn't, then read them. Hopefully they'll put things into perspective for you.

I would worry about the actual cycling and about the route from Perth to Sydney. Worry about how you're gonna carry all the water you will need (and also food and gear), find out on which route you are least likely to get run over. If you want to camp in the wild, find out where there is some wild left and forget the snakes and spiders.

Maybe you've sorted all that already. Then all you have to do is forget the snakes and spiders :-).

Provided you have enough water with you when going across the Nullarbor, the only dangers are traffic and dishonest people. Just like everywhere else in the world.

I wish you a great trip!

Go for it
by: Andy

Marc,

the journey is achievable. I conducted the ride in 2001 and had a memorable experience.

Let me know if you require more info.

Andy...


Good luck
by: Anonymous

Hi am leaving perth on 29th September for Sydney. Just do it.

Best of luck Dave

Davey.dave@xtra.co.nz

Perth-Sydney
by: jeff

I am also planning a trip to Sydney around Oct 1 and expecting it will take about 4 weeks.

The outback is safer than the cities
by: Margie

I cycled solo and unsupported around the whole of Australia in 2007, from Perth to Adelaide in 2008, from Adelaide to Darwin in 2009, and will be riding from Adelaide to Sydney via Canberra in September to October 2010. As long as you stand out with bright clothing and bright, blinking lights, you will be safe while riding. Camping out is easier if you get right back off the roads.
Check out my Renal Ride Australia websites for more info or send me an email at wetkidneys@bigpond.com.
Happy cycling from Margie.

Long distance rider
by: wayne

I completed 1200 km Parkes to Caloundra last August solo, unsopported, no trouble. Riding Parkes, NSW, to Darwin, NT, in July 2010.

Nearly cycled around Australia, 2000 km to go
by: Rob O

The Nullabour has the best verges outside of the vehicle lane of the highways around Australia. There are road houses and water tanks in between for water and camping. The road train drivers are more courteous than some caravan drivers. Make sure you wear a red top (or orange safety vest) during the day and yellow with reflective tape when dark and twilight to ensure you can be seen (blue and black are the worst colours).

I have yet to see a snake or spider on my trips, but lots of blue tongue lizards are squashed by vehicles on the Nullabour.

Any groups going?
by: Christina

Hi there,

My Dad really wants to do this ride, Sydney-Perth, in 2011 or 1012, but I'm concerned he doesn't do it by himself.

Do you know of any groups who do the ride? My Dad is 60, but pretty fit and would probably like to go 100+ km/day. He hasn't done it before and I'd love someone experienced to go with him/lead a group with him.

Any volunteers or suggestions?

Cheers!
Christina

Sydney to Darwin
by: Ross

I am ready to cycle to Darwin from Sydney, anyone interested? I'm 52, male, just looking for a cycling companion.

Perth-Melbourne
by: Jeff

Hi all, I am riding from Perth to Melbourne in October 2011. If anybody else has a similar plan drop me a line.

Jeff 0413 268 991

Cycling Perth to Sydney
by: Claire

Hi,
I'm looking for a cycle buddy or buddies to ride with me from Perth to Sydney; even someone who could just drive a support vehicle behind me along the way. I'm an Australian and trying to raise money for charity. I'm looking to do this starting in April 2012.

Heroes for Hearts
by: Anonymous

I am cycling from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide and Northern NSW in support of HeartKids.
All details are available on my website:
www.heroesforhearts.com

Perth to Sydney
by: Gavin

Claire, I'm looking at doing Perth to Sydney around April / May next year as well. Also interested in raising money for charity. Contact me on 0406685330 if you want a buddy or to start forming a group to go across.

Any groups going from Christina?
by: Anonymous

I am planning the same trip this year or next to Perth. If your dad is interested he can contact me.

Sydney to Adelaide
by: Arthur

Hi,

I am going to Melbourne, then to Tasmania and then I will finish at Adelaide. I will do that with a push bike and trailer 2 wheels. It's a surf trip by push bike. If someone is interested we can ride together!

Arthur,
0452190948

Perth-Sydney
by: Craig

Hi,

I would like to cycle from Perth to Sydney to raise money for charity in 2012-13 and am looking for people to join me.

Can you please contact me if you are interested by email at ctmorris0147@hotmail.com

Thanks.

Perth to Sydney April/May 2012
by: Lara

Hi Claire and Gavin,

I am also planning to cycle from Perth to Sydney in April/May 2012. I am looking for companions so if either of you are interested please email me at lits83@hotmail.com

Cycling touring company
by: Cycle across oz

Hi all,

Cycle Across Oz is a very small cycle support company who run long distance rides every couple of years. Our next ride has been split into 5 stages & we will be riding 14,000+ kms around Australia over a 6 month period.

