Guided Motorbike Tours - Iconic Australia
Iconic Australia
This is 'it'. This is the ride you'll be telling people about for years to come and inundating friends and strangers alike with stories about for the rest of your life.

An epic mixed-surface adventure from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia through some incredibly remote and picturesque areas, via some of the most iconic Outback scenery you could ever hope to encounter.
Iconic Australia
26 DAYS
27 NIGHTS
7,050km
Motorcycle expedition marker
AU$ 8,590
Guided motorbike tour dates
2017
• 29th July - 24th August
Sold out - sorry!
What's included in the tour
What's included - Bike of your choice
The motorcycle of your choice. Alternatively you also have the option to bring your own bike (BYOB).
What's included - Lead rider
Expert guide / lead rider and full support team for the duration of the tour.
What's included - Accommodation
27 nights accommodation is included in the cost on a shared basis. Single occupancy options are available.
What's included - Support vehicle
A fully equipped support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour, complete with qualified first aider on board.
What's included - Breakfasts
Breakfast and 'picnic' style lunches are included every ride day. Most dinners / evening meals are also included in the price.
What's included - Airport transfers
Airport transfers are included in the overall cost of the tour.
What's included - Fuel
Fuel used during the tour is included in the price if you are using one of our bikes. BYOB clients must supply your own fuel.
Other tour options
11 days
Cairns to Alice Springs over 11 days, this is the first section of the full 'Iconic Australia' tour. Ideal for anyone looking to experience the variety of riding on offer between the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru!
30th July - 9th August From: $3,850

17 days
Alice Springs to Broome via the red centre, Tanami Track and Gibb River Road. This is the final section of the full 'Iconic Australia tour and would be ideal if you're looking to explore the red heart of Australia and ride some iconic Outback tracks.
11th - 24th August 2017 From: $4,990
Exclusions and things you should know
Flights icon
Air fares and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing you see here.
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Fuel is not included on the tour if you are bringing your own motorcycle (BYOB).
Joning night in Cairns and welcome dinner:
29th July 2017

First day on tour:
30th July 2017

Final night on tour:
24th August 2017

Iconic Australia

This is undoubtedly Australia's premier long distance mixed surfaced adventure tour, along the northern edge of the continent and via the haunting red Outback landscapes in the centre.

Stretching from the Coral Sea to the Indian Ocean this 26 day and 27 night guided motorcycle tour encompasses both fantastic road and some moderate dirt riding. You'll venture through a staggering four world heritage areas, run the gamut of scenery from spectacular beaches right through to isolated desert communities in the heart of Australia and even get a chance to ride the isolated Tanami Track in far north Western Australia.

All with the added security of knowing you have friends close at hand and all the backup you could ever want!

Iconic Australia route
Image credits linkA simple map doesn't do this incredible 26 day, 27 night motorcycle tour justice!

The whole tour is backed up by the highly experienced BikeRoundOz team with support vehicle, innumerable spare parts, extra equipment and good humour thrown in for good measure.

This is a mixed surface tour so you can expect some gravel, dirt and a bit of sand thrown in as well but don't worry, you don't need to be an off-road riding prodigy or anything like that! The BikeRoundOz team will help you get to grips with the conditions and ensure you have a fantastic time, no matter your level of ability.

Great quality accommodation is combined with some quirky Outback camping spots on a few days as you'll be venturing deep into Outback Australia, where to concept of wi-fi and continental breakfasts hasn't quite penetrated as yet. Definitely part of the charm we think!

If you don't think you'll be able to manage the full 26 day tour then you can also opt to either ride the first section from Cairns to Alice Springs over 11 days in the form of the Reef to Rock tour, or the Alice Springs to Broome section over 14 days in the aptly titled North-West Passage ride.

Outback windmill
Image credits link
Explore the range of environments from tropical reef through to isolated red centre...

Continue reading below for a more in-depth look at what this incredible tour entails.

// Week One:
Starting in the tropical city of Cairns nestled close by to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and after a first night welcome dinner, we venture out into a spectacular landscape dominated by pristine rainforests, then continue on over the contrasting tablelands to visit the largest lava tube system in the world at Undara, then push ever onwards to the impossibly ancient sandstone spectacle of Cobbold Gorge. We spend two nights in the vicinity of Cobbold Gorge which gives us ample opportunity for an incredible cruise through the stunning gorge and a bit of relaxation in this amazing location.

Tropical Queensland
Image credits linkCairns near the 'iconic' Great Barrier Reef in Queensland acts as jumping off point for this spectacular long distance motorbike tour

Further on we venture into the 186,000 square kilometre expanse of the Gulf Savannah, Queensland's Outback by the sea, home to Australia’s prawn capital of Karumba and some stunning coastal settlements located on the shores of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Nothing quite matches up to watching the epic Outback sunset from the pub adjoining the hotel - a better end to a fantastic day of riding would be hard to imagine!

