OCEANIA

ACROSS THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

COUNTRY

Australia

DURATION

17 DAYS

DISTANCE

5,519 kms

START / END

Melbourne / Darwin

GROUP SIZE

Max 10

RIDING DAYS

14 Days

ROAD

100% Asphalt

TOUR DATE

07 Sep 2020

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Overview & Map

G’day!

Love LONG rides? We mean really looooong! Riding from Melbourne, in south-east to Darwin, at the top of Australia – it is an adventure of a lifetime!

You’ll cross the continent through the very heart of the outback, resplendent with stunning scenery and a huge range of iconic Australian landscapes. As an added bonus, visit Kangaroo Island – the well kept secret of South Australia. 

This trip is not for the faint hearted giving you an added satisfaction of knowing you’ve crossed an entire continent, it is an incredible adventure through the ‘red centre’ and the motorcycle tour of a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

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Visit Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne

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Ride along the Great Ocean Road to admire the 12 Apostles

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Ride across the entire Australian Outback

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Visit Kangaroo Island

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Discover the opal mines at the underground city of Coober Pedy

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Visit the famous Kakadu National Park

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Admire the beauty of the Ayers Rock

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Enjoy a farewell dinner in Darwin

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY

01

ARRIVAL IN MELBOURNE

Welcome to Melbourne – capital of Victoria and the cultural capital of Australia, voted the most livable city in the world for 7 years in a row.

A representative of BonResa Adventures will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you’ll have some time to relax and rest or do some sightseeing before the tour briefing. 

Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow bikers In the evening.

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 1 - Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road - Victoria, Australia

DAY

02

Melbourne - Apollo Bay

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, visit the Eureka Skydeck and then try your bikes to make yourself comfortable before hitting the road.

First riding day of the trip and the most exciting as we ride the world famous Great Ocean Road! Famous as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, words can’t describe the wonderful scenery and amazing riding on this 280 kms stretch of road on the fringes of Melbourne, but we’ll try anyway.

For comfort and to gain the most of this stunning coastal ride we have divided the ride into two days. Today’s ride would be a shorter 190 kms ride from Melbourne to Apollo Bay past Geelong. On the way to Apollo Bay stop briefly at Kennett River to watch in awe the iconic Aussie furry koalas. 

DAY

03

Apollo Bay - Mount Gambier

Today would be the second day of the Great Ocean Road. As soon as your wheels hit asphalt, you’ll realise just how special the Great Ocean Road really is. The route twists and turns, hugging the picturesque cliffs as it winds a sinuous path along the coast. Curve after sweeping curve are seamlessly stitched together, almost purposely designed to give maximum enjoyment to any motorcycle riders that are lucky enough to be there. 

There are plenty of small coastal towns to stop for a break and a coffee, serving up fantastic ocean lookouts along with the great refreshments. It takes longer than you might expect to ride along this gem of a road, there’s simply so much to see. Closer to Port Cambell, visit the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch the list goes on and on! We would continue our ride to Mount Gambier to spend the night

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 3 - Great Ocean Road
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 4 - Victor Harbour

DAY

04

Mount Gambier - Victor Harbour

Our destination today is Victor Harbor. There are two routes one can take – coastal and inland. Needless to say, the coastal route is more scenic. We would be riding past numerous coastal towns like Robe, Kingston SE and Salt Creek before reaching Victor Harbor all while keeping Coorong National Park on the left.

The biggest town on the Encounter Coast is Victor Harbor (yes, that’s the correct spelling: blame one of South Australia’s poorly schooled early Surveyor Generals). Visit the granite island by taking the horse drawn carriage or if you for some fun hike to the top of the Bluff.

DAY

05

Victor Harbour - Flinders Chase NATIOnal park

Today is a day when we take the ferry across to Kangaroo Island. The Island lies just 45 minutes ferry ride offshore of the mainland and is the best kept secret of South Australia. 

We would start off the day by riding for an hour to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to cross the Backstairs Passage. Once in Kangaroo Island we would be visiting attractions like the Clifford’s honey farm, Sea Bay Conservation Park to watch wild seals playing on the beach and stop at Vivonne Bay for lunch before riding to the west coast of the Island to spend the night at Flinders Chase National Park.

