Northern Territory & Western Australia: Australia's premier long distance mixed surfaced adventure motorcycle tour, along the northern edge of the continent and via the haunting red centre
This is an amazing ride from the heart of Australia at Alice Springs, via the legendary Uluru, through a utterly empty landscape of mesas and craters of the renown Tanami Desert. Camping under the "Milky Way" are nights that will stay with us forever! Experience the absolute beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the red centre through the wild escarpments of the immense Kimberley's en-route to Broome, stunningly located on the golden shores of the Indian Ocean.
This tour will run in 2023 with some modifications making it a Grade 3 ride. Contact us to express your interest and receive a notification when tour dates and prices are available.
Dates & Prices
At a Glance
- Watching sunset over Uluru
- Riding the dirt of the Mereernie Loop Track
- Stunning Kings Canyon
- Wild remote camping in the Tanami
- Amazing Lake Argyle
- Riding the legendary Gibb River Road
- The unparalleled beauty of Tthe Kimberleys
- The Indian Ocean at Broome
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection.
- Fuel for clients riding Compass bikes
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 15 nights accommodationas per option camping or hotels / Resorts
- 14 breakfasts
- 12 Lunches
- 6 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
- Durack Homestead Excursion
- International Flights (if required)
- Visas (if required)
- Fuel if riding own bike
- 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$ 1,260.00 (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:Today you will meet your crew for the ride briefing and tour dinner
Day 1:Leaving “The Alice” today we ride via Stanley Chasm and the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges for our overnight stop at Glen Helen Homestead, established in 1905.
Day 2:We hit the dirt today along the renowned Mereenie Loop before reaching the amazing Kings Canyon
Day 3 & 4:We ride through the stunning red sands landscape toward one of the world’s most iconic sights, Uluru. Two nights are spent here allowing us time to witness the stunning sunsets and explore Kata Tjuta, walk the perimeter of the rock or simply relax poolside
Day 5:We take a different route back to Alice Springs via Stuart Wells where if we are in luck we may see some camels
Day 6 & 7: We spend the next three days riding the across the 3rd largest Desert in Australia, known as the Tanami. This is wonderful remote riding along the Tanami Track with a visit to the 2nd largest Meteorite crate on earth at Wolfe Creek.
Day 8:Hitting the pavement again after 1000ks of dirt we arrive at Halls creek for a freshen up and a well deserved pub meal and a few beers / wines. We are now in the mighty Kimberley
Day 9:Riding north we reach the mighty Lake Argyle, a stunning sight of deep blue water contrasting with the deep reds of the surrounding landscape, sunset is something else.
Day 10 & 11:We ride into Kununarra then onto the legendary Gibb River Road through some awe-inspiring scenery. We spend 2 nights at the wonderful Home Valley Station allowing us time explore this beautiful section of the Kimberley's
Day 12:More dirt today, all day, as we ride west toward Derby. We overnight at Manning Gorge next to the superb swimming hole, a real oasis
Day 13:The end of the dirt is nigh as we reach Derby but not before checking out the remarkable Tunnel Creek National Park.
Day 14: Sadly our last day as we ride through a landscape of Baobab trees to the very shores of the Indian Ocean at Broome.
Departure day: Spend some time in Broome or fly home, the choice is yours.
- 13 nights of accommodation.
- 10 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts and 3 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$ 1,260.00 (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: 15 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 13 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 6 Dinners
- You will need to be in Alice Springs 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.|
Travel Cover for Australians:
We don't have any testimonials for the North West Passage Motorcycle Tour, just yet, as we will be running the first, 14 day tour of this amazing country in August 2019.However, if you would like to read what past guests of our other outback experiences have to say about touring in Northern Australia with Compass expeditions have a look at the testimonial tabs on the Australia Encompassed and The Savannah Way.