Off-road riding...
Image credits linkRemote, beautiful and a fantastic place to be on a motorcycle; the remote regions of Queensland are an adventure in the making!

Pushing on from Karumba we venture deeper into the more remote regions of far north-western Queensland and encounter a bit of dirt riding en-route to Gregory River and our first bush camp of the tour. For anyone interested in a bit of early Australian explorer history we also stop by 'Camp 119' and the famous 'Dig Tree', a reminder of the ill-fated explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills (just Burke & Wills to their friends) and their early attempts to cross from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north.

Unsurfaced roads...
Image credits linkRoad conditions vary on tour and we reach the first unsurfaced section a few days in to week one

Canoing
Image credits linkTime off the bikes is still time well spent!
Termite mounds abound as we continue onwards via some great dirt tracks following the Gregory River to the UNESCO Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil site, which comprises nearly 10,000 hectares of the Lawn Hill National Park. This area is home to one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world and has revealed fossils dating from before the continents broke apart to form the familiar global layout we would recognise today. There's no guarantee you'll discover any new specimens but we spend the afternoon exploring anyway and also indulge in some canoing through the lovely Lawn Hill Gorge.

The first week draws to a close as we approach the administrative capital and also somewhat unusually, the 'Rodeo Capital' of the region: Mount Isa. Best described as the quintessential Outback mining town, what Mount Isa lacks in refinement it makes up for in character and we'll have the chance to get an insight into the forces that shaped the town into what it is today by visiting the famous 'Hard Times Mine'. You know you're in for something special when you have to sign a waiver before joining a tour!

Termite mounds abound...
Image credits linkTermite mounds become a prominent feature as we venture further into the Outback

// Week Two:
We initially continue our ride south and venture through what is locally known as 'Channel Country', you'll see why once you're there of course but it's a remote, tough and sparsely populated region of Queensland criss-crossed with intertwined rivulets and channels which together, cover almost 150,000km2. The region is rich with history and has been home to over 25 aboriginal tribal groups throughout the last 200,000 years, although today you're more likely to encounter cattle than indigenous locals.

One encounter you might be lucky enough to have whilst riding through the area is that of the supernatural or extraterrestrial variety. The region around the town of Boulia where we'll stop for a night is famed for the 'Min Min Lights' which is either aliens, ghosts, a simple mirage, something entirely natural in origin or too much beer - it all depends who you talk to!

BMW F800GS sundown
Image credits linkChannel Country in remote Queensland is an area rich in history, natural vistas and extraterrestrials too if you believe the tales

From Boulia the ride turns west and we travel along the 'Donahue Highway', a bit of a misnomer as it's essentially a dirt and gravel track which will lead us along for 240km through some vast desert landscapes and onto the almost 6000km2 of Tobermorey Station. Capable of supporting almost 15,000 head of cattle Tobermorey Station will also play host to us for what will be a great night of camping in the Outback.

The dirt and gravel experience continues as we ride on through grass covered plains which seem to stretch on forever, with views only occasionally interrupted by the sight of immense termite mounds standing proud from the surrounding landscape. We cross the state border and enter the Northern Territory not too long after leaving Tobermorey Station. This whole region is a real slice of 'Australiana' and our overnight stop will be another fantastic Outback camp spot at another working cattle station - Jervois Homestead.

Outback sunset
Image credits linkUninterrupted horizons are the order of the day as we push west towards Alice Springs

The 'Harts Range' series of mountains provide quite a change in scenery after such a stretch of riding through the Outback with endless, uninterrupted skies and horizons but it's a welcome change to be sure as it also heralds our arrival in the red 'heart' of Australia. We finally rejoin the asphalt and actual surfaced roads to ride into the jewel of the Outback: Alice Springs. 'The Alice' or simply 'Alice' to those that know the town well, we spend two nights enjoying her hospitality which gives us ample time to explore the town, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn a little about their invaluable work in remote Australia, check out the Road Transport Hall of Fame if you're so inclined, or simply enjoy a little bit of relaxation and culture.

Scenery en-route to Alice Springs
Image credits linkThe scenery en-route to Alice Springs via the Donahue Highway is more varied than you might first imagine!

The last couple of days bring the second week to a somewhat spectacular close by visiting some of the very best and most iconic of what the centre of Australia has to offer.

We'll leave Alice Springs around mid-morning and head west from the town aiming to arrive at the amazing Standley Chasm in the late morning so as to catch the most spectacular time of day, when the sun is at its highest and briefly fills the chasm with bright light turning the towering canyon walls a vibrant red colour.

