Rallying is an integral part of H.O.G.® Chapter life and with the mercury rising across Australia we check out four states that are all set to roll out their State rallies in 2020
Words: Steve Moore
Photo: Rob Blackburn / Visit Victoria
Riding on the coattails of the Australia Day celebrations, the Tasmania State Rally (31 January – 2 February, 2020) will rock-up in Richmond, one of Tassie’s most popular destinations. Once famous for its apple industry, its popularity now comes from the mixture of early military and convict history, heritage architecture and the amazing food and wine options that abound in the Coal River Valley. Just 24km from Hobart you will be spoilt for great riding. Either head east and wind your way down the Tasman Peninsula – home of the Port Arthur Penal Colony – or head south toward the picturesque D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. Legendary Tasmanian hospitality and superb roads will guarantee a good time for all.
Above: The chocolate box suburb of Richmond will host the Tassie rally
The Western Australian State Rally will take-over the Collie Eagles Football Club over the WA Labour Day long weekend (29 February– 1 March, 2020). 200km south of Perth and 60km from the coast, Collie has numerous scenic destinations including Wellington Discovery Forest, which is home to the 500-year-old ‘King’ Jarrah tree, and Gnomesville – a settlement of over 10,000 garden gnomes. The area has numerous bike-friendly roads and a short half-day trip will take you to the gastronomically interesting Great Southern and Margaret River regions. If you fancy a more ambitious journey to or from the rally, then why not factor in a trip across the Nullarbor Plain. Riding the 1200km treeless highway is a challenge on the bucket list of many.
Above: Superb twisty tarmac through the rainforest. Photo: Rob Blackburn / Visit Victoria
Pushing into autumn, the Victorian State Rally in Dandenong will tactically occupy another long weekend, this time the Easter one (11-12 April, 2020). Live music will abound through the whole three days, including a Saturday shindig featuring Duplicity and the ever-popular Screamin’ Eagles. An array of guided rides will incorporate a visit to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, known as ‘the food bowl of Victoria’. Local police will escort Sunday’s Thunder Run to the Dandenong Market for a Show ‘n’ Shine event in front of 25,000 eager participants.
Above: Queensland's Glass House mountains provide a stunning backdrop for any ride. Photo: Peter Lik / Tourism and Events Queensland
The fourth rally in this round-up takes us up to the Sunshine Coast for the Queensland State Rally, from 7-9 August 2020. The fabulous Nambour Showgrounds will host traditional Chapter Games, Show ’n’ Shine and Flag Parade, as well as spectacular Coastal & Hinterland guided rides taking in some iconic Sunshine Coast scenery and, of course, the almighty Thunder Run – all with a Sunny Coast flourish. As the organising committee says: “Set your GPS to WARM 'coz when ‘winter is coming’ it’s not coming to the Sunshine Coast!”