Guided Motorbike Tours - Reef to Red Centre
Reef to Red Centre
The first 11 days from the epic 'Iconic Australia' guided motorcycle tour, the ideal ride for those with Adventure in mind but under 2 weeks to ride!

An intriguing mixed-surface route from Cairns in Queensland to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory through some incredibly remote and picturesque areas, via some of the most iconic Outback scenery you could ever hope to encounter.
Reef to Red Centre
11 DAYS
12 NIGHTS
3,140km
Motorcycle expedition marker
AU$ 4,620
Guided motorbike tour dates
2019
• 28th July to 9th August
Places available
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
11 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
26 days
Cairns to Broome over 26 days, this is the full 'Iconic Australia' tour which is a combination of the 'Reef to Red Centre' tour and the 'North-West Passage' ride. Perfect if you're looking for the complete experience across all the iconic locations in Australia.
28th July - 24th August

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.
09th - 24th August 2017
Exclusions and things you should know
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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).
A note regarding the dates:

The start date is the 'joining' day of the tour and the end date is the 'departure' day. The actual start of the ride is usually a day or so later after the welcome dinner, introductions etc. The end date is the day you actually leave, the ride normally ends the previous day. If you're unsure, just ask us!

Reef to Red Centre

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 dusty red heart of Australia this 11 day and 11 night guided motorcycle tour encompasses both fantastic road and some moderate dirt riding. You'll venture through the gamut of scenery from spectacular beaches right through to isolated desert communities in the heart of Australia. The first 11 days of the Iconic Australia tour which is the perfect ride for those with adventure in mind and only a shorter timescale to hand.

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

Reef to Red Centre Australia route
Image credits linkCairns to Alice Springs via some spectacular Outback - the first half of the Iconic Australia tour!

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!

This is the first 11 days taken from the longer 26 day Iconic Australia tour. You can read all about the full tour here, or you can also choose to ride the Alice Springs to Broome section over 14 days in the aptly titled North-West Passage ride.

Outback windmill
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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!

Our arrival in Alice Springs marks the end of the 'Reef to Red Centre' ride so is where we will regretfully part company. The full 'Iconic Australia' continues on from Alice Springs via Uluru, the Olgas and the remote Tanami Track en-route to Broome in the far-north west. There's the option to participate in the second half of the full tour via the 'North-West Passage' ride or of course you can always join us for the complete Iconic Australia experience!

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!

Breakfast is included in the tour price every day. On all ride days (10) a 'picnic' style lunch prepared from the mobile kitchen by the designated chef is included. We also include 7 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!

Pricing Options:

OPTION 1:RTR001 11 DAY / 12 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:

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

Bring your own bike
AU$ 4,620BOOK NOW
OPTION 2:RTR00211 DAY / 12 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
Suzuki DR650
AU$ 5,940BOOK NOW
OPTION 3:RTR00311 DAY / 12 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW F700GS
AU$ 6,100BOOK NOW
OPTION 4:RTR00411 DAY / 12 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW F800GS
AU$ 6,270 BOOK NOW
OPTION 5:RTR00511 DAY / 12 NIGHT TOUR
Your choice of bike:
BMW R1200GSW
AU$ 6,435BOOK 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 - add + AU$ 3,490
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 - add + AU$ 1,090
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.

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