This trip was done just after Christmas 2001and it was an extremely hot summer, this was also the same year that New South Wales had all those horrendous bushfires. Riding with full leathers in extremely hot weather certainly makes it hard going, but if you ever had gravel rash you put up with the discomfort.
We left Brisbane at about 8 am in the morning and headed down the Pacific Highway and arrived at Port Macquarie about mid-afternoon. After turning of the Pacific Highway and heading inland via the Oxley Highway towards the Great Dividing Range. One thing I would suggest is as you make sure if you fill your bike with petrol at Wauchope as you won't find too many service stations along the way.
The first part of the Oxley Highway you ride through a couple small country towns but as you start to climb of the Great Dividing Range the road becomes a lot windier with some extremely good scenery thrown in. Thankfully as the altitude climbed the temperature dropped making it a lot more comfortable to ride. Crossing over the Great Dividing Range the Oxley Highway is quite twisty, but as you come out on the other side the road starts to open up to be big sweepers all the way to the New England Highway. It is about 220 km from the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway via the Oxley Highway. That day we continued on until Tamworth where we spent the night.
The next day we headed off to Singleton along the New England Highway to ride the Putty Road to Windsor just outside of Sydney, but it was closed due to bushfires. We ended up following the New England Highway back to join up with the Pacific Highway for run back into Sydney. This was without doubt one of the hottest days I have had to endure whilst riding, for instance as I was riding through Maitland and about 90 kph my motorcycle's temperature was running at over 100°C, it was hot damn hot!!! Thankfully later on that afternoon a cool change came through just as we were coming into Sydney and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees.
After spending about a week in Sydney it was time to head home, I left Carson's place early in the morning to ride back to Brisbane along the Pacific Highway, arriving in Brisbane at about 7 pm that day.