Queensland, Northern Territory & Western Australia: From the Coral Sea to the Indian Ocean, ride Australia’s “last Frontier”
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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At a Glance
- 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
- Simon Pavey leading
- Some of the most remarkable, remote and exciting riding in Australia
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection
- Fuel (if riding Compass bike)
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 21 Breakfasts
- 18 Lunches
- 17 Dinners
- 21 nights accommodation
- 1 bonus night accommodation
- Services of Simon Pavey as ride leader
- Services of support vehicle
- Pre-departure material and route maps
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- ORS / Compass Expeditions polo 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 accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: AU$ 2,000.00
(Please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of AU$ 4000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: AU$ 25 per day
Joining Day: Your Cairns airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 1: Leaving the Coral Sea behind we ride the twisties of the Gilles Range and ascend onto the Atherton Tablelands via the dirt tracks around Lake Tinaroo. Tonight's destination is the Undara Lava Tubes.
Day 2 & 3: Today we will ride the rarely visited Rope Walk Ranges onto the spectacular Cobold Gorge. We spend two nights here allowing us to spend 3 hours cruising this stunning gorge and relaxing in this wonderful Gulf Savannah location.
Day 4: Another remote riding day as we cross private cattle stations through a vast empty landscape. A mix of dirt and pavement will have us at the prawn capital of Australia, Karumba, on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Day 5: Leaving Karumba behind we hit the dirt through a landscape of termite mounds and golden Savannah. We round the day off with our first “Bush Camp” beside the beautiful Gregory River.
Day 6: Heading off-road again we take a wonderful remote two-lane track through red termite mounds and sparse bushland. Tonight we will camp at the wonderful Adel’s Grove.
Day 7: From Adel’s Grove we take the back tracks through more private properties, and many gates, until we hit the Savannah Way proper just before Hell’s Gate Roadhouse. After crossing into the Northern Territory we will ride through the scenic Echo Gorge before arriving at Borroloola located on the McArthur River for our overnight stop.
Day 8: A short ride today, with the option to ride a track through a landscape that hasn’t seen traffic in decades. We make our way across the countryside to a remote billabong before re-joining the Savannah Way and riding onto the family owned, one million acre, Lorella Springs wilderness area for the night.
Day 9: We backtrack to the Savannah Way and ride west to the amazing Lost City, a landscape of 1.4 billion year old sandstone pillars rising up to 25m in height. This really is a remote region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The night will be spent at the established Tomato Island campsite.
Day 10: We continue on the Savannah Way until we reach the spectacular Mataranka Hot Springs located on the border of Elsey National Park for the night.
Day 11 & 12: We spend the next two nights in the internationally renowned UNESCO listed Kakadu National Park. We can ride out to Ubirr for sunset, view Aboriginal rock art and take in the stunning sunset over the vast floodplains of Kakadu.
Day 13: Today’s ride to the Territory’s capital, Darwin, has us stopping at the Adelaide River to enjoy a wildlife cruise which allows us to get up close and personal with the incredible jumping crocodiles.
Day 14: Leaving Darwin we enjoy some scenic riding through the stunning Litchfield National Park. Reaching the sub tropical town of Katherine we shall visit the amazing 20 million-year-old Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise.
Day 15: Today’s ride includes some short deviations off the Victoria Highway to enjoy the dirt tracks that follow the Katherine River and others that venture inside the Gregory National Park. We will overnight at Timber Creek.
Day 16: A relatively short ride today with three off-road sections. Lake Argyle is our destination, which is Western Australia's largest and Australia's second largest man-made freshwater reservoir. We camp overnight on one of the lake’s islands.
Day 17 & 18: Today will start with a short paved section into the beautiful East Kimberley, followed by an interesting off-road section, including some salt flats, and in the afternoon there are two options to arrive at the outback station of Home Valley, where we will spend two nights. There are two swimming pools to enjoy and optional activities such as horse riding, natural waterhole swimming, barramundi fishing and a variety of walks to nearby gorges.
Day 19: We at last reach one of Australia’s most iconic tracks, the Gibb River Road. Manning Gorge is our destination with a beautiful swimming hole located right next to our campsite.
