SYDNEY TO PERTH GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR
This is an incredible, once in a lifetime type of 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.
Revel in the beautiful, lush South West of Australia and marvel at the towering forests packed with the second largest trees on the planet. Conclude this continent spanning adventure in the most remote capital city in the world, Perth. Plenty of rest days are incorporated into this tour, so you’ll be sure to have plenty of time to experience the best of what’s on offer.
SYDNEY TO PERTH GUIDED MOTORBIKE TOUR
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NOTE: Dates displayed are for the JOINING and DEPARTING days. The ride begins the morning after the START date shown and ends the evening BEFORE the END date shown.
FIRST EVENING – SYDNEY
We’ll all meet at the city centre hotel where you’ll spend your first night. It’s within walking distance of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and many other attractions. You’ll meet the BikeRoundOz team and your new co-riders, then we’ll run through the tour briefing and answer any questions that you might have. A 10 minute walk will take us to Circular Quay and around to the ‘Rocks‘ district where we’ll have a celebratory first night dinner, complete with superb views overlooking the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The views at night are simply spectacular and it makes for a great start to the tour.
NEW SOUTH WALES SOUTHERN COAST
There are more than 30 national parks scattered along the coastline of southern New South Wales, with incredible marine sanctuaries and nature reserves adding to the already pretty impressive count. The route follows the coast along the Grand Pacific Drive and over the famous Seacliff Bridge, a marvel of modern road building. It’s not possible to ride any closer to the ocean without actually getting wet.
Epic alpine scenery in Australia? You bet! Most people don’t realise that Australia has more ski runs than Switzerland, but a ride through this area will soon set the record straight. Although mostly recognised for its winter sports, ‘the Snowies’, as the area is affectionately known, is a playground for those looking for something different and adventurous motorcyclists alike.
Twist through the atmospheric alpine forests, sweep along the winding mountain roads and drink in the fantastic scenery. Whilst you’re having so much fun, don’t forget to stop for lunch at one of the seasonal alpine towns along the way, or pause for a rest on the shores of one of the many pristine snow fed lakes.
New South Wales has the Snowy Mountains and Victoria has the Highlands. A more relaxed alpine environment than the Snowies, but don’t be fooled, there are plenty of thrilling roads to ride and more breathtaking scenery to provide a great backdrop.
Wide open plains framed by rolling hills and jagged mountain peaks, the road stretching far into the distance meandering gently as it weaves through small settlements and tiny communities.
With such unrestricted views all around, there’s plenty of time to prepare for the corners, revel in the experience and then gaze about at the intricate beauty beyond the perfect ribbon of asphalt you’re speeding along.
A bustling, cosmopolitan city with loads to see and do. The ‘Cultural Capital of Australia’ will do its very best to make you feel welcome and it’s the ideal spot to take a break mid tour. Plenty of superb restaurants offering great meals, shopping, parks and an easy to use tram system make touring the city a breeze.
Not quite as much fun as riding a motorcycle along the Great Ocean Road, which is the next highlight on this tour, but at least a close second.
THE 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 280km stretch of road on the fringes of Melbourne, but we’ll try anyway.
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. The lovely Otway Ranges provide a lush backdrop to the quaint towns when the road darts inland away from the coast. It takes longer than you might expect to ride along this gem of a road, there’s simply so much to see.
Take a walk in the temperate rainforest at Maits Rest, try and spot that iconic Aussie creature the Koala in the trees above, visit the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch the list goes on and on! Don’t forget to watch the road as well as the spectacular views though!
Every motorcyclist should ride this road at least once in their life!
THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK
The ancient hills of the Grampians National Park make for an awesome spectacle as you ride toward them. This area of granite highlands is jam packed with wildlife, superb lookouts and beautiful waterfalls. The visitor centre at Halls Gap can provide all the information you’ll need for getting the best out of your time there and will give you a great overview of the area, ensuring you get to see everything you want during your visit.
By the time you’ve ridden the roads in the park, taken a short walk to the two main lookouts and perhaps trekked to the base of one of the thundering waterfalls, you’ll need at least a half day to absorb what’s on offer, but will probably long to spend more time lost in the atmosphere of the national park.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COAST
Sticking to the coast as you wind your way towards Adelaide provides plenty of fascinating little coastal towns to explore. Some a little more quirky than others! There’s ‘Larry’ the giant lobster in Kingstown who’s definitely not your average specimen, the sleepy coastal towns of Robe and Beachport and the somewhat larger settlement of Mount Gambier.
Home to the magnificent Blue Pool, a lake inside a [hopefully] long extinct volcano which not only provides all the drinking water for the town, but also offers some fantastic scenery to explore as a way of stretching your legs out of the saddle.
