Mary River Valley a motorcyclist’s haven Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

Mary River Valley a motorcyclist’s haven

The Mary River Valley was almost deleted from our favourite list of places to ride when politicians threatened to flood it for a dam! It’s a long and stupid political story, but thankfully sanity prevailed and the massive Traveston Dam was never built. So a pretty little valley north of Brisbane remains a haven for …

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Granite Belt wonders

Granite Belt ride reveals wonders (Pt 2)

The wonders of the Granite Belt in southern Queensland attracted Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. He organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the first part of his trip. More wonders Day two of my new frontier exploration of the …

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Granite Belt wonders

Granite Belt begs to be ridden (Pt 1)

The Granite Belt in southern Queensland tempts Gold Coast rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes who organised a two-day trip with the help of Monique Krause, marketing coordinator of Granite Belt Wine Country. Click here for the second part of his trip. The region is two hours west of the Gold Coast and up until now I …

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Charley Boorman rates Tasmania one of the best in the world for riding

Charley Boorman rates favourite Tassie road

Charley Boorman rates the 230km road from Hobart to Strahan in Tasmania one of the best stretches of tarmac in the world in a new tourism video. “It’s a country lane that travels up and down mountains … and never stops twisting,” he says. The video is one of three released this year by the Tasmanian …

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Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales, Bridget Hallam and Alan Cox tasmania travel at The Neck, Bruny Island

Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania guide book

Whether it’s a clockwise or anticlockwise lap of Tassie you are planning to do, make sure you pack a copy of the guide book Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania. It’s the second book from authors/riders Bridget Hallam and Alan Cox. The first was Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales.  Like the first …

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Northern Rivers ride with Todd Parkes Honda CBR500

Northern Rivers has a variety of attractions

If you study a map of Australian roads you will find more roads per square kilometre in the Northern Rivers area of NSW than any other non-urban part of Australia. Our travel writer Todd Parkes rides his favourite route through the mountains and valleys to the beaches: Northern Rivers romp Click here for the Google Maps …

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Exploring the Scenic Rim with your motorbike

The Scenic Rim region in South East Queensland surrounded by the Great Dividing Range and Border Ranges is the perfect location to explore on a motorcycle, writes local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes. Beaudesert is the perfect place to start exploring the Scenic Rim as it is easily accessible from Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. …

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Tex and Pip’s epic adventure on Bertha

Tex and Pip’s excellent adventure on Bertha

For 30 years “Tex and Pip” dreamed of doing a lap of Australia and last year they realised that dream aboard a 22-year-old BMW R 1100 RT, named Bertha. Writing under the pseudonym of Pip Brown, the pillion is now seeking to have a book published about their epic adventure. “In my story I have …

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A short and sweet Gold Coast ride

There are many great Gold Coast routes to explore that are short and sweet, yet can be meandered and enjoyed over several hours, says local rider and MBW contributor Todd Parkes, 45. Here he has selected a favourite called the Panorama/Beechmont/Clagiraba circuit that can be ridden in under two hours.  For this ride, I left the …

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