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The Byron

Recently we set out on the four day tour known as ‘The Byron’.
Day one and the sun is shining as we set off from HQ in Coffs and ride to the lookout at Sawtell. The surfers are out and the views across the ocean are amazing. From here we take an inland road through Bonville, past the Bongil Bongil National Park and head inland along Waterfall Way to beautiful Bellingen. Our first stop for the day and coffee at Number Five is just what we need. From here we ride the further along the awesome Waterfall Way to the rainforest walk at the Dorrigo National Park. This is World Heritage Listed and is absolutely gorgeous.
From here we rode out through North Dorrigo and along the Clouds Creek State Forest to our lunch spot at Coutts Crossing. The fish is lovely, but the bangers and mash seemed really popular.
After lunch we ride up through Grafton and along the lovely Clarence River before we arrive at our destination for the first night at the very Scottish town of Maclean. Maclean is gorgeous, and we stay at the brand-new MAS Country Club. After a good night sleep and a yummy breakfast (thanks Catherine), we head east towards the coast along the Yamba Road, before detouring to Angourie for our morning coffee break and a walk along Spooky Beach. A quick visit at Yamba to check out this lovely fishing port and then back towards the Pacific Highway to ride north again.
(Unfortunately, the highway along this section is under major repairs and does not really lend itself to scenic riding, so we will need to revisit this section of the route. You should expect something a little different if you book a future tour – more to come on that point.)
We gladly leave the highway at Ballina where we stop for another great lunch on River Street. From here it is a beautiful ride along the Coast Road to Lennox Head, before heading inland to experience some of the gorgeous little historic towns that make up this region. Then back along the Bangalow Road, through Bangalow and onto our destination at Byron Bay.
We get to Byron relatively early, so after a check-in and a change of clothes we take the scenic walk to the lighthouse. This lighthouse marks the Australian mainland’s easternmost point. But the really exciting thing at this time of the year is that we get to see several Humpback whales pass on their annual migration route along the coast.
Jen and I had a quiet one at The Cyprus Tree (highly recommend the sharing platter), however our guests took advantage of the famous Byron nightlife and didn’t get home until late. Lucky them.
A morning beach walk followed by some breakfast at a local café and then we mounted our Guzzies for a ride up into the hills for a view across the coast, before stopping for our morning coffee in Bangalow. This time our guests get the opportunity to walk around and take in the historic buildings up close.
From here we rode west to Lismore and onto Casino where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we re-joined the Bruxner Highway and rode past a mix of rolling farmland, several State Forests and National Parks, before we get to the delightfully twisty bits through the Girard State Forest and the Black Swamp.
On our final night we stayed at the historic Stannum House in Tenterfield. This is a century old mansion that has been converted to hotel style accommodation, and you can really feel the history.
We wake up to our final day, and really don’t want it to be over. Some hearty bacon and eggs for breakfast before we head south along the New England Highway through Deepwater and Glen Innes where we stop for coffee and get ready for the next awesome stretch of road across the Gibraltar Range National Park.
This is real motorcycle country where the road goes from open sweeping corners in the lower sections, to tighter twisty bits over the top of the pass and down the other side again. This stretch is about 90 minutes long and if you are not grinning for most of it, then you are not a motorcyclist.
A quick regroup in Grafton, before we head south along the Orara River to Glenreagh and turn east at Nana Glenn along the lovely Bucca Road. But rather than head straight to the highway like most road goers, we take a detour towards the Orara State Forest and the Ulidarra National Park for a view from the Forest Pier Skywalk to the coast. Stories are swapped, before we ride down from our vantage point on the hinterland to the Big Banana for that final Kodak moment.
It’s 4pm when we roll back into HQ and the riders are well elated. Thanks everybody for a great tour….

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