Circumnavigating Australia on a Honda VFR1200F

By Trevor Hedge, Photography by Trevor Hedge

As I neared the northern outskirts of Perth, thunder and lightning broke loose with fury. Friends had told me to bring the rain with me as the Western Australian capital was experiencing its hottest and driest start to the year ever. They now call me a rain god...

I headed south from Perth via one of my favorite old weekend haunts, the Quindanning Hotel, before continuing south to Albany, then following the coast to Esperance, readying for the final trek east via the Nullarbor Plains.

With three days off in the Hunter Valley, the same in Townsville, a weekend in Darwin and a few days exploring Kununurra and Lake Argyle, I had a 2:1 mix of on- and off-bike adventures. Around 10 days off the bike exploring and 15 days on the bike for a total of 10,000 miles.

As with any trip, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Wrong turns, a flat tire, record flooding and stifling heat made the trek quite the test of man and machine. On reflection, the best time of the year to undertake such a journey is August through September. That’s out of the wet season, and friendlier temperatures make for more pleasant conditions. That time of year also coincides with the amazing wildflower season in Western Australia.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing...

By Trevor Hedge
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