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Old 10-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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Exploring Australia - Where the hell am I?

Hey everybody
My Name is Dominik, I am from Germany and right now I am on my first big trip. The country to visit: Australia.
I have one year to explore the shit out of OZ :)
My plan so far: arrive in Perth and go around Australia anticlockwise.

This will be my first ride report ever so please excuse any mistakes especially my grammar as I am not a native speaker.

Lets start with the last preparations in Germany.
The last few weeks before leaving to Australia turned out to be a bit hectic. On my list were the following things to be done:

• A motorcycle maintenance with oil changes, tire and wheel baring replacement, replacement of the chain set

• As Australia has very strict quarantine regulations there had to be an extensive cleaning of the machine


Without the front panel

• The bike had to be packed for shipment, luckily I had some help from friends and neighbors

Construction of the transport crate

Ready to go

Help from neighbour

• Obtain all necessary travel documents, including among other things a Carnet de Passage, International vehicle papers and drivers license, a health insurance

• 80th birthday from Grandpa

• My sister's wedding in Hamburg

• A visit to the doctor for vaccination and to renew my diving medical examination, after which I also had an ultrasound of my heart but everything is alright

Greetings from down under.
Exploring Australia Ride Report

Where am I ? Exploring Australia

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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Departing and Arriving

Departing and Arriving

The 9th of October was the official beginning of my journey. My bike had already gone onto the journey without me 10 day upfront. The bike had gone by truck to Hamburg and the by plane via Dubai to Perth. The transport of the motorcycle was*settled by*the company*InTime from Hamburg.
On my starting day I went by train to Hamburg. On the ride a little chat with New Zealand couple came up because they needed help with the S-Bahn trains in Hamburg. Resulting from the chat I got handed a business card of their son and i was told to call him as soon as I had arrived on Australia's east coast because he might have a job for me or know somebody - great! Arriving in Hamburg, I was first taken to delicious kebab by my sister Steffi and her husband Markus and later they drove me to the airport.

Hamburg airport just before*

The first flight I mainly spent eating and watching movies.
Arrived in Dubai I had 3 hours to explore Terminal 3, which was pretty boring. Luckily there was a free WiFi so I could surf the net a little. The second flight consisted of more food, more movies and a small night's sleep.
When I finally arrived in Perth I got all my bags pretty quickly although now due to a small duty free shopping in Dubai my luggage consisted*of three checked baggage. Despite an extra questioning by customs and quarantine inspection of my luggage through a Beagle I had already left the airport 30 minutes after landing. In the arrivals area, John and Gael lovely welcomed me. John(Inmate JayBo1) had offered me at Advrider that I could stay at their house for the first days. What a great offer, right? After a light dinner, i could go to bed without any jet lag in normal times and I slept through the whole night.

Just before boarding

On Friday my daily plan was to free my bike out of the Emirates warehouse. I was*feared this could take several days to complete because the bike has to be released by customs first, then you have to book an appointment with the AQIS quarantine authorities and in the end you finally get the motorcycle examined at warehouse by an inspector.
So Gael drove me back to the airport with a short stop at the ATM. Since I slept late and the streets were quite full we arrived at 10:40 am at the Emirates warehouse. In there I was handed the documents needed just after a few minutes and I given directions to the customs building. Fortunately, the customs is in sight and only about 300 meters away.
My stamped carnet was handed back to me within minutes and I got the*instruction I*should now go to the AQIS.I had*already*spotted the AQIS building on my way to customs because it was just halfway. At the AQIS it took me longer to wait for a free agent than the actual recording of my request. After paying a processing fee I was told to take a seat next to a phone so another agent could call me for an appointment .The phone rang and I was asked if I wanted an appointment immediately - not bad.

AQIS office

So I went quickly back to warehouse and just waited on the inspection lady.
When my box was then moved to us by forklift it was just a big relief my D.I.Y. crate had not*collapse*nor has it been damaged in any way. The quarantine inspection itself was just to easy. I cut the foil at the top of box so that*

Looks good :)

the inspection lady *could have an unobstructed view on my bike. She checked the VIN with the papers and felt under the fender if there was any dirt, that was it.*
The time everything took until I got the crate delivered to the yard of the warehouse was less then two hours.*

My workplace

The forklift driver I still got me the hint when I wanted to dispose my garbage in their container, it would cost money, so I should just do it when no one was watching me :)

Without foil

So I quickly cut the whole foil off to stuff it into the container, but then another warehouse worker came by to help me. To get it done quicker and no one can see you doing it, he said. It then took a really long time to unscrew the frame of crate apart because otherwise it did not fit into the container. The removed front wheel could quite easily be reinstalled with the help of a forklift. It raised the whole motorcycle so I could just put the wheel into the right*position. By the time I finished the front wheel, it started to rain: (

Work goes on

So first I*sought*shelter to wait until the rain stops. Unfortunately, the rain did not like me, so I had to get the bike under the roof as well.
When I had everything loaded onto the bike I remembered my friends told me I should always take pictures with my mascot - so here's one.

