Whether you’re looking to take a vacation with your motorbike or attempting to recreate Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance on a different continent, Western Australia is a worthy destination. You can ride all the way from the top to the bottom, and there are so many things to see that it might take an observant person a whole lifetime to appreciate them all. If you’re planning a tour of Western Australia, there are a few things you should consider before you get the bike started.
Traveling by motorbike poses some unique challenges relating to luggage. You can’t carry a lot with you – you simply won’t have a place to put it. This means limiting your luggage to what’s essential. In Western Australia, you’re going to need a lot of water and a lot of sunscreen. You also need to be able to carry your personal hygiene supplies. Make sure you pack refillable bottles. If you’re traveling with other bikers, you can each break down larger bottles of sunscreen, shampoo, or mouthwash into your travel bottles. Get another big bottle to split when you run out.
Preparing for the Weather
Australia’s western coast is very hot, and since it’s near the ocean, that heat tends to come with humidity. Make sure you only keep lightweight clothes that are light in color and made of breathable fabric like cotton. You won’t have anything to protect you from the elements, so you need to be prepared to work with them. The winters in Western Australia have a tendency to be very rainy, so you might want to pack rain gear if you’re going between June and August.
You know by now that you need to keep food with you on your motorbike. Everyone needs a snack for a long ride – especially when traveling through the desolate stretches of less traveled roads that run from top to bottom in Western Australia. When you need an actual meal, you’ll have to stop and find a place to eat. Since there are so many tourist traps near the big cities – especially around Perth – you’ll have better luck asking the locals where they actually go to eat. You’ll be able to find real gastro pubs like the ones you’re used to at home.
Even if you planned to camp, you may not be able to do that every night of your trip. Summer nights can get uncomfortably humid, and winter nights are typically stormy. When you need to find real lodging, you might feel tempted to spend a fortune on a tourist hotel. You don’t have to. You can always check out room rentals on Gumtree for much less money. This will also put you in touch with locals who can give you recommendations on where to eat and interesting places to stop for a day.
Things You Should See
Australia is renowned for its sunsets, especially since the land is so flat. You can see them from almost anywhere. From Perth, you can watch the sun setting over the Indian ocean, and that’s not a view of the sky you’ll be able to get from many other places on Earth. Have a picnic lunch on the Baxter Cliffs, or explore the Ningaloo reef. Western Australia is ideal for nature-based experiences.
Remember to be safe and familiarize yourself with Australia’s road rules if you’re traveling from another country. Study up a little bit before you plan your trip. It’s your trip, and it’s up to you to create an itinerary that highlights the kind of memories you’re looking to make – just make sure you appreciate everything the great outdoors has to offer.