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Simon Pavey’s Off Road Skills & Australian Adventure – NSW South Coast


8 Days

Ride Grade


Ride / Rest day

7 / 1

Sealed / Dirt

40 % / 60 %

New South Wales: A motorcycle tour into the superb South East forests of NSW with Simon Pavey

Compass Expeditions are thrilled to have world renown, Dakar Rally racer Simon Pavey and the Off Road Skills team conduct a motorcycling training school in the region near the beautiful Sapphire Coast town of Merimbula. Simon has competed in 10 Dakar events thus far having completed an amazing 8 of them. The training weekend will be followed by an incredible 5 day motorcycle ride-out / tour with Simon as the ride leader, where participants can practice what they have learnt. This is a unique training experience where you can learn from one of the world’s very best riders.

The superb five day ride explores an amazing strip of national parks that form part of the NSW South Coast known as the Sapphire Coast, as well as the mountainous forests of the South East Forest National Park featuring large areas of tall forests, numerous streams with waterfalls and waterholes, upland swamps, escarpments, gorges, high peaks and stunning panoramic views. The ride also explores the NSW high country that includes Monaro and Mt Kosciuszko National Park.

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Dates and Pricing

Tour Highlights


Optional Adventure Maintenance Course: This one-day hands on workshop-based course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to carry out emergency repairs to keep you and your bike on the move.

Day 1: Arrive in Merimbula and meet the Off-Road Skills and Compass Expeditions crew for your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Learn from the world's most experienced off road motorcycle riders
Day 3: Spend the day refining your off-road skills.
Day 4: We spend the day exploring the incredible fire trails that abound inside the magnificent South East Forests National Park, inland from the Sapphire Coast. Today’s ride features extensive areas of tall forests and superb remote riding.
Day 5: Riding south today we explore the wonderful Mount Imlay National Park; a region of endless dirt tracks that criss-cross this extremely scenic national park. Our ride today includes both open & tight dirt tracks.
Day 6: Leaving the coast, we ride west steadily climbing to the high plains of the Monaro and onto scenic Jindabyne set at the very edge of the lofty Kosciuszko National Park
Day 7: Leaving Jindabyne we turn north and explore the fire trails of the Tallaganda National Park and Capitan’s Flat before overnighting at the heritage listed village of Braidwood.
Day 8: Our last day will see us return to the Sapphire Coast via the Monga National Park, a landscape of eucalypt & temperate rainforest before we descend to the beautiful Batemans Bay with epic views out across the Clyde River and the Pacific Ocean.
Departure Day: Spend some time in Batemans Bay, fly or ride home, the choice is yours.



  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Picnic Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Transfers to / from airport
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Fuel


All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: AU$ 770

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


Ride Details

Ride Profile

The weekend course is 100% off road and riders will be taught how to manage steep inclines, loose gravel and rocky surfaces which are all part of this training experience. Participants will learn all the essential skills to become a competent and safe off-road rider. This is the training course that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman completed before their epic Long Way Round ride. 

60% of this ride is on road. Some sections of pavement can be narrow with sharp twisties and blind corners. Steep drop offs are the norm.
40% of this ride is off road. All types of surfaces are to be expected, from loose shale to very steep ascent and descents through thick forests. Many dirt tracks are very winding with blind corners and massive drop offs. Some tracks can have very large potholes, loose deep gravel or can be muddy depending on recent rainfalls.
Although some time is spent on road the majority of time is spent off road

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Merimbula, NSW, Australia
Tour End: Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia


We should expect warm weather for the ride and the possibility of rain showers seeing as some areas we ride include temperate rainforests. 
You should be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather. Always carry an additional  waterproof outer layer.
Expect the daytime temperatures to range between 25 -30˚C and overnight temperatures to range between 15 -20˚C. This is a guide only as weather conditions are very unpredictable these days.

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 travel insurance for this type of activity.

Ride Grade

Sealed / Dirt
40 % / 60 %


  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • 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: A$ 770.00



  • We include breakfast everyday: 8 Breakfasts
  • On every day of the tour we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen or lunch at a local cafe: 7 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants: 5 Dinners


  • 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


  • 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   


  • 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


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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