First motorcycle wash from above

Meanwhile, it was almost 4 pm and my first Australian roads led me to a gas station to fill up the tank and buy an Australian SIM card. Actually, I would now want to go directly to a*licensing center*but unfortunately it was already too late. So I rode my bike illegally without insurance or a license back to Gael and John. The*licensing*of the motorcycle had to wait until Monday.


At the weekend I took it easy all the time. Saturday, there was first a few tweaks to the bike, I visited a settlement with model homes with Gael and in the afternoon I tried driving a tractor for the first time - is not that hard :)
Sunday continued like that, I went*grocery shopping*with Gael. The rest of the day I spend time with John in his garage or chasing the dog in the garden.

My first ride

Greetings from down under.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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I've subscribed, looking forward to more of your adventures here in Australia...
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:12 AM   #5
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You said:

The transport of the motorcycle was*settled by*the company*

so does this mean that someone else paid the bill.

If not, can you tell us how much the freight was to Aust.
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing;
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

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Old 10-25-2013, 03:14 AM   #6
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I may have used the wrong word :)

I paid ~1900€
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:07 AM   #7
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...looking forward to follow your journey.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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Looking forward to this one
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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I'm gonna need a few more pictures of your sister, please.

Looking forward to the rest of your report!
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #10
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This will be interesting adventure with German Quality. Have a safe ride and be careful with the kangaroos.
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:48 PM   #11
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #12
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Sounds like an adventure to me! Glad your bike made the first leg of the journey safely.

Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:09 AM   #13
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Welcome to sunny Australia. Have fun, stay safe, and thanks for taking us along with you
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:25 AM   #14
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Thanks for the story, I have subscribed. :)

I have a question: isn't it a problem to change side of the road on which you drive? I want to go to Australia and NZ someday, but I am scared by this a little bit. I have been to India couple of years ago, and I was bumping into people on sidewalks because I instinctively walked on the right side. And I don't want to bump into anything while I'm riding a bike...
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:49 PM   #15
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First Kilometers

First Kilometers

After a relaxing weekend, my goal for Monday morning was to get my motorcycle officially licensed. First I had to phone the Department of Transportation to get 48 hours insurance to drive my bike to a safety inspection. There it was to pass the Roadworthy Inspection, which was no problem. Unfortunately, the result still had to be confirmed by the central and since pretty much all the staff was sick I had to wait for four hours.

When I finally had the necessary paperwork I was able to drive to the Licensing Center in Rockingham. There I had to wait one more time because apparently I have been the first one who wanted to register a foreign vehicle that is temporarily imported under a carnet at this Licensing Center. But after one and a half hours the last doubts were removed and I was allowed to ride my bike for a year on Australia roads.

On Tuesday, I went to a motorcycle tire dealer John suggested to go to since my front tire felt weird.

After the problem was sorted out I went to visit the City of Perth to buy some last camping gear.

I left Gael and John on Wednesday to go camping for the first night. I am so glad I got all their help and I will miss Gaels super cooking skills!

Thanks to the app Wikicamps a free campground was quickly found just north of Perth.

The following day I went a bit further north and settled down at a campground in Cervantes.

He got a name: Outback Otto

Take these signs serious

Since I've somehow taken too much clothing my first trip in Cervantes was to visit the local post office to send a parcel with my things to Adelaide.

Since I wanted to go to the Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting in Yanchep National Park near Perth I had to go back South on Friday. On the way back I visited the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park.

The weekend at the HU meeting was great, I met so many nice people, got advice for my trip and even got invited to see some them again on my travel route.

At the end I got an official send off to start my journey.

Thx Ewen Macgregor (not the Charley Boorman one) for the Video

It was already quite late at the end of the meeting so I accepted the offer by Nathan to stay the night in their shared flat in Fremantle.

Me, Nathan and Duncan

Since I wanted to buy a lock for my bike, among some other things one night become a second.

I was super catered and we had a few nice beers - thanks Nathan and Duncan.

I was back to camping and found a nice spot for a night near Dwellingup.

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