We continue onwards along the smooth asphalt of the Red Centre Way through the scenic West Macdonnell Ranges National Park, to arrive at our overnight stop of the Glen Helen Homestead Lodge some time around the mid afternoon. This gives us plenty of time to visit the stunning Glen Helen Gorge on the banks of the Finke River and perhaps even indulge in a cooling swim.

Glen Helen Gorge
Image credits linkGlen Helen Gorge on the Red Centre Way - Definitely an unexpected but very welcome sight!

The going gets a little rougher the next day as we leave the asphalt behind and hit the dirt of the absolutely fantastic Mereenie Loop Road. We'll traverse an impossibly ancient landscape comprised of intricate walled canyons, expansive valleys, isolated deserts made up of the iconic red Outback sands and plenty of spinifex plains before arriving at the spectacular Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.

The Red Centre Way holds many secrets...
Image credits linkThe Red Centre Way and Mereenie Loop Road provide access to some spectacular secrets in the heart of Australia...

It might be a bit of a 'bouncy' day in the saddle but the experience of riding through the hauntingly remote Outback with the amazing Kings Canyon as a reward at the end of the day, makes the day one that you'll remember for a long time to come!

// Week Three:

The morning of the first day in week three is spent enjoying the 'Rim walk' around the perimeter of Kings Canyon, it's about 6km and involves quite a steep ascent at the start but it's definitely worth the effort to get the best views of the canyon. It's an amazing gorge surrounded by sandstone escarpments over 100 metres high, dotted with palms and other vegetation clinging on valiantly in the multitude of crevices.

Kings Canyon
Image credits linkKings Canyon - The 'Rim Walk' is undoubtedly the best way of getting the finest overview of this natural marvel

It's a sacred area for the local aboriginal people and once you gaze upon the deep canyon from the top of the surrounding walls you'll likely see why!

Back down at ground level we join the smooth asphalt for an easy afternoons riding through the shimmering desert landscape, before finally arriving at one of the greatest natural geological spectacles on earth rising up from the surrounding desert into the huge blue skies above: Uluru, spiritual heart of Australia. We promised iconic and Uluru definitely fits that description!

Uluru and BMW bikes
Image credits link'Iconic' doesn't really do Uluru justice...

One of the most recognisable landmarks on the planet, Uluru certainly doesn't disappoint. We'll ride out to the special sunset viewing point for what will be one of the highlights of the tour, watching in awe as the monolith changes hue from light brown to deep crimson as the sun retreats towards the horizon. A once in a lifetime visual spectacle and if you haven't already got a 'bucket list', an experience worth starting one for just so you can cross it off.

The following day is designated as a 'rest day' so there's plenty of scope for visiting Uluru again to get up close and personal on one of the many looping walking tracks around the base, or if you're feeling more adventurous there are options for helicopter flights, camel treks and plenty more besides. Of course if you'd rather use the rest day for the purpose it was originally intended then you can simply kick off your boots and relax at the nearby Yulara Resort.

The Olgas
Image credits linkKata Tjuta or the Olgas - impressive neighbour to Uluru

Another 'must see' to explore during your time in the area are the amazing rock formations of Kata Tjuta also known as 'The Olgas', named for the tallest peak in the group. They're around 30km west of Uluru and an easy ride along the asphalt. A very sacred area for the local Pitjantjatjara people the region has spawned many legends and some interesting stories are associated with the unusual natural sculptures. Certainly worth lingering in the shaded canyons along the 'Valley of the Winds' walk (7km) and pausing a while to soak up the atmosphere. There are a couple of other walks around the rocks as well if you'd rather opt for a shorter stroll into history.

Following our up-close and personal encounter with the heart of Australia we return via the asphalt back to Alice Springs stopping en-route at the remote Curtin Springs and Erldunda Roadhouses, which offer up some great views of the nearby Mount Conner. Part of the same geological system which forms Uluru, Mount Conner is often mistaken for its more famous neighbour. It's a spectacular example of the variations in geology that abound in what would otherwise be a fairly featureless area of desert and with a better P.R team who knows, perhaps Mount Conner will one-day be as well known as Uluru.

Mount Conner
Image credits linkMount Conner - Less well known sibling of Uluru, yet just as spectacular to behold. Visiting the monolith is an opportunity that doesn't come along that often!

From Alice Springs we then venture into the dusty red Outback once more via the famed 'Tanami Track', also known somewhat inappropriately as the 'longest shortcut in Australia'. It's a fantastic ride of almost 1,050km through some incredibly remote sections of the country, but offers some amazing opportunities for two nights of camping under the Outback stars. We cross into Australia’s biggest state - Western Australia about mid-way along the Tanami Track, venturing forth to ride a vast and empty, yet incredibly beautiful landscape of ancient red sandstone, turquoise waters and epic cattle stations the size of some European countries.

Outback stars...
Image credits linkWhilst accommodations in the Outback may be a little more 'rough and ready', the natural decor is certainly spectacular enough!

