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Australia Encompassed


20 Days

Ride Grade


Ride / Rest day

15 / 5

Sealed / Dirt

90% / 10%


6,400 km / 4,000 mi

Northern Territory, South Australia & Victoria: A motorcycle ride taking in some of Australia's most iconic sights

Few countries in the world offer such variety for the adventure motorcyclist. Riding across the vast open spaces of the Outback or parking up the BMW in sight of incredible Uluru (Ayers Rock) are memories that stand the test of time. This incredible Australia motorcycle tour has it all from twisty corners through dense forest, a cruise on the river to feed crocodiles and rides through beautiful National Parks. Australia is a vast ancient land, a land of wide open skies and dramatic landscapes. There are few places left on earth that are truly remote, however, this is one of them. This extraordinary motorcycle tour of Australia will take us from the topical north of Darwin to the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne. In between we will visit ancient gorges, fantastic rock formations, world famous national parks and epic desert landscapes. We can sample Emu Mignon, Kangaroo steaks and Camel sausages and stay at still working sheep stations and underground cave hotels. Century old wineries, historic paddle steamers and world famous coastal rides all feature in this all encompassing ride from top to bottom.

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Dates and Pricing

2nd Sep 2024 to 22nd Sep 2024

Tour code: AUE/020924

from US$7660

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Rider / BYO Bike.



Rider / BMW F850 GS



Rider / BMW R1250 GS



Pillion / Support Vehicle.



Tour Highlights



Day 1: Your Darwin airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Today’s ride will see us depart Darwin for a three hour ride into the heart of Australia’s largest national park of Kakadu.
Day 3: A full day is spent in Kakadu allowing us time to explore the park.
Day 4: Riding south we reach the sub tropical town of Katherine where we shall visit the amazing 20 million year old Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge).
Day 5: Today will see us continue south through Daly Waters and onto the fascinating Newcastle Waters with its hotel made of abandoned windmills. Our destination is Tennant Creek.
Day 6: We shall visit one of the territories most recognizable rock formations the Devils Marbles and the quirky Barrow Creek Hotel before arriving in the heart of Australia at Alice Springs.
Day 7: A free day to explore “the Alice”, or ride out to the amazing rock formation known as Stanley Chasm
Day 8: Leaving Alice Springs we ride south, then west, to one of the territories most spectacular sights, the Kings Canyon. We overnight at a wonderfully remote station.
Day 9: It’s a half-day ride from Kings Canyon to one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, Uluru or Ayers Rock. Watching sunset over the rock is one of life's great experiences.
Day 10: A full day is spent at the rock allowing us time to ride out to the impressive Olgas, enjoy a walking track to the Valley of the Winds, or take advantage of one of the many optional excursions available; ride a camel, catch a helicopter or join a cultural tour.
Day 11: Today we cross into South Australia and ride into the mulga scrublands that this region is noted for. We spend the night at the opal mining capital of the world Coober Pedy where over half the population lives underground, as is our hotel.
Day 12: A free day off the bikes today with an opal mine tour that offers us a fascinating demonstration of how the opal is extracted.
Day 13: Continuing south we arrive at the town of Port Augusta, located on the top of the Spencer Gulf where we can visit the Matthew Flinders Red Cliffs lookout for a wonderful sunset
Day 14: Leaving "the port" we ride north again to Rawnsley Park Station located on the southern end of the Flinders Ranges National Park.
Day 15: Today we will explore the wonderful Flinders Ranges National Park via a number of scenic on and off road tracks.
Day 16: Riding south we travel through the scenic Clare Valley before reaching Australia’s foremost wine region the Barossa Valley. We overnight in Lyndoch.
Day 17: Leaving Lyndoch we ride the beautiful Adelaide Hills, a biker’s paradise. As we reach the coast we enter a world of lagoons, sand dunes and lakes as we ride through the beautiful Coorong National Park before reaching our stay at Robe.
Day 18: We leave South Australia as we cross into Victoria and enter a world of forests, fern gullies, creeks, lakes and swampland as we ride through the 400 million year old Grampians National Park. We stop in Halls Gap for the night.
Day 19: Today we ride onto one of the world’s finest coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road. We will overnight in Port Campbell.
Day 20: Our last day shall see us ride the legendary Great Ocean Road, stopping at the iconic 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and many other viewpoints, before riding into the vibrant city of Melbourne.
Departure day: Spend some time in Melbourne or fly home, the choice is yours.



    Not Included



      All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: AU$ 2,375.00 (Please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).

      Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of AU$ 5000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: AU$ 35 per day


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      Ride Profile

      90% of this ride is paved, this pavement can vary from great well maintained roads to a series of potholes connected by a thin ribbon of asphalt. Some roads are single lane width only.
      10% of this ride is Off-Road, these sections are generally hard packed gravel that can be at times loose and rutted, along with small sections of sand. A small number of shallow creek crossings may be encountered and hard to see bulldust holes can be present.
      Massive “roadtrains” and wandering cattle and “roos” can also be present.

      Tour Start/End

      Tour Start: Darwin, Australia
      Tour End:  Melbourne, Australia


      We will be experiencing the full range of weather conditions on this ride. We are in the top end at the best time of year, winter, and the days will be warm and sunny with little to no rain. As we ride south and into the desert the nights will be very cold, but again the days will be superb. At the southern end of this ride be prepared for some cold riding days with some rain.

      Important Information

      • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
      • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.

      Ride Grade

      Ride Distance
      6,400 km / 4,000 mi


      Sealed / Dirt
      90% / 10%


      • 20 nights of accommodation.
      • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels, 1 night is in basic accommodation. 
      • A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of Australia may be not what you are accustomed to.
      • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: AU$ 2,375.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)



      • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 19 Breakfasts
      • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 15 Lunches
      • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners



      BMW R1200GS
      • 1200cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
      • Seat height 90cm (35In) Approx.
      • Inner Leg Curve 195cm (78in) Approx
      • Heated Hand Grips
      • BMW style accessory power socket
      • Top Box
      • Engine protection bars
      • Bash plate
      • Dual purpose tyres


      BMW F800GS
      • 800cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
      • Seat height 88cm (34In) Approx.
      • Inner Leg Curve 193cm (76in) Approx
      • Heated Hand Grips
      • BMW style accessory power socket
      • Top Box
      • Engine protection bars
      • Bash plate
      • Dual purpose tyres   


      BMW F700GS
      • 800cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
      • Seat height 82cm (32In) Approx.
      • Inner Leg Curve 181cm (71in) Approx
      • Heated Hand Grips
      • BMW style accessory power socket
      • Top Box
      • Engine protection bars
      • Bash plate
      • Dual purpose tyres
      • Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)


      Suzuki DR650
      • 650cc single cylinder engine
      • Seat height 85.5cm (33.6In) Approx.
      • Long range fuel tank (not pictured)
      • BMW style accessory 12v power socket
      • Bark Busters
      • Bash plate
      • Dual purpose tyres

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      Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

      If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

      Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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