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 ride from top to bottom.
Dates & Prices
At a Glance
- Kakadu National Park
- Nitmiluk Gorge, Katherine
- Devils marbles
- King’s Canyon
- Uluru (Ayres Rock)
- The Oodnadatta Track
- Wilpena Pound, (Flinders Ranges)
- The Barossa Valley
- The Grampians
- The Great Ocean Road
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection
- Fuel (if riding Compass bike)
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 19 nights accommodation
- 1 bonus night accommodation
- 19 Breakfasts
- 15 Lunches
- 10 Dinners
- Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
- Pre-departure material and route maps
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- Compass Expeditions polo shirt
- Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary, 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
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal items
- Personal Health/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$ 1,800.00 (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 Darwin 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: Today’s ride will see us depart Darwin for a three hour ride into the heart of Australia’s largest national park of Kakadu.
Day 2: A full day is spent in Kakadu allowing us time to explore the park.
Day 3: Riding south we reach the sub tropical town of Katherine where we shall visit the amazing 20 million year old Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge).
Day 4: Today will see us continue south through Daly Waters and onto the fascinating Newcastle Waters with its hotel made of abandoned windmills. Our destination is Tennant Creek.
Day 5: We shall visit one of the territories most recognizable rock formations the Devils Marbles and the quirky Barrow Creek Hotel before arriving in the heart of Australia at Alice Springs.
Day 6: A free day to explore “the Alice”.
Day 7: Paved roads will lead us to one of the territories most spectacular sights, the Kings Canyon.
Day 8: It’s a half-day ride from Kings Canyon to one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, Uluru or Ayers Rock.
Day 9: A full day is spent at the rock allowing us time to ride out to the impressive Olgas, enjoy a walking track to the Valley of the Winds, or take advantage of one of the many optional excursions available; ride a camel, catch a helicopter or join a cultural tour.
Day 10: Today we cross into South Australia and ride into the mulga scrublands that this region is noted for. We spend the night at the opal mining capital of the world Coober Pedy where over half the population lives underground, as is our hotel.
Day 11: We start the day off with an opal mine tour, with a fascinating demonstration of how the opal is extracted. Leaving Coober Pedy after lunch we hit the road to Australia’s smallest town, William Creek.
Day 12: Today we ride along the Oodnadatta Track and can take a dip in the natural warm water spa at Coward Springs before riding onto Marree for our overnight stop.
Day 13: Leaving Marree we reach paved roads again and ride south to Rawnsley Park Station located on the southern end of the Flinders Ranges National Park.
Day 14: Today we will explore the wonderful Flinders Ranges National Park via a number of scenic on and off road tracks.
Day 15: Riding south we travel through the scenic Clare Valley before reaching Australia’s foremost wine region the Barossa Valley. We overnight in Lyndoch.
Day 16: Leaving Lyndoch we ride the beautiful Adelaide Hills, a biker’s paradise. As we reach the coast we enter a world of lagoons, sand dunes and lakes as we ride through the beautiful Coorong National Park before reaching our stay at Robe.
Day 17: We leave South Australia as we cross into Victoria and enter a world of forests, fern gullies, creeks, lakes and swampland as we ride through the 400 million year old Grampians National Park. We stop in Halls Gap for the night.
Day 18: Today we ride onto one of the world’s finest coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road. We will overnight in Port Campbell.
Day 19: Our last day shall see us ride the legendary Great Ocean Road, stopping at the iconic 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and many other viewpoints, before riding into the vibrant city of Melbourne.
Departure day: Spend some time in Melbourne or fly home, the choice is yours.
- 20 nights of accommodation.
- Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels, 1 night is in basic accommodation.
- 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$ 1,800.00 (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: 19 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 15 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners
- You will need to be in Darwin 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.
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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We had a great time on this trip and are already planning our next trip with Compass for next year. Thank you Jerry and Howard for making this so memorable.
We had been all over the world, there are a lot of different guides & companies all over the world but your company is one of the best! You did the impossible we saw, as it was possible during the day, Jerry showed us the best of Australia, Hedge was like a stonewall behind our backs we felt very safe and we also had a gastronomy tour!! thank yo.
Anna & Ivan, Ukraine