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Combined with the exciting opportunity to watch the Birdsville horse and camel races, this is one of the best motorcycle tour that Outback Adventure Treks offers across Australia. It will take you from coast to coast on a motorbike and you will be rewarded with incredible scenery, awesome gravel roads, and windy tracks with desert crossings, bulldust holes, and rugged outback towns! Even though you will be traveling in extremely remote locations, it is still a motorcycle tour with comfortable accommodations and incredible meals. So if you have a sense of adventure and want bragging rights to last a lifetime, maybe you should clear your calendar for this one.
During this tour, you will be staying in various accommodations across Australia. On most nights, you will go camping. Single rooms will be provided. When it comes to accommodation, everyone is pleasantly surprised by the quality of the camps. Comfort, good service, and something different are the criteria used in selecting the camps.
If you are in town, you will be staying at the best campground on offer. A hot shower is always welcome after a day or two in the bush. When off the beaten track, you will usually still have access to a shower but it may be in the form off a waterfall, a freshwater stream, or a dam.
After stowing all your gear in the support truck, it is time to get acquainted with your motorbike. After a rider safety briefing, the first part of the trip is to get your boots wet in the Indian Ocean. The next time you will see saltwater will be in the Pacific Ocean in Airlie Beach 16 days later. Leaving Fremantle Beach behind, you will find your way out of the city and an hour later on the outskirts of the suburbs, you will turn right through the last set of traffic lights for 5,700 kilometers.
Climbing over the Darling Scarp, you will head into the country of Western Australia and into Wheatbelt. After another hour or so on a bitumen road, you will hit the dirt roads. You will be glad that you are on an off-road motorcycle. Lunch will be spent in the shade of some Gum trees at a lake. In the late afternoon, you will leave the wheat farming areas behind and camp for the first night on a sheep station or ranch near Lake Moore, just south of Paynes Find.
There is plenty of firewood about, so out with the camp ovens for a roast dinner cooked on the fire. Sitting around the campfire with a cold beer, the first day is over and you will be on your way across Australia on dirt bikes.
After a big cooked breakfast and breaking camp, it is onto the wide open gravel roads of outback Western Australia. You will pass through sheep and cattle stations and see the countryside change once again as you get into sandy soils. After a refuel in Sandstone, you will head out to the London Arch rock formation. You will continue north for a short run to an old gold mining area north of Lake Mason where there are relics of a bygone era.
There is usually enough time to have a good look around and a few spots to test your motorcycle skills before an incredible outback sunset. Everyone will settle down to another evening dinner in the “million-star restaurant.”
It is the biggest day of the tour. After an early start and a hearty feed of bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, and toast, you will leave the truck behind for a while as you take the interesting way out of camp. You will be throwing your motorbike around the old mining tracks. It will be great riding and a blast to ride first thing in the morning just as the sun rises. Once you meet up with the truck again, you will head northeast towards Wiluna.
There, you will fill all your fuel and water tanks to the brim as it is another four days until you get to Ayers Rock for another chance for a reliable fuel and water supply. It is in Wiluna where you will turn your motorbikes east onto the legendary Gunbarrel Highway. The Little Sandy Desert surrounds you as you head deep into Western Australia’s outback. You will go further into the heart of Australia. You will start to see wild camels, a dingo or two, and all sorts of wildlife.
An hour or so after lunch, you will have time for a swim at Mingol Camp and a lazy afternoon ride down the road to Carnegie Station.
Leaving Carnegie, you will get onto the true Gunbarrel Highway. Lunch is spent at the MCG. You will see when you get there. The going gets a little slower as you continue east and the riding will be a blast. With varied riding terrain all day, you have to be on your toes and ready for the unexpected. As you push on after lunch, you will leave the Little Sandy Desert and head into the Gibson Desert. Mount Beadell will loom on the horizon as the sun starts to go down and the view from the top is incredible.
You will then make camp a little further down the road. You will camp on one of the most remote places on earth. You will be more than 1,200 kilometers from the nearest city. Camp Beadell was one of the main construction camps during the making of the Gunbarrel Highway back in the 50s. There is a resident dingo called Jimmy that usually makes himself seen as you sit around the campfire with a few beers. The night sky is incredible out there.
You will watch the Birdsville horse and camel races on this day.
After breakfast, it will be an easy morning ride over small dunes and spinifex country to your morning tea stop. You will continue along the Gunbarrel Highway and test your riding skills and endurance a little as you enter the abandoned section of the highway. That is where the real fun starts. There, you will get into some awesome riding mixed in with some spectacular twisty sections through the trees. You and your motorcycle will have to work together in that section.
The road keeps getting narrower and narrower as you enter more dunes and weave your way through stands of desert oaks to your overnight camp at Lake Christopher. That is your last night in the bush for a couple of nights, as tomorrow, you will head for Uluru or Ayers Rock. There are usually plenty of tall stories about. The day’s ride will end around the fire at night.
