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Thomas said to take 3 days up to Sidney. I would presume he knows the "scenic route". I would plan at least a 6 day outing to get to the rally after getting over the jet lag. I won't be back in Oz anytime soon and unlikely with such an enthusiastic posse as the BSA rally goers so I have to make the most of it. The wife and I can't wait til our big trip down under!

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If you can manage 4 days, how about:

Day 1:
Melbourne -> Torquay
Torquay - Apollo Bay via Great Ocean Road (lovely ride on a week day without the weekend warriors)
Apollo Bay -> Colac

Day 2:
Colac -> Ballarat. Check out the Goldfields tourist stuff
Ballarat -> Heathcote (some lovely back roads through the hills)
Heathcote -> Echuca. Check out the old paddle steamers, maybe book a river cruise

Day 3:
Echuca -> Hay (lots of not much, but gives an idea of scale smile
Hay -> Temora (Supermarine Spitfire at the aircraft museum, but not sure if it's open)

Day 4:
Temora -> Bathurst. Do a lap or 2 of the Mt Panorama race circuit. There's a 60 km/hr speed limit and policed heavily
Bathurst -> Lithgow
Lithgow -> Kurrajong -> Richmond (Bells Line of Road, lovely on a bike)
Richmond -> Penrith.

Thomas will know Victoria much better than I do, since I really only go to the All British Rally and BSA Nationals. He is sure to have some great suggestions.

If you're limited for time, cut out the Great Ocean Road (which would be a shame) and go direct from Echuca to Temora.

We're taking a similar route home from Halls Gap via Echuca, with a couple of detours.

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I just found out that my work has scheduled a mandatory event during the week of the rally... mad. I've been looking forward to this ever since it was announced. It's a good thing they pay me well. I'm going to miss hanging out with all of you folks. frown


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Sorry to hear that Alex, It would have been good to catch up again, hopefully we will see you in UK 2019!!


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We will be there beerchug
Mike will be doing the ride on his multi award winning1953 BSA SuperFlash, so be sure to say hi :bigt

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Update from the Australian Victoria BSA Club.
They are very keen for anyone who still hasn't made up their minds, to get their backsides into gear.
Loan bikes may be available

Here are just a few of the different bikes we are expecting to come to the rally
As it is the 50th anniversary of the triple we are expecting the biggest collection of Rob North triples in the southern hemisphere plus a heap of Rocket 3's
and as it is the 70th anniversary of the Bantam we are expecting a good turn out of those as well.

A few of the other highlights will be
Kenny Eggers Daytona A7
1952 A10 Super Flash
914 cc A65 with electric start
Mead and Tomkinson Isle of Man winning B50
T35R Triumph Bandit
and the range of V Twins I have created
plus many many more, In short something for everyone.
Look forward to seeing you all there.


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Doug's V twins are indeed a marvel to behold. They aren't his only creations, either, so with a little luck he will bring the whole fleet along.

There are some other quite interesting machines which have shown up at BSA National rallies and the All British, so there should be lots of good stuff to look at and talk about.

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Expect to be booking flights & submitting rally reg shortly. Sorting out work coverage this far in advance is a challenge but will get that sorted by month end. Looking forward to this rally.

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Make sure you get the entry form in by the 10th of August or the price goes up.

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UPDATE

Parkgate Resort have been able to make available three more sites for accommodation. These are powered sites and configured for Glamping with facilities provided. They can be reconfigured as a powered site for a camper van or caravan. For those that may be interested contact Cathy at Parkgate resort directly. Don't delay if you are interested they will be snapped up quickly.

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TEL +61 (0)3 5356 4215 , or

FAX +61 (0)3 5356 4472 , or

PO Box 80, Halls Gap Victoria 3381

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UPDATE 5th AUGUST 2018

Accommodation is still available in Halls Gap.

If you are still thinking of attending the biggest BSA Rally in the southern hemisphere don't delay. The 10% late fee kicks in on the 11th August.

While the Parkgate resort may still have a powered site or two.

BIG4 Grampians Parkgate Resort
2372 Grampians Road, Halls Gap 3381 VIC, Australia
1800 810 781
03 5356 4472
[email protected]

The nearby Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park still has cabins and sites available.

Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park
2223 Grampians Road (PO Box 27)
Halls Gap Victoria 3381
Phone 03 5356 4244
Email [email protected]


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UPDATE 15th August 2018

Just a reminder that the online booking window for the largest BSA Rally in the Southern Hemisphere will close soon.

No Online bookings will be possible after midnight(AEST) Friday 31st August 2018.

If you have not yet booked, then you had better get cracking!


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Hi Roy,

Does that mean no registrations at all after 31 Aug? No mention of this in the website that I can see. Might be worth adding ti there??

I've been holding out to see what my final availability is. Dont fancy blowing the $400 if I cant make it.

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Only 3 and a bit days to get entries in... Get onto it Guys/Girls!

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Hi Brett have you had the tee shirts made if you have get mike to send me one .Glad you have a bit more stock on the way.
Regards Val.

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Hi Brett have you had the tee shirts made if you have get mike to send me one .Glad you have a bit more stock on the way.
Regards Val.

