Sydney to the Outback
New South Wales, South Australia & Victoria: Compass Expeditions is very pleased to have a true life adventurer, Charley Boorman, guest leading this incredible ride into the outback of NSW and South Australia culminating in a ride along the Great Ocean Road into Melbourne.
This wonderful ride travels via the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains and continues on to Bathurst then Parkes. We continue onto Menindee then to the mining town of Broken Hill where it all began for the world’s mining giant, BHP. We experience the beauty of the Flinders Ranges spending two nights at the remote Rawnsley Park Station before riding south through the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and the spectacular Coorong National Park. The final days will see us visit the Grampians before riding the world-renowned Great Ocean Road before in finishing off in Melbourne. Charley will be accompanied by Billy Ward, his friend and an experienced tour leader. Billy works with Charley on many different motorcycle adventure projects.
Grade 4 Bike Tour
This ride is suitable for two-up riding ONLY if both pillion and rider are experienced in off road riding. 70% of this ride is on road that varies from freeway, out of Sydney, to single rough narrow roads that can be potholed and have sharp edges. 30% of this ride is off road, while the majority is hard packed dirt their are sections of loose gravel, sand and bulldust holes to corrugations rutted tracks, especially if their has been recent rain.
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Distance: approx 3,241 km / 2,014 mi
Video courtesy of James Bean shot during
Charley Boorman Tour of Tasmania.
Sydney to the Outback will be more dirt focused.
DATES & PRICES
|2015 Dates: 11th Mar to 20th Mar 2015||Tour CODE: SO/110315|
|Bring your own bike||AU $5,790.00||AVAILABLE|
|Suzuki DR 650||AU $6,900.00||3 BIKES|
|BMW G 650 GS Sertao||AU $6,950.00||1 BIKES|
|BMW F 700 GS or F650 GS Twin||AU $7,100.00||2 BIKES|
|BMW F 800 GS||AU $7,150.00||2 BIKES|
|BMW R 1200 GS||AU $7,300.00||4 BIKES|
|Co-rider||AU $4,800.00||3 PLACES|
- Sydney & the Blue Mountains
- Flinders Ranges
- Barossa Valley
- Grampians National Park
- Great Ocean Road
Tour start: Sydney
Tour end: Melbourne
Accommodation: 10 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: AU$ 1,340
Ride Days: 9 or 10 (Two days are spent in the same location allowing clients to ride around and explore the area)
We begin this motorcycle adventure with a stunningly beautiful ride west to the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains; made blue by the fine mist from the countless Eucalypt trees that abound in this area. Continuing on we ride onto the historic Lithgow then Bathurst, Australia’s oldest European settlement where we can ride Mt Panorama, home to Australia’s most iconic car race. We continue down onto the Central West Plains and onto Parkes where we can visit the famous Parkes Radio Telescope, instrumental in bringing the pictures of the Apollo 11 moon landing to our TVs, amongst many other astronomical achievements.
Today’s ride is a short one as we reach the edge of the outback, riding though legendary bushranger country around Parkes and Condobolin. We shall stop off at the unexpected oasis town of Lake Cargellico before continuing further on reaching our overnight stop at Hillston located on the legendary Kidman Way. Hillston epitomizes rural Australia.
We follow the Gum lake Road and get our first taste of off road riding as the landscape flattens out and we reach the real “outback”. Today’s ride will consist of 205 km of dirt with bulldust patches to keep riders entertained before reaching Australia’s iconic mining town of Broken Hill, this is where it all began for the mining giant BHP (Broken Hill Pty Ltd). We ride continues on to Silverton one of Australia’s favorite places for movie making before returning to the amazing Broken Hill for our overnight stay.
Leaving Broken Hill we ride onto South Australia following the Barrier Highway until Peterborough, (dirt shortcut option available), where we turn north and ride on for the still working sheep station of Rawnsley Park, spectacularly set on the edge of the stunning Flinders Ranges. We spend 2 nights here allowing us to ride the many trails within the Flinders Ranges National Park.
Today can be spent riding the many gorges and dry creek beds of the stunning Wilpena Pound within the Flinders Ranges. Many hours can be spent exploring the tracks of this iconic national park.
Riding south now, back into cooler weather, we reach Australia’s premier wine growing district of the Barossa Valley. The Barossa has been producing wine for over 160 years (old for Australia!!) and has over 60 wineries. It is a beautiful ride amongst the valleys rolling vine-covered hills. We can sample excellent Shiraz, which is what the Barossa has become internationally famous for.
Leaving the Barossa we are soon into some of Australia’s finest riding; the Adelaide Hills. Hairpin after hairpin greets the riders amongst beautiful forest scenery of ghost gums and eucalypts. A stop at the wonderful Australian Motor Museum in Birdwood is a must. The ride continues on to Meningie at the entrance of the internationally recognized Coorong National park, a series of dunes, lagoons and lakes that fringe the Southern Ocean.
We ride the length of the Coorong taking a few dirt tracks, before turning inland and crossing into Victoria. We are now in prime farming country and we ride towards one of Victoria’s most outstanding features, the Grampians National Park. This incredible landscape dates back 380 million years and offers some amazing riding and epic views.
Today’s ride takes us down to one of the worlds most renowned coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road. The GOR showcases some of the world’s finest coastal scenery with its ever-changing limestone coastline that is dotted with tiny fishing hamlets. The road was built by returning soldiers after the First World War and is referred to as the world’s largest war memorial. We spend the night at Port Campbell inside the scenic Port Campbell National Park.
We continue riding the Great Ocean Road today stopping at the many viewpoints including the stunning 12 Apostles and at the Arches lookout. A helicopter ride over this epic coastline can be arranged (optional). We will be guaranteed Koala sightings as me make our way to the Cape Otway Lighthouse before riding onto Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne. Our hotel is located a stones throw from the famous St Kilda Beach.
- Airport transfers for international travellers
- Motorcycle Rental, as per selection (if not bringing own bike)
- GPS Unit on all Compass Expeditions bikes, Waypoints available for those with own bike
- Services of Charley Boorman as ride leader and a support vehicle driver
- Services of Billy Ward as sweep rider
- Services of Medic
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- Breakfast’s everyday & dinners
- 10 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 / Charley Boorman T shirt
- Entrances to all national Parks as mentioned in the itinerary
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal items
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- All inclusive package: 10 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts & 1 bonus night
- A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these remote regions of Australia may be not what you are accustomed to.
- Single supplement: AU$ 1,340.00
On every day of the tour we include breakfast. We include all dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.
Breakfasts: 10 / Dinners: 10 / Welcome drinks with Charley
- Please note that you will need to be in Sydney 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.