An Outback Adventure Treks tour is an expert-led motorcycle journey in Australia, India, Indonesia and South America. We strive to make our tours as exciting and safe as they can possibly be and constantly fine-tune our services and itineraries. On all our tours we maintain a high standard of service and attention to detail. Through meticulous itinerary planning, careful preparation, thorough staff training and attention to our client’s needs, we deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience.
If you have narrowed down a destination or a riding style, we suggest that you download or request the Factsheet for that tour and read over the itinerary where there will be more information about what you’ll see, riding conditions, visa information and weather.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, or require further advice, please remember you can always contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.
The route is the core feature of a successful motorcycle tour and we make the effort to weave together enjoyable routes with favourite destinations. As much as we can, we take the most exciting and spectacular routes. We linger in the worthwhile places and always take the scenic route. We design all our own itineraries, carefully researching each new route. We constantly review our tours to ensure that we offer the optimum experience. Outback Adventure Treks is one of very few specialist off road motorcycle tour operators in Australia.
All riders need a good sense of balance and we try to strike the right one between price and service for our tours. We provide the very best services and accommodation for our clients without being overly exclusive or expensive. Our tours are fully supported with 4WD vehicles, well-trained staff and a full range of top-end equipment. We take very good care of our clients.
Our staff to client ratio is very high. We do not make you fix your own flat tyres or repair your own bikes and we certainly don’t assign chores. We provide more comfortable services and accommodation than most operations, but at a similar price.
Our service begins long before the tour departs. To help you make your decision, we provide you with a detailed Fact sheet for each tour with information on what you will see, what’s included, what visas you need, what the weather is like and what to expect. When you book a space we send you a pre-departure information sheet telling you what you need to bring, how to pack and what paperwork you require.
On the morning of departure you will meet your guide, cook and support vehicle driver who are responsible for taking care of you and your bike (staff numbers vary with the size of the tour). They ensure that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries about logistics or timetables.
The tour price includes all accommodation and all meals. Our support vehicles carry your luggage. Our staff will make any running repairs on your bike – and you as well, if necessary. During the rides, we keep you topped up with water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks and we make sure you get a nice cold drink at the end of each day’s riding.
At the end of the day, you get to dine at either our ’1 million star restaurant’ or one of the many outback pubs we stop at, while we prepare your bike for the next day’s riding.
All meals are included, even though we are usually in remote locations, we do our best to deliver incredible meals. A spread of European dishes, curries, grills, roasts, pasta, stir-fries and delicious salads at the end of the day is an important ingredient in a motorcycle tour. Breakfasts are hearty, with bacon, eggs and toast, on the BBQ every morning, there is also always a light alternative of cereal, muesli and juice available. Fresh coffee and tea are available every morning from 6am.
Every night we setup our bush camp. We select campsites that have a low impact on the surrounding flora and fauna, perfectly in tune with the surrounding environment. Of course the logistical realities of designing a motorcycle itinerary and the the ever changing conditions mean that it is not always possible to find our ideal bush campsite in each location.
Statistically speaking, an average Outback Adventure Treks Tour consists of 10 riders, a tour leader, a sweep rider and a support vehicle driver. The group of 10 will be comprised of four different nationalities (three of which will be either UK, NZ and US), speak at least two languages, contain 99% males and have an average age of 46.
Of the 10, three will return the following year to take another Outback Adventure Treks tour, four will join another Outback Adventure Treks tour within three years and two will at least contact us to show an interest in joining another tour. We sometimes wonder what happens to the other one!
Our exceptionally good rate of return riders tells us we must be doing something right. It also tells us something about the people who join our tours. Outback Adventure Treks motorcyclists are fun and part of the attraction of our tours is meeting like minded people with a passion for traveling by motorbike.
Solo travelers are always welcome and because you have your own room every night you don’t have to share with another smelly rider.
To assist our travelers in understanding the visa and passport requirements of the countries we visit we have compiled the following information. As the requirements and fees vary according to the nationality of each traveler, and may change at any time, it is the responsibility of each traveler to verify that he or she has the appropriate travel documents for his or her nation. Outback Adventure Treks is not liable for any expenses or costs arising from any traveler being denied entry into a country on the tour.
If your destination requires a visa you are responsible for ensuring that you can obtain it upon arrival or if you must arrange it prior to departure. Please note that rules often vary between air arrivals and border crossings by land. We update the information on our website as much as possible, but rules do change, so we strongly advise you to contact the nearest consulate or embassy in your respective country for official visa requirements regarding the country in which you intend to travel.
A universal requirement for most countries is that all passports must contain at least five blank pages and must be valid for six months after the completion of your trip.
VisasHQ is an online site to obtain visas for residents of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
A tourist visa is required to travel to Australia. The Australian government uses an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system. It’s simple to do online and will cost about $20.
A visa is required for US, Canadian, Australian and EU nationalities and it must be acquired before arriving in India. Please contact your local Indian embassy to receive a standard tourist visa. Locations on embassies worldwide are available here. Fees vary depending on nationality.
Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at international airports and seaports. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7-day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa. Proof of an onward or return ticket is compulsory.
Pre-trip Check-up and Vaccinations
Anyone travelling on an adventure holiday should go to see their doctor for a check-up prior to the trip. Some countries will require specific vaccinations and your doctor will have access to the most up to date information about this. It is also a good idea to have a dental check-up before you go, as the facilities in many of the countries to which we travel may not be of the same standard as you are used to.
Personal First Aid Kit
Although every Outback Adventure Treks trip carries a comprehensive medical kit, it is advisable to bring a supply of first aid items for your own personal use. Here is a sample list:
- Insect repellent.
- Antiseptic cream.
- Suncream and total sun block.
- Throat lozenges.
- Painkillers. Aspirin, Paracetamol etc.
- Anti-diarrhoea (Diocalm or Immodium).
- Band-aids and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters.
- Antibiotics. A broad-spectrum antibiotic (such as Ciproxin) suitable for a variety of infections.
- Re-hydration salts. (Dioralite).
- Dextrose glucose tablets.
- Multi-vitamin tablets.
It is important that the clothing you take on your motorcycling holiday is appropriate for the trip you have chosen. There is a fine balance between taking too much and too little, especially considering that you need to equip yourself for differing levels of physical exertion and also for a range of climatic conditions.
On most days your main luggage will be stowed out of reach while we ride, so it is recommended to bring a hydration pack (Camel-bak) or small rucksack to have quick access items like hat, sunscreen and camera.
A suggested list will be included in your predeparture information, but here are some of the items that you will find on it:
- Motorcycle helmet (mandatory)
- Motorbike gloves
- Buff or similar
- Motorcross style boots
- Long sleeved riding jersey
- Touring/Enduro style jacket
- Lightweight fleece top
- Lightweight waterproof breathable jacket
- Touring/Enduro style riding pants
- Sun hat
- Head Lamp
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun screen
- Sun block for lips
- Spare batteries. For camera and headlamp.
- Toilet kit. Suggestions: toothbrush, toothpaste, moisture lotion, razor and shaving cream, etc. (we spend more than a week at a time away from shops)
- First Aid – see Health for more info
- Electrolyte powder or tablets
- Ear plugs.
- Alarm Clock
To help you with you tour planning we have compiled this list of national carriers and discount airlines that fly to the countries/cities where our tours start and end. This is by no means a complete list but is meant to be of assistance to those outside the region who may not know about local carriers.