World renowned rider Simon Pavey has competed in 10 Dakar rallies and finished 8 of them, so to say he knows a thing or two about riding off-road would be an understatement!
Join Simon and the team to ride from Cairns to Broome along some of the most remote tracks in Australia, through some of the most iconic Outback scenery you could ever hope to encounter. This is the very definition of an 'adventure' tour!
The Savannah Way with Simon Pavey
This is the very definition of an 'adventure ride'.Simon will lead the tour on his customised BMW G 650 X Challenge which featured in the 2009 Dakar Rally and the tour will be accompanied by a qualified chef, to provide some culinary comfort along the way. The whole tour is backed up by the highly experienced BikeRoundOz team and two support vehicles.
World renowned Dakar rally rider Simon Pavey is leading this epic guided motorcycle adventure in and around some of the most spectacular and remote regions of northern Australia. Simon has competed in 10 Dakar events so far and managed to complete 8 of them, with one of those completed rides being his very first attempt in 1998. To say the man is 'gifted' would certainly be putting it mildly; a better guide to Outback riding and exploring areas of Australia where sand is to be found you couldn't possibly wish for.
This is a real 'adventure' but with all the backup and support you could ever imagine needing. Great quality accommodation when available combined with quirky outback camping, world-class ride leader and an amazing opportunity to experience parts of Australia most people never visit, all whilst making lifelong friends into the bargain!
Starting in the tropical city of Cairns nestled close by to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef we venture first into a spectacular landscape dominated by pristine rainforests, before continuing on over the contrasting tablelands to visit the largest lava tube system in the world and the ancient sandstone Cobbold Gorge.
Further on we push 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. We then spend two nights roaming around the stunning Boodjamulla National Park (previously know as Lawn Hill National Park), exploring the emerald waters and amazing scenery on offer in this real life outback oasis.
The first week draws to a close as we enter the unbelievably remote and strikingly beautiful Northern Territory.Week Two
Dirt tracks are the theme for week two and there will be plenty of gravel and off-road riding to enjoy before we reach the tiny settlement of Roper Bar on the banks of the crocodile inhabited Roper River. We spend a night at Katherine allowing us to enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Nitmiluk Gorge (included in the tour price). It's a series of 13 gorges banked by sheer 70 metre high cliffs, sunset is utterly spectacular and undoubtedly one of the highlights of the second week.
We continue on to the rightfully legendary UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park where we spend two nights; this means we have plenty of time to ride through this massive park, view the spectacular wildlife, visit the ancient indigenous rock art and get a real impression of what a tropical delight Kakadu really is. An overnight stop in the Northern Territory capital of Darwin will give us taste of life in a northern city, before we leave the familiarity of the urban hub behind and hit the Outback once more.
The second week is seen out as we indulge in some wild camping on the extremely remote dirt tracks between Daly Waters & Timber Creek.
We now enter Australia’s biggest state - Western Australia, 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. We reach the mighty Kimberly and hit what is fast becoming Australia’s most iconic 'must do' ride the Gibb River Road. We stay two nights at the stunning Home Valley Station where we can explore the surroundings in more details, resplendent with permanent waterfalls and rocky escarpments. Continuing along the Gibb River road we reach Derby situated on King George Sound on the Indian Ocean, then push on to finally reach Broome and a triumphant final few kilometres along the beach after 3 weeks of some of the most extraordinary riding through an amazing diversity of landscapes.
'Broome time' is the perfect pace to relax after this life-changing experience through the rugged Outback. Kick back, indulge and enjoy retelling the tales of adventure with your new friends.
A note regarding the riding conditions:
Approximately 47% of this tour is on-road. Road surfaces vary from single lane tracks to smooth wide highways; the remainder of the ride is off road. Riding will be mostly on dirt tracks varying from good, fast gravel through to some mild sandy sections with deep corrugations and the possibility of shallow creek crossings. 'Bull dust' can be a common occurrence on this tour.
A flexible attitude will be required 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:
14 nights on the tour are spent in 3-4 star resorts, motels and hotels. The other nights are spent camping in the more remote areas the tour passes through, so be aware that some flexibility regarding the level of accommodation expected is required.
Breakfast is included in the tour price every day. On all ride days a 'picnic' style lunch prepared from the mobile kitchen by the qualified chef is included. We also include 17 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 by the fully qualified chef.
Note: You'll need to be in Cairns, Queensland one day before the start of the ride. Total number of ride days is: 18.
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 tour please! Fuel is not included in the tour price if you bring your own motorcycle.
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