BRISBANE TO PERTH SELF GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR
This is an incredible, once in a lifetime type of motorcycle tour across some of the most iconic scenery in Australia. Sweep through valleys crammed with vineyards, dive into the vibrant culture of multiple bustling cities, twist your way through alpine regions, climb high into the mountainous inland reaches and relax on some of the best beaches in the country. Cruise across the never ending Nullarbor Plain through some of the most awe inspiring areas of Outback, before enjoying the lush South West of Australia and marvel at the towering forests packed with the second largest trees on the planet.
This is the tour that motorbikes dream about being ridden on. Thirty days of incredible motorcycle touring and the added satisfaction of knowing you’ve crossed an entire continent, it doesn’t get much better than this!
As much advice and help as you need to ensure you make the most of your time in Australia on two wheels.
The motorcycle of your choice. We’ve a wide selection to choose from, something to suit every taste and experience level.
Great accommodation for one or two people. No extra cost for staying with your passenger. Typically in 3 1/2 or 4 star resorts, hotels or bed & breafasts.
A detailed itinerary document crammed full of information about the best places to visit and interesting background information; also included are digital map links customised for each tour.
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SEPTEMBER TO APRIL
Capital city of Queensland, 16th ‘most liveable city in the world’ and the ideal place to gear up and get yourself ready for this epic motorcycle tour. What better way to celebrate the start of a great holiday, than with a glass of something nice overlooking the river? There’s some great nightlife to take advantage of, lovely parks, bustling shopping streets and a wealth of other attractions might just convince you to linger a little longer.
THE GOLD COAST
Australia’s most visited holiday destination and it’ll be pretty obvious why when you ride in. Great beaches, all the top theme parks, vibrant nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you’ve got it, if you prefer the views and a bit more relaxation then you can have that too! The 57km of coastline bordering the aptly titled region near Surfers Paradise includes some of the most popular ‘surf breaks’ in the world. If you’re even slightly interested in that most Australian pastime of surfing, you’ll be well catered for here!
The most easterly point of Australia, Cape Byron is at Byron Bay. There are even more beautiful beaches here augmented by a lively, friendly and incredibly welcoming small town with some great riding in the surrounding countryside.
Once a centre for ‘alternative lifestylers’, Byron Bay has clung on to that unique atmosphere and generally chilled out approach to life. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse, enjoy the goings on in town and get a good meal at any of the great restaurants. There’s still more to come on this tour though, so don’t get completely seduced by Byron Bay’s undoubted charm.
WATERFALL WAY AND NEW ENGLAND
State Highway 78 or the far more attractively titled ‘ Waterfall Way’, is a breathtaking biking road through dense rainforest and past countless waterfalls. It boasts some epic views over the New England National Park and is quite rightly regarded as one of the finest roads for motorcycling in the state. The route leads down to the base of the Great Dividing Range where you’ll stay for the night. If you arrive earlier than expected there’s the additional draw of the ‘Promised Land’ circuit to ride, which takes you along a beautiful single track country lane past some pristine crystal clear streams. Just the ticket for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!
Another incredibly scenic and winding back road takes you through New England to the settlement of Armidale. Famed for its deciduous trees in Autumn, it’s an unusually seasonal area of Australia due to its elevation and actually experiences four distinct seasons, unlike most of Australia. If you time your visit right, the display offered up as the leaves on the trees switch to their more Autumnal hues is a sight worthy of retelling by the greatest poets. A good range of restaurants and a country town atmosphere mean Armidale is a pleasant town to spend the evening in, before riding on to the Hunter Valley the following day.
The Hunter region, more commonly known as the Hunter Valley, is the grape crushing heart of Australia’s wine production. Ride along sweeping minor roads, past the viewpoints, fast flowing rivers and gorges of the Wollemi National Park [Australia’s second largest] to the vineyards, top class restaurants and wineries of the Hunter Valley proper. The overnight accommodation for this part of the tour is a brief taxi ride from some of the most famous restaurants and wineries in the region, so there’s plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce. Arrive early and go on a wine tasting tour or savour the culture in a relaxed evening out amongst the vines!
Named after the coloured tinge the mountains take on when viewed from a distance, the Blue Mountains is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and a motorcycle rider approved top quality area of Australia. Astounding scenery dominates the region at every turn with thundering waterfalls, the second largest canyon on earth, nerve jangling cable car rides, the steepest funicular railway in the world and some lovely walking tracks.
Check out the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and a plethora of other scenic lookouts, before riding a circular route back around the mountains. The accommodation for your time here is a great bed & breakfast with friendly, welcoming hosts and spectacular views over the Hawkesbury River.
There’s so much to see and do in this fantastic city that words can’t even begin to describe the place, that won’t stop us trying of course! There’s the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Manly, Circular Quay, and that merely scratches the surface of what Sydney has to offer.
You could spend a couple of days or even a week or two exploring the city and surrounds, depending on your timescale If you’d like to spend longer enjoying Sydney, we can of course customise this tour to specifically suit your requirements. Just ask.
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
Words can’t adequately 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.
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. The culinary skills on offer in Adelaide make it 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.
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!
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 along the picturesque coast towards Perth.
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 spot to end your trans-continental motorcycle tour.
We can arrange accommodation in or around Perth for you after your motorbike tour, should you find yourself seduced by the plentiful charms of the city. Just ask! It’s just the thing after such an epic long distance motorcycle tour!
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.
BRISBANE TO PERTH 30 DAY, 29 NIGHT
SUZUKI DL650 VSTROM
YAMAHA XVS650 VSTAR
HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD KING
HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA LIMITED 114
* 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!
- As much advice as you need to help you make the absolute most of your time in Australia.
- Great accommodation for one or two people. No extra cost for staying with your passenger (pillion). Typically in 3 1/2 or 4 star resorts, hotels or bed and breakfasts.
- The motorcycle of your choice.
- Detailed itinerary document crammed full of information about the best places to visit and interesting background information.
- Digital maps taking you on the best route, customised to your tour.
- GPS / Sat Nav units are not included in the basic tour price but can be supplied if required. Where supplied, the units cannot currently be pre-programmed with your tour route. More information can be found here. Rest assured, we’re working on it.
- Parking charges when on tour are not included in the tour pricing displayed. Riders are responsible for their own parking charges.