Join Date: May 2006
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
You will find Australia and NZ a wee bit different to the US. It's about the same size area wise but there is only 20 million of us here plus a few million kangaroos and wombats. We drive/ride on the other side of the road [most of the time] and we don't have much in the way of super highways, but all our roads are OK on a bike with reasonable suspension. Traveling in Australia is hassle free and safe althow the distances between towns takes a bit to get used to. A ride throught three states to you is just a short drive up the road to us.
NZ and Tasmania are easy to tour around because there is a lot to see without traveling to far. Take your wormer gear as you can still get the odd cold day [light snow/ sleat/rain] in summer. Mainland Australia will be OK, you will find it nice and worm and in some places a bit hot.
When you come over take the time to visit the state of Queensland. We have the best beaches, rainforests, the Barrier reef and lots more.
Prices here are about the same in dollar terms as in the US but the OZ dollar is only worth about 75 cents US, so you get more bang for your buck.
I hope this of some help to you, Australia is a beautiful country with lots to see and do and well worth the trip down here. Let me know when you are coming.