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The Savannah Way With Simon Pavey


22 Days

Ride Grade


Ride / Rest day

18 / 4

Sealed / Dirt

50% / 50%


6,000 km / 3,750 mi

Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia: From the Coral Sea to the Indian Ocean, ride Australia’s “last Frontier”

The Savannah Way, Australia’s ultimate adventure ride across the rooftop of Australia; this 21 day adventure motorcycle ride of dirt and road explores a staggering four world heritage areas and encompasses some of the finest remote riding in all of Australia. This true adventure ride offers some stunning remote area camping, quirky and luxurious accommodation. Meticulously researched Simon has found some incredibly remote rarely used tracks some of which are by permit only, this is an extremely unique ride led by Dakar legend Simon Pavey and supported by award winning Compass Expeditions, this epic ride is the ride of a lifetime.

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Dates and Pricing

30th Jul 2024 to 21st Aug 2024

Tour code: SW/300722

from US$13315


Rider / Bring Your Own Bike.



Rider / Suzuki DR 650


Rider / BMW F750 GS


Rider / BMW F850 GS


Rider / BMW R1250 GS


Tour Highlights



Day 1: Your Cairns 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: Leaving the Coral Sea behind we ride the twisties of the Gilles Range and ascend onto the Atherton Tablelands via the dirt tracks around Lake Tinaroo. Tonight's destination is the Undara Lava Tubes.
Day 3 & 4: Today we will ride the rarely visited Rope Walk Ranges onto the spectacular Cobbold Gorge. We spend two nights here allowing us to spend 3 hours cruising this stunning gorge and relaxing in this wonderful Gulf Savannah location.
Day 5: Another remote riding day as we cross private cattle stations through a vast empty landscape. A mix of dirt and pavement will have us at the prawn capital of Australia, Karumba, on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Day 6: Leaving Karumba behind we hit the dirt through a landscape of termite mounds and golden Savannah. We round the day off with our first “Bush Camp” beside the beautiful Gregory River.
Day 7: Heading off-road again we take a wonderful remote two-lane track through red termite mounds and sparse bushland. Tonight we will camp at the wonderful Adel’s Grove.
Day 8: From Adel’s Grove we take the back tracks through more private properties, and many gates, until we hit the Savannah Way proper just before Hell’s Gate Roadhouse. After crossing into the Northern Territory we will ride through the scenic Echo Gorge before arriving at Borroloola located on the McArthur River for our overnight stop.
Day 9: A short ride today, with the option to ride a track through a landscape that hasn’t seen traffic in decades. We make our way across the countryside to a remote billabong before re-joining the Savannah Way and riding onto the family owned, one million acre, Lorella Springs wilderness area for the night.
Day 10: We backtrack to the Savannah Way and ride west to the amazing Lost City, a landscape of 1.4 billion year old sandstone pillars rising up to 25m in height. This really is a remote region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The night will be spent at the established Tomato Island campsite.
Day 11: We continue on the Savannah Way until we reach the spectacular Mataranka Hot Springs located on the border of Elsey National Park for the night.
Day 12: Tonight we are staying in the internationally renowned UNESCO listed Kakadu National Park, Australia's largest national park covering almost 20,000 square kilometers.
Day 13: We start today with an unforgettable sunrise cruise on the Yellow Waters of Kakadu. After breakfast, he ride today takes us to the Territory’s capital, Darwin. En route we will stop at Adelaide River to enjoy another wildlife cruise which allows us to get up close and personal with the incredible jumping crocodiles.
Day 14: A free day to enjoy the tropical paradise of Darwin.
Day 15: Leaving Darwin we enjoy some scenic riding through the stunning Litchfield National Park. Reaching the sub tropical town of Katherine we shall visit the amazing 20 million-year-old Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise.
Day 16: Today’s ride includes some short deviations off the Victoria Highway to enjoy the dirt tracks that follow the Katherine River and others that venture inside the Gregory National Park. We will overnight at Timber Creek.
Day 17: A relatively short ride today with three off-road sections. Lake Argyle is our destination, which is Western Australia's largest and Australia's second largest man-made freshwater reservoir. We camp overnight on one of the lake’s islands.
Day 18 & 19: Today will start with a short paved section into the beautiful East Kimberley, followed by an interesting off-road section, including some salt flats, and in the afternoon there are two options to arrive at the outback station of Home Valley, where we will spend two nights. There are two swimming pools to enjoy and optional activities such as horse riding, natural waterhole swimming, barramundi fishing and a variety of walks to nearby gorges.
Day 20: We at last reach one of Australia’s most iconic tracks, the Gibb River Road. Manning Gorge is our destination with a beautiful swimming hole located right next to our campsite.
Day 21: Today’s section of the Gibb River Road is mostly gravel, but the road turns to pavement as we approach Derby for the night.
Day 22: Our final ride takes us into Broome. The white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean add to the diversity of landscapes and tracks that we have covered in the last three weeks.
Departure day: Spend some time in Broome 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$ 2,400.00
      (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

      47% of this ride is on road. Road surfaces vary from single lane tracks with sharp shoulders and deep potholes to smooth wide highways. Massive road-trains MUST be expected at anytime.
      53% of this ride is Off-Road. Dirt tracks vary from good fast gravel to sandy sections with deep corrugations and the possibility of shallow creek crossing. Bull Dust holes are also common on this ride. Some gravel sections can be loose and deep. Dirt tracks in the Outback can change on a week-by-week basis!

      Tour Start/End

      Tour Start: Cairns, Queensland
      Tour End: Broome, Western Australia


      It’s winter so we can expect less humidity, but still some warm days of up to 30 Degrees Celsius with clear skies. Rain is rare this time of year, however it could be possible around Cairns & Darwin. Cool nights should be expected especially in the desert with temperatures dropping to near zero at night. 

      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
      6,000 km / 3,750 mi


      Sealed / Dirt
      50% / 50%


      • 22 nights of accommodation.
      • 16 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts and 6 nights remote camping
      • 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$ 2,400.00 (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: 21 Breakfasts
      • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 17 Lunches
      • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 15 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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