Martini's articles

  • Résumé

    - 9 years ago
    Ultimately my trip around Australia took me nearly 8 month – exactly 241 days !! On this epic journey I’ve covered 35611kms of which around 8900kms were off road. I covered all kinds of conditions – heat, dust, mud, sand, rain, hail, wind, had a flat and run out of fuel !!! By the way - my average fuel consumption was 5.3 l/100km with an average speed of 73 km/h and the Kati is still going strong Even though it wasn’t always funny, it was definitely an absolute fantastic & enjoyab…

  • Esperance to Melbourne

    - December 27, 2009
    After four days in Esperance it was time to head off and meet with Hugh at Lake Darlot for a mine tour. On my way up north I followed the main roads until Menzies, where I turned on the “Golden Quest Discovery Trail”. The trail passes many sites of this famous gold producing region and runs mostly on gravel roads. My first stop was Lake Ballard, where sculptor A. Gormley has places 51 sculptures in the remote salt lake setting – a truly unreal experience – absolutely worth the trip!! In Leonora…

  • Perth to Esperance

    - December 26, 2009
    In the end the big country town wasn’t too exciting and after a week I got itchy feet... It was great sitting in the wind again, feeling the annoying vibrations, listening to the DAM sports muffler sound J and leaving Perth’s suburbia behind. After a little while I turned off the main highway and enjoyed a loop to Jarrahdale and the Serpentine Dam before I ended up in Mandurah. The south western part is the only area of WA which isn’t that big and doesn’t require to bridge huge dist…

  • Perth

    - December 22, 2009
    I guess I share the opinion of heaps of people I have talked to - Perth feels like a big country town!! I recognised it already when I got to Perth. It was Friday afternoon, but the traffic was still kind of fluent!! Very nice… We went to Fremantle on the weekend and even there it wasn’t really crowded at all – everything seems to be very relaxed and soo clean. On Monday morning Oscar and I took the ferry from South Perth to Barrack Square. From there we walked through the CBD to the museums in…

  • Broome to Perth

    - December 22, 2009
    After all I stayed in Broome for nearly one week before I started my trip south. From the riding point of view there were definitely no highlights to expect on this stretch so I prepared myself for some really boring straight stretches of road – not really funny on my bike L The first 600kms I stayed at the coast on the Great Northern Hwy – the sea on my right hand side and the Great Sandy Desert on the left hand side. Just before I felt asleep, I stopped at amazing Eighty Mile Beach, wh…

  • Katherine to Broome

    - December 22, 2009
    To be honest – I was really glad to escape the heat and humidity of Kakadu NP when I started my trip west. After a night at Timber Creek, I stopped for a few days in Kununurra, WA. As soon you cross the border from NT to WA its 1,5hours (or 2,5hours during daylight saving !!!) earlier. Unfortunately nobody told the sun about it – that means that the days have to start at 5:00 in the morning and sunset is already at 17:00 in the afternoon – how ridiculous is that !!! Definitely early birds p…

  • Kakadu NP

    - December 22, 2009
    It was just a short drive out of Darwin to the Adelaide River – but it felt like a travel back in time. Since the salt water crocs are protected in Australia, the population has recovered dramatically and the Adelaide River has one of the highest density of crocodiles in the world !! To watch these dinosaurs jumping several meters out of the water is just a phenomenal experience !! We hadn’t even left the jetty, when a huge 5m croc cruised down the river, direction to our boat – really cool.…

  • Alice to Darwin

    - December 22, 2009
    On the first glance the trip from Alice Springs up to Darwin didn’t look really exciting to me. It’s just an endless 1500kms drive on the Stuart Hwy. There are no easy alternatives either – so I had to be a bit more creative… Unlike many people out here I don’t need to “finish” a track and hence I decided to use just parts of the Tanami track and to turn north after I had passed the Rabbitflat Roadhouse. But first I had to get to Rabbitflat, which wasn’t that easy either. The first 360km…

  • Uluru Loop

    - December 22, 2009
    The days in Alice were really relaxing and I recharged my batteries for the loop to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon. I guess this is one of the few areas in Australia were so many outstanding sights are that close together J On my way to Uluru, I visited the stunning Rainbow Valley and the Henbury meteorite craters. Unfortunately all these little detours added a bit more kays to the trip than expected and so I ran out of fuel just 12kms before Curtain Springs…

  • Cairns to Alice Springs

    - December 22, 2009
    I stayed a few more days in Cairns, just to relax a bit and maintain my stuff, to have everything in a reasonable shape for the next part of my journey to Alice Springs. From Cairns I crossed the Atherton tableland and drove to Chillagoe, to visit the Mungana Caves. Chillagoe lies within a belt of limestone which was folded and tilted millions of years ago and today appears as bluffs or towers which look really spectacular. The limestone below the surface has slowly dissolved away and formed…

  • Cairns to the Tip

    - December 22, 2009
    In Cairns it was time for katy’s 30k service to get the bike ready for the Cape York trip. I desperately needed new chain and sprockets as well – pretty ordinary after just 10k!!! Hope the next set lasts a bit longer, as they are KTM Power Parts . AND – unfortunately it turned out that I needed a new base gasket as well . Cause the gasket needed to be ordered at KTM Australia, the service lasted a bit longer than expected… Fortunately Anne from hospitality club had no other visitors at that…

  • Sunshine Coast to Cairns

    - December 22, 2009
    Off we go!!! After the days in Brisbane and the Australia Zoo, I enjoyed two days in Noosa. To get there I’ve chosen some gorgeous pieces of bitumen in the Brisbane hinterland. I guess the 31 from Brisbane to Lake Wivenhoe is one of the nicest roads in Australia. I circumnavigated Lake Wivenhoe and drove via Kilcoy, Montville and Mapleton to Noosa. Noosa is a nice & quite village at the northern end of Sunshine Coast. During the stay in Noosa I organised a 2-day 4WD bus tour to Fraser Island. Af…

  • Sydney to Brisbane

    - December 22, 2009
    After more than three weeks in Sydney it was time to hit the road again and head north – the worst of the crazy weather in northern NSW and southern Queensland was over and most of the main roads weren’t blocked anymore. Although I got heaps of suggestion from Kat and Frank (thanks again guys!!) where to go along the coast, I decided to leave the coast and took the inland route. It turned out to be a good decision – I really enjoyed the nice back roads and even gravel tracks on my trip to C…

  • Sydney & Blue Mountains

    - December 22, 2009
    How average is Sydney after living three exciting years in beautiful M-town – all these silly beaches with their ordinary views and everyday lookouts??? Could somebody please explain me how on earth it’s possible to even imagine living here in this unfriendly atmosphere with this very common harbour??? It’s entirely bizarre what kind of fuss the Sydneysiders make out of this ordinary opera house and the bloody little bridge. To be honest after a few hours you’ve seen everything, are bored and wa…

  • First Days continued...

    - December 22, 2009
    The first day was quite good, even though I got a late start… Finally I was ready to leave at 12:00h – so I had to push a bit to get to Heyfield before sunset… First I rode to Healthville, were I enjoyed a coffee and a baguette. From there I did the Reafton Spur to Marysville. Marysville looks really devastating – like after a war – unbelievable… I just couldn’t stop for a picture. Anyhow, I guess we all know the pictures from the internet and TV. It looks exactly like that !!! Just a few kays…

  • Start Traveling

    - April 21, 2009
    Hi, looks like everything is done - which means I finally decided to start my trip the day after tomorrow - Thursday 23rd of April !! In the meantime I'm getting really excited - looking forward to the next months... Cheers, Martini