Day 20: Today’s section of the Gibb River Road is mostly gravel, but the road turns to pavement as we approach Derby for the night.
Day 21: Our final ride takes us into Broome. The white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean add to the diversity of landscapes and tracks that we have covered in the last three weeks.
Departure day: Spend some time in Broome or fly home, the choice is yours.
Tour End: Broome, Western Australia
- 22 nights of accommodation.
- 15 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts and 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.
- All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: AU$ 2,000.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
- On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 21 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 18 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 17 Dinners
- You will need to be in Cairns one day prior to start of expedition, for your joining day (a bonus nights accommodation is included)
- All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
- It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
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TRIP EXTENSIONS – AUSTRALIA
Compass Expeditions is based in Australia our HQ is on the western outskirts of Melbourne. We have all ridden and travelled this wide brown land extensively and have a few suggestions of places to see and things to do while you are in the country.
First of all, Australia is big, really big, which means that there is an amazing variety of ride opportunities to ponder.
If after your Compass Expeditions Guided Motorcycle Tour you would like to take in even more of the sights we can arrange Motorcycle Hire, Self Guided Tours and make suggestions as to the best way to use your available time in our enormous back yard.
We are also able to arrange excursions to a plethora of amazing attractions either before you join one of our tours or after.
Here are just a few suggestions, please use the form below to contact us for more information or to see how we can assist with your Australian adventure.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Iconic Great Barrier Reef includes over 900 islands and stretches more than 2,600 kilometers along the coast of Queensland. It is worlds largest reef system and a Mecca for diving, snorkeling, boating and beach lovers.
We can arrange dive trips, resort accommodation and any number of amazing activities. Or we can find you a beach to relax, rest and revitalize on. The choice is yours.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Exmouth on the remote northern coast of Western Australia is the jumping off point for another incredible reef experience. Ningaloo Reef is not only a world-class diving destination it is also the most accessible place to allow you to swim with the world’s largest sharks.
To experience Whale Sharks up close and in the wild is an experience that you will never forget. The calm majesty and sheer size of these gentle giants will stun you and with the right tour operator you will likely see a number of other amazing sights and sea life including humpback whales, blue whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, spectacular corals and fish of all shapes and sizes.
The tropical rainforest ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex on Earth. It contains 30% of the frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia, and 90% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. 7% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. There are also over 12,000 species of insects in the rainforest.
Apart from the astounding biodiversity of this stunning coastal region of far northern Queensland it is also home to some of the countries most beautiful beaches and a delightful place to wind down.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is an enormous, biodiverse nature reserve in Australia’s Northern Territory. With terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments, it’s home to some 2,000 plant species and wildlife from saltwater crocodiles and flatback turtles to an astounding variety of birds. Aboriginal rock paintings, dating to prehistoric times, can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.
|Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Iconic Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. It’s within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation.
The Great Ocean Road
Motorcycling The Great Ocean Road is something of a right of passage for the many riders who come from around the world to cruise around the innumerable tight corners, fast curves and winding sections of this iconic coastal road.
It is a rugged coast, the views are as spectacular as the riding and the beaches some of the most wild and beautiful in Australia.
Some come for the road, some for the bush-land others for the iconic surfing of Bells Beach, Torquay and the massive waves of Port Campbell, whatever the reason, you can’t miss out on The Great Ocean Road.
Compass HQ is located just over an hours ride from the start of this 250km gem, with straight forward access to the coast from our workshop and depot.
TOUR AND EXPEDITION TRAVEL INSURANCE
|At Compass Expeditions we work hard to make sure that your motorcycle tour runs smoothly and safely. Your welfare is of primary concern to us and we know that we cannot control every situation on the road or while you are traveling.
Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining a Compass Expeditions motorcycle tour, but it makes sense.
|We have sourced a number of companies that will provide you coverage in the event of an accident and/or other losses, depending on the policy selected and better still will give all Compass Expeditions customers a 10% discount off the advertised rates when purchasing through the our website, (this offer is not available over the phone). Compass Expeditions does not endorse, recommend or guarantee payment in the event of a claim from any of the insurers mentioned. We do know that they will offer a policy for clients riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy. Compass Expeditions are offering this information as a service only to ensure all our clients are properly protected.|
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