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Welcome to the Compass Expeditions Blog where we share our most unforgettable experiences from the road. Relive some of the most exhilarating moments that we’ve had out on tour. Read stories from past European motorcycle tours, adventure riding in Australia, motorcycle tours through Tasmania, African Safaris, and more! Feel the vibrations from our on-road and off-road motorbikes blazing through the most rugged and wild terrain on earth!

The Ross McKeand Memorial ride and reunion event – Jindabyne – March 2020

By Duncan Bennett. Rydges Resort, scene of the 2020 Compass Expeditions Reunion. After an unpack, it was off to the bar to greet old mates and meet other Compass ride veterans.  This event attracts people from far and wide so there are about as many boring moments as toilet paper rolls in the local Woollies. A …

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Compass Expeditions – COVID-19 Update.

Dear Valued Customers, Whoever said it would be problematic to run an international tour company was spot on but who would have ever planned for something like COVID 19?  These are clearly testing times for the global community, and especially so for small businesses with the travel industry being particularly hard hit. It was around …

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Asian Overland 2020 Road Report – Week #5 – Back into Thailand

By Jerry Cook I don’t think anyone in the group really was ready to leave Myanmar.  We were enjoying this country immensely.  After 11 days, with the last few having been some of the best riding of the trip so far, it was time to cross the Mai Sai border and enter the infamous Golden Triangle region …

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Asian Overland 2020 Road Report – Week #4 – More Myanmar

By Jerry Cook Prior to the expedition, nobody in the group really knew what to expect of Myanmar. It was a bit of an unknown.   Tourism has only been encouraged by their government since 1992 and really hadn’t opened up to travellers until the general elections in 2010 when a civilian government was installed.  It’s not a …

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The Compass Expeditions 2020 Tour Catalogue

Where would you like to ride? For further information on all Compass Expeditions tours or Major Expeditions please visit us at: http://www.compassexpeditions.com/ Click below to view our catalogue of tours.

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Asian Overland 2020 Road Report – Week #3 – Myanmar – “Mingalabar” (Hello)

By Jerry Cook Arriving at the Thailand / Myanmar border, I was excited to bring the group into the fourth country of the Asian Overland expedition.  There is a tangible excitement to brining a motorcycle tour group into a new country and the unknown adventures that lay ahead.   The border procedures were surprisingly efficient, thanks to the …

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Asian Overland 2020 Road Report – Week #2 – Thailand

By Jerry Cook When I looked ahead at the tour itinerary and saw that my birthday was going to be in Krabi, Thailand I knew it was going to be a good one.  I was right!  I woke up in our beautiful hotel, the Anyavee Resort to many messages from friends and family all around the …

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Asian Overland 2020 Road Report – Week #1

By Jerry Cook Singapore & Malaysia When I was growing up, I was fortunate to spend many a Christmas and school holiday in Singapore. Being only a relatively short flight from my hometown of Perth and with my relatives living there, it was the ideal family getaway.  I have many fond memories of carefree teenage days …

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Oktoberfest in November Sale

October is done and we have been too busy to fit in an Oktoberfest indulgence to celebrate our ongoing love affair with BMW motorcycles. German engineering at its best as far as we Compass expeditions are concerned! So, to celebrate, we purchased a couple of the new GS models, did the math, and realised that, …

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Celebrating 100 BMWs

by Mick McDonald It’s been over a decade in the making however Compass Expeditions has just received the keys to its 100thBMW motorcycle, the vast majority purchased from BMW Southbank.  Established in 2007, after a successful charity ride across Russia, the owners, Mick McDonald, Jerry “Truman” Cook, Ryan Heath & Brendan Barbetti have morphed what …

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The Inaugural Spain Portugal and Morocco Tour 2019

By Jerry Cook Part #1 The Inaugural Spain Portugal and Morocco Tour 2019 The inaugural Compass Expeditions Spain, Portugal and Morocco tour commenced in the beautiful Portuguese capital of Lisbon.  With over half of the group being previous Compass Expeditions tour participants, it is surely a testament to their enjoyment and success of their previous tours …

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Strikes & Politics (a tour of South America)

Words and Images by Tony Collins Both of these words are guaranteed to strike fear into the most seasoned tour operator because all carefully made plans go out the window. Countrywide strikes blocking roads to major tourist destinations, and your guests’ accommodation Having a Government change the rules at the last minute so you cannot …

