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Tasmania and the High Country With Charley Boorman

Duration

11 Days

Ride Grade

2

Ride / Rest day

10 / 1

Sealed / Dirt

100% / 0%

Distance

3,010 km / 1,880 mi


Victoria, Tasmania & New South Wales: Ride Tasmania and Victoria's High Country with motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman

Motorcyclist & adventurer Charley Boorman leads this Australia Motorcycle Tour of stunning Tasmania and the Victoria High Country. Charley’s good mate and manager Billy Ward will be along to add to the experience. The adventure starts with an overnight ferry crossing from Melbourne to Tasmania. Once in Tasmania we ride east toward the spectacular Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Riding south we will reach the historical Port Arthur before visiting Hobart and then continuing on through the pristine forests of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on our way to the stunning Strahan. Crossing the Tasman back into Victoria the ride ventures into the Victorian High Country entering Kosciusko National Park in NSW before riding down onto the coast and riding north finishing in Sydney.

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Dates and Pricing

11th Nov 2024 to 22nd Nov 2024
Tour code: TH/111124
from US$6,660.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


 

Day 1: We will meet in Melbourne mid afternoon for our tour briefing, before riding to Geelong where we will catch the overnight ferry to Devonport, Tasmania.
Day 2: Tasmania is blessed with some of the finest most scenic riding in Australia and the ride from Devonport to St Helens is no different. We ride south to Launceston before turning northwest and up and over the Weldborough Pass. Remote pubs empty roads and stunning scenery is a feature on this day. We will overnight in St. Helen's.
Day 3: We ride the east coast today through the beautiful Freycinet National Park and onto the Forestier Peninsula and the historic, and some say haunted, Port Arthur for the night.
Day 4: After a morning visit to the historical Port Arthur Convict settlement, we ride the 95 km / 59 mi to Hobart where we will spend two nights.
Day 5: A free day in Hobart to visit the fascinating MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). You can also enjoy a ride on the Channel Highway as it twists and turns on its way south to the wonderfully named Snug and Cygnet where there are great views of the D’entrecasteaux Channel. A shorter ride with wonderful views can be had to nearby Mt Wellington.
Day 6:Today’s riding is spectacular as we visit Russell Falls, Tasmania’s most famous; shrouded in ferns, these falls are located within the Mt Field National Park and offer some spectacular short walks amongst the towering Huon Pine. The ride continues through the legendary Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park before arriving at the stunningly beautiful Strahan, on the shores of the Scenic Macquarie Harbour.
Day 7: We turn north and ride the scenic Murchison Highway before turning off and visiting the beautiful Cradle Mountain inside the Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park. The wonderful riding continues on until we reach Devonport where we catch the overnight ferry back to Geelong.
Day 8: Riding the outskirts of Melbourne we tackle the legendary Black Spur, a series of tight hairpin bends though towering forests of Mountain Ash on our way to Lake Eildon National Park which connects the towns of Eildon and Jamieson. These roads are a biker’s paradise, however the area also has abundant wildlife. Our overnight stop is Bright.
Day 9: Riding north east to Whitfield we are in the scenic King River Valley where lush river flats are surrounded by the magnificent high country. In Myrtleford we join the Great Alpine Road and ride onto Bright. Crossing into NSW we ride onto one of Australia’s most spectacular National Parks, Kosciusko NP. Our overnight stop is Jindabyne.
Day 10: The ride today takes us out of the mountains via the very steep Brown Mountain Pass through the scenic South East Forests National Park. We enter lush dairy country as we ride on to Bega and then onto the Princess Highway up to Batemans Bay, scenically located on the shores of the Tasman Sea, for our overnight stop.
Day 11: We follow the dramatic coastline all the way to Sydney via the Royal National Park. We finish this epic ride of mountains, forests and wild rivers in one of the world’s most iconic cities, Sydney.
Departure day: Spend some time in Sydney or fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport transfers for international travelers
  • Overnight Melbourne to Tasmania Ferry trip & return
  • Motorcycle Rental, as per selection (if not bringing own bike)
  • GPS Unit on all Compass Expeditions bikes, Way-points available for those with own bike
  • Services of Charley Boorman as ride leader
  • Services of Billy Ward, Charley’s manager, as sweep rider
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Medic support
  • Breakfast everyday and 10 dinners
  • Accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • Pre-departure material
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Entrances to all national parks mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included


  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Fuel
  • Lunches
  • Personal items
  • Personal 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$ 2,910.00

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of AU$ 5,000 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

100% 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. This ride features numerous twisties and narrow country lanes.
 
There is an option for off road sections; 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.
 

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Melbourne, Australia
Tour End:  Sydney, Australia
 

Climate

We can experience the full range of weather conditions on this ride. Generally it will be warm to hot for most of this ride, with cooler conditions expected in Tasmania. During March Australia can experience extreme heat conditions and it is important that riders keep hydrated.
 
There is a chance that we may experience some rain, a rain jacket similar to a DriRider© is recommended.
 

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle licence 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
3,010 km / 1,880 mi

 

Sealed / Dirt
100% / 0%

Accommodation


  • 11 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels, 2 night are on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. 
  • A flexible attitude is needed, as services in 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$ 2,910.00
 
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 10 Breakfasts
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners
  • Welcome drinks with Charley Boorman
 
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Bikes



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

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