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The Savannah Way with Simon Pavey



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

Join Simon Pavey as he leads this tour on his BMW G 650 X Challenge he raced in the 2009 Dakar, enjoy chef prepared remote camp meals.

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, accompanied by a qualified chef and supported by award winning Compass Expeditions, this epic ride is the ride of a lifetime.


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Grade 4 Bike Tour

47% 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% 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!

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Distance: approx 6000 km / 3750 mi

Savannah Way - Simon Pavey

Savannah Way with Simon Pavey
Recce Video By Marty Stephens

Llel Pavey


Compass Expeditions -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> In the termite mounds during the Australia Encompassed Motorcycle tour 2013

Simon Pavey

Burketown Salt Pans


Kangaroos at sunset

Motorcycle the Savannah Way with Compass Expediitions motorcycle rental

Tasmania scenery



  The road from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta

€~€GS Lawn Hill Gorge Canoe

Compass Expeditions - during the Australia Encompassed Motorcycle tour 2013


Kakadu National Park

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2018 Dates: 1st August to 21st August Tour CODE: SW/010818
Bike Options Prices Availability
Bring your own bike AU $11,990.00 AVAILABLE
Suzuki DR 650 AU $14,090.00 3 BIKES
BMW Sertao 650 AU $14,615.00 3 BIKES
BMW F 700 GS AU $14,825.00 4 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS AU $15,035.00 4 BIKES
BMW R 1200 GS AU $15,350.00 1 BIKE


Bike Transport to Cairns / from Broome, available from/to any mainland capital city or major regional center for a flat rate of $770.00. Tasmanian’s please contact us for transport options.


  • Tropical North Queensland
  • Worlds largest lava tubes
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Nitmiluk & Kakadu National Parks
  • Remote wild camping with chef prepared meals
  • Remote area dirt riding
  • Gibb River Road
  • Home Valley Station
  • Cable Beach Broome
  • Some of the most remarkable, remote and exciting riding in Australia


Tour start: Cairns
Tour end: Broome
Accommodation: 21 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: AU$2000
Ride Days: 18


Week one

Starting in the tropical city of Cairns overlooking the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef we ride into a landscape of rain forests and tablelands visiting the largest lava tube system in the world and the ancient sandstone Cobbold Gorge located on a private cattle farm. Continuing on we enter the epic 186,000 square kilometer Gulf Savannah on our way to Australia’s prawn capital of Karumba stunningly located on the shores of the Turquoise Gulf of Carpentaria. Further on we spend a night remote camping on the banks of the Gregory River before exploring the stunning Lawn Hill National Park  and its the emerald waters of this outback oasis. We see the week out crossing into the incredibly remote and strikingly beautiful Northern Territory.

Week two

The second week starts off with a stay at the wonderful Lorella Downs Station with the opportunity of heli- fishing or flights over the amazing “Lost City”. More dirt as we reach the tiny settlement of Roper Bar on the banks of the croc filled Roper River. We continue onto the legendary oasis of Mataranka, home to the epic “We of the Never Never” book that became synonymous with the Australian outback before spending 2 nights at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park allowing us to ride this massive park view the wildlife and ancient indigenous rock art. An overnight stop in the “territories” capital of Darwin will give us taste of city life before hitting the “Outback” again. Southbound again we spend a night at Katherine allowing us to enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Nitmiluk Gorge a series of 13 gorges banked by sheer 70mt high cliffs, sunset is utterly spectacular. The second week is seen out as we visit on the extremely remote  Timber Creek.

Week Three

We now enter Australia’s biggest state, Western Australia, and ride a vast empty yet incredibly beautiful landscape of ancient red sandstone, turquoise waters and epic cattle stations the size of small European countries.  We visit the immense Lake Argyle before reaching  the mighty Kimberly and hit what is fast becoming Australia’s most iconic must do ride the Gibb River Road. We stay 2 nights at the stunning Home Valley Station where we can explore the Sub tropical oasis’s, permanent waterfalls or rocky escarpments. Continuing along the Gibb River road we reach Derby situated on King George Sound on the Indian Ocean. We reach Broome, finishing up riding the last 13ks / 8ml on the beach, after 3 weeks of some of the most extraordinary riding through an amazing diversity of landscapes and rarely ridden tracks.


  • 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
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of Simon Pavey as ride leader (riding his BMW G 650 X Challenge he raced in the 2009 Dakar)
  • Services of 2 support vehicles
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • ORS / Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in itinerary
  • Nitmiluk Gorge cruise
  • Kakadu Yellow Waters Cruise


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


  • All inclusive package: 14 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts & 1 bonus night
  • 7 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.
  • Single supplement: AU$ 2,000.00


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 with our qualified chef. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before or qualified chef prepared meals in remote camp locations.

Breakfasts: 21 / Lunches: 18 / Dinners: 17


  • Please note that you will need to be in Cairns 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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