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Perth to Monkey Mia - thoughts anyone? 
12th-Jan-2007 08:15 am
Arcadia

A friend here in Canberra is considering the possibility of an unsupported trike tour with his wife from Perth to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins. This is not immediate; it may be happening sometime in the next couple of years.

It sounds like a cool idea, but is it feasible? 

What would be the major issues? 

Weather? 
Roads? 
Camping sites or other accommodation? 
Getting supplies along the way?

Does anyone have any relevant links to suggest or comments to make?

Thanks.

Comments 
(Deleted comment)
12th-Jan-2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, I'll pass the info along.

Roughly, whats the overall distance?
16th-Jan-2007 04:01 am (UTC) - Bike trip
Anonymous
Ive never ridden this myself but I've done it by car multiple times (well, not actually out to Monkey Mia). Heading north from Perth it is good to bypass Wanneroo road above Joondalup. The reason is that it is a narrow high speed death trap. Go up through the Swan Vally and Bullsbrook/Pearce instead. Once out of greater Perth on the Brand highway you have pretty much nothing nothing until you hit Dongara. Dongara through Geraldton to Kalbarri is atleast interesting country. Past Kalbarri it is a long climb back up to the highway to head north again. Once across the Murchison river the land dries out and it is fairly uninteresting all the way out to the Monkey Mia turn off.

All the riding accounts have been going North to South. Here are some links:
http://www.brettdavis.com.au/book/dolphins.html
http://australia.beimers.com/bike23.html
http://www.mvermeulen.com/oneyear/Journal/august11.htm
http://www.geocities.com/tourdetandem/17-23aug03.html

I would take the Beimers journal as a how not to rather than a how to. 8-(

There are a couple of books that also cover the trip ... one is a guidebook. I'll have to get the details when I am at home.

Personally I would be inclined to try and Bus up there with the bikes as luggage and ride back or Bus back depending on how you feel after seeing the terrain. There are inland routes as far north as Northhampton which are generally better populated (more towns), less trafficed, more hilly, and drier. It is hard to predict what the weather would be like or even which way the winds might be blowing. We've had so many abnormal weather patterns in the last few years. 8-(
16th-Jan-2007 04:07 am (UTC) - Re: Bike trip
Thanks! All good stuff and I'll pass the info along*.

*Mostly by posting this reply and unscreening the comment. :)
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