Melbourne to Mungo on two DR650's

I love motorcycle touring, over the years I’ve loaded up my trusty road bearing steeds and followed the twisties and backcountry roads to many a small country town where at the local watering hole if you buy a beer and stay for a meal they’ll let you camp for free.
But Australia is a big country and unfortunately, you can only go so far on the tar.

As the years went by I slowly started to explore the road less travelled and took my ZX9R to places it just wasn’t quite built for. Until finally on my last camping trip over Christmas, I blew my fork seals while venturing off-road.

Sadly, It was time to assign my jack-of-all-trades ZX9R to commuting duties and track days and look for something a bit more off-road orientated.
After a bit of research, I bit the bullet and got myself a brand new bush pig, the fabled DR650. I fitted it with knobbies, a 30L safari tank and started planning my first proper off-road trip.
Melbourne to Mungo and back.

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My camping set-up on the DR650


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I bought this budget luggage system from Third Gear to try out as I can't afford the Giant Loop one I want just yet. After reading some reviews I figured I'd pay the $74 and see how it goes. As I couldn't find any photos or vids of people using it for camping I thought I'd share my set up and show you what I managed to stuff in it.

Here's what I've tried to fit in it:
1. Gas Canister
2. Cookset with stove, lighter and spork
3. SOL Escape Bivvy
4. 6-11c Sleeping Bag
5. Helinox Chair
6. Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated sleeping mat
7. DD Hammock/Tarp
8. Mountain Design Pillow
9. Tent Pole
10. Vango Blade 2p Tent
11. Tent pegs and hammer
Plus, missing from the photo is a headlamp, phone charger, GoPro, Water purifier, spare tyre tubes and a few other odds n ends. As you can see the only thing I couldn't get in was my tent and tent pole, so they will probably go on the back of the bike or in a backpack.
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Time in lieu and public holidays are great things, especially when a weekend falls in between them.

The Australian Alps.
I've not heard a bad word about the roads up into the Alps. Up until this point in time, the furthest I'd been is up to Omeo via Bairnsdale.

I'd rate it as one of the best rides I've been on based on the road surface, grip, vision and corners.

If the rest of the Alpine Road was of the same quality I knew I was going to be in for some fantastic riding.

The Route.
Starting from Melbourne I'd slab it to Ensay, then head up to Omeo, Mitta Mitta, Towong, through Mt Kosciusko, Jindabyne then to Cooma.

From there I'd either go north to Canberra and go coastal to Wollongong or inland and head into Wollongong through Macquarie Pass.

Road trip on the cheap.
As I was planning on doing this trip on a budget I decided I'd camp along the way at free camp spots I found using the WikiCamps app.

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