Touring with Gibbo
Extended Tour # 2:
The Coast and Western Slopes
Two Days, One  or two nighter, the Coast & New England. All up 1,000 kms or there abouts.

** Word of warning… it gets bloody cold up in New England. Bring your thermals.**

Day # 1: The coast and up the Hills - Approx 530kms.
Start as per Local Tour # 4. That is, make your way to Grafton either by the Pacific Hwy., through Lawrence and either Southgate  Rd. or the Summerland Way. Continue onto the Orara Way, perhaps stopping at Sealy Lookout down through Coffs Harbour and south on the Pacific Hwy.
[A1] to Wauchope.  At the intersection of the Pacific Hwy. and the Oxley Hwy. turn right to Wauchope. Or, there is a shortcut... turn right at the servo at Telegraph Point and follow the signs to Wauchope. Wauchope is a recognised motorcyclist town. It also has Timbertown, a recreation of a 19th Century timber getting town.
The Oxley Hwy.[B56] is arguably one of the best motorcycle roads in Australia. Get fuel in Wauchope or you should stop at Long Flat. This is the last fuel until you get to Walcha at the top of the ranges, 133kms away from Long Flat. If in doubt fill up. This road has the normal 100km limit for most of it, just exercise some care. If you have not ridden it before, it is tight. The surface is generally very good. On weekends there are always cops. Some guys over-cook it and end up on your side of the road in tight corners coming right at you.
Perhaps stop at Walcha. There is a motorcycle friendly café The Royal. Ride onto the New England Hwy. [A15], and Bendemeer is right there, with the Bendemeer Hotel.

The Bendemeer Hotel:













Day # 2:   The slopes and back down to the coast. Approx - 670kms. A big day out.
Travel down the New England Hwy. to Tamworth (the home of country music in Australia). Continue onto Fossicker’s Way [B95], riding through Manilla, Bingara. Turn right not far north of Bingara, taking the road to Delungra. Turn right onto the Gwydir Hwy [B76], riding though Inverell (the National Transport Museum is definitely worth a look) and Glen Innes (the Celtic Town). At Glen Innes you can turn left or right onto the New England Hwy to go North or south, or, better still continue down Gibraltar Ranges to Grafton and back to Squeakygate Retreat.
If you are going North or South you may want to call it a short day and stay over at the Great Northern Hotel in Glen Innes.

If you do decide to come down the ranges, stop at Raspberry Lookout, 64kms east of Glen Innes. It has excellent views on a clear day. If it’s raining, don’t bother. The road surface is good. Be careful of wet corners where the sun has not dried up the road if it has been raining there even the day before. Once you make Grafton you can come back to Squeakygate Retreat via the Pacific Hwy.,  or Southgate and Lawrence. I would not recommend the Summerland Way unless you want an especially long day out.
Doin' the Oxley
Timbertown
I have always loved New England.
Love autumn.
Love the roads.
The Bendemeer Hotel
Rasberry Point Lookout
Fossicker's Way - Nice.
Transport Museum
Glenn Innes
• They welcome motorcyclists. Yes
• Have secured under cover parking for your bikes. Yes
• Have good quality bedding and room facilities. Yes
• Have ensuites at least as an option. Yes
• Serve good quality meals. Yes
• Have a licence to sell alcohol. Of course it's a pub.
• Address: Caroline Street Bendemeer NSW. 2355
• Phone No. 02 6769 6550
• Weblink for info. http://www.bendemeerhotel.com.au/
For a tour map go to Ext Tour # 2 Coast and the Oxley Day 1
For a tour map go to Ext Tour # 2 New England and down the Ranges  Day 2