Three top motorbike road trips in Australia

If you prefer to travel on two wheels, here are a few outstanding road trips to get your motor running.

Here are three excellent motorcycle road trips in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, as judged by Canstar.

Brisbane to Mount Mee

This trip starts at The Gap, west of Brisbane. The ride can be done in a day — three hours there and another hour directly back to Brisbane. It is a very scenic 200km ride along picturesque mountain roads, considered to be some of the best for riding. You’ll enjoy smooth, sweeping corners, bumpy s-bends and faster straight stretches.

Highlights include coming down from Mt Glorious, the stretch of road wrapping around Somerset Dam, and riding up Mount Mee to enjoy panoramic views. There are numerous small villages along the route where you can enjoy a variety of lunch options in cafes or pubs. The route ends at the bottom of Mount Mee in the small town of Dayboro. From there it is only an hour’s ride back to Brisbane, or you can go back the way you came and enjoy the ride all over again.

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Sydney to Kangaroo Valley

This ride starts in the Sutherland Shire on the Princess Highway and winds through the Royal National Park all the way to Otford. The road then follows the coast and passes through the outer suburbs of Wollongong and back onto the Princess Motorway.

Take the Illawarra Highway exit and head to the Fitzroy Falls reservoir. Continue along Moss Vale Road all the way to Kangaroo Valley. This 116km ride offers a variety of roads and scenic vistas through National Parks, along the coast, in suburban and regional areas.

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Adelaide Hills

This 159km loop starts in Golden Grove and ends in nearby Tea Tree Gully. To quote the Leyland Brothers, you “travel all over the countryside” enjoying loads of cornering, as well as lots of flat straight stretches.

As you’re in wine country there are plenty of wineries, restaurants and cafes where you can stop to enjoy some local fare. Though be careful tasting the wines if riding. Check out the options for staying locally if you'd like to sample more of the 'wares'. The scenery is beautiful and changes with seasons, but you need to keep your wits about you. Large populations of kangaroos call the Adelaide Hills home, so be on the lookout at all times.

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