1386 USD/CHF shipping costs from Sydney to Johannesburg
992 USD/CHF flight Sydney to Johannesburg
100 USD/CHF steel crates with cardbord and some screws and tape to put them together ourselfs
100 USD/CHF for extension of CDP in Australia
Highest Point: 1550 m a.s.l
Lowest Point: -13 m a.s.l
Average Petrol Price
~ 1.2 USD/CHF per liter
68x wild camping
11x house sitting
Between -4 and 42 degrees
Australia invented the corrugation, at least we believe this. We found it on tarmac, deep sand, gravel and mud roads. The tarmac can be very rough in a lot of places therefore tyres won’t last as they usually do in Europe (also because of the heat).
If you plan it right you can almost travel a year without rain in Australia. Make sure you are not in the northern part in summer, as it gets extremley hot and a lot of roads might be flooded. In winter it can still be very hot in the North. The further away from the sea the colder the nights get and it can easy get into minus degrees in the center during winter months. So be prepared for very hot and cold temperatures.
Apps / Websites
Here some apps and webpages we think are usefull for travelling in this country
Xenia: two really bald colds, partly torn MCL and ripped meniscus in left knee
Service / Work on the bikes
XTR: new exhaust, radiator shield and bash plate (sponsored by MetalMule as Xenia got chosen to be the new brand ambassador), oil change and new oil filter 4x, new tyre sets (1xHeidenau K60 Scouts and 2x Dunlop 606), new rear break pads 2x, new wheel and sprocket bearings, cleaning the air filter (many times), new front rim incl. new spokes, new head bearings 2x, rear suspension service (2x), front suspension service (3x), new clutch cable, new swing arm bearings and seals, break fluid replacement, 2 breather hoses replacements as the old ones had holes, front and rear suspension upgrades by Teknik, swing arm linkage cleaning and regreasing, new chain guard
XTZ: oil change and new oil filter 4x, new tyre sets (1xHeidenau K60 Scouts and 2x Dunlop 606), new rear break pads 2x, new wheel and sprocket bearings, cleaning the air filter (many times), new head bearings, rear suspension service (2x), front suspension service (3x), new battery, engine rebuilt (because of a dusted engine) incl. new clutch plates, break fluid replacement, front and rear suspension upgrades by Teknik, swing arm linkage cleaning and regreasing, welding of the cockpit (2x),
Problems / Breakdowns
XTZ: Martin dusted his engine with bull dust, therefore needed a big rebuilt, the battery terminal came loose, therefore needed a new battery, some electrical issues due to bad connection (dirt), heated grips needed to be replaced
XTR: fuel pump was leaking due to a dirty seal (easy fix), front rim needed replacement after a crack, connector to the regulator was dirty and burnt through (easy fix), chain guard broke and got lost
Lost: spatula, Martins grey thermo shirt
Other: both lenses of the goggles needed to be replaced, zippers of the inner tent needed to be replaced, the whole tent needed to be replaced as it had a big hole in it after a storm, we needed new sun glasses, Xenia needed new shoes and flip flops
Visa: We got ourselfs a multiple entry one year visa, which was easy to get online. Its a visitor visa subclass 600.
Carnet de Passage: Yes you need one unless you are British or from New Zealand, then there are other options. We also extended our CdP with the AA as it run out while we were in Australia. This is not a big deal but you need to have a visa which allowes you to stay longer in the country.
Insurance: 3rd Party insurance is obligatory, we never got checked though. We had ours via the Allianz in Queensland.
CTP & Dealer QLD | Retail Distribution
Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd | 324 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph: 1800 816 868 | Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Registration: No registration is nessesary if imported in NSW (different in every state, check webpages of road and maritime service in the state you import). Here the link for NSW: Roads & Maritime Services
We did not use an agent in Australia and did everything ourselfs to safe money. It was all very easy in Sydney. We only had to pay two small fees and pass the quarantine inspection (which is very strict). We rode the motorbikes out of the warehouse in Sydney harbour ourselfs and then had to get the crates out as otherwise they would have charged us for the disposal. Out of Australia
We flew our bikes from Sydney to Johannesburg with Stewart Garmey from Tradelanes Global Solutions. He is really helpful and can organize shipping and flying of cars and motorbikes from various ports to different destinations. Prices change regarding season, route, size of crate and weight.
The crates we got from Sydney City Motorcycles. We used steel crates with card bord and had to pay a 50 AUD each for the crates.
Ozzies are great people, very friendly, helpful and chatty. We think Australia is probably to most hospitable western country we have ever been to.
Here some very country specific information:
You can get discounts quite often if you ask for a cash price, when you buy spare parts or new gear
Vodafone is a good phone company to get a prepaid SIM card
Get yourselfs the cards of Woolworth and Coles. We could safe quit a bit with that and got a lot of special discounts only available for card holders. They also work at petrol stations and you get discounts there too.
If you have a multiple entry one year visa, make sure you leave the country in time and get back in time as the visa requests. A trip to Bali, New Zealand or Fiji is an affordable way to get out and take a little holiday!