It will be a long day in the saddle. The first three hours of riding will be an absolute blast as you navigate your motorcycles down sandy tracks with heaps of rocky and dry creek crossings. You will turn south in the shadow of the western side of the Rawlinson Ranges and out of the sand dunes. Crossing gibber country, you will meet up with the Great Central Road and ride into Giles for morning tea. After a splash and dash fuel stop for the support vehicle at Warakurna Aboriginal community.
You will continue along the Great Central Road and into the Northern Territory. The scenery makes up for the straight outback roads on the section as you ride in between the mountain ranges. After a photo stop at the Western Australia-Northern Territory border, you will pass through the Docker River Aboriginal community and stop for a lunch break at Lasseter’s Cave. You will continue heading due east. Then, in the distance, the magnificent Olgas start to take shape. The Great Central Road ends at the Olgas where you will hit the bitumen road again.
The last blacktop was four days ago in Wiluna. You will ride the short dash into Yulara Resort. On your way to Yulara and after a few kilometers on the bitumen, Ayers Rock looms up behind the dunes. Ayers Rock stays in view all the way to your overnight stop at the resort where all the mod cons greet you such as a swimming pool, shops, caramel lattes, and so on. The chef gets a night off. You will head to the pub for a steak dinner or pizzas and a cold beer or three.
It is your free day. You may visit Uluru or Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta or the Olgas. You may spend the day as you like. There is a shopping center at the resort in case you need to stock up on anything. There is also a great cafe in case the need for that caramel latte is too strong.
Leaving Ayers Rock behind, you will continue for another 150 kilometers before turning north. You will have morning tea under the Gum trees on a river bank and then continue along the Ernest Giles Highway heading towards the Stuart Highway. After a refuel and then some amazing riding along an old stock route, you will get to the famous toward Finke then turn east to your overnight stay at Lambert Center. It is the absolute geographic center of Australia. The campsite also marks the middle of the tour in both time and distance.
The morning starts with another massive outback breakfast and a 50-kilometer blast on the race track then into the Finke Aboriginal community where you will once again fill all tanks to the brim as your next chance will be at Birdsville four and a half days later. You will then continue on wide sandy roads and follow the Old Ghan Railway line while the truck continues to Mount Dare for a slash and dash ready for the Simpson Crossing.
After a fun morning ride, you will meet up with the truck for morning tea. You will then head back out on the tracks as you cross the mud flats to Dalhousie Springs. The thermal hot water springs soon sooth away the aches and pains from the last few days riding. You will stop for lunch and a long swim.
Then, you will hit the track again and the beginning of the Simpson Desert. Before camp, you will cross about 100 small sand dunes. That will give you a chance to get the hang of riding a motorcycle in the sand. You will camp on the French Line, in the shadows of the dunes.
After breakfast and your first night in the Simpson Desert, it is time to enjoy one of the best dirt bike rides in Australia, the French Line. You will continue crossing the 1,200 sand dunes of the Simpson and they continue to get a little bigger as the morning goes on. You will continue over the dunes to your morning tea stop. By then, your motorbike sand-riding skills have improved to no end. After morning tea, it is back onto the French Line. The going easier as you get into the rhythm of riding the dunes.
The truck is a little slower than the bikes so there is plenty of time for rest and photos along the way. Soon, you will get to your lunch stop at the Colson Track. After lunch, the dunes continue and the riding is incredible. It will be another 40 kilometers further on and you will get to the Erabena Track where you will make camp for the night. There will be plenty to talk about around the campfire as you all have a laugh about the days riding styles.
The support truck is a fair bit slower than the bikes as it carefully navigates the dunes. Whereas the bikes are at home on the fast flowing track. There are lots of chances for rest along the way and some great opportunities for photos. You will continue along the French Line and over another few hundred sand dunes to the lunch stop at the Knoll Track intersection. After lunch, you will ride your motorcycles along the last section of the French Line to Poeppel Corner where the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Queensland borders meet.
That will be your last camp in the Simpson Desert and the last chance to soak up the remoteness and solitude of the experience for tomorrow night, you will be at the Birdsville Pub for dinner.
Heading north from the corner and along the K1 Line, you will once again enter the Northern Territory for a brief moment before joining the QAA line and turning east for the final 500 odd dunes into Birdsville. The QAA Line is a lot faster than the French Line as the dunes start to disappear and you get back into station country. Lunch is spent on the banks of Eyre Creek then we get to the last of the dune of the Simpson.
Its name is “Big Red” and it is sometimes a challenge to get to the top on your first go. Even if you do not make it on your first attempt, everyone makes it after a few tries. You will spend some time playing on Big Red and then making sure the support truck gets over