We are the cheapest company around as we are a no fuss business providing camping alternative only. Our ride starts in March 2012 & finishes in September 2012.

Spots are filling fast already, so if you are interested you will need to put in an expression of interest soon.

We take a maximum of 20 riders each stage & Darwin to Broome has 17 expressions of interest already & 14 months to go.

Check out our website at www.cycleacrossoz.com.au (some information is still being updated).

Cycling Company
by: cycle across oz

Hi, we are a very small company that has been running long distance cycling tours around Australia since 2002.

In 2013 will are planning a tour cycling right around Australia. It will be in 5 stages & over 6 months so riders can do one or all 5 of the stages. All stages are filling very fast because we are the cheapest company around. We are a no fuss company who will basically supply support to the riders & camping accommodation.

Our groups are small and we try to keep the numbers to no more than 20 riders each stage.

We take all ages over 18 & in past rides our average age has been between 40 & 60 years. Last ride we had an even number of both sexes & our oldest rider had turned 70 years. We average distances of 100 kms/day with our shortest distance of 35 kms in one day & longest day of 180 kilometre.

Check out our website at www.cycleacrossoz.com.au
We are accepting expressions of interest for next year now but no confirmations until July 2012.

Cycling Company
by: cycle across oz

Sorry, made a mistake with the year for the ride Cycle Around Australia. The ride will be starting in March 2013 & finishing in September 2013.

Perth to Sydney, Cycle ride.
by: JamesFG

This is a truly great route for a bike ride, especially doing it alone and unsupported. With careful planning it is quite possible. Sept to Nov is probably the best times. Just after my 60th Birthday (2008) I set out from Perth on an average but new bicycle with plenty of storage bags.

I'd been training quite hard (in Japan) through their squelching summer so was well-prepared for heat and muscle ache. I minimized camping (6 times) but the camp on the Nullarbor Plain was unforgettable.

It's really not difficult to carry enough gear, and to keep up a daily average of 100km, with a rest day every 10 days. The hills of NSW can be tough, especially in strong headwinds, but the views are wonderful. The roads were 99% good, and traffic likewise. We encountered no problems apart from unsympathetic police. Main concerns: Wear highly visible clothing; carry as much liquids as possible; keep an excess of energy bars; full toolkit for bike (get to know it like a good friend!!); and carry plenty of first-aid equipment, especially insect repellant; freeze spray for aching muscles; and antiseptic. There are plenty of snakes, lizards, and other creepy crawlies but easily avoidable.

Anyone of medium fitness can complete this ride; mental toughness is probably as important as physical toughness. The six weeks I took to complete the ride were some of the most memorable of my life, so far (Next ride: Trans-Canada).

Good luck to one and all attempting this amazing trip.

World of Difference; Sydney to Perth ride
by: Sam

Hi,

We are doing a ride from Sydney to Perth, starting 10th November 2012 and are looking for a rider to join us. It's supported by Campervan with a TV crew filming a documentary, and we get to Perth on the 4th December (so about 170km average a day).

More info is available at www.wodaus.com for anyone who might be interested... Go to www.wodaus.com/Cyclist.html for more contact information.

Cheers,
Sam.

Cycling in November
by: Margie

Good luck with your cycle. It's a shame you chose November to film a documentary about the Nullarbor. Early October is the best time. The wildflowers and the flowering salmon gums are amazing in October and the whales are still at the Head of the Bight in early October before they swim back to Antarctica.

Still, you should have a great time.

All the best (from one who's done it 3 times already).

2013 Perth to Adelaide on 2 wheels anyone?
by: Marcus

Hi,

I have just completed the Great Victorian Bike ride for the first time in Dec '12 and fair to say have caught the bug of cycling.

I've signed up to do the Great Vic again from Mt Gambier to Geelong late November but thought why not head to Perth and do a little extra to warm up!

It’s just a thought at this stage, want to see who else might be interested, and happily go alone but rather a companion and possibly even a support vehicle. I'd maybe go around the south coast of WA to begin as opposed to directly across the Nullarbor. Aiming for approx mid Oct to arrive to Adelaide mid Nov. Dates are somewhat flexible. I'm a comedian and looking to line up some shows along the way or make a little doco of it too. So any creative types get in touch and we can throw some ideas about.

