Victoria, Tasmania & New South Wales: Ride Tasmania and Victoria's High Country with motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman
Motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman leads this Australia Motorcycle Tour of stunning Tasmania and the Victoria Highcountry. Charley’s good mate and manager Billy Ward will be along to add to the experience. The adventure starts with an overnight ferry crossing from Melbourne to Tasmania. Once in Tasmania we ride east toward the spectacular Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Riding south we will reach the historical Port Arthur before visiting Hobart and then continuing on through the pristine forests of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on our way to the stunning Strahan. Crossing the Tasman back into Victoria the ride ventures into the Victorian High Country entering Kosciusko National Park in NSW before riding down onto the coast and riding north finishing in Sydney.
Dates & Prices
20th February 2020 to 2nd March 2020
Tour Code: TH/200220
|Rider / Bring your own bike||US$4128||: AVAILABLE|
|Rider / Suzuki DR||US$4954||: ASK FIRST|
|Rider / BMW F700 GS||US$5058||: ASK FIRST|
|Rider / BMW F800 GS||US$5161||: ASK FIRST|
|Rider / R1200 GS||US$5264||: ASK FIRST|
|Rider / R1200 GSA||US$5264||: ASK FIRST|
|Rider / R1200 RT||US$5333||: FULL|
|Pillion / Support Vehicle Passenger||US$3445||: AVAILABLE|
At a Glance
- Stunning Freycinet National Park
- Port Arthur
- Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National park
- Victorian High Country
- Mt Kosciusko
- Spectacular Coastal ride into Sydney
- Airport transfers for international travelers
- Overnight Melbourne to Tasmania Ferry trip & return
- Motorcycle Rental, as per selection (if not bringing own bike)
- GPS Unit on all Compass Expeditions bikes, Way-points available for those with own bike
- Services of Charley Boorman as ride leader
- Services of Billy Ward, Charley’s manager, as sweep rider
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- Medic support
- Breakfast everyday and 10 dinners
- Accommodation in excellent small hotels
- Pre-departure material
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- Entrances to all national parks mentioned in the itinerary
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal items
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: AU$ 1,540.00
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: We will meet in Melbourne mid afternoon for our tour briefing, before riding to Station Street Pier, Port Melbourne where we will catch the overnight ferry to Devonport, Tasmania.
Day 1: Tasmania is blessed with some of the finest most scenic riding in Australia and the ride from Devonport to St Helens is no different. We ride south to Launceston before turning northwest and up and over the Weldborough Pass. Remote pubs empty roads and stunning scenery is a feature on this day. We will overnight in St. Helen's.
Day 2: We ride the east coast today through the beautiful Freycinet National Park and onto the Forestier Peninsula and the historic, and some say haunted, Port Arthur for the night.
Day 3: We ride the 95 km / 59 mi to Hobart and keep going. We turn due south to experience the wonderful riding to be had on the Channel Highway as it twists and turns on its way south to the wonderfully named Snug and Cygnet where we get great views of the D’entrecasteaux Channel before returning to Hobart for the night.
Day 4: Today’s riding is spectacular as we visit Russell Falls, Tasmania’s most famous; shrouded in ferns these falls are located within the Mt Field National Park and offer some spectacular short walks amongst the towering Huon Pine. The ride continues through the legendary Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park before arriving at the stunningly beautiful Strahan, on the shores of the Scenic Macquarie Harbour. We will spend two nights in Strahan.
Day 5: A free day today in this small village, voted as the best little town in the world by the Chicago Tribune. There are many things we can do in Strahan, including cruising the incredible Gordon River (optional) or a flight (optional) over the pristine forests declared a world heritage wilderness area.
Day 6: We turn north and ride the scenic Murchison Highway before turning off and visiting the beautiful Cradle Mountain inside the Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park. The wonderful riding continues on until we reach Devonport where we catch the overnight ferry back to Melbourne.
Day 7: Riding out of Melbourne we tackle the legendary Black Spur, a series of tight hairpin bends though towering forests of Mountain Ash on our way to Lake Eildon National Park which connects the towns of Eildon and Jamieson. These roads are a biker’s paradise, however the area also has abundant wildlife. Our overnight stop is Mansfield.
Day 8: Riding north east to Whitfield we are in the scenic King River Valley where lush river flats are surrounded by the magnificent high country. In Myrtleford we join the Great Alpine Road and ride onto Bright. Crossing into NSW we ride onto one of Australia’s most spectacular National Parks, Kosciusko NP. Our overnight stop is Jindabyne.
Day 9: The ride today takes us out of the mountains via the very steep Brown Mountain Pass through the scenic South East Forests National Park. We enter lush dairy country as we ride on to Bega and then onto the Princess Highway up to Batemans Bay, scenically located on the shores of the Tasman Sea, for our overnight stop.
Day 10: We follow the dramatic coastline all the way to Sydney via the Royal National Park. We finish this epic ride of mountains, forests and wild rivers in one of the world’s most iconic cities, Sydney.
Departure day: Spend some time in Sydney or fly home, the choice is yours.
- 11 nights of accommodation.
- Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels, 2 night are on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.
- A flexible attitude is needed, as services in 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$ 1,540.00
- On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 10 Breakfasts
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners
- Welcome drinks with Charley Boorman
- You will need to be in Melbourne one day prior to start of expedition, for your joining day (a bonus nights accommodation on the Spirit of Tasmania 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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