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Outback Explorer

Kakadu aboriginal art


Victoria, South Australia, Queensland & Northern Territory: An epic ride into one of the true “last Frontiers”

Australia, a country renowned for its ancient culture, beauty and diversity of our natural environment, this ride encompasses lush forests, wild rivers, ancient mountains, magnificent coastlines and utterly stunning wilderness. The ride takes in the world renowned Great Ocean Road and the internationally recognized Coorong National Park, before entering the legendary “outback”, Australia’s last great frontier that is both remote yet magnificent. Continuing north we enter the tropics and the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Wildlife abounds in the park; Crocodiles, turtles, frilled necked lizards and a variety of kangaroos are just the start. This incredible motorcycle tour will show you the real Australia and you will discover a silence that no one thought could still exist in today’s world, you can never fully understand the immensity of the Australian Outback until you have ridden this ride.



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Grade 3 Bike Tour


This ride is suitable for the off-road novice.

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 can be only a single lane wide. 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 some difficult to see bulldust holes may be present

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

For more information about our Ride Grade System Please Click Here

Distance: approx 5,550 km / 3,400 mi


Riding the Birdville track

On the Birdsville Track

The Birdsville bakery

Crocodile in the Northern Teritory

Tom Kruze's truck


Great Ocean Road

Termite mounds

Jabiru's in Kakadu National Park

Sunset at Parachilna

Sunset over Kakadu

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2014 Dates: 10th Aug to 26th Aug 2014 Tour CODE: OE/100814
Bike Options Prices Availability
Bring your own bike AU $5,990.00 Full
Suzuki DR 650 AU $7,390.00 Full
BMW G 650 Sertao AU $7,590.00 Full
BMW F 700 / F 650 GS Twin AU $7,690.00 Full
BMW F 800 GS AU $8,290.00 Full
BMW R 1200 GS AU $8,790.00 Full
Co-rider AU $4,900.00 Full



  • Riding the Great Ocean Road
  • Coorong National Park
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Splendid isolation on the Birdsville Track
  • Channel country around Boulia
  • Internationally recognized Kakadu National Park
  • Darwin



Tour start: Melbourne
Tour end: Darwin
Accommodation: 17 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: AU$ 1,300
Ride Days: 15


Week one

We start off in the art and cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne before traveling out to our office in Ballan for a bike briefing then riding south for our first night at Apollo Bay. Riding out we are soon on one of Australia’s most spectacular rides as we travel the Great Ocean Road that hugs the coastline through rainforest, magnificent rock formations and past historic fishing villages. We spend a night at Port Fairy, not that far from the Great Ocean Road’s most famous sight of the 12 apostles. Crossing into South Australia we visit the stunning Coorong National Park, a landscape of ethereal lakes and sand dunes. We ride on to the Adelaide Hills that will provide us with some of the best twisties of the entire journey as we ride amongst vineyards and historic sandstone villages. Next on the agenda is the Barossa Valley, Australia’s best known wine region offering a landscape of vine covered rolling hills, a wine tasting can be enjoyed at Creed Winery, one of the Barossa’s best boutique wineries.

Week two

We continue north and ride onto the stunning Flinders Rangers and the jewel in its crown, the Wilpena Pound, an area of sheer cliffs and jagged rocks that change colour with the different times of the day. Two nights are spent at the wonderful Rawnsley Sheep Station spectacularly set at edge of the Flinders Ranges National Park, allowing a full day to ride the magnificent dirt tracks and ghost gum lined canyons of the Flinders Ranges. We then ride Australia’s most iconic outback journey, the Birdsville Track, passing the world’s longest fence, the Dingo fence, camping out here overnight surrounded by a carpet of stars that you can almost touch are memories that will remain with you forever. We cross into Queensland and enter Birdsville itself, stopping for a well earned beer at Australia’s most famous pub. Onward to Boulia, this is Min Min light country, those mysterious lights that hover above the surface; many believe these lights are UFOs. The ride continues on through the vastness of the Channel Country and onto the “real Australian” city of Mt Isa where we visit the Hard Times Mine. Turning west we ride the empty Barkley Highway that snakes through the vast Barkly tablelands, through Camooweal. Continuing west we cross into the Northern Territory, a vast land of epic landscapes and utter wilderness, and stay a night at the wonderfully remote Barkly Homestead.

Week Three

Departing the Barkley Highway we ride due north riding a single lane road through incredibly remote country to Cape Crawford. Continuing west we visit the oldest pub in the NT at Daly Waters then spend two nights at Katherine allowing us time to relax and visit the mighty Katherine Gorge, a 20 million year old sandstone gorge located within the Nitmiluk National Park. Leaving the red desert landscape behind we enter the tropics and spend two nights in Jabiru, located within the UNESCO listed world heritage national park Kakadu. It is here we can see an amazing array of Australian wildlife including crocodiles and a plethora of bird species, along with some utterly stunning scenery and an incredible wealth of Aboriginal rock art history. Our last day sees us riding into Darwin, spectacularly located on the shores of the Timor Sea; it is more of a laid back country town than the Territories Capital.


  • 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
  • 17 night 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
  • Boat trip on the Natimuk Gorge
  • Wildlife viewing boat trip on Yellow Waters, Kakadu


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


  • 16 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$ 1,300.00


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: 17 / Lunches: 14 / Dinners: 9


  • Please note that you will need to be in Melbourne 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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