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Australia Encompassed

Duration

20 Days

Ride Grade

2

Ride / Rest day

15 / 5

Sealed / Dirt

98% / 2%

Distance

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, rides through beautiful an endless list of UNESCO listed national parks to world renown coastal rides. 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 stations and sleep in 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$7,575.00
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2nd Sep 2025 to 22nd Sep 2025
Tour code: AUE/020925
from US$7,575.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary



 

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 and one of its most spectacular national parks, Kakadu.
Day 3: A full day is spent in Kakadu allowing us time to explore the park, go on a sunrise cruise of the Yellow Waters and visit 20,000 year old rock art sites.
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). and cruise along some of the 13 gorges that make up this remarkable landscape.
Day 5: Today will see us continue south through the quirky Daly Waters Pun 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 remote Barrow Creek Hotel, dropping into the self proclaimed UFO capital of Australia at Wycliffe Wells before arriving in the heart of Australia at Alice Springs.
Day 7: A free day to explore “the Alice”, where we can visit the superb Transport Halls of Fame for all the trucking tragic's or ride out to the amazing rock formation known as Stanley Chasm in the spectacular West McDonnell Ranges
Day 8: Leaving Alice Springs we ride south, then west, to one of the territories most spectacular sights, the majestic Kings Canyon. We overnight at a wonderfully remote station.
Day 9: After a wonderful "rim walk" for epic views of Kings Canyon, it’s a half-day ride 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 and must be seen to be believed.
Day 10: A full day is spent at the "rock" exploring the Uluru - KataTjuta National Park allowing us time to ride out to the impressive rock formation known as Kata Tjuta, 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 scrub lands 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 and exploring this very unique town in the remote desert.
Day 13: Continuing south we visit the Woomera, a town faomous for its rocket testing program that only recently finished. Continuing south on the Stuart Highway 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, via the stunning Moralana Drive dotted with wonderful century old river gums.
Day 15: Today we will explore the magnificent Flinders Ranges National Park via a number of scenic paved and off road tracks. We visit the one horse town of Blinman for their quandong pies and explore this 350 million year old landscape.
Day 16: Riding south we farewell the "outback" as we enter the scenic Clare Valley before reaching Australia’s foremost wine region of the Barossa Valley. We overnight in Lyndoch with its own cellar door.
Day 17: Leaving Lyndoch we ride the beautiful Adelaide Hills, a biker’s paradise with its amazing twisties and the amazing Birdwood Museum. We reach the coast where 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: Descending from the Grampians we ride onto one of the world’s finest coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road where 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 exploring Melbourne or fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel (if riding Compass bike)
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 15 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions polo shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trip on the Nitmiluk Gorge and dinner cruise
  • Wildlife spotting boat trip on Yellow Waters, Kakadu

Not Included


  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal Health/Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


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 Details


Ride Profile

98% of this ride is paved, this pavement can vary from great well maintained fast roads to a series of potholes connected by a thin ribbon of asphalt with road subsidence and broken shoulders. Some road further south have numerous twisties and tight bends. You will be sharing some roads with 4 trailer 150 tonne road trains and some roads may have wandering stock and wildlife. 
2% of this ride is off-road, these sections are generally hard packed but some sections having loose gravel that can be rutted on corners and also be corrugated.  A small number of shallow creek crossings with rocky bases will be encountered in the Flinders Ranges
 
 
 

Tour Start/End

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

Climate

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
2
 

Ride Distance
6,400 km / 4,000 mi

 

Sealed / Dirt
98% / 2%

Accommodation


  • 20 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels, with one night in an underground hotel
  • 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)

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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 20 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

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Bikes




 
BMW R1250GS
  • 1254cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 85cm (33.5In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


 

BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86cm (33.8In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres   

 

BMW F750GS
  • 853cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) 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)



 


Insurance


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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