One of the reasons I moved to Australia was that I wanted to travel. But looking at the process for getting a motorcycle rider's licence in New South Wales state makes me weep (and laugh at the same time). Before even applying for any licence, I must live in Australia for 6 months continuously.
After being here for 6 months, I should get a pre-learner training. Then I should appear for a rider knowledge test. Once I have passed the test, I should apply for a Learner rider licence. After at least 3 months I have to enrol for a pre-provisional training. At the end of the training I'll have to take a riding test. Passing the riding test will make me eligible to apply for a provisional rider licence, P1.
I must keep the P1 licence for at least 12 months. After the 12 months period I can upgrade to another provisional licence, P2. This P2 licence, I must keep for 24 months. After the 24 months period I can convert the P2 into an unrestricted licence. All this while (and afterwards), I should keep renewing my licence because temporary residents must renew their licences every year.
A friend and I were talking about cross-country motorcycle rides in Australia before I left India. Dude, if you're reading this know what to expect when you visit me :-)