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 5 - Kangaroo Island
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 6 - Adelaide

DAY

06

Flinders Chase National Park -Adelaide

The first thing we would be visiting today is Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. Remarkable Rocks are a cluster of hefty, weather-gouged granite boulders atop a rocky dome that arcs 75m down to the sea. We would continue our ride by riding across the width of the island and reaching Penneshaw to board our return ferry to Cape Jervis.

Cape Jervis to Adelaide, Capital of South Australia is a short 1.5 hours ride but we will be taking a longer route by riding through the Adelaide Hills – one of the five wine producing regions of South Australia. Visit the German settlement of Hahndorf and enjoy the spectacular views of Adelaide from Mt Lofty summit before riding down to the city of Adelaide to spend the night.

DAY

07

Adelaide - Port Augusta

An easy ride today of 350 kms over Barossa and Clare Valleys – two of the five wine producing regions of South Australia. Barossa & Clare produces some of the best Australian wines. Drink driving all across Australia is strictly enforced so unfortunately we cannot stop at any of these valleys to taste the beautiful wines that these two regions produce.

Our ride for the day would cease at Port Augusta, a seaside town. Port Augusta – the ‘Crossroads of Australia’ – highways and railways roll west across the Nullarbor into Western Australia, north to the Flinders Ranges or Darwin, south to Adelaide or Port Lincoln, and east to Sydney.

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 7 - Barossa Valley
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 8 - Coober Pedy

DAY

08

Port Augusta - Coober Pedy

The ride from Port Augusta is the start of the Australian Outback – an area desolate, dry and sparsely populated. We would taking the Darwin route from Port Augusta. Our destination for today is Coober Pedy. Cosmopolitan Coober Pedy (yes, cosmopolitan – there are 44 nationalities represented in this little town), the dry, barren desert suddenly becomes riddled with holes and adjunct piles of dirt − reputedly more than a million around the township. The reason for all this rabid digging is opals. Discovered here 103 years ago, these gemstones have made this small town a mining mecca.

Coober Pedy isn’t quite a tourist mecca with swarms of flies, no trees, 50°C summer days, cave-dwelling locals and rusty car wrecks, you might think you’ve arrived in a postapocalyptic wasteland − but it sure is interesting!

DAY

09

Cooper Pedy - Erldunda

We would be riding today to reach closer to the red centre of Australia – Uluru. Our ride today is through the highway (only road connecting Darwin with Port Augusta) and covers a distance close to 500 kms.

Spend the night at Erldunda, a rustic roadhouse along the route with a turn-off to the left that goes to Uluru.

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 9 - Erldunda
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 10 - Uluru

DAY

10

Erldunda - Uluru

Today’s ride is the second shortest ride of the trip but visiting one of the most iconic landscape of all of Australia. Leaving the highway, we would turn left towards Ayer’s Rock or Uluru. Uluru is a giant red sandstone monolith that has risen from the ground in the middle of nowhere. Uluru is a World Heritage listed site. The native aboriginals regard the mountain sacred and heeding their request the government decided to ban climbing to the top of the mountain from October 2019. Best times to view the ‘rock’ are normally at sunrise and sunset, with the sunset viewing being most popular as this is when Uluru appears to glow red in the failing desert illumination.

We would spend the night in the swanky modern Hotel Desert Garden to witness a spectacular sunset (and sunrise for those early risers).

DAY

11

Uluru - Alice Springs

Catch a glimpse of the sunrise over Uluru before heading off to Alice Springs. Wait! Before heading off to Alice, we need to visit another attraction named Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Only thirty kilometers away from the more obvious attraction of Uluru, Kata Tjuta [pronounced Kata Joota] are possibly even more impressive, but for different reasons. There are thirty six ‘domes’ of rock that make up Kata Tjuta covering about 21 square kilometers of desert, meaning there is plenty to explore! Another sacred site for the local Aboriginal peoples, many ceremonies are still performed in the area and the rocks hold special significance.

The ride from Uluru to Alice Springs would be on the same route as the previous day to reach Erldunda before turning right on the highway towards Alice. 

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 11 - Alice Springs
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 12 - Trephina Gorge

DAY

12

REST DAY

A rest day to explore what one of the largest towns in the Northern Territory has to offer, but ‘the Alice’ is a modern and welcoming oasis in an otherwise inhospitable desert. The town is ideally situated close to some of Australia’s great wonders, making it an ideal base from where you can explore the surrounds at your leisure. It’s got everything you could need to re-stock before continuing north along the highway.

