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Simon Pavey’s Australian Motorcycle Adventure

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Tasmania: A motorcycle tour into the splendid Tasmanian countryside with Simon Pavey

Following from the off-road skills training weekend in the stunning surrounds of Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. This a very unique experience to enjoy a 5 day motorcycle tour with the world renown Dakar competitor, Simon Pavey through some of Australia’s finest scenery.

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Grade 4 Bike Tour

60% of this ride is on road. Some sections of pavement can be narrow with sharp twisties and blind corners and 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 the majority of ks is on road the majority of time is spent off road

For more information about our Ride Grade System Please Click Here

Distance: approx 1100 km / 685 mi


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2015 Dates: 2nd November to 6th November Tour CODE: AA/021115
Bike Options Prices Availability
Bring your own bike AU $2,950.00 FULL
Suzuki DR 650 AU $3,875.00 FULL
BMW Sertao 650 AU $4,025.00 FULL
BMW F 700 GS AU $4,100.00 FULL
BMW F 800 GS AU $4,200.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS AU $4,225.00 FULL
Co-rider AU $2,700.00 FULL



  • World heritage wilderness of Strahan
  • Twisties of Jacobs Ladder
  • Ride the wilderness of the legendary Western Explorer
  • Quirky town of Sheffield
  • Strahan – Queenstown ride


Tour start: Launceston, Tasmania
Tour end: Launceston, Tasmania
Accommodation: 5 nights
Single Supplement: AU$ 450.00
Ride Days: 5


Day one

Our adventure starts in the beautiful city of Launceston, which is located in the Tamar Valley of Northern Tasmania. Leaving Launy as the locals call it, we hit some classic Tassie trails through sunken tracks and sub-tropical rainforest. Expect to see some rocks, tree roots and maybe even a little mud. There are lots of hills both up and down and some great twisty roads to get us into the spirit of the trip. Lunch is in the historical town of Sheffield which has over sixty murals depicting the area’s rich history and beautiful natural scenery. These murals have been painted on walls, scattered throughout the town and buildings along the roadside. Our overnight stop is in Burnie, a beautiful port city on the North – West coast of Tasmania.

Day two

Today is a longer day so we will have an earlier start out of Burnie. We commence the days riding with lots of fast tracks which we will combine with a few short very challenging trails. Expect to see gravel, mud, a few ruts, maybe some deep water and some hard sandy tracks. Plenty of grip today and some true Tassie Wilderness. The day includes the famous Western Explorer through really remote country, and ends in the beautiful township of Strahan. Lunch will be at Corinna on the banks of the Pieman River where we will have a short ferry crossing. The Western Explorer is an unique and little traveled route which also so happens to be one of Tasmania’s top rides.

Day Three

Today will be spent in the beautiful surrounds of Strahan.  We will have what is a rare chance to ride on sandy trails, coastal dunes and even on the beach. Simon and his team will give you an amazing day learning to ride and love sand in this perfect environment.  There will be instructions on adventure bike set up for riding sand, sand riding techniques, dune riding and bike recovery. There is will be an optional morning excursion to see the Gordon River Wilderness by sea plane or helicopter (not included).

Day Four

We will start today with some epic tarmac and twisties on the famous Strahan – Queenstown Rd before we return to the off road that Tassie is famous for. Initially there will be some fast, wide dirt roads which progressively get smaller and narrower, before dissappearing into an optional “trial” section.   Lunch beside a beautiful, remote pristine lake will be the reward. We later experience some more classic Aussie big fast dirt roads and stony tracks which take us to our overnight stop which is a beautiful setting situated on the shores of the Great Lake and  in the heart of Tasmania’s Central Plateau.

Day Five

The last day of the adventure gets us warmed up with some fast dirt roads though Tasmanian farmland and wetlands, before we enjoy some classic forestry riding.  Jacob’s Ladder is a steep and narrow zig-zag road in the Ben Lomond Ranges just 60kms from Launceston.  The views are spectacular and  Ben Loman is home to Tasmania’s premier Alpine skiing operations.  We return to Launceston and our accommodation at Archer’s Manor for a well-earned drink and celebration of a great adventure.


  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel (if riding Compass bike)
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfasts everyday
  • Picnic Lunches and 3 dinners
  • 5 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


  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities


  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of Australia may be not what you are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: AU$ 450.00


On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants

Breakfasts: 5 / Lunches: 5 / Dinners: 3


  • Please note that you will need to be in Launceston one day prior to start of tour if not having done the preceding weekend Off Road Skills course.

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.

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