If you own a bike, then you know there are few better ways to spend your time than being out on the open road.
If you’re looking to explore some great new rides in New South Wales this autumn then look no further.
We’ve spoken to some experts to bring you their favourite rides in NSW.
1. The old Pacific Highway
Distance: Around 1000kms round trip if you make it to Uralla
Ken Lovegrove is the President of Sydney Motorcycle Club and CEO of Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative Australia (MARI).
His work takes him on some of the country’s best motorcycle routes.
“From Sydney up through the Central Coast and the Hunter to Maitland is a great ride.
Head north from the city up towards the Central Coast.
The ride gets even better as you travel further north through Dungog towards Stroud before turning onto Buckets Way and To Gloucester.”
Ken recommends riding up Thunderbolts Way to Walcha and riding onto Uralla or turning right for Warhope.
“When doing so, you run through great countryside such as Gingers Creek and Long Flat – it's motorcyclist heaven.”
2. The Great North Road
Frequent rider Don Cairns has lived in Sydney for the last 13 years and highly recommends the route from Sydney to Cessnock via Hornsby, Calga and Wollmbi for a weekend ride.
“After leaving Sydney you head to Hornsby.
The first stop within 30 minutes out of Hornsby is the cafe, Pie in the Sky, an iconic biker haunt.
Leaving there, you cross the Hawkesbury River and if you want to, can detour to Mooney Mooney; it’s a beautiful village right on the river.
The picturesque town of Wollombi is a great place to stop for lunch or afternoon tea and I can recommend the burgers from the local tavern.”
3. The Eurobodalla Coast
Peter Osborne, Founder of Easyriders Worldwide Social Motorcycle Club, highly recommends the ride from Ulladulla to Narooma.
“This scenic stretch of southern New South Wales is famed for its fishing, lush green forests, unspoilt national parks, and highly acclaimed oysters.
Head south on the Princes Highway before turning off to Durras North, the home of Pebbly Beach and the sublime Murramarang National Park.
The beaches and fishing here are excellent and you can take a trip around Lake Durras on the scenic 55km Kioloa Forest Drive.
After stopping off at Bateman’s Bay follow the highway through the historic gold rush village of Mogo, or take the coast road via the small settlements of Mossy Point and Broulee.
Whichever route you take, you’ll end up in Moruya, the region’s main town.
Here you can fish for flathead and bream and visit Deua National Park, which is just inland.
The town of Narooma, one of the gems of this region, lies further south."
4. Far North Coast cruise
Peter also recommends a trip up north on the Pacific Highway.
“As the road winds its way towards Queensland, the scene becomes more sub-tropical.
The far north coast region is particularly attractive, with beautiful beaches backed by cane fields and lush rain forested hills.”
North of Coffs Harbour, the highway sweeps inland to Grafton - the ‘City of Jacarandas’ on the Clarence River.
The big rivers around Grafton set the pace for focus on water activities with everything from flatwater canoeing to the most challenging white-water rafting.
Further north you then reach Ballina, before turning off the highway to take the coast road to the small surfing village of Lennox.
Continue on up the coast passing Byron Bay and the fishing centre of Brunswick Heads, before turning inland to the sugar cane country around Murwillumbah.
Tweed Heads is the last New South Wales town before the highway heads across the border into Queensland.
Wherever you choose to ride this autumn, enjoy full cover for your motorbike against accidental damage, collision or a crash with motorbike insurance from NRMA Insurance.