We reach the mighty Kimberly region and hit what is fast becoming another 'iconic' ride in Australia, the Gibb River Road. We stay two nights at the stunning Home Valley Station where we can explore the surroundings in more detail, resplendent with permanent waterfalls and rocky escarpments. Continuing along the Gibb River Road we visit the innumerable picturesque gorges and refreshing waterholes along the way, before we eventually reach Derby at the western end of the road on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Water crossing...
Image credits linkThe Gibb River Road includes a number of water crossings which really make for a refreshing adventure!

The Gibb River Road is a fantastic ride in its own right, with some epic scenery and fantastic riding including a number of water crossings - perfect for cooling down a bit after a hot day in the saddle. A real joy to experience!

The Kimberly - Home to the Gibb River Road
Image credits linkChances to ride the incredible Gibb River Road are hard to come by at the best of times, seize this one while you can!

The final day on the tour will see us ride triumphantly into Broome and slip effortlessly into 'Broome time'. It's the perfect place and pace to relax at after this life-changing experience through the most iconic sights, landscapes, cultures and history on offer in Australia. Kick back, indulge and enjoy retelling the tales of adventure with your new friends.

Broome
Image credits linkBroome awaits!

Camel sign
Image credits linkRoad conditions cover the full spectrum...
A note regarding the riding conditions:
Road surfaces vary from two lane tracks to smooth, wide highways. Riding will be mostly on surfaced routes but when dirt tracks are encountered they can vary from good well-maintained gravel, through to some corrugated areas and the possibility of shallow creek crossings in areas along the Gibb River Road. 'Bull dust' can be an occasional occurrence on this tour.

An open-minded approach will be a must on the ride as conditions in the Outback can change on a daily basis - that's all part of the fun of course!

A note regarding the accommodation:
We're aware that not everyone likes the thought of spectacular camping under the Outback stars (although in some areas there simply aren't any other options) so we've arranged for alternatives where possible. This has resulted in the provision of the 'camping option' and the 'hotel option' to ensure everyone enjoys the ride in the appropriate level of comfort!

CAMPING OPTION:
9 nights spent in hotels, resorts or motels
17 nights spent camping

We endeavour to make sure your experience camping in the Outback is as comfortable and as pleasurable as possible, but obviously a flexible attitude will be beneficial due to the unpredictable nature of the Outback environment. When not camping you'll be enjoying the same quality accommodation as all the other riders on tour.
HOTEL OPTION:
21 nights spent in hotels, resorts or motels
5 nights spent camping

The majority of the accommodation will be in 3-4 star resorts, motels and hotels. In the more remote areas that the tour passes through camping is a necessity (see left), which is all part of the fantastic experience that is motorcycling in Outback Australia.

Breakfast is included in the tour price every day. On all ride days (23) a 'picnic' style lunch prepared from the mobile kitchen by the designated chef is included. We also include 13 dinners / evening meals in nice quality restaurants we have used many times before, or when in more remote areas the evening meals will be prepared at the camp by the staff so you're assured of never going hungry!

Any questions we'll be happy to answer, just get in touch!

Note: You'll need to be in Cairns, Queensland one day before the start of the ride.

Pricing Options:

OPTION 1:IA001 26 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:

B.Y.O.B - Bring your own bike

Bring your own bike
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 8,590BOOK NOW
HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 10,390BOOK NOW
OPTION 2:IA00226 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
Suzuki DR650
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 10,930BOOK NOW HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 12,730BOOK NOW
OPTION 3:IA00326 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW Sertao 650
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 11,160BOOK NOW HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 12,960BOOK NOW
OPTION 4:IA00426 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW F700GS
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 11,580BOOK NOW HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 13,380BOOK NOW
OPTION 5:IA00526 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW F800GS
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 11,970BOOK NOW HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 13,770 BOOK NOW
OPTION 6:IA00626 DAY / 27 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW R1200GSW
CAMPING OPTION: AU$ 12,490BOOK NOW HOTEL OPTION: AU$ 14,290BOOK NOW
CO-RIDER / PASSENGER:
If you'd like to come along and experience the incredible tour but aren't keen on riding a motorcycle yourself, then you also have the option to accompany the tour as a pillion passenger. Places for passengers are limited to please check with us first.
Co-rider / passenger - Camping option: add + AU$ 5,990
Co-rider / passenger - Hotel option: add + AU$ 7,790
BYOB NOTE:
If you choose to 'bring your own bike' it will need to be approved by us in advance. No scooters on tour please! Fuel is not included in the tour price if you bring your own motorcycle.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:
Accommodation is included in the tour price on a shared basis. If you'd like to have your own room then the additional cost is detailed here.
Single occupancy - Camping option: add + AU$ 900
Single occupancy - Hotel option: add + AU$ 2000

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