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So, as the question box suggestions, my friend and I are planning on doing a cycling road trip from Cairns to Brisbane in January. We are both Exchange students (I'm Canadian and she is Italian) at the University of Sydney. We started in July and are in Australia until the end of June (leaving to go back home right after). We have Jan and Feb off so we really wanted to do it then.
Our (rough) plan is to go to the Great Barrier Reef from Jan 8th-Jan 13th and then take the next 3 weeks (or so) to make our way down to Brisbane on our bikes (and then fly from Brisbane to Sydney).
We know that the weather that time of year is supposed to be the hottest so we are wondering if our plans and goals are realistic. Obviously there will need to be a lot of planning involved.
Any advice would help!
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Your trip is very doable but you will have to take some very serious precautions. Also try and plan your route off the Bruce Highway as much as you can - the further north you are the more crappier that road is - with plenty of trucks especially at night.
You can do it but plan sensibly - including plenty of drinking water and rest days.
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If you bail out the train is a pleasant way to travel but not sure if bikes allowed on train.
Yes there are some nice places between Cairns and Townsville.
Yungaburra, Ravenshoe, Mission Beach, Dunk Island, Cardwell, Ingham, to name but a few.
After that it is mostly just long hard miles, almost a thousand miles until you hopefully arrive in brisbane.
In that distance you will have to overcome withering heat and humidity.
The roads are of reasonable quality but resting places are few and far between.
But cars and trucks drive like zombies and have no regard for your safety.
And then there could be floods and cyclones !
And you might see a few snakes too.
Yes some stubborn people do that ride but very few at that time of year.
But there are far nicer things to do in Australia at that time of year. And that's the truth.
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Depending in exactly when the monsoon breaks, it's likely to rain heavily almost every day. Have you ever seen 100mm rainfall in 30 minutes? It leads to flooding and road closures. The Bruce Hwy is already a dangerous route, and would even worse when visibility is poor.
There is also the possiblity of cyclones, and you cannot swim in the sea because of the sea wasp and irrikanji jellyfish. Not to mention the crocodiles.
It's unlikely to be a fun trip. Choose someplace else - like Tasmania.
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As has been said, doable journey, but be very, very prepared...
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Alternatively, if you're after the warmth, ride from Sydney to Brisbane along the coast.
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If you really wanted to do it then I'd suggest June or July as it's much cooler.
I aim to do all my riding early in the morning as the heat and humidity build as soon as the sun pops his head above the horizon.
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