The #IPWR Route
Feel like visiting the Desert? Or would you rather roll along the coast, taking in the salt air? Find everything on the #IPWR below.
IndyPac may start on the coast, but by the end of the first 200k, you start feeling like you’re in the desert. This section covers the Route from Fremantle to Port Augusta. It’s almost half the total distance, but the terrain and landscapes, as well as facilities are pretty similar throughout. Besides, if you’re only planning on riding this part, you really can’t bail out easily before Ceduna, so if you’re doing some of it, chances are you’re doing all of it.
Wine & Food
The route from Port Augusta through Adelaide and on to Murray Bridge is quite short next to the Desert, but you’ll go from vast landscapes to incredibly varied terrain and services, so it’s worth treating as it’s own section. Besides, when you make it to Port Augusta, it’s important you know things are about to get very different, very quickly. You’ll go from potato cakes and packaged food, to some of the best food and wine on offer in the country. That alone is worth continuing for!
The Coast from the outskirts of the Adelaide Hills through to the City of Melbourne is one of the most spectacular parts of the IPWR route. Coastal salt marshes, beachside holiday towns, great food, and stunning panoramas make this the beautiful intermission before the final test of the alps. Prepare to be lose hours taking photos of the epic landscapes.
Many people were intimdated by the long stretches of nothing on the Nullarbor, but for me, the Australian Alps were the most intimidating part of the course. Long stretches without services and saw tooth terrain profiles, make crossing the Victorian and NSW alps the final test of the route in many ways. It was the part I had to do, to know that I could ride the route.
You’ve almost crossed the country, and you’ve crossed the Australian Alps. All that’s left is to ride through Australia’s capital, and head back to the coast and up to the Opera House and Sydney. For me, it was a case of getting the job done, and I was joined by many friends over my last few days. Going from the expanses of the mountains back into civilisation is a huge juxtaposition, and a nice way to wind down through the end the trip.