What better way to see the sights of the Great Western Plains than by shiny red trike?
If you’re looking for a guided tour with a difference – or just a bit of an adrenaline rush – Trike Adventures could be right up your alley. You’ll cruise the streets of Dubbo and beyond on a motorised, custom-built ‘OzTrike’ finished in an iridescent, glittering red paint. And no, discretion is not the name of the game here. Indeed, owner and driver Peter informs us of the one rule as we climb aboard: wave at everyone. As you wish, captain!
Peter whisks us off to Sandy Beach Picnic Reserve on the banks of the lovely Macquarie River, just out of town. He shows us an important Aboriginal site by the river, where deep grooves in the rocks evidence the making of tools many thousands of years ago. We wander a little further and find a spot to sit under the shade of a big river red gum, where Peter produces a delicious spread of dips and cold cuts of meat for lunch. We chat about his former life as a cop in places as diverse as Kings Cross and Broken Hill, and he tells us stories of memorable Trike Adventures customers throughout the years from 2010 when the business commenced. A raucous group of elderly girlfriends, a sweetly awkward teenage couple on Valentine’s Day, multiple wedding parties, a marriage proposal; Peter has seen it all. And he offers a range of tours to suit pretty much everyone.
Generic half- and full-hour ‘Dubbo highlights’ tours offer a good overview of the town, while more specific tours will give you a chance to sink your teeth into a specific attraction. You might opt to sample local wine and cheese on the Red Earth Winery Tour, and who could blame you; a chauffeur is mandatory when visiting a winery.
For family-friendly fun try the Taronga Western Plains Zoo tour, in which Peter takes you to Dubbo’s most iconic tourist destination, while giving you a personal guided tour around the zoo. Just remember only three passengers can fit on the shiny red trike.
For a taste of Australiana, try the Outback Pub Adventure tour which runs for two-and-a-half hours and takes you to the historic town of Eumungeri and includes lunch and a drink at the ‘Drover’s Dog’ outback pub. Or tour the Royal Flying Doctor Base at the Dubbo Airport, learning about the history of this vital service which has been and continues to be a lifeline for rural Australia.
But for the adventurous, there is only one option: the Trike and Fly Adventure that takes you from the highway to the skyway in an Ultralight departing from Narromine Airport. What better way to take in the Great Western Plains than by air? This tour is followed up with Devonshire tea, a wonderfully sedate offering following such a hair-raising experience.
Alternatively, Peter is willing to create a customised tour to suit your specific requirements, so just give him a call to discuss your options. He can also throw in a gourmet picnic lunch on most tours for the very reasonable price of $15 per person.
Trike Adventure Tours start from $50 per person, departing from Dubbo at your chosen pick-up point.
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