Trans-Oceania 2024: Cycling Australia & New Zealand Down Under
The Trans-Oceania was the last of our truly epic, cross-continental tours to be created back in 2014. That year, the ride began in Indonesia and ended in Sydney. In 2016, it started in Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory and New Zealand replaced Indonesia as part of the route. Perth, perched on the shores on the Indian Ocean was the point of departure in 2018 and, of course, the pandemic meant the 2020 tour was cancelled. For 2022, we decided to start the ride in Adelaide in Southern Australia and added the island state of Tasmania to the mix. This route proved so popular with our cyclists so we have decided to give it another go in 2024.
Here are a few of our favourite Trans-Oceania tour blogs that we feel may convince you to join us in 2024 on this unique cycling journey down under.
We are returning to the part of Australia that has been most popular with previous Trans-Oceania cyclists – that is the section from Adelaide to Melbourne which includes the famous Great Ocean Road. From Melbourne we will take a ferry to Tasmania and do a loop of Tasmania before taking the ferry back to Melbourne. From there we will cycle to Sydney via the capital city Canberra, before flying to the very popular cycling destination of New Zealand for the last part of the tour. (Read more)
There is so much to see and do here, it’s no surprise that the tourism industry is booming. Key features include geothermal springs, hot mud pools, mountain biking on mountainous ranges, spas, historic buildings, great food options as well as easy access to wonderful tours that we’ll tell you about in a moment. The name is derived from Māori, meaning ‘crater lake’. (Read more)
The Australian island of Tasmania is quickly gaining a reputation as a cyclist’s paradise – from cross country to downhill, to relaxing rides along quiet country roads with scenic coastal views. Lightly-trafficked roads in good condition provide a great network to explore the entire island. (Read more)
In a 2015 article in the New York Times called the ‘Dazzle of the Southern Sky‘ the author Vanessa Barbara quotes a Dutch American astronomer Bart Bok that the Southern Hemisphere has “the largest and brightest naked-eye external galaxies, the largest diffuse nebula, the largest dark nebula and a Milky Way bright enough under our dark transparent skies to cast shadows during certain times of the year”. In fact, according to Bok, “The Southern Hemisphere holds all the good stuff.” (Read more)
In 1962, the strongest gust of wind was measured at 247 km/h on Hawkins Hill, just a few kilometres from the city’s centre! On a more typical day though, winds can consistently be blowing at 30-75 km/h. This is something that the locals are just used to. As if the constant earthquakes weren’t enough, the wind adds icing on the cake! (Read more)
At the the Koala Conservation Centre, you are able to stroll the eucalypt woodland and come face-to-face with koalas in their natural habitat. The boardwalks provide very unique viewing experiences as well as feature beautiful views of the natural wetland area. This ecotourism attraction has played a crucial role in saving Phillip Island’s koala population and natural bush environment. (Read more)
“The scenery will seduce you while the TDA crew go out of their way to make sure you do have a great adventure. Plenty of sheep, goats, cows, kiwi fruit, hills, mountains and postcard worthy scenery.” – Chris Wille (Canada) (Read more)
Pedaling across southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and both islands of New Zealand the multitude of experiences will be hard to fathom: pleasant wine...