Merimbula, NSW: Receive training from one of the worlds most experienced off road motorcycle riders and his world class team
Compass Expeditions are thrilled to have world renown, Dakar Rally racer Simon Pavey and the Off Road Skills team conduct a motorcycling training school in the region near beautiful Sapphire Coast town of Merimbula. Simon has competed in 10 Dakar events thus far having completed an amazing 7 of them. The training weekend will be followed by an incredible 5 day motorcycle ride-out / tour with Simon as the ride leader where participants can practice what they have learnt. This is a unique training experience where you can learn from one of the world’s very best riders.
Adventure Maintenance Course
The day before the Off Road Skills Course, Simon Pavey will be running his Adventure Maintenance course. This one-day hands on workshop-based course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to carry out emergency repairs to keep you and your bike on the move. The Adventure Maintenance Course can be added to your Off Road Skill Course booking in the online booking form. For details download the Info Kit.
This event will run in 2023. Contact us to express your interest and receive a notification when the dates and prices are available
Dates & Prices
At a Glance
- Learning to lift, balance and manoeuvre a motorcycle in awkward situations.
- Maneuvering the motorcycle at slow speeds, and clutch control exercises.
- Improved braking ability.
- Ascending and descending hills safely and confidently.
- Trail riding on gravel fire roads and dirt tracks.
- Changeover ride (a short opportunity to test-ride the various bikes).
- Momentum exercises.
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection (if not bringing your own bike)
- 3 nights accommodation
- 3 Dinners
- 3 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- Support vehicle
- Services of Simon Pavey and ORS trainers and support vehicle driver
- Pre-departure material
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- International flights
- Transfers to / from airport
- 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$ 275
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of AU$ 5000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy:
Optional Adventure Maintenance Course: This one-day hands on workshop-based course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to carry out emergency repairs to keep you and your bike on the move.
Joining Day: Arrive in Merimbula and meet the Off-Road Skills and Compass Expeditions crew for your welcome dinner
Day 1: Learn from the world's most experienced off road motorcycle riders
Day 2: Spend the day refining your off-road skills
Departure Day: Spend some time in Merimbula, fly home, or join us for the 5-day ride out, the choice is yours.
The training course that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman completed before their epic Long Way Round ride.
The Course is all off road and riders will be taught how to manage steep inclines, loose gravel and rocky surfaces which are all part of this training experience. Participants will learn all the essential skills to become a competent and safe off road rider.
- 3 nights of accommodation
- 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: A$ 275.00
- We include breakfast everyday: 3 Breakfasts
- On every day of the training we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 2 Lunches
- All Dinners are included: 3 Dinners
- You will need to be in Merimbula one day prior to start of training, 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 travel insurance for this type of activity.
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:
I can’t thank you enough for the weekend training earlier this month.
Simon was a wealth of knowledge and I was like a sponge soaking it all up.
Your ability to put nervous people at ease and to make the training fun made the 2 days fly by.
Next time I'll put some decent tyres on the Triumph. I must have enjoyed it, my wife has told me I haven’t stopped talking about it.
Now working hard on trying to get to Flinders Ranges next year and do level 2 and the 5 day ride.
Again, as with every choice that Compass make with accommodation, it was perfect. Not many can say they have visited the iconic Maree or Williams Creek hotels. We can all say that we have stayed there!
The food was great throughout the trip and the only confusion I had was why some evening meals were included and others not, but that is certainly not a complaint. The lunches were fantastic and plentiful with enough choices to keep the fussiest happy.
Simon and the Off Road Skills team are a very talented group of riders and fantastic trainers. They explained things clearly and demonstrated every exercise or skill very well. Their follow up with every rider was then attentive and thorough. I loved the fact that throughout the tour they constantly looked for challenges and opportunities to test the skills they had taught us.
I thought the route that was planned for the trip was great. It encompassed some great riding and visited classic Australian landmarks. To put the long days ride first and then ‘meander’ back to Wilpena Pound was a great way to see everything that the tour promised. Also having a big day on the bitumen at the end of the tour would have distracted from the amazing off road days which were what it was all about.
I was thrilled with what I got out of the training and I know it has made me a better rider. The whole experience was trouble free, well planned and organised, well supported and an absolute pleasure.
My thanks to Mick and Veronica for their efforts and to the ORS crew for the great training.
Veronica and Mick,
I would like to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the ORS Course and learnt a huge amount from Simon, Lell, Gwyn and Linley.
I would like to also congratulate you on the organisation of the course and the week of riding afterwards. I realise how much work goes into the organisation of the whole thing and you did a great job.
I had a great time and would like to let you know i am very keen to do the course again.
Dear Compass Crew
I want to say a big thanks to you all for organising such a wonderful and memorable trip. The Simon Pavey Off Road Skills course and Outback Adventure ride were a real hoot. I cant complain about anything except that its all over and I want more!
Spectacular scenery, great accommodation and good meals. Mick, Veronica and the rest of the backup crew, you did a fantastic job to keep us all moving dealing with punctures, split tyres, logistics and also lunches.
I really, really, really hope Compass are able to host the training and ride out again next year. I don’t care about location, both Cameron and I will be there!!