You can decide to sleep in or those of you who are a bit adventurous can take an optional Hot Air Ballooning ride over the outback early in the morning and/or ride to the numerous national parks that dot this region. Trephina Gorge Nature Park is an hours’ ride from Alice and has excellent walking trails.

 

DAY

13

Alice Springs - Tennant Creek

Today is a long 6 hour ride to Tennant Creek. On the way there won’t be much to do except for a brief stopover at the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu). Does the devil play marbles? Perhaps, perhaps not. But if he does, these would certainly be a worthy set! A relatively small but spectacular national park situated just north of Alice Springs, the immense granite boulders, balancing stones and scattered spheres of rock are an unusual spectacle in the otherwise relatively featureless desert. The length of time it must have taken for the wind, rain and sand storms to craft the rocks into these amazing shapes just boggles the mind.

About five hundred kilometers north of Alice Springs lies Tennant Creek, almost exactly in the middle of the Northern Territory. It’s a hot, dusty town basically in the middle of nowhere, but it’s the ideal spot to take a break. 

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 13 - Devil's Marbles
MC Across the Australia Outback Day 14 - Katherine

DAY

14

Tennant Creek - Katherine

If you thought the previous day was a long day, it wasn’t! Today would be the longest ride of the entire trip – a total of 7.5 hours on the saddle covering 675 kms! The first stop would be Daly Waters for lunch. The place likes to think of itself as a small town, but to be honest it’s less a town and more a pub with a few permanent residents. The Daly Waters Hotel is widely regarded as one of the oldest buildings in the Northern Territory and has been in existence from at least 1893.

Further north of Daly Waters is Mataranka Hot Springs. Just what the saddle sore motorcycle rider ordered, an amazing oasis in the middle of the desert.  One hour from the hot springs is tonight’s stopover at Katherine.

DAY

15

Katherine - Jabiru

Katherine is the third largest town in the Northern Territory and is most famous for Katherine Gorge one of the most spectacular of local attractions. Located in the Nitmiluk National Park just north east of the town, Katherine Gorge is just one, although arguably the most impressive, of a series of 13 sandstone gorges hewn from the land over billions of years by the Katherine River. There are cruises on the gorge that one can opt to take.

We would start off from Katherine in early afternoon (assuming cruise is taken in the morning) towards Jabiru, a town in Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We would ride to Ubirr to catch a spectacular sunset over the wetlands.

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Yellow Water Billabong, Wetlands of Kakadu, North Territory, Australia

DAY

16

Jabiru - Darwin

Today would be our last day of riding. Today’s ride is for only 250 kms and won’t take more than couple of hours. But before we head out of the National Park we would be visiting some of the attractions that the park has to offer. Incredible wildlife with big saltwater crocodiles, stunning bird life, water buffalo, an amazing variety of plants and trees, vibrant Aboriginal culture, history and natural heritage can all be found in this UNESCO World Heritage site, wetland paradise. An early morning boat tour on the Yellow Water Billabong is a personally approved ‘must do’.

After exploring Kakadu National Park we would head towards Darwin, the capital of Northern Territory. Check into your lux hotel overlooking Mindil Beach. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening with your fellow riders.

DAY

17

DEPART DARWIN

Depending on the flight, go out in the city and do some last minutes shopping for your family and friends before heading out to the airport. 

MC Across the Australia Outback Day 17 - Darwin

OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip

Hotel - Apollo Bay - The Apollo
APOLLO BAY
The Apollo
Hotel - Ayers Rock - Outback Pioneer Hotel
AYERS ROCK
Outback Pioneer Hotel
Hotel - Jabiru - Kakadu Lodge
JABIRU
Kakadu Lodge

BIKES & PRICES

SELECTED MOTORCYCLES ON OFFER

Suzuki DL650

Suzuki

 – DR 650

 – DL650 Vstrom

BMW R1200 GSW

BMW

 – F700 GS

 – F850 GS

 – F800 GS

 – R1200 GSW

 – R1200 RTW

 – R1200 GSA Adventure

Harley Davidson Ultra Classic

Harley Davidson

 – Road King

 – Heritage Softail

 – Street Glide

 – Ultra Classic

PRICING

RIDER

Starts from AUD 7,600

(Depends on bike brand/model you choose)

PILLION

AUD 5,325

PRIVATE ROOM UPGRADE

AUD 725

INCLUSIONS

   Accommodation

   Breakfast & dinner

   Farewell dinner

   Airport transfers

   Tour leader

   Motorcycle hire

   Motorcycle basic insurance

   Road tolls

   Motorcycle top box

   Activities / sightseeing:

