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Day 9/10 – Down to Port Campbell then into Melbourne

Last two days of the tour, with Charley, Chris, Billy and Rob riding in a fighter plane, then onto Port Campbell. Then the final ride along the Great Ocean Road into Melbourne to finish the ‘Sydney to the Outback’ tour.

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 Photo courtesy of Mark Hinchliffe (hinchm@hotmail.com)

Day 8 – Robe to Halls Gap

After paying a brief visit to the limestone caves at Naracoorte; we head through the Grampians towards Halls Gap. Here we are joined by Chris Vermeulen, who’ll ride with us from now until we finish in Melbourne. Photo courtesy of Mark Hinchliffe (hinchm@hotmail.com)

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Day 7 – Birdwood Auto Museum and Robe

Highlight of the ride today was a visit to the Birdwood Auto Museum; which is one of the biggest auto museums in Australia. A walk down memory lane for us more mature riders. Later stopped at Meningie, which triggered memories of a great ride a decade before.

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Day 6 – Down to the Barossa Valley

Leaving Wilpena Pound, the next destination is Lyndoch Hill in the Barossa Valley. Along the way, one of the riders takes a tumble and joins the rainbow ankle brigade.

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Day 5 – Around Wilpena Pound

The unsealed roads in the Pound go through some remarkable gorges and dry creeks. Photo shows Charley and Rob giving it a workout. Photo courtesy of Mark Hinchliffe (hinchm@hotmail.com)

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Day 4 – Broken Hill to Wilpena

This day was the highlight of the entire tour for me, as it provided the opportunity to ride through 170 kms of typical arid Australian outback. The colours and formations of the landscape out there are just mesmerizing. Photo is Billy taking in the sights at the old Waukaringa ruins.

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Bulldust

Day 3 – Bulldust and Heat

The day was a long one, close to 250 kms of unsealed roads, all of which had sections of bulldust. Not the easiest to ride in, seeing a few spills. Photo courtesy of Mark Hinchliffe (hinchm@hotmail.com)

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Utes in the Paddock

Day 2 – Parkes to Hillston

Day 2 has a visit to the Parkes Radio Telescope, or “The Dish” as it’s affectionately known. Then it’s on to Hillston for the night. Call in to see a fine example of outback art in “Utes in the Paddock”.

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Katoomba Lookout

Day 1 – Sydney to Parkes

The main job of the day is to get out of Sydney and over to Parkes. It’s the first day on the road, so it’s nice gentle ride out over the Blue Mountains.

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Day 0 – Pre-Ride Briefing and Dinner

The pre-ride briefing and dinner was held at the Deus Cafe. Here we get to meet each other, have a few drinks while having an evening meal in a cafe that is incorporated into a custom motorcycle shop. How appropriate.