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Simon Pavey’s Australian Motorcycle Adventure


Tasmania: A motorcycle tour into remote Tasmania with Simon Pavey

Following on from the off-road skills training weekend in spectacular Tasmania enjoy this very unique  5 day motorcycle tour with the world renown Dakar Rally competitor, Simon Pavey through some of Australia’s finest scenery.

Our adventure will start and end in the beautiful city of Launceston (“Launy” as the locals call it), which is located in the Tamar Valley of Northern Tasmania. In between we will visit sunken tracks in temperate rain forests, ride remote, rugged and challenging trails – including the Western Explorer – through remote wilderness country and spend time in the beautiful surrounds of Strahan, stunningly located on Macquarie Harbour. We will finish off by riding the stunning Jacob’s Ladder in the Ben Lomond Ranges.


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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 some time is spent on road the majority of time is spent off road

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Distance: approx 1120 km / 700 mi

Simon Pavey - Australian Adventure

Simon Pavey

Rent a motorcycle from Sydney to explore Outback Australia

Ride to the Outback


Outback Tracks



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2017 Dates: 30 October to 3rd November Tour CODE: AA/301017
Bike Options Prices Availability
Bring your own bike AU $3,100.00  FULL
Suzuki DR 650 AU $4,005.00  FULL
BMW Sertao 650 AU $4,155.00  FULL
BMW F 700 GS AU $4,230.00  FULL
BMW F 800 GS AU $4,330.00  FULL
BMW R 1200 GS AU $4,355.00  FULL



  • Spectacular remote track riding
  • The twisties known as Jacobs Ladder
  • The stunning Strahan on Macquaries Harbour
  • Epic forest & mountain scenery
  • Unique beach riding opportunity


Tour start: Launceston, Tasmania.
Tour end: Launcestion,  Tasmania.
Accommodation: 6 nights
Limited Single Supplement: AU$ 400.00 (on 1 or 2 nights a single room may not be available)
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 cross the Tamar River and then leave the pavement behind for some classic Tassie trails along sunken tracks through temperate rain forest, these tracks consist of rocks, tree roots and maybe even a little or lot of mud, depending of recent weather conditions.  There are lots of hills and some great twisty roads to get us into the spirit of the trip.

After a great pub lunch at Sheffield, renown for its murals, we hit the pavement again and continue on through rolling green countryside to our overnight stop in Burnie, a beautiful port city on the northwest coast of Tasmania.

Please note there are 2 options into Burnie, both dirt, one is more challenging than the other, Simon will elaborate on the day!!

Day two

We commence the days riding with lots of remote and rugged tracks that are both narrow and winding; we will combine with a few short and challenging trails. Expect to face gravel, mud, wheel ruts, maybe some deep water and some hard sandy tracks. The day includes the famous Western Explorer, a unique and little traveled route and one of Tasmania’s top rides, through really remote wilderness country. A “rustic” ferry crossing is enjoyed across the Pieman River in this pristine wilderness environment. Today’s ride will include an abundance of wildlife so caution is needed. We finish the day in the township of Strahan.

Day Three

We spend today in the beautiful surrounds of Strahan stunningly located on Macquarie Harbour with our day base at the Oasis picnic area. Today is spent with Simon and his team learning to ride sand. We will have a chance to ride on sandy trails, coastal dunes and even on the beach on the Southern Ocean. There will be instructions on adventure bike set up for riding sand, sand riding techniques, dune riding and bike recovery.

There will be an optional morning excursion to see the Gordon River Wilderness by helicopter, if operating.

Day Four
One of Tasmania’s most spectacular rides is the paved ride from Strahan; Queenstown Rd is a series of wonderful twisites through a rainforest-covered landscape of deep cavernous gorges. After the fun on the twisties we return to the off-road that Tassie is famous for, some fast, wide dirt roads that progressively get smaller and narrower, before eventually petering out where we can then participate in an optional “trial” section. Finally we hit some wide fast dirt tracks that take us to our overnight stop on the shores of the Great Lake in the heart of Tasmania’s Central Plateau.

Day Five The final day of the adventure starts with some fast wide dirt roads though Tasmanian farmland and wetlands, before we enjoy some classic forestry riding.  Jacob’s Ladder is the highlight of today’s ride and is a steep and narrow zig-zag road in the Ben Lomond Ranges just 60k / 38ml from Launceston. Descending from Ben Lomond we hit the pavement for our final ride into Launceston 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
  • 5 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Services of Simon Pavey as ride leader
  • Services of Simon’s training staff
  • 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


  • 6 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$ 400.00


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 or lunch at a local cafe. 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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