       – Clifford’s Honey Farm

       – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

       – Kakadu National Park

OPTIONAL

   Support vehicle for luggage and non-riders/passengers

   Spare bike on a trailer & additional bike space in case of              rider illness

   Satellite Navigation (GPS) for the duration of motorcycle            hire

   Additional motorcycle insurance to reduce excess /                      reduction

   Mobile sim with unlimited calls to US, UK, India and 7 other        countries

   Activities / sightseeing:

– Eureka Skydeck

– Flinders Chase National Park

– Seal Bay Conservation Park

– Hot Air Ballooning

– Nitmiluk Gorge

– Yellow Water Cruise

– Crocosaurus Cave

EXCLUSIONS

International (and internal, if any) airfare

Visa

Lunch

Travel insurance

Motorcycle fuel

Additional motorcycle insurance for excess reduction

Any expenses that are of personal nature

Motorcycle accessories (jackets, helmets, etc)

Deposit for motorcycle hire

Note: Optionals are available on additional payment. Some of the optionals are group dependent and needs to be decided collectively at the start of the biking adventure.

Are you a group?…Want different dates?…Want something more luxurious?

1. Just give us a shout with your dates & preferences

2. Sit back and relax while we make it happen for you

PRICING

Rider

Pillion

Private room upgrade

Starts from AUD 7,600*

AUD 5,325

AUD 725

* Depends on bike brand/model you choose

INCLUSIONS

   Accommodation

   Breakfast & dinner for the duration of the trip

   Farewell dinner

   Airport transfers (pick up & drop off)

   Tour leader on a motorcycle

   Motorcycle hire

   Motorcycle basic insurance

   Road tolls

   Motorcycle top box

   Activities / sightseeing:

       – Clifford’s Honey Farm

       – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

       – Kakadu National Park

OPTIONAL

   Support vehicle for luggage and non-riders/passengers

   Spare bike on a trailer & additional bike space in case of rider illness

   Satellite Navigation (GPS) for the duration of motorcycle hire

   Additional motorcycle insurance to reduce excess/reduction

   Mobile sim with unlimited calls to US, UK, India & 7 other countries

   Activities / sightseeing:

      – Eureka Skydeck

      – Flinders Chase National Park

      – Seal Bay Conservation Park

      – Hot Air Ballooning

      – Nitmiluk Gorge

      – Yellow Water Cruise

      – Crocosaurus Cave

Note: Optionals are available on additional payment. Some of the optionals are group dependent and needs to be decided collectively at the start of the biking adventure.

EXCLUSIONS

International (and internal, if any) airfare

Visa

Lunch

Travel insurance

Motorcycle fuel

Additional motorcycle insurance for excess reduction

Any expenses that are of personal nature

Motorcycle related accessories i.e. jackets, helmets, gloves, panniers, etc

Deposit for motorcycle hire

Are you a group?…Want different dates?…Want something more luxurious?

1. Just give us a shout with your dates & preferences

2. Sit back and relax while we make it happen for you!

IMPORTANT NOTES

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Fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and fly out of Darwin Airport (DRW).

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This is a fairly challenging riding trip with long riding days (longest being 7.5 hrs).

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Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to unavailability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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This trip involves some of the most remotest regions of Australia, if not the world, we have tried our level best to include the most comfortable hotels in this region. While some of the accommodation on this trip are top notch, few properties are basic. WiFi is available in most of the hotels, some of these might offer only in the communal areas and the signal can be spotty. We do believe though that these hotels provide the most comfortable way to see this incredible and remote part of the world.

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You are required to have comprehensive travel and flight insurance before you begin the adventure. You would be asked to provide a copy of your insurance to us prior to the commencement of the trip.

OUR PROMISE

Joining BonResa Adventures trips comes with a few special guarantees…

Our trips symbolise adventure and independence, all our adventures are small group tours and are limited to 4 to 12 people.

Unlike others, the founders of BonResa accompany fellow travellers on adventures around the world. We guarantee your trips will always be immersive & authentic.

Being excellent photographers, our tour guides will not only show you around the world’s best bits but will also capture your trip to make it into everlasting memories.

You will definitely fall in love with travelling as BonResa trips will not break your bank. We offer various pricing options to suit your pocket.