Shirts and stickers should be done by the end of this week thumbsup
Going to be a very busy next few months for us with a 40' Container of parts from Rabers etc landing here in 6-8 weeks, parts orders flooding through with people wanting to get bikes completed for the rally. Should be good times!!

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Rally registration completed last month. Flights to Oz booked yesterday.

24 hours of flight time from NC notwithstanding :-), really looking forward to this rally.

Thanks Shane for all the arrangements and hospitality.

See you all in November.

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Originally Posted by Spitfiregary
Thomas said to take 3 days up to Sidney. I would presume he knows the "scenic route". I would plan at least a 6 day outing to get to the rally after getting over the jet lag. I won't be back in Oz anytime soon and unlikely with such an enthusiastic posse as the BSA rally goers so I have to make the most of it. The wife and I can't wait til our big trip down under!

I'm organising the overnight stops this week for the trip down.
Are you still aiming to join us for the ride down, Gary?

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ACCOMMODATION UPDATE 20th Sep 2018

Due to a couple of cancellations, we are delighted to advise that
Parkgate Resort now has two En-suite sites & two Powered sites available.
If anyone wishes to upgrade from un-powered or maybe wishes to move
onsite from other camp. Please contact Kathy at Parkgate Resort .

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Where and when is the group going to leave the Sidney area for the Grampians? We will be arriving in Melbourne Saturday 11/3 at 6:45 AM. Selena or Thomas plans to meet us and we'll go from there. I have the use of Thomas's Tenere for the ride up the coast and a BSA for the rally! Yea! Let me know possible plans. I have a friend in the Velocette club and possibly an Indian collector to visit on the way to Sidney, otherwise, open to suggestion. Really looking forward to this trip. Went to the IOM in '08 and will
never forget it. This is going to be another one of those BSA memories.
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Sorry this was so late. I have been getting things in order. Just wasn't sure of our total plan. Now taking shape with reservations on airlines, glamping, and the rally tickets purchased. Time to fill in the blanks.

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Originally Posted by Spitfiregary
Where and when is the group going to leave the Sidney area for the Grampians? We will be arriving in Melbourne Saturday 11/3 at 6:45 AM. Selena or Thomas plans to meet us and we'll go from there. I have the use of Thomas's Tenere for the ride up the coast and a BSA for the rally! Yea! Let me know possible plans.

I'm just out of Penrith, which is pretty much the western edge of Sydney.
We're hoping to leave here around 8 am (but probably won't get away on time) on Tuesday 6th.
I've booked 2 cabins at Tathra for the 6th, and 2 at Beechworth for the 7th, and we should get to Halls Gap Thursday afternoon (8th)
There's room for you (& your partner) as long as you don't mind sharing.

PM or email me for address & contact details.

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Hi Guys,

Would anyone happen to have an unwanted/unrequired entry for the rally? Last minute cancellation perhaps?

I've just managed to confirm time off work and my availability but the organisers say no-dice as entries for the rally are sold out. I've had accommodation reserved for 6 months so no dramas there. Just didn't want to blow the $400 rally fee if I couldn't finalise the time off work.

Anyone?

I'll gladly provide full reimbursement of your entry fees.


I had hoped to join up with you guys from Sydney for the ride down Shane, but cannot leave until the Tuesday, so (entry pending) it will be a fairly full 3 1/2 to 4 days of riding from Brisbane to make it Friday. I'll probably have to leave to return a day early also due to work commitments.

I was looking forward to shouting a few beers to you guys. beerchug

Bike now prepped and itching to go with all required pre-rally preps done.

Cheers
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Originally Posted by Spitfiregary
Where and when is the group going to leave the Sidney area for the Grampians? We will be arriving in Melbourne Saturday 11/3 at 6:45 AM. Selena or Thomas plans to meet us and we'll go from there. I have the use of Thomas's Tenere for the ride up the coast and a BSA for the rally! Yea! Let me know possible plans. I have a friend in the Velocette club and possibly an Indian collector to visit on the way to Sidney, otherwise, open to suggestion. Really looking forward to this trip. Went to the IOM in '08 and will
never forget it. This is going to be another one of those BSA memories.
Gary

Gary,

Not sure if you got the PM. so just in case:

The best spot to meet up is probably Cambewarra Mountain Lookout between Kangaroo Valley and Nowra. We should be there around 10:30 - 11:00 on Tuesday 6th.
There's a little shop (Tea Rooms, I think) with indoor and covered outdoor dining areas, and a very nice view out over the Nowra area.
The road in is narrow, so take it slowly and watch out for cars and camper vans.

If we keep missing each other during the day, we have 2 cabins booked at the caravan park at Kalaru, just out of Tathra.

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Originally Posted by BrizzoBrit
I had hoped to join up with you guys from Sydney for the ride down Shane, but cannot leave until the Tuesday, so (entry pending) it will be a fairly full 3 1/2 to 4 days of riding from Brisbane to make it Friday. I'll probably have to leave to return a day early also due to work commitments.

That's going to be a long trip down. I assume you'll head down the New England and Newell. The scenery leaves a bit to be desired, but it's the quickest run.
It's a shame you can't get away on the weekend and ride down with us; there's room in the cabins for 1 more. See you down there.

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