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The Cost Of Bike Touring: Australia & New Zealand

Posted February 14th, 2012

How much will an independent bike tour cost?

In Australia and New Zealand, as with many developed countries, it’s easy to spend as much as you want but there are also plenty of options for sticking to a budget.

Scroll down to read about bike tourists who’ve recently been there, and their experiences.

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The Cyclist & The Trip: Guy & Freddie cycled from the UK to Australia. They arrived in Australia in 2011, and cycled a total of 5,000km there at the end of their journey.

Frederike & Guy

The Cost: Around $23 Australian dollars per person, per day.

Australia is generally very expensive but as we cycled mostly through the Outback we were able to wild camp a lot. Most of our money as spent on food (we like to eat well) and camping fees. We camped for 3 months straight as hotels are unaffordable. On average we probably wild camped 1/3 and stayed at campsites 2/3 of the time.

Tips: “If you are happy to eat only very simple food and wild camp all the time you could get by on less money. Some of the roadhouses have shower facilities, saving on campsite fees.”

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The Cyclist & The Trip: Andy lives in Australia and frequently bike tours around his home country.

Andy Jennings

The Cost: Around $20 Australian dollars per person, per day.

I tour quite a lot around Australia and very rarely stay in a hotel but I do like caravan parks rather than free camping. I’m a sucker for a shower at the end of the day’s riding. My budget is about $15 Australian dollars per day for a campsite (up to $30 if it is on the coast or in a popular place). I only spend about $10 per day for food.

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Can You Help?
Keeping these sections up-to-date and adding new sections relies on the community. That’s you!

If you’ve recently been on tour and can tell us about your daily budget, please Get In Touch and share your answers to these 3 basic questions:

1. What did you spend per person, per day on average? This is for daily expenses like food, hotels, public transport within a country but not exceptional extras like bike repair, flights to/from the country.

2. Can you briefly describe your style of travel? Are you ultra low budget (e.g. a devoted wild camper, cook all your own food) or more medium budget (e.g. will occasionally splash out on a hotel, meal in restaurant)?

3. Any tips you want to share related to costs in this region? Was something particularly cheap or expensive? How would you recommend others save money?

We’ll add your answers to the relevant page, along with a photo of you on tour and a link to your bike touring blog (if you have one). Thanks!

Is New Zealand Still Safe For Bike Touring?

Posted February 6th, 2010

Share the road“Is it safe to bike tour in New Zealand?”

That question has come our way a lot lately, following a few high-profile deaths of cycle tourists in a country that was once promoted as a bike touring paradise.

We decided it was time to investigate so we talked to cycling advocates and bike tourists with recent, first-hand experience of touring in New Zealand. The answer appears to be that yes, New Zealand still is a very worthy destination, but one where you might want to put extra focus on arriving with all the equipment you need to ride on the back roads.

Read more in: Is New Zealand Still Safe for Bike Tourists?

Our 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets

Posted January 4th, 2010

We were nominated by the lovely Nora of The Professional Hobo to share our 3 best travel secrets, as part of a Tripbase project to bring some great tips together from across the net.

My only problem with this mission is that I could probably list 20 secret travel places but in keeping with the theme, here are 3 that spring to mind. And yes, the ride there is as wonderful as the destination.

Aphrodisias, Turkey

Aphrodisias

Most tourists in Turkey head straight for Troy and Ephesus, the archaeological sites along the coast but when we tried to visit we were overrun by tour groups, who kindly made sure they also provided entertainment in the form of actors dressed as Romans (in fetching plastic capes), jumping off the ampitheatre and just being generally annoying. The solution? Head inland to Aphrodisias and enjoy the peace? The amazing theatre and stadium are some of the best we’ve seen anywhere and you can marvel at the architecture in silence.

How to get there: Highway E87 leads from the coast towards Nazilli. In Nazilli, head south briefly, then east on a back road that goes through many small villages (Pirlibey is one of them and has a shop and cafe) before hooking up with the D585, which will take you straight to Aphrodisias. Nearby is the village of Geyre, where you can camp and get a room or a meal.

Kobarid on the Soca River, Slovenia

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Slovenia’s Soca River takes top prize for the most beautiful river we’ve seen anywhere and the variety of activities you can do in this corner of Slovenia is impressive. Go hiking, rafting, rock climbing, diving or just visit the local towns. Kobarid has a great museum. It’s just across the mountains from Italy. Why don’t more people come here?

How to get there: Take Route 52 out of Amaro, then the SS646 in Italy, up and over the mountains to the small town of Kobarid. Just beware the hills after Lischiazze!

Titirangi Bay, New Zealand

It took a long slog up a dirt road to get here but when we crested the top of the hill and saw this view of Titirangi Bay, our jaws dropped open. Here, at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, you get to savour  this landscape mostly on your own. The majority of tourists don’t come right to the top of the Marlborough Sounds or, if they do, they don’t stay the night. There’s only a rustic campsite (cold water, no showers) but you do get the use of a stunning beach and plenty of inquisitive weka birds circling your tent.

How to get here: Go to Kenepuru Head in the Queen Charlotte Sounds and follow Titirangi Road until it runs out.

Part of the object of this post is to get other blogs to do the same. I’m hoping these travellers will participate:

Show 25: All about New Zealand

Posted April 29th, 2009

Our bikes overlooking the Queen Charlotte SoundsThere’s no doubt about it, New Zealand is one of the world’s great beauties when it comes to heavenly cycling. In this show, we focus on our favourite parts of the South Island, including what to pack in your bags, and we talk to David who runs the enormously helpful Cycle Tour website. He’s a goldmine of information on everything you need to know if you’re coming on a bike tour to New Zealand. Learn what to do when you land in Auckland and where you can wander naked on the beach, if the mood strikes you.

Show 24: Long-term travel and heading home

Posted April 26th, 2009

Rob and his skateboardAnyone who’s been reading our blog lately will have noticed that our thoughts are currently obsessed with the transition from full-time travel to coming home. How to adapt and what focus we want our lives to take in the future is a constant point of pondering lately.

When you’re in the midst of trying to figure these big questions out, it’s always wonderful to learn that someone else out there can sympathise.

Enter Rob Thomson, a Kiwi who embarked on an awesome round-the-world journey on a bicycle and a skateboard (See his 14 Degrees blog) and who’s recently returned to New Zealand. We were so happy that we were able to meet Rob and that he had the time to tell us about his trip and some of the emotions he encountered when it was all over.