Perched on the Fleurieu Peninsula, capital of Southern Australia, ‘City of Churches’ and the perfect blend of urban cool and natural splendour. 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.
A small town feel with lovely colonial architecture and all the conveniences of a modern city. 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 sample that most iconic of Aussie meals, the meat pie floater! That’s a meat pie floating in pea soup for those that haven’t had the pleasure as yet.
The Clare Valley is one of Australia’s premier grape growing regions and the wine making tradition runs deep in the area. The carefully tended gardens, regimented columns of vines, pristine conservation parks and plethora of open cellar doors makes this area an absolute delight to ride through. Try one of the famous Clare Valley Rieslings with a meal prepared at one of the many local restaurants or wineries.
This is the start of what many would consider to be the ‘real outback’ and is the place you’ll really begin to get a feel for the 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.
All this can be reached within a relatively short distance of the Wilpena Pound Resort. An oasis in the outback, fully kitted out with all the modern facilities. There are a huge amount of gravel tracks to explore, but if you don’t want to take your bike on the gravel then the 4WD tours are superb and really help to bring the place alive. You’ll have day here to explore and immerse yourself at your leisure.
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 2000km 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.
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 200,000 square kilometres of it in fact and crossing it is arguably the quintessential Australian Outback experience.
This seemingly endless plain [‘nullus arbor’ meaning ‘no tree’ in Latin] 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.
The Great Australian Bight runs parallel to the highway for much of the crossing, there’s even whale watching at Head of Bight from June to October.
It’s as much about the people you’ll meet on this journey, as the scenery you’ll be riding through. A quick smile and a “hi!” will have you chatting away and making new friends before you know it.
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.
Enjoy the local hospitality and recharge your batteries with some great local cuisine. You’ll have a day available to explore around the town, ride the famous coastal drive and fit in a bit more relaxing!
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.
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.
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. You’ll be able to spend a full day in Margaret River and its surrounds, soaking up the atmosphere, seeing the sights and enjoying the local produce, before continuing on to the state capital.
Nestled securely in Geographe Bay, Busselton has been a popular holiday spot for West Australians since the 1890s and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful beaches, excellent fishing, cool and enticing caves nearby, a relaxed ‘seaside’ atmosphere and of course the famous jetty which extends two kilometres out into the ocean. The nearby town of Bunbury to the north offers an excellent diversion en-route to Busselton, providing the opportunity to swim with dolphins. A great chance to get up close and personal with most inexplicably happy mammals on the planet!
You can take the train along the jetty in Busselton or if you feel like stretching your legs after a day in the saddle, then the walk is well worth the effort.
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 (‘Freo’ to the locals) 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.
The weather is perfect for most of the year with warm winters and hot summers, cooled by the ‘Fremantle doctor’ sea breeze that comes through most afternoons.
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.
NOTE: This tour involves crossing the Nullarbor Plain, which will mean two days of 650-700km of riding. It’s to be expected considering you’ll be riding over the world’s largest exposure of limestone bedrock and it’s all part of the great experience of traversing the continent on two wheels.
SYDNEY TO PERTH 19 DAY, 20 NIGHT GUIDED TOUR
SUZUKI DL650 VSTROM
YAMAHA XVS650 VSTAR
HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING
HARLEY DAVIDSON HERITAGE CLASSIC 114
HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA LIMITED 114
- Welcome dinner on the first evening before the tour begins.
- Farewell dinner at the end of a fantastic tour.
- 20 nights in good quality accommodation, typically in 3 1/2 or 4 star resorts, motels or hotels.
- The motorcycle of your choice or you can even bring your own.
- Breakfast is included each day, all other meals are at your own cost although we’ll always have a recommendation on where to eat!
- Lead rider (number dependent) and expert guide who will share a wealth of local knowledge and friendly support.
- Comprehensive roadbook and maps.
- Support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour, complete with spares and repair equipment.
- Fuel is not included in the pricing here so you’ll be responsible for filling up your own bike as we ride.
- Drinks on the tour and during the meals are not included in the pricing you see here.
- Additional fees such as hotel mini-bar consumption, are the sole responsibility of the rider and are not included in the pricing.
- Bring your own bike pricing shown above does not include the cost of shipping your bike back from the end point. We’d be happy to help arrange transport for you though so just ask if that’s of interest.
OTHER OPTIONS AND ADDITIONS:
* BRING YOUR OWN BIKE:
If you decide to use your own motorcycle on tour, please be sure to let us know what it is before showing up – no scooters in the outback please!
** PILLION PASSENGER:
Add on this amount to the ‘Rider in shared room’ cost if you would like to ride with a pillion passenger and share a room with them during the tour.