This is the most amazing motorcycle tour that we offer. Across Australia, Coast to Coast, Across a Continent, on a motorbike. This ride is full of incredible scenery, awesome gravel roads and windy tracks. With desert crossings, bulldust holes and rugged outback towns! Even though we are in extremely remote locations, this is still a luxury motorcycle tour with comfortable accommodation and incredible meals. So if you have a sense of adventure, and want bragging rights to last a lifetime, maybe you should clear your calendar for this one. Discover the Birdsville Pub, one of the greatest outback drinking establishments in Australia! Ride a motorcycle across the Simpson, Great Victoria, Gibson and Little Sandy Deserts all in the same week. Enjoy stunning vistas of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the biggest night sky on earth. Ride for days on end without seeing another person. Ride your dirt bike to the top of ‘Big Red’, the biggest sand dune in Australia. Ride the Finke Desert Race Track. Conquer the Gunbarrel Highway. Ride to the most remote parts on Earth! On this ride you see the ‘Real Australia’. There are no tourist buses where we take you. You will visit places only a few lucky people have ever seen. We are the only Across Australia Motorcycle tour operator and the first motorcycle tour company to get a permit to cross the Simpson Desert. You won’t find this experience offered anywhere else. ‘Imagine no traffic lights for 16 days. Guaranteed…’
|All Inclusive Tour Cost||From AU $8200|
|Bring Your Motorbike||From AU $6800|
|Tour Difficulty||out of 5|
|Number of Riding Days||16|
|Tour Starts||Fremantle or Airlie Beach|
|Tour Ends||Airlie Beach or Fremantle|
|Total Riding Distance||5700 km|
|Number of Days||16 Days/15 Nights|
|Road/Dirt Ratio||5% / 95%|
|Group Size||Minimum 8. Maximum 12|
|Our fully inclusive tours include:||Highlights:|
Day 1: Fremantle to Lake Moore 420km
After stowing all your gear in the Support Truck, its time to get acquainted with your motorbike. After a rider safety briefing the first part of the trip is to get your boots wet in the Indian Ocean. (The next time they see salt water will be the Pacific Ocean in Airlie Beach 16 days later). Leaving Fremantle beach behind we wind our way out of the city and an hour later on the outskirts of the suburbs we turn right through the last set of traffic lights for 5700km. Climbing over the Darling Scarp we head into country Western Australia and into the Wheatbelt. After another hour or so on bitumen road we hit the dirt roads. This is where you’re glad that you are on a off-road motorcycle. Lunch is spent in the shade of some Gum trees at a lake. It’s late afternoon when we leave the wheat farming areas behind and camp for the first night on a Sheep Station (Ranch) near Lake Moore, just south of Paynes Find. There is plenty of firewood about, so out with the camp ovens for a roast dinner cooked on the fire. Sitting around the campfire with a cold beer, the first day is over and we are on our way Across Australia on dirt bikes.
Day 2: Lake Moore to Lake Mason 480km
After a big cooked breakfast and breaking camp it’s onto the wide open gravel roads of outback W.A. We pass through sheep and cattle stations and see the countryside change once again as we get into sandy soils. After a refuel in Sandstone we head out to the ‘London Bridge’ rock formation. Then continue North for a short run to an old gold mining area north of Lake Mason. Here there are relics of a bygone era. There is usually enough time to have a good look around and a few spots to test your motorcycle skills before an incredible outback sunset. As everyone settles down to another evening dinner in our ‘Million Star Restaurant’.
Day 3: Lake Mason to Carnegie Station 560km
Today is our biggest day of the tour. So after an early start and a hearty feed of bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans and toast, we leave the truck behind for a while as we take the interesting way out of camp. You will be throwing your motorbike around the old mining tracks, it’s great riding and it’s a blast to ride first thing in the morning just as the sun rises. Once we meet up with the truck again we head North East towards Wiluna. Here we fill all our fuel and water tanks to the brim as it is another 4 days till we get to Ayers Rock and another chance for a reliable fuel and water supply. It’s in Wiluna where we turn our motorbikes East onto the legendary Gunbarrel Highway. The Little Sandy Desert now surrounds us as we head deep into Western Australia’s outback. We get further into the ‘Heart of Australia’ we start to see wild Camels, a Dingo or two and all sorts of wildlife. An hour or so after lunch it’s time for a swim at Mingol Camp and a lazy afternoon ride down the road to Carnegie Station.
