First Draft Route… Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney

I’ve been thinking about my big cycle non-stop over the past few days, and I’ve been eager to get my route sorted out. I’m still waiting on a map taking me from Adelaide to Melbourne, so I’ve decided to crack on without it for now and work backwards once I have it.

I’ve been throwing around the idea recently of not bothering with Canberra because from what I’ve heard there doesn’t seem to be that much going on and there is no real direct route to the city, but from a bit of reading I’ve found that to be not true! I’m big into my history, so to name a few places I’d like to visit they’d be Parliament House, the Australian War Museum and the National Botanical Gardens. I’ve even found a main road that takes me there meaning it’s a place I must factor in, if you guys have any suggestions for activities then please do let me know.

My provisional route in picture format can be found below.

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I want to do the full route in good time so I’ve been looking for direct routes from city to city that I can cane out in a few days but see some new sights along the way. I’ve kept myself close to the coast for decent chunks of it, passed some epic looking lakes, gone through some nice woodland areas, and hit the highways to eat up some mileage on the way. This is just a provisional route so please feel free to comment any suggestions for changes that’ll make the route a little more interesting but not add too much distance on.

The route with estimated kilometers goes as follows…

Largely following the Princess Highway until Cann River, then following the Monaro (Cann Valley) Highway to Canberra.

Day

Start

Finish

Distance (km)

1

Melbourne

Traralgon

161

2

Traralgon

Lakes Entrance

153

3

Lakes Entrance

Cann River

142

4

Cann River

Cooma

173

5

Cooma

Canberra

106

Once out of Canberra, I’ll be leaving via the Federal Highway and join the Hume Highway to Sydney.

Day

Start

Finish

Distance (km)

1

Canberra

Moss Vale

163

2

Moss Vale

Sydney

127

Remember guys, this is a provisional route, feedback more than welcome 🙂

Gary

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Early prep route planning…

So I’ve had the bright idea to cycle the east coast of Australia, but there’s a hell of a lot planning to do before I can even think about the trip itself. At the moment, I think the most important of tasks is the route, once I have that in place, I should then be able to:

  • Accurately record my mileage for forward planning
  • Break the cycle down into sections
  • Propose a timescale for daily and overall completion
  • Cost the whole trip so I can save the cash!

For me the route truly is the backbone of the whole cycle! I’d been scouring the Internet for a decent map of the country for ages, looking for one which had a good road detail, but also specified the surface types so I knew what I could/couldn’t do on my racing bike. I’m a lad who likes to see what he’s buying before handing over the money, for this reason Internet buying doesn’t always sit well with me; so after a few hours I donned my trainers and headed in to Leeds to have a scout around.  I visited all the travel shops looking for one that was suitable with zero success, but of all places I found the perfect map in WHSmiths, it details every road (including surface types!), town, city, and even marks out all the points of interest to help me plan the route… winning!

The next few weeks will see me putting together a proposed route, then comes the daily distance breakdown so I know exactly what I’ll be doing…

Gary

The awkward moment you realise just how big Australia is...!

The awkward moment you realise just how big Australia is…!