If you’ve ever wanted to see Australian country side up close, I would highly
recommend a bike tour – and this bike tour from Canberra to the coast to Berry and
back gave you a bit of everything. Travelling together in our pack of 5 with our very
capable backup was just joyful – great company, food, bikes and countryside.
There’s a saying that the best thing about Canberra is that it is so close to
everything else – whether it’s the mountains, snow, coast, country or Sydney. This
journey lets you experience up close, much that makes Canberra a great starting
point and also, worth leaving (if one needed a reason). It was a lovely leisurely trip
with every type of scenery. Rolling hillside from Braidwood to the top of the Clyde,
tight twists and turns down the Clyde and Kangaroo Valley, beautiful forests (I love
the cycads down the Clyde and spotted gums around Durras), ocean views at
Ulladulla and Husky.
If the views weren’t enough, the delights of spring were in full bloom as we
experienced perfumed clouds of Daphne and wisteria in many of the small towns
we rode through. After a fabulous feed in Berry (well actually, two – one needs a big
breakfast after a feast the night before), we head off to the back roads of the
Southern highlands to Goulburn and then along the back of Lake George (with
water!) to Bungendore. These are lovely quiet, open, rolling, often tree lined roads
that make you question whether you truly are between Australia’s capital and its
largest city. It was a great way to see this region.
Unlike the other riders on the M2C tour, I don’t ride a BMW and I normally ride a
smaller bike. The BMW GS650 not only has more oomph than my smaller yet
stylish bike (a virago 535) but is quite a bit taller (always a consideration for me
being somewhat shorter than the 6 foot that I think I am).
Any reservations I had about its height were dispelled within the first few minutes,
the bike was responsive, comfortable and simple to ride. For any out there, whose
comfort zone is both feet on the ground – these bikes take you out of that comfort
zone but very happily so. As BMW riders are sure to tell you (the other 4 riders on
this tour certainly did) – they are a pure delight to ride.