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RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special

RUST magazine: RUST Australia Special We join Touratech on a three-week adventure ride into The Outback! The guys at Touratech HQ had a seriously busy 2016, so what did they do to find some stress relief at the end of the year? Yep, they jumped on their bikes and went for an adventure ride! Again, through our special relationship with the T-Team, our editor JB got invited along. And he was so glad he was, as the Outback ride became his ride of the year. Australia is no hidden gem but sometimes it might just be a little underrated – in the words of the Australians themselves: the country is ‘sensational’. So here’s that trip, in JB’s words and pictures (and those of his companions). And we guarantee after reading this you’ll want an Australian adventure of your own. Oh, and keep an eye on Touratech’s website, come June they’ll have a full-length film of the adventure… We trust you’ll enjoy it! JON BENTMAN (Editor, RUST)

HOTELS AND CAMPING

HOTELS AND CAMPING Motels more than hotels, this is a country that has embraced motor-touring. Prices and quality vary – be aware, in australia everything except fuel is more expensive than in europe – but all exceed a good minimum standard. Wild camping isn’t as easy as you might imagine as much of the Outback is protected with restrictions and open fires are often strictly prohibited. camping in the desert is course still a must-do.

EATING AND DRINKING This varies. In outback towns the old staple of the meat pie is still first choice for lunch, and for an evening meal chicken parmy (parmigiana – cheese over a chicken fillet) is a favourite. Vegetarians can have a hard time. however, modern cuisine is reaching out and many cafes delight in creating contemporary european-style meals, while decent coffee baristas can be found most places. FURTHER INFORMATION www.openstreetmap.org – Garmin GPS mapping www.horizonsunlimited.com – Motorcycle travel forum Riding in the Outback Adventure

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