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Australia Encompassed Motorcycle Tour

Australia-Encompassed, Adventure Motorcycle Tour run by Compass Expeditions

19 DAYS

Northern Territory, South Australia & Victoria: One of the most “iconic” motorcycle rides there is, taking in some of Australia’s most recognisable sights!

Few countries in the world offer such variety for the adventure motorcyclist. Riding across the vast open spaces of the Outback or parking up the BMW in sight of incredible Uluru (Ayers Rock) are memories that stand the test of time. This incredible Australia Motorcycle Tour has it all from twisty corners through dense forest, a cruise on the river to feed crocodiles and rides through beautiful National Parks. Australia is a vast ancient land, a land of wide open skies and dramatic landscapes. There are few places left on earth that are truly remote, however, this is one of them. This extraordinary motorcycle tour of Australia will take us from the topical north of Darwin to the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne. In between we will visit ancient gorges, fantastic rock formations, world famous national parks and epic desert landscapes. We can sample Emu Mignon, Kangaroo steaks and Camel sausages and stay at still working sheep stations and underground cave hotels. Century old wineries, historic paddle steamers and world famous coastal rides all feature in this all encompassing motorbike tour from top to bottom.

 

 

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Grade 3 Bike Tour

90% 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. Some roads are single lane width only.

10% of this ride is Off-Road, 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 and hard to see bulldust holes can be present.

Massive “roadtrains” and wandering cattle and “roos” can also be present.

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Distance: approx 6,400 km / 4,000 mi

Australia Encompassed Motorcycle Tour Map - This fantastic Australia motorcycle tour explores Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kakadu, Kings Canyon, Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges, Grampians, Barossa Valley and the Great Ocean Road

Group on the Great Ocean Road

On the Murray

Camel

Alien Spotting

Road Train

Compass Expeditions - The riders enjoybeing in front of Ayers Rock (Uluru) during the Australia Encompassed Motorcycle tour 2013

Ghost Gum, Flinders Ranges

Riding the Oodnadatta track

The Barossa Valley, South Australia

Barkley Homestead

Posing at Uluru

Jumping Crocodiles!!

Group on the Oodnadatta track

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DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

2017

DATES: 3 September to 21 September TOUR CODE: AUE/030917
BIKE OPTIONS
PRICES
AVAILABILITY
Bring Your Own Bike A $6,990.00 AVAILABLE
Suzuki DR 650 A $8,390.00 AVAILABLE
BMW G650 GS Sertao A $8,640.00 AVAILABLE
BMW F 650/700 GS A $8,740.00 AVAILABLE
BMW F 800 GS A $9,290.00 AVAILABLE
BMW R 1200 GS A $9,840.00 AVAILABLE
Co-rider A $5,990.00 AVAILABLE

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    • Kakadu National Park
    • Nitmiluk Gorge, Katherine
    • Devils marbles
    • King’s Canyon
    • Ayres Rock, (Uluru)
    • Oodnadatta Track
    • Wilpena Pound, (Flinders Ranges)
    • Barossa Valley
    • Grampians
    • Great Ocean Road

TOUR INFORMATION

Tour start: Darwin, Australia
Tour end: Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation: 19 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: AU$ 1,800.00
Ride Days: 15

THE RIDE

Joining Day (Bonus)

Arrive in Darwin, meet the crew and your fellow travellers.

Week one

We begin our Australia motorcycle tour with a short ride from Darwin to Kakadu Nation Park via the amazing Jumping Crocodiles of the Adelaide River. We spend two nights at the world heritage listed, Kakadu National Park, home to an amazing array of flora and fauna as well as Australia’s greatest collection of Indigenous rock art. Further south our Australia motorbike adventure continues as we ride a vast area of rivers, escarpments and gorges, and visit the 20 million year old Nitmiluk Gorge near Katherine where we can enjoy an amazing sunset cruise with dinner between the sheer cliffs and sandy beaches of this ancient landscape. Continuing south we shall pass the amazing Devils Marbles, a huge collection of granite boulders that is an iconic sight of the Australian Outback. The first week shall be seen out at the thriving outback town of Alice Springs that rises out of the vast red dirt and rugged ranges that surround this incredibly remote place.

Week two

Leaving the Alice we will ride through a landscape of spectacular landforms, shimmering deserts and huge blue skies as we ride onto the spectacular King’s Canyon and enjoy some time off the motorcycles with a canyon rim walk. Continuing on we soon have the privilege of riding our motorcycles near one of the world’s most recognisable sights, the incredible Uluru (Ayres Rock). Witnessing Sunrise and Sunset, and watching as the rock changes colour before you is one of life’s great pleasures. The ride continues south along the legendary Stuart Highway into South Australia before reaching the wild Coober Pedy, a city underground famous for its opals. We stay in an underground hotel here. We hit dirt as we ride toward the famous Oodnadatta Track and equally as famous the Pink Roadhouse. This remote track, steeped in outback history, follows a succession of mound springs and passes through the endless Gibber Plains that are dotted with palm fringed oasis. This historic ride passes old telegraph stations, water tanks, rail sidings and fettler’s cottages with glimpse of the incredible Lake Eyre. Back on paved road at Marree we finish the week off at Wilpena Pound, a vast natural amphitheatre ringed with sheer cliffs and jagged rocks that are constantly changing colour. Two nights are spent at the wonderful Rawnsley Park station spectacularly set at the foot of the mighty Flinders Ranges National Park. A day will be spent exploring the gorges and canyon lands of the incredibly scenic national Park.

Week Three

This week will see us enter Australia’s best known wine region, the Barossa Valley. Home to 60 wineries, some of which have been operating for 160 years, riding amongst the valleys rolling vine-covered landscape is a biker’s delight. We continue on to the Adelaide Hills another biker’s paradise of winding twisting roads before visiting the wonderful Mannum, renown for its paddle steamer heritage on Australia’s greatest river, the Murray. Last stop in South Australia is the stunning Coorong National Park, a landscape of lakes and sand-dunes. We leave South Australia as we cross into Victoria and enter a world of forests, fern gullies, creeks, lakes and swampland as we enter the 400 million year old Grampians National Park, which rises from the surrounding farmland. We finish this spectacular tour riding one of the world’s finest coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road. Two days are spent meandering along this epic coastal landscape of towering cliffs, fantastic limestone formations and pounding surf beaches before arriving in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne, another world away from the remoteness of what we have just experienced. This truly is the best Australia Motorcycle tour if you wish to experience the beauty of this incredible continent.

Final Day (Bonus)

Spend some time in Melbourne or fly/ride home, the choice is yours.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel (if riding Compass bike)
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per tour option
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks, including Kakadu, Flinders Ranges and Grampians National Parks
  • Boat trip on the Nitmiluk Gorge and dinner cruise
  • Wildlife spotting boat trip on Yellow Waters, Kakadu

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

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

ACCOMMODATION

  • 18 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts, 1 night basic accommodation & 1 bonus night
  • 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$ 1,800.00

INCLUDED MEALS

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

Breakfasts: 19 / Lunches: 15 / Dinners: 10

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please note that you will need to be in Darwin one day prior to start of expedition.

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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