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Under African skies – Cape Town to Victoria Falls Part 2

Words and Images by Mick McDonald We dragged ourselves away from the stunning Dead Valley Resort, scoffed home-made apple pies at Solitaire, crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, and reached the wild Atlantic coast by mid-afternoon, allowing us time to explore the “big smoke” again after so many nights of utter isolation.  Riding further north, we …

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Under African skies – Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Words and Images by Mick McDonald Finally, after too many hours on a plane we touched down in Cape Town, South Africa; those first steps down the ramp onto African soil are always ones filled with anticipation and excitement, more so as I knew exactly what we were in for, being my 3rdCharley Boorman ride …

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Photo Bombe Alaska, Flogging It to Deadhorse and Dropping The Anchorage – The True North: Alaska tour by the Travelling Bennetts

Duncan and Cindy Bennett are regular riders with Compass Expeditions having ridden with us in Australia, South America and on the epic Cairo to Cape Town Expedition. Recently they partook in our inaugural True North: Alaska tour and have very generously allowed us to reproduce their musings from that tour from their fantastic Blog page …

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The Asian Overland Research Trip – Week 11 – The Final Week

By Mick McDonald We started our final week off by visiting one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Warriors, it truly is an immense sight to be gazing over 1000s of warriors tasked with standing guard over Emperor Qin for eternity, from 2000 years ago. The site was only discovered in 1974 by …

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Simon Pavey’s Off-Road Skills Adventure Maintenance Course – For when there is no recovery truck!

The Adventure Maintenance course is held on the Friday before the Simon Pavey, Off Road Skills training weekend – for dates and details visit the event webpage at: http://www.compassexpeditions.com/tours/simon-paveys-off-road-skills-course/ •            Learn essential bike repair skills •            Prepare your bike •            Ideal for anyone planning a big adventure •            Relevant to all makes of bike This …

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The Asian Overland Research Trip – Week 10 – Almost Done

By Mick McDonald We woke to a virtual blizzard that only seemed to intensify as the day wore on, it was our last day in Tibet and we were descending nearly 2000mt from the, now snow covered, Tibetan Plateau to what is known as the Mongolian Prefecture, and the town of Golmud, however Tibet had …

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The Asian Overland Research Trip – Week 9 – In the land of the Gods

By Mick McDonald The drive out of Lhasa was the usual, epic mountain panoramas, glaciers, high altitude turquoise lakes and posing Mastiff dogs the size of Serengeti lions! We had hit the tourist trail and saw at least 5 other tourists on the route. On top of lofty mountain passes our car seemed to attract …

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The Asian Overland Research Trip – Week 8 – Oh my God!

By Mick McDonald Oh My God! These were the words most uttered as we drove an unbelievable fairy-tale landscape of snow-capped peaks, narrow canyonlands dissected by a raging torrent far far below, pine forests, Impossibly scenic monasteries located on a knife edge ridge and a landscape dotted with Tibetan style farmhouses that would command a …

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7 good reasons to ride in Australia with Compass Expeditions

We often forget that adventure begins when you leave your own front door and since at Compass Expeditions, we often refer to Australia as our very large and spectacular back yard we wanted to point out some good reasons to come and ride in “Oz” with us.

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The Asian Overland Research Trip – Week 7 – From China with love

By Mick McDonald We have forgotten what week it is as we farewelled the wonderful Laos, the 3 hour ride to the border, with the obligatory flat tyre, was a fitting way to end our time in Laos as it was yet another scenic overload over the final mountain ranges into China The border itself …

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The Asian Overland Expedition- Research trip – Week 6 – A history that no one wants.

Our first day in Laos and the wonderful leafy capital city that is Vientiane, with its French influenced cafes and coffee shops selling wonderful patisseries and serving refreshing lemon smoothies. We visited the Laos version of the Arc de Triumph, made out of cement donated by the US, for the airport!! We also visited what became an eye opener and yet another example of man’s capacity to inflict suffering upon each other. During the Vietnam war Laos had a B52 planeload of bombs dropped on it every 8 minutes 24/7 for 9 years straight, that’s 580,000 tonnes or ordinance of which 30% remained unexploded, making Laos the most bombed country in human history!

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Compass Expeditions and GS Africa – a new partnership for African Adventures

Compass Expeditions are pleased to announce our new partnership with South Africa’s premier BMW Motorcycle rental agencies – GS Africa.

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