Cycling Australia

Kangaroos are everywhere in AustraliaAustralia isn’t just a country, it’s an entire continent!

To cycle Australia in its entirety would require at least a year at a quick pace. Deserts, thousands of miles of ocean coastline, world class vineyards and much, much more are contained within its borders.

How can you pick where to go? The east coast is a very popular tourist destination but perhaps not the best for cycling as there are many cities and the traffic that inevitably goes along with large population centres.

A wonderful descent to WadamannaWe focused on Western Australia and Tasmania because of their wealth of rural roads and, particularly in the case of Tasmania, diverse scenery.

Other places to consider include the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne (beautiful scenery, busy during holiday periods), the Blue Mountains of New South Wales or the remote north such as the Pilbara. You may also want to research Australia’s various rail trails, a completely traffic-free riding option.

Here’s more information on Australia in general:

  • Budgeting: What things cost and what you can expect to spend on a bike trip to Australia.
  • Seasons: Find out what time of year is best for cycling in Australia.
  • Food: Let’s eat! There are pies, curries and even kangaroo meat.
  • Visas: Make sure to apply before you arrive.
  • Trains: Take your bike on the Indian Pacific or The Overland train – two classic rail journeys.
  • Snakes, spiders and other nasties: Don’t get bitten! But don’t be scared either.

Plus, an Aussie Riddle. When is a hotel not a hotel? Read more to find out.

We also have information on Western Australia:

And don’t forget about Tasmania, our personal favourite from all of our bike travels in Australia. We have a whole page dedicated to cycling in Australia’s smallest state. From catching the ferry to camping for free and riding up Cradle Mountain, we’ve got it all! More on cycling in Tasmania…


  1. Mark Carrington
    30th November 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Take the chance to ride around Australia in 2013 – proven routes and a proven operator – a cost effective way to take out the risk on the roads of the Thirsty Country. Search crazyguyona for journey logs by Mark Carrington for his rides across Australia (5 in all but 4 only logged on that site)

  2. Paul
    13th March 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I watched a chappie on his Harley travelling east across southern Australia on TV recently. Must say it didn’t look like the most appealing place to cycle through. Very dry, dusty and featureless once away from the south-east corner.

  3. Pete and Ian
    9th April 2012 at 2:21 am #

    We cycled from Brisbane to Melbourne over two months from Dec 2011. Be warned – camping is very, very popular (and much more expensive) over the Christmas and NYE period! The coastal scenery is fantastic but, without doubt, the best part of the trip was heading inland to Jindabyne and cycling the unsealed “Barry Way” to Buchan – tough and fairly remote but strongly recommended. Our full trip log can be found at:

  4. Scot McPhie
    24th October 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I went to click on Pete and Ian’s link and I got an antivirus warning message blocking access to it – reporting a Blackhole Exploit Kit (whatever that is!)

    27th February 2013 at 8:03 am #

    As ew are planning the same trip winder 2013, we like to know if you travelled from Brisbane to Melbourne (North to South) because the wind direction is favorable or just for your choise. It’s very important to know this for planning our trip.
    Best from Italy

    • Patrick
      4th November 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Laura,

      When are you planning this trip ?
      I’m doing the same, leaving december 13th ( on a friday )from Belgium 🙂

      Greetings from Belgium

  6. Margie
    31st May 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I cycled around Australia, including Tasmania and Canberra, in 10 months, solo and unsupported in 2007. I averaged 63km a day (some days I rode up to 190km and other days I rested and toured. I travelled in an anti-clockwise direction to take advantage of prevailing winds and weather.

    • Max
      12th December 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Hi Margie, I am planning to do such a trip from Feb 2015. Do you by any chance have a blog or is there any way you could recommend either some stops or advice?

      In any case congratulation for that achievement


      Max from Dubai

      • Mark Carrington
        21st December 2014 at 2:09 am #

        Hi Max
        Have a look at they are running a tour around Australia from the end of February. Full itinerariries are there and also links in the website to many blogs from previous trips.

  7. Margie
    27th March 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    Finally retrieved this website from a plethora of blogs after 3 years. I have cycled the circumference of Australia and through the middle (west to east and south to north) totalling 30,000 km. Do your research online and don’t be too ambitious with distances. Climate change has led to some unpredictable weather patterns so plan ahead and take your time. Most of all, be considerate of road train drivers. They don’t have time to slow down so wear bright colours and all the lights of Vegas on your bike, and don’t ride out in the middle of the road! Finally, don’t cycle Australia in a group. If you want to make friends and earn respect from people who truly matter, ride solo and unsupported. If you need a support crew, you may as well travel in the vehicle. Solo and unsupported is by far the best way to travel.

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