OCEANIA

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

COUNTRY

Australia

DURATION

17 DAYS

DISTANCE

5,265 kms

START / END

Melbourne / Perth

GROUP SIZE

Max 10

RIDING DAYS

13 Days

ROAD

100% Asphalt

TOUR DATE

28 Sep 2020

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Overview & Map

G’day!

Love LONG rides? We mean really looooong! Join us for a 17 day tour of Australia riding from Melbourne, in south-east to Perth, on the west coast of Australia. 

This is an incredible motorcycle tour across some of the most iconic scenery in Australia. Visit some of the best beaches in the country, twist your way through alpine regions, dive into the vibrant culture of multiple bustling cities, sweep through valleys crammed with vineyards and cruise across one of the most awe-inspiring areas of outback, the never ending Nullarbor Plain and the otherworldly Flinders Ranges. 

This trip is not for the faint hearted with the added satisfaction of knowing you’ve crossed an entire continent, it doesn’t get much better than this!

 

 

 

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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Get a taste of Australian Outback

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Ride the second longest straight road in the world

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Ride all the way through the Australian Bight

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Admire the Southern Right Whales during the whale season

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Bunda Cliffs: world’s longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs

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Lake MacDonnell – the pink lake of South Australia

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Enjoy a farewell dinner in Perth

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.

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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

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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 - ADELAIDE

The shortest ride of the trip. Victor Harbor to Adelaide, Capital of South Australia is a short 2 hours ride.We will be raking the Adelaide Hills route – one of the five wine producing regions of South Australia. Visit the German settlement of Hahndorf and enjoy the spectacular views of Adelaide and surrounds from Mt Lofty summit before riding down to the city of Adelaide to spend the night.

Adelaide, perched on the Fleurieu Peninsula, is a perfect blend of urban cool and natural splendor. Adelaide has one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the world, loads of relaxed open spaces and a vibrant atmosphere that makes it a pleasure to wander the streets. It’ll be the biggest settlement that you’ll encounter from here until you reach Perth in Western Australia, so it’s the perfect spot to wine, dine and have a party!

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DAY

06

Adelaide - Flinders Ranges

An easy ride today of 450 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 Flinders Ranges. Flinders Ranges would give a sense of otherworldly landscapes Australia has tucked away. Cavernous red gorges and magnificent mountains seemingly aglow in the sunset, contrast with the starkly beautiful white gum trees standing proud in the thin desert soil. Huge wedge tailed eagles soar in the blue skies above and the peace and solitude make you feel as if you’re on a different planet. 

DAY

07

Flinders Ranges - Port Lincoln

The ride from Flinders Ranges is the start of the Australian Outback – an area desolate, dry and sparsely populated. Continuing north would taken one to Darwin, one of our other popular biking trips. 

We would be riding south today towards the coastal town of Port Lincoln. Port Lincoln is famous for not so gentle sea monster – Great White Sharks! Prosperous Port Lincoln, the ‘Tuna Capital of the World’, overlooks broad Boston Bay on the southern end of Eyre Peninsula. It’s a raffish fishing town a long way from anywhere, but the vibe here is energetic.

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DAY

08

rest day

Fancy a rest day or are you up for some adventure? 

Those who opt can go on a great white shark cruise, view the sharks underwater inside a cage or for those who are less adventurous can opt to view the sharks in a glass bottom submersible.

DAY

09

Port Lincoln - Ceduna

We would be riding the the breadth of the Eyre Peninsula today to reach Ceduna. 

Calm beaches and the warming waters of the Spencer Gulf on one side, jagged cliffs, turquoise blue waters and big skies on the other, the Eyre Peninsula is framed by spectacular sights. With more than 2000 kms of coastline to explore, we certainly hope you like beaches! It’s also the jumping off point from where you’ll begin your ride along the Eyre Highway heading west, across the world renowned Nullarbor Plain. Ceduna is a raggedy fishing town that just can’t shake its tag as a sand-blown, edgy pit stop en route to Western Australia.

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DAY

10

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We would start our journey today to cross the The Great Australian Bight. First stop would be Lake MacDonnell, one of the many pink lakes of South Australia. If we’re riding in the whale season (May to October), we can see the Southern Right Whales from the lookouts along the highway.

We would make a brief stopover at Bunda Cliffs lookout to watch in awe the jay dropping cliffs, the longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs in the world. Right before the inter state border we would stop at a place to take a 20 minute scenic flight of the cliffs from the sky. Our final destination would be Eucla for the day.

DAY

11

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Today would be the longest ride of the entire trip – a total of 7.5 hours on the saddle covering 720 kms! 

Ride the second longest straight road in the world. Epic, truly epic. That’s the only way we can think of describing the Nullarbor Plain and the Eyre Highway which stretches across the vastness. The Nullarbor is the largest single piece of limestone in the world, over 200k square kms of it in fact and crossing it is arguably the quintessential Australian Outback experience. This seemingly endless plain is a truly incredible thing to ride over. Not only is it physically impressive and the sort of landscape where adventures are made, but the friendly characters you’ll meet along the way, typical Aussie roadhouse pubs and eye-wateringly beautiful sunsets over the desert truly make this a once in a lifetime experience.

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DAY

12

Norseman - Esperance

After crossing the Nullarbor, you’ve certainly earned yourself a reward and Esperance is the ideal spot to indulge. There are some truly incredible beaches around the local area, so there are plenty of opportunities to lie back in the warming sands, dip your toes in the ocean and reflect on the ride so far.

Today’s ride would be less demanding than the previous day with only 200 kms to ride. Those who wish to ride a bit more can opt to ride to Lucky Bay, a picturesque cove in Cape Le Grand National Park, famous for its kangaroos that throng the beach.

We would spend the night at Esperance tonight.

DAY

13

Esperance - albany

Our destination is Albany around 500 kms from Esperance. Founded in 1827 and the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, Albany has an old world charm that’s hard to beat and is surrounded by some of the most amazing beaches and coastal national parks in Australia.

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DAY

14

rest day

You’ll have a day to explore, giving you plenty of time to visit the Blowholes, Nature’s Arch and The Gap. The beaches here have been repeatedly voted the best in Australia and the sand is so pure it squeaks when you walk on it. It’s not all smooth beaches though, some pretty rugged areas of coastline provide the perfect setting for the Albany Wind Farm and a walk around the base of the huge towers offers some great views out over the ocean.

DAY

15

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Today we would be riding to Margaret River region, a region famous for wine. Immense Karri forests, world leading vineyards, stunning pure white beaches, an amazing coastline, hundreds of mysterious caves and some of the finest cuisine known to man; a carefully kept Australian secret. This is one of the finest areas of Australia and yet one of the least well known outside of Western Australia.

The climate and humidity in the region is ideal for growing grapes, which has led to the prevalence of world class wines heralding from the area. There are more cellar doors to knock on around Margaret River than you could shake a wine glass at! There are some great tree lined roads and avenues to be ridden too and the cool, moist interiors of the subterranean caverns located along the aptly titled ‘Caves Road’ provide a welcome retreat from the midday temperatures.

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DAY

16

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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 to reach the state capital of Perth. Perth is a modern, clean city on the banks of the majestic Swan River. The river feels more like a winding harbour really with Fremantle at its entrance. Perth has all you’d expect from a thriving city with great shopping, restaurants and nightlife combined with superb beaches and a sublime climate. 

Ranked as one of the ‘world’s most liveable cities’, Perth has charm aplenty even if you’re just visiting. A fantastic end point to this incredible, long distance motorbike tour of Australia. Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants of Perth.

DAY

17

DEPART PERTH

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. 

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OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS

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

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APOLLO BAY
The Apollo
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Wilpena Pound Resort
Hotel - Adelaide - Frewville Motor Inn
ADELAIDE
Frewville Motor Inn

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 7,225

(Depends on bike brand/model you choose)

PILLION

AUD 4,900

PRIVATE ROOM UPGRADE

AUD 750

INCLUSIONS

   Accommodation

   Breakfast & dinner

   Farewell dinner

   Airport transfers

   Tour leader

   Motorcycle hire

   Motorcycle basic insurance

   Road tolls

   Motorcycle top box

   Activities / sightseeing:

       – The Gap

       – Southern Right Whales Lookout

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

– Great White Shark Encounter

– Scenic flight of the Bunda Cliffs

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 7,225*

AUD 4,900

AUD 750

* 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:

       – The Gap

       – Southern Right Whales Lookout

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

      – Great White Shark Encounter

      – Bunda Cliffs Scenic Flight

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 Perth Airport (PER).

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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 and 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.