The Route
Rather than start in the busy city of Perth, instead we shall be starting in a place just south of Perth called Busselton (home of Ironman Western Australia). As well as being safer by avoiding a big city, I also felt it would be a more atmospheric and intimate place to begin the RAAU.

Day

From

To

Total Distance of day’s stage

Distance

Cumulative Distance

Notes

1

Busselton

Nannup

 

60.6km

60.6km

Pre-race Pasta Party two nights before race start at Busselton RSL. On race day we will have a ceremony when riders dip their bikes into the Indian Ocean and ceremoniously fill up a bottle, which will be poured into the Pacific Ocean at the race finish in Forster(N.S.W)

 

Nannup

Manjimup

119.2km

58.6km

119.2km

 

2

Manjimup

Walpole

 

120.0km

239.2km

 

 

Walpole

Denmark

186.0km

66.0km

305.2km

 

3

Denmark

Albany

 

54.1km

359.2km

 

 

Albany

Bowood Hill

174.1km

120.0km

479.2km

 

4

Bowood Hill

Jerramungup

 

59.7km

538.9km

 

 

Jerramungup

Ravensthorpe

173.7km

114.0km

652.9km

 

5

Ravensthorpe

Esperance

187.0km

187.0km

839.9km

 

6

Esperance

Salmon Gums

 

106.0km

945.9km

 

 

Salmon Gums

Norseman

213.1km

97.1km

1043.0km

 

7

Norseman

Balladonia

219.0km

219.0km

1262.0km

Beginning of the Nullarbor Plain. Unsupported riders, make sure you and your crew are well stocked up with essentials. For the next 1400km all there will be is the occasional roadhouse (usually at the stage finish).

8

Balladonia

Caiguna

 

154.0km

1416.0km

 

 

Caiguna

Cocklebiddy

219.7km

65.7km

1481.7km

 

9

Cocklebiddy

Madura

 

91.2km

1572.9km

 

 

Madura

Mundrabilla

207.2km

116.0km

1688.9km

 

10

Mundrabilla

Eucla

 

66.0km

1754.9km

 

 

Eucla

Border Village

 

12.9km

1767.8km

 

 

Border Village

Bunda Cliffs

98.9km

20.0km

1787.8km

Race barbeque on the majestic Bunda Cliffs to celebrate reaching South Australia

11

Bunda Cliffs

Nullarbor

189.0km

189.0km

1976.8km

 

12

Nullarbor

Yalata

 

93.0km

2069.8km

 

 

Yalata

Nundroo

193.0km

100.0km

2169.8km

 

13

Nundroo

Penong

 

118.0km

2287.8km

 

 

Penong

Ceduna

190.7km

72.7km

2360.5km

End of the Nullarbor Plain. Plenty of shops to re-stock

14

Ceduna

Wirrulla

 

93.7km

2454.2km

 

 

Wirrulla

Poochera

 

46.3km

2500.5km

 

 

Poochera

Minnipa

 

34.3km

2534.8km

 

 

Minnipa

Wudinna

211.2km

36.9km

2571.7km

 

15

Wudinna

Kyancutta

 

13.7km

2585.4km

 

 

Kyancutta

Kimba

 

89.1km

2675.5km

 

 

Kimba

Iron Knob

191.4km

88.6km

2764.1km

 

16

Iron Knob

Port Augusta

 

69.8km

2823.9km

 

 

Port Augusta

Wilmington

 

43.4km

2867.3km

 

 

Wilmington

Orroroo

 

51.2km

2918.6km

 

 

Orroroo

Peterborough

 

36.5km

2955.1km

 

 

Peterborough

Oodla Wirra

226.5km

25.6km

2980.7km

 

17

Oodla Wirra

Yunta

 

60.1km

3040.8km

 

 

Yunta

Mannahill

 

44.0km

3084.8km

 

 

Mannahill

Olary

 

37.0km

3121.8km

 

 

Olary

Cockburn

 

68.6km

3190.4km

 

 

Cockburn

Broken Hill

259.6km

49.9km

3240.3km

 

18

Broken Hill

Wilcannia

196.0km

196.0km

3436.3km

 

19

Wilcannia

Cobar

260.0km

260.0km

3696.3km

 

20

Cobar

Nyngan

 

132.0km

3828.3km

 

 

Nyngan

Nevertire

 

58.1km

3886.4km

 

 

Nevertire

Warren

209.7km

19.7km

3906.1km

 

21

Warren

Gilgandra

 

86.0km

3992.1km

 

 

Gilgandra

Dunedoo

176.4km

90.4km

4082.5km

 

22

Dunedoo

Merriwa

 

106.0km

4188.5km

 

 

Merriwa

Scone

169.3km

63.3km

4251.8km

 

23

Scone

Muswellbrook

 

25.3km

4277.1km

 

 

Muswellbrook

Singleton

 

48.7km

4325.8km

 

 

Singleton

Maitland

 

56.3km

4382.1km

 

 

Maitland

Stroud

197.0km

66.7km

4448.8km

 

24

Stroud

Bulahdelah

 

37.9km

4486.7km

 

 

Bulahdelah

Forster

106.1km

68.2km

4554.9km

The race will officially finish at Bulahdelah. The final 68.2km will be neutral. We will stop 5km from the finish. Competitors will then cycle in finishing order to the main beach in Forster. More importantly, you will be able to dip your bike wheels (and maybe even yourself) in the Pacific Ocean to celebrating crossing Australia by bicycle!

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

4554.9km

Post-race Party and Awards Ceremony at Forster RSL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average daily distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

              199.8km