Most Australians have heard of the annual Postie Bike Challenges held at various places around the country.
If you’re from overseas, and you’re wondering ‘What’s a Postie Bike?’ – here’s a translation: Postman/Postwoman’s motorbike, usually a bright red Honda CT110 that’s ex-Australia post – like the one pictured above.
Yes, we know riding a postie bike across the Gibb River Road or the Simpson Desert isn’t everyone’s adventure – but it does look like a lot of fun. (Amanda is already scheming about riding hers on the Oodnadatta Track…)
To inspire and entertain you, we’ve picked out our top 5 Outback Postie Bike adventure clips from all over our wide, brown land.
1. The Bright Blue Gibb River Road Postie Bike Ride 2013
Postie Bikes on the Gibb River Road? No problems! Check out the water crossings and relaxing in natural springs at El Questro.
2. Simpson Desert Posties
How about something with less water crossings, more iconic outback pubs and one VERY big sand dune? This adventure travels from Tibooburra in outback NSW through Innamincka, Birdsville and ends at Big Red.
3. Postie Bike Chaos – Hardcore Nullabor
This short clip is worth watching for its 1960s cinematography and soundtrack. Oh yeah… they don’t stick to the bitumen, either. Also contains the only postie bike burnout I’ve ever seen…
4. Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride 2011
This clip tells the story of the Apex charity Postie Bike ride which has grown from 2 people to over 80 people in ten years. The ride featured in the clip follows the 2011 riders through 1000km of AWESOME outback South Australia.
5. Australian Postie Bike Challenge Documentary
Maybe 1000km in outback South Australia isn’t long enough? How about a 3500km ride from Hobart to (YES!!) Alice Springs? This fabulous two-part documentary shares the journey – along with lots of tips and tricks.
Have you been in a Postie Bike Challenge? Or, where would you like to go on a postie bike? Let us know in the comments below.