I love touring by bike. It’s slow enough to soak up the people and landscapes at a very human scale, but fast enough to make useful progress.
My first big bike trip from Vancouver to the Canadian Arctic in 2010 provided a glimpse of what’s possible and whet the appetite.
But I’d always been curious about the Nullarbor. Specifically, what’s out there? I had serious doubts it was ‘nothing’ as many suggested, but you don’t know for sure until you’ve been. Fortunately a friend from the Arctic trip was up for more adventure so we left Perth in August 2013 bound for Melbourne, some quiet dirt and sightseeing along the way.
This page links the ride reports and other Nullarbor posts. There’s some background on the Australian trip here and the ride reports below cover roughly a week each:
* Part 1, Perth to Norseman: 680km, 4080 m vertical gain, 8 riding days, 3 rest days (at Kalgoorlie and the exquisite Lake Ballard art of Antony Gormley, as above)
We loved it: just us, the weather, the characters, the road, the wildlife, the roadhouse bacon and eggs. The unrelenting, unimpeded wind not so much. No support trucks, no trackers.
And here’s a few related posts that might help if you’re heading out:
- VeloViewer activity wheel (elevations via Strava)
- Four ways to lighten your cycling load; tips for reducing your bike touring gear list
- A few of my favourite things (the bikepacking gear I’d grab in a fire)
- The very simple handlebar sling. You don’t need hundreds of dollars worth of bikepacking gear. In fact there’s good reasons to develop your own for a few dollars as you work out your style of touring or bikepacking.
- Nullarbor cycling gear list [Excel 33 KB]
It’s a great trip and entirely doable with some planning, reasonable fitness and, of course, a bike.