Day 4: Carnegie Station to Camp Beadell 280km
Leaving Carnegie we get onto the true Gunbarrel Highway. Lunch is spent at the MCG. (You’ll see when you get there.) The going gets a little slower as we continue east and the riding is a blast. With varied riding terrain all day you have to be on your toes and be ready for the unexpected. As we push on after lunch we leave the Little Sandy Desert and head into the Gibson Desert. Mt Beadell will loom on the horizon as the sun starts to go down and the view from the top is incredible. We then make camp a little further down the road. Tonight we camp at one of the most remote places on earth, we are more than 1200km from the nearest city. Camp Beadell was one of the main construction camps during the making of the Gunbarrel Highway back in the 50’s. There is a resident Dingo called Jimmy that usually makes himself seen as we sit around the campfire with a few beers. The night sky is incredible out here.
Day 5: Camp Beadell to Lake Christopher 330km
After breakfast it’s an easy morning ride over small dunes and spinifex country to our morning tea stop. Continuing along the Gunbarrel Highway and testing your riding skills and endurance a little as we enter the abandoned section of the highway. That’s where the real fun starts. Here we get into some awesome riding mixed in with some spectacular twisty sections through the trees. You and your motorcycle will have to work together in this section. The road keeps getting narrower and narrower as we enter more dunes and weave our way through stands of Desert Oaks to our overnight camp at Lake Christopher. This is our last light in the bush for a couple of nights, as tomorrow we head for Uluru (Ayers Rock). There are usually plenty of tall stories about this days ride around the fire tonight.
Day 6: Lake Christopher to Yulara 450km
It’s a long day in the saddle today. The first 3 hours of riding are an absolute blast as we negotiate our motorcycles down sandy tracks with heaps of rocky, dry creek crossings. We turn South in the shadow of the western side of the Rawlinson Ranges and out of the sand dunes. Crossing gibber country we meet up with the Great Central Road and ride into Giles for morning tea. Then after a splash and dash stop fuel stop for the support vehicle at Warakurna Aboriginal Community. We then continue along the Great Central Road and into the Northern Territory. The scenery makes up for the straight outback roads on this section, as we ride in between the mountain ranges. After a photo stop at the WA/NT border we then pass through Docker River Aboriginal Community and stop for a Lunch Break at Lasseter’s Cave. We continue heading due East then in the distance the magnificent Olgas start to take shape. The Great Central Road ends at the Olgas where we hit the bitumen road again. The last black top was 4 days ago in Wiluna. We ride the short dash into Yulara Resort. On our way to Yulara and after a few kilometres on the bitumen, Ayers Rock looms up behind the dunes. Ayers Rock stays in view all the way to our overnight stop at the resort where all the mod cons greet us. Swimming Pool, shops, caramel Lattes etc. Our chef gets a night off, as tonight we head to the pub for a steak dinner or pizza’s and a cold beer or 3.
Day 7: Yulara 0km
Today is a free day. So you are free to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) or spend the day as you like. There is a shopping centre at the resort in case you need to stock up on anything. There is also a great cafe in case the need for that Caramel Latte is to strong.
Day 8: Yulara to Finke Desert Race Track 480km
Leaving Ayers Rock behind we continue for another 150km before turning North. We have morning tea under the gum treas on a river bank and then continue along the Ernest Giles Highway heading towards the Stuart Highway. After a refuel and then some amazing riding along an old stock route, we get to the famous Finke Desert Race Track. Here the race face goes on as some of us ride 100km of woops and sand. For some this is a long awaited dream. For others, 5 minutes is enough time on the track and they take the parallel service road along with the support truck. Our overnight camp is in the dunes beside the edge of the track. Our campsite also marks the middle of our tour in both time and distance. It’s our first night back in the bush after 2 nights in Yulara, so tonight the chef cranks it up a notch with another great camp oven roast, done on the fire, while the rest unwind with a few cold beers around the campfire.
Day 9: Finke Desert Race Track to Purnie Bore 380km
The morning starts with another massive outback breakfast and a 50km blast on the race track then into the Finke Aboriginal Community where we once again fill all tanks to the brim as our next chance will be at Birdsville 4 ½ days later. We then continue on wide sandy roads and follow the Old Ghan Railway line while the truck continues to Mt. Dare for a slash and dash ready for the Simpson Crossing. After a fun mornings ride we meet up with the truck for morning tea. We then head back out on the tracks as we cross the mud flats to Dalhousie Springs. The thermal hot water springs soon sooth away the aches and pains from the last few days riding. We stop for lunch and a long swim then we hit the track again and the beginning of the Simpson Desert. Before camp we will cross about 100 small sand dunes this gives you a chance to get the hang of riding a motorcycle in sand. We camp on the French Line tonight in the shadows of the dunes.