Cheers
itsmarcusryan@gmail.com

Watch for Wild Life
by: Anonymous

I made the trip from Sydney to Perth on motorcycle about 6 years ago. It was the trip of a life time; incredible geography and diversity. The greatest hazard we had to be aware of is the wild life. Kangaroos and Emus have no brains. They will jump out in front of you without warning. But having said that, they are not usually active during the day. Dusk is not a time to be riding and night riding in the outback is very dangerous. The key is being aware of what you can see coming up the road. As with all safe riding, pretend you're invisible and you'll be OK. I envy you. You'll have a great time.

Perth to Sydney
by: Anonymous

Not to sure how old your query is, however if you haven't gone yet, go for it. I with a mate did the ride 18 months ago. A bit tough for us casual cyclists however when you get yourself into a routine it's ok. We spent most of the nights camping by the roadside which was fine.

If you want any further info contact me on email address pinkypurch@me.com -- if not have a safe and good adventure

We are doing again in 2015
by: Cycle Across Oz

Just to let you know we will be running a new tour from Perth to Melbourne (around the coast) again in 2015. This will be our 6th time across on bikes and 7th time for my husband.
Check us out at www.cycleacrossoz.com.au

Go for it
by: David

Its a great ride did it 3 years or so ago in 32 days alone. Its as safe as you care to make it just dont argue with road trains.

Perth to Sydney 2015
by: Nick

Hi everyone, i will be cycling from Perth to Sydney in 2015 as part of a charity fundraiser i am cycling in from Perth to Scotland. If anyone would like to join me for part of the leg please get in touch at facebook.com/nicktraceycyclist

Cheers :)

Perth to Sydney
by: Robin

Hi Marc

Can you tell me a little about yourself and when you are thinking of going? Would you consider a fellow cyclist going along with you? I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Robin

Cycling from Perth to Perth
by: Stephen

Hi, I am hoping to cycle the whole of Australia in January 2017 from Perth to Perth along the whole coast of the country any help or views would be gratefully accepted, and how long can you stay in Australia for? Many thanks.

Around Australia in 2016
by: John

I am planning to take a year to cycle (probably e-recumbent tricycle) around Australia, departing from Perth about April 2016. My plan is to head north and cross the top-end during June-August when the weather is more mild, and arrive in SE Queensland before the summer. I want to ride for about 5 days per week and rest and enjoy some time off for 2 days (average). Most of it would be camping out, with occasional stops at caravan parks. I would also like to stop for longer periods at different locations if/when the mood strikes - perhaps do some WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms). Would be interested in sharing the experience with a compatible person.

Email: john.walker@becomingyounger.com

Darwin - Cairns - Townsville. August 2016
by: Steve

Planning my next cycling trip. Departing Darwin early August 2016. Route: Darwin, 3 Ways, Borroloola, Burketown, Normanton, Cairns, Townsville, following Highway 1.
Has anyone done this route? Hoping for information on water stops. I normally ride unsupported and solo. Have ridden Perth - Melbourne via Albany and Esperance and Townsville - Melbourne.
Would be grateful for any help.
I can be contacted by email.
steve3154@gmail.com
Cheers,
Steve

Cycling from Darwin to Melbourne
by: Margie

I cycled solo in the opposite direction around Australia in 2007. The rest stops and water tanks haven't changed much, but occasionally they get drained by over zealous travellers filling up their water storage drums for camp showers etc. If you want to contact me on wetkidneys@bigpond.com I can give you any info you need. You should be able to enjoy the better weather and prevailing winds, although the Stuart and Barkly Highways will be hot hot hot during August and September.

Perth to Sydney via Melbourne
by: Marshall

I am planning to ride my trike Perth to Sydney via Melbourne starting April 2017. If anyone is keen to share the trip [trike or bike] I'd be interested. I'm a fit 64yo not looking to race, just achieve an objective, so time is not a great issue but am thinking of about 60km+ each day, six days a week. mdw6752@westnet.com.au

Anyone on Dec. 2016?
by: Brandon

Hi. I am planning to ride from Perth to Sydney on coming December this year. I am looking for company to ride together. Please give me an email to discuss about the itinerary. Cheers.
Email : annaskk@gmail.com

Trying my luck: Perth to Sydney NEW
by: Vishnudas

Hi, My name is Vishnudas S Chapke, a former Indian Journalist. I have been travelling around the world from last six month. After doing six countries in Asia I landed in Perth on August 31.
I am an amature cyclist and gearing up for Perth to Sydney cycling. I will start my journey on Sept 16 from Perth. Any information about route, sponsporship, safety gear is welcome. I am reachable on vishnuchapke@outlook.com
Regards Vishnudas

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