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Oxley Highway features in Roads We Ride video

Oxley Highway Roads We Ride motorcycles travel road safety video

The famed Oxley Highway in central NSW is not only one of the most loved and ridden roads in Australia, but also one of the most filmed with the addition of this Roads We Ride video.

The latest in the NSW government’s Roads We Ride YouTube videos features the highway which runs west from Wauchope to Walcha but makes no mention of the controversies of the past few years over speed reductions and potentially dangerous ripple strips.

Check out the video featuring local rider Alex Donnelly and wife Ann on their BMW R 1200 GS.

More videos

It’s not the only video of the highway that we have featured.

First there was veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson’s fantastic review of the road in 2016.

Shortly afterwards, the Roads and Maritime Services decided to reduce speeds along the road after a road safety review.

Their decision was met with howls of protests and a petition supported by riders and locals.

The RMS decided to review their decision and eventually decided to reduce the mountain section from 100km/h to 80km/h.

The result has been a substantial drop in riders and trade on the road.

This prompted John Keogh of Gingers Creek Roadhouse to put together this drone video to show off the road’s attractions and bring back riders.

Oxley hazards

It certainly is a beautiful and challenging road, but it is not without its problems and hazards.

One rider sent us his video of a ute crossing double white lines along the mountain section to warn riders of the dangers of the road.

Roads We Ride series

The Roads We Ride video was produced in partnership with for Transport for NSW.

Other videos in the Roads We Ride series include Waterfall Way, The Old Pacific Highway, Macquaie Pass, Sydney commuting and the Putty Rd.

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For more articles on the Oxley Highway, see our list at the end of this story under the heading “Stories You May Also Like”.

  • What do you think of this video series? Does it make you a better and safer rider or is it a waste of taxpayer’s money? Leave your comments below.

  1. A very worthwhile series, it doesn’t preach, makes you think and gives even seasoned riders some worthwhile tips and reminders. Like to see one made for Kangaroo Valley.

  2. Good job guys, a very balanced presentation. Sadly the reality is not great. I am a Tamworth resident and have been for 23 years, the Oxley Highway has deteriorated over the the years, repairs have been done, but not properly with hotmix..
    After riding around Tasmania in March 2018 and seeing their fantastic roads that were designed by a Ducati engineer, I am quite ashamed of the roads we have in NSW, especially the Oxley, Buckets Way and the Putty, not to mention the famous ‘Old Road’ in Sydney’s north where I learned to drive and ride 35 years ago when the speed limit was 100 mph the whole way. We are accountable for roadworthy vehicles, but the Government needs to be held to account to provide hotmix roads that offer a safe work place for vehicles to operate in, just as our employers must provide a safe workplace.

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