Day 10: Purnie Bore to Erabena Track 110km
After breakfast and our first night in the Simpson Desert, it’s time to enjoy one of the best dirt bike rides in Australia, the French Line. We continue crossing the 1200 sand dunes of the Simpson and they continue to get a little bigger as the morning goes on. We continuing over the dunes to our morning tea stop. By now your motorbike sand riding riding skills have improved no end. After morning tea it’s back onto the French Line. The going easier as you get into the rhythm of riding the dunes. The truck is a little slower than the bikes so there is plenty of time for a rest and photo’s along the way. Soon we get to our lunch stop at the Colson Track. After lunch the dunes continue and the riding is incredible. It’s another 40 km further on and we get to the Erabena Track where we make camp for the night. There will be plenty to talk about around the campfire tonight as we all have a laugh about the days riding styles.
Day 11: Erabena Track to Peoppel Corner 80km
The support truck is a fair bit slower than the bikes today as it carefully negotiates the dunes. Whereas the bikes are at home on the fast flowing track. There are lots of chances for a rest along the way and some great opportunities for photo’s. We continue along the French Line and over another few hundred sand dunes to our lunch stop at the Knoll Track intersection. After lunch we ride our motorcycles along the last section of the French line to Peoppel Corner where the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland borders meet. This is our last camp in the Simpson Desert and a last chance to soak up the remoteness and solitude of the experience, for tomorrow night we are at the Birdsville Pub for dinner.
Day 12: Peoppel Corner to Birdsville 160km
Heading north from the corner and along the K1 line we once again enter the Northern Territory for a brief moment before joining the QAA line and turning east for the final 500 odd dunes into Birdsville. The QAA Line is a lot faster than the French Line as the dunes start to disappear and we get back into station country. Lunch is spent on the banks of Eyre Creek then we get to the last of the dune of the Simpson. It’s name is ‘Big Red’ and it’s sometimes a challenge to get to the top on your first go. Even if you don’t make it on your first attempt, everyone makes it after a few tries. We spend some time playing on Big Red and then making sure the support truck gets over, we ride the last few kilometers into Birdsville and welcome a cold beer at the pub. After parking your motorcycle for the night and setting up our camp at the caravan park, it’s back over to the pub and a famous Birdsville Hotel dinner.
Day 13: Birdsville to Cooper Crossing 380km
First job of the morning is to ride to the Birdsville Bakery to get stocked up with their famous Camel Pies for morning tea. We are back onto formed dirt roads today as we continue east. Morning tea is at a nice shady spot along the track. Then we continue through some of the most incredible scenery in western Queensland to our lunch stop at Dion’s Lookout. The views are like no other you will see on this trip. After lunch we continue along easy roads and into Windorah. There’s a chance for a cold beer at the pub before we settle into our overnight stop on the banks of Cooper Creek.
Day 14: Cooper Crossing to Longreach 320km
Leaving the Cooper behind we head North with the sun over our right shoulder we join the Jundah Stock Route to Jundah. Stopping on the banks of the Thompson river for morning tea. After our break we continue the winding track along the Thompson River to the small town of Stonehenge and our lunch stop. The winding track then continues all the way to Longreach. This is our first major town since we left Fremantle on day 1. A chance to resupply for the last 2 days of riding as we won’t see another town until we get to the Pacific 2 days later. Tonight we head to the Longreach Club for a cold beer and a typical west Queensland dinner. They are huge…
Day 15: Longreach to Charlies Hut 400km
Continuing along the Thompson River we enter deep into west Queensland cattle country and leaving the Thompson and our lunch stop we ride up and over the Great Divide where the countryside starts to get greener and the Kangaroos and Emus are everywhere. Day 15 calls for careful alert riding there are animals everywhere. We then join the Suttor River for our last overnight bush camp at Charlies Hut. The Chef cooks up our last campfire meal as the sun sets. The tall stories get even taller around the fire tonight.
Day 16: Charlies Hut to Airlie Beach 440km
After breaking camp for the last time we spend the day on some fantastic winding dirt roads. We cross another 2 ranges before we get to the Bowen River Hotel and our morning tea stop. The dirt road finally ends just before we get to the east coast. Lunch is in Bowen then we are on the Number 1 Highway for the short last stretch of the adventure. As we head back to the ‘Big Smoke’ we pass through the first set of traffic lights for 16 days. They are always RED… The road then passes through Cannonvale and into Airlie Beach where the adventure ends as we dip our boots into the Pacific Ocean. Hopefully the tide is in. After transfers to hotels we meet up again in the evening for a Farewell Dinner and drinks.
A dream come true. I’ve wanted to ride the Finke Race Track since I was a kid.
Just a short note to thank you and Tony for another fantastic trip. Your cryptic answers, positive nature, great selection in choosing Tony, excellent culinary skills and ‘let’s get on with it’ attitude left us all pleasantly confused, entertained and fatter. So thank you… I think…
Thank you for the most amazing trip of my lifetime. From my first contact with you over 18 months ago to your followup email. I have had the best experience. Your bikes were first class. The food was to die for and your humour kept me in fits of laughter every day. I’ll be back soon.
Darryl B. Liverpool, UK