If you do this one you can be considered a Australian Biker (because it is over 1000Km) but this distance will disappear under your wheels. Roughly 300km north will bring you into Mackay by which time you are quite used to canefields and the warmer climate then another 200km to Bowen after passing through Proserpine and on to a lovely little town of Home Hill just before Ayr and the gigantic metropolis of Townsville. Now you are in another state of North Qld with Ingham, Cardwell and Innisfail before the last 100km to Cairns. It is a great run and I have done it day and night, wet and dry and always enjoy it. Break it down or do it all ... there are plenty of off shoots also. Some of the coastal sections are spectacular.
From Cairns it is out through the range to Mareeba. Now that you are inland it lessens the chances of coastal showers and on to Mt Malloy, Mt Carbine and by the time you get to the Palmer River Roadhouse you are really soaking up the history and getting an education. The roads were unfenced so you have to be alert at all times but the roads are good until you get back over the range heading into Cooktown. Here there is a short stretch of poor road but you won't notice with historic Cooktown coming up. When you are returning you may want to turn off at Mt Malloy and head back to Port Douglas (well worth it) and then come back down the coast.
Longreach the home of Qantas and much more is an interesting town. I got in at 11pm and found the town asleep. I did find a self serve petrol point that was fully automatic (credit card) and camped in the city provided (free) caravan facility. Up in the morning and a day of wind in your hair cruising. A great trip without a care in the world. The road, countryside and weather is just what life should be all about. Enjoy! Cloncurry and on to Mt Isa. Want to learn about mining ... you're in the right place. By now you are probably used to seeing big rivers without a drop of water .... even trees growing up out of their beds.
I had ridden from Maryborough, through Rockhampton and got to Alpha after last light. I had been advised at Emerald that the locals did NOT drive of a night because of 'Road Kill' I was enjoying myself and hadn't seen any so continued. In Alpha I was told in no uncertain terms that I was an IDIOT to continue and I proved them right. I did, however, build in a safegaurd by asking a Road Train carrying Fuel if he wouldn't mind me tagging on his tail. He agreed and we were off. The locals were right ... road kill every 100 metres or less around Barcaldine. This would have to be probably the worst stretch of road for this in Australia.
Tels bar at Avda Cabo Cope 5 El Alamiollo Puerto de Mazarron is a great starting/meeting Place and the current hosts are Chris and Jan (ex UK). It starts off from Beach front, Seaside travels through rural countryside, a few small towns/villages and over a mountain. It is only some 30km in length but has interesting areas to explore at both ends, many restaurants, Hotels, shops and facilities. Ride in either direction and round trips there and back are enjoyable. You need to be aware at all times, some of the corners could catch you out and road surface bears watching. A Good enjoyable ride overall.
Having Tels Bar to start and finish at really made it a great day.