Moto to ‘Tropical Fruits’ NYE party via grand Australian county pubs: Melbourne to Lismore

During the year, I bought a sparkling new moto, a 2019 Suzuki Vstrom 1000, which is a major step-up from the bullet-proof 2008 Suzuki GS 500 that I had been rinding too many places that it wasn’t meant to go. I have been itching to take it on an adventure ride since I bought it and I thought that riding 1600 kms to go to a party for NYE seems like a good start. It’s a long way for a party, but half the fun is getting there through the windy B and C roads in the south-east of Australia. It will be hotter than hell on the road (and maybe a few bush fires), but there are some beautiful towns along the way where the beer is bottomless and that narratives boundless.

Narrandera, Victoria, Star Hotel (on the first night)

I have a bit of time on my hands and I will be in the slow lane staying at grand county pubs along the way, many with long bars and huge balconies adjoined by tiny rooms. These pubs are such a special part of Australian rural life; the centre of their communities. Many have seen better days and their accommodation is under-utilised, but there are a bunch of ways to book them now (even Air BB), and they are much better than the soulless modern alternatives.

Suzuki Vstrom 1000 (Arapiles near Natimuk in Victoria)

Here is my itinerary. I will blog along the way. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Have a great Xmas and NYE

  • 27 December, Narrandera, Victoria, Star Hotel
  • 28 December, Coonabarabran, NSW, Imperial Hotel
  • 29 December, Bingara, NSW, Imperial Hotel
  • 30 December, Tropical Fruits Party, Lismore, NSW
  • 31 December, Tropical Fruits, Party, Lismore, NSW
  • 1 January, Tropical Fruits, Party, Lismore, NSW
  • 2 January, Tropical Fruits, Party, Lismore, NSW
  • 3 January, Tropical Fruits, Party, Lismore, NSW
  • 4 January, Dubbo, Castlereagh Hotel, NSW
  • 5 January, Beechworth, Tanswell Commercial Hotel, Victoria
  • 6 January, Walhalla, Victoria (camping, no pubs damn!)
  • 7 January, arrive home yeah!




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