Offroadexplorer has been doing what its meant to do and that's to find adventure bike routes for you to follow. Clubby from Trailzone and I just got back from the NSW Snowy and Victorian High country mapping out a route for both our Victorian and NSW readers.
For the ride we had a Kawasaki KLR650 and a Yamaha XT660R. To ride they are very different bikes but they handled all the conditions with ease.
We split our trip south into two. First is the Sydney south corridor. What we mean by that is a route that bypasses the main highways and gets you onto the dirt as soon as possible. So our first corridor south starts at Nowra on the coast and heads south via Nerriga skirting national parks through farmland to Braidwood. Then along the edges of Deua National Park to Kybeyan, Nimmitabel and finally Dalgety. Unfortunately there are patches of tar along the way but we estimate that from Nowra its about 60-70% dirt road and 100% sensational countryside. We eventually, with your help, hope to find corridors north, south, east and west out of each capital city (except of course if there's an ocean in the way).
From there our High Country loop across to Jindabyne for fuel then down the Barry Way into Victoria. We turned right at Limestone Black Mountain Rd and headed across to Omeo where we took a quick detour up to Anglers Rest where we bumped into three guys on a KTM, Tenere and KLR500. They were on their way to Falls Creek in the hope of finding a vacant snow hut for the night. We headed headed back to Omeo for a hot shower and a warm bed.
After an excellent overnight stay at the Golden Age Motel in Omeo we headed cross country to Buchan. It was a day of not quite sure if we're on the right track and where it was taking us so there were some nervous moments. Once again spectacular country from forests to rolling lush green valleys. Unfortunately the road to McKillops Bridge was closed so we had to find an alternate route from Buchan. We headed down to Orbost where we decided to take a chance on a road that ran along the Snowy River National Park. Yalmy Rd just five kilometres out of Orbost took us 100 kms north all the way to Bonang. It runs right through the middle of nowhere and felt as remote as it gets. An absolute find! We crossed the border just before sunset then high tailed it to Bombala through an insect infested atmosphere.
We'll be publishing the routes on the ORE site soon and you can read about our high country loop plus the reviews on the Kawasaki KLR650 and the Yamaha XT660R in Issue 15 of Trailzone. For all of Trailzones Queensland Adventure riders your turn is coming. Our next adventure ride will be out of SEQ so we'll keep you posted.
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