Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

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Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

Postby mieke207 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:47 am

Hi there,

I plan to cycle south of Perth in November this year. Solo, probably, since I have not yet managed to find a riding buddy. I was wondering whether:
1. It is safe to cycle solo as a woman in WA ( I don't know about this, since I'm from the Netherlands and have never been to Australia.)
2. If there are any forums where Australian cyclists can meet. Since I prefer cycling with someone else, I could probably try and find a riding buddy from Australia?

I have quite some experience in tour cycling in Europe, where cycling solo is safe in the majority of countries, but this trip will be a whole new type of adventure for me. Hope you can help me out! ;)

Mieke.

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Re: Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

Postby Lizzy » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:47 pm

Hi Mieke & welcome :)

I would say the answer to question 1 is that it is as safe as anywhere, as long as you use common sense and the same precautions you would in any unfamiliar place. I haven't done any long-distance touring but I don't think I'd feel unsafe to do it on my own (I just don't have the time or the equipment ... yet!).

I expect some others more experienced in this stuff will come up with some more & better info soon - but the Touring Australia section of this forum will probably be a good resource for you.

The cycle touring association of WA is probably also a good starting point for you in terms of meeting potential riding buddies: http://ctawa.asn.au/ctawa/membership.

Good luck!
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Re: Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

Postby RonK » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:17 pm

Despite what you may have heard, we are actually quite civilized here in Australia. :)

It's not so unusual for women to travel solo here.

The same commonsense security precautions that apply to solo women travellers in Europe would apply here also.
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Re: Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

Postby mieke207 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:36 pm

Hey, thanks for your replies! I already expected Australia to be similar to Europe when it comes to safety, but my mom is quite anxious about my plans (as moms always are, of course). ;)

I'll have a look at the cycle touring association website!
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Re: Solo - Perth and South Coast WA

Postby nickobec » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:29 am

Start a few weeks earlier, mid october as mid november in when universities finish for the year and all the coastal resorts south of Perth are full of drunken university students for a week or so. Then it gets worse, it is "schoolies" week so the same towns are now overflowing with 17 years old celebrating their end of school. Then a couple of weeks of peace before school holidays start.

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