Explore the delights on offer in the island state of Tasmania, the highlands of Victoria and the stunning National Parks of New South Wales, all with renowned motorcycle traveller Charley Boorman as lead rider.
An incredibly scenic ride through three of Australia's eight states with the charismatic Charley Boorman leading the way!
Tasmania and the 'High Country' with Charley Boorman
Once back on the mainland and in Victoria the ride ventures into the stunning Victorian High Country before crossing over into New South Wales to ride through the incredible Kosciuszko National Park, then makes a break for the coast to ride north and finish in the bustling cultural hub of Sydney.
Join Charley Boorman on a guided bike tour
Join enthusiastic motorcycle traveller Charley Boorman and his good mate Billy Ward as they explore Tasmania and the 'High Country' on this incredibly picturesque road tour. Experience the highlights of Tasmania including the Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, Hobart, the history steeped splendour of Port Arthur and the natural wonder on display in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Join Charley Boorman on a guided bike tour
Since Charley Boorman completed the globe-spanning 'Long Way Round' motorcycle ride with Ewan McGregor he's been on plenty of other motorcycle trips but he keeps coming back for the Tasmania and High Country tour, there must be something to it! He makes for a charismatic tour guide, ensuring that the already fantastic ride is even more enjoyable.
After travelling from Victoria to Tasmania on the overnight ferry we arrive on the northern coast refreshed and ready to dive headlong into adventure! Tasmania is blessed with some of the finest scenic riding in Australia and the route from Devonport to St Helens is typically spectacular. We then ride south to Launceston before turning north west to head up and over the Weldborough Pass. Remote pubs, empty roads and stunning scenery is the order of play for day one.
Concentrating on the east coast is the goal for day two. We ride through the beautiful Freycinet National Park, down onto the Forestier Peninsula and then further south onto the Tasman Peninsula - home to the historic and some say haunted, Port Arthur. We spend some time exploring the incredible ruins of the former penal colony and getting an insight into what life was really like in such a remote place.
West of the the state capital Hobart, we turn due south to experience the wonderful riding to be had on the Channel Highway. It twists and turns on its way south to the wonderfully named 'Snug' and 'Cygnet' where we get to experience some great vistas across the D’entrecasteaux channel, before we finally return to Hobart via Huonville.
Today’s riding is nothing short of spectacular as it includes a visit to Russell Falls, Tasmania’s most famous. Shrouded in lush green ferns these falls are hidden away within the Mt Field National Park, offering some fantastic short walks amongst the towering Huon Pine in addition to the spectacle of the falls themselves.
The ride continues through the legendary Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park before arriving at the pretty town of Strahan, on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. We spend two nights here allowing the opportunity to catch a cruise along the wonderful Gordon River or explore the area around Strahan on the bikes.
A free day today in this small settlement voted as the "best little town in the world" by the Chicago Tribune. There are many things to do in Strahan including cruising the incredible Gordon River (optional), or a scenic flight (optional) over the pristine forests in the nearby World Heritage Wilderness Area. Alternatively, if you'd rather explore the area by bike then you're free to do that!
We turn north and ride the scenic Murchison Highway before turning off and visiting the iconic Cradle Mountain inside the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Claire National Park. Iconic is one word that aptly describes the national park; the area literally embodies the state of Tasmania in one easily absorbed visit. Cradle Mountain itself, rising up from behind Dove Lake with its unmistakable outline forms the epicentre in the astounding collection of natural wonders on offer.
The wonderful views just keep on coming until we reach Devonport where we catch the overnight ferry back to Melbourne.
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 and hugely enjoyable, however the area also abounds with wildlife, so keep your eyes open for iconic Aussie creatures!
Riding north east to Whitfield we find ourselves in the scenic King River Valley where lush flood plains are surrounded by the magnificent high country. Wine is the main industry in the valley with gourmet delicacies, locally produced apples and berries also proving to be a highlight - so expect the opportunity to sample some local produce along the way!
We trace the course of the Buffalo River north which takes us to Myrtleford where we join the Great Alpine Road and ride on to to the alpine town of Bright. Continuing on we ride north east through the Kiewa Valley on the rarely used Redbank Road as we cross into New South Wales. The spectacular scenery of Kosciuszko National Park welcomes us the state, whilst also playing host to the highest peak in Australia - the eponymous Mount Kosciuszko.
The ride today takes us out of the mountains via the steep Brown Mountain Pass and through the scenic South East Forests National Park. We enter lush dairy country on approach to the more coastal regions of New South Wales and ride on to Bega, then join the Princess Highway up to Bateman’s Bay. This picturesque coastal town scenically located on the shores of the Tasman Sea acts as host for the night.
We follow the dramatic coastline all the way up to Sydney via the lovely Royal National Park and finish this epic ride of mountains, forests and wild rivers with a night spent in one of the most iconic cities on the planet.
Note: You'll need to be in Melbourne, Victoria on the evening before the start of the tour. Nine nights of accommodation is in 3-4-3 star hotels, motels or similar accommodation - Two other nights are spent on the overnight ferry; one en-route to Tasmania and the other on the return sailing back to Victoria.
B.Y.O.B - Bring your own bike
If you choose to 'bring your own bike' it will need to be approved by us in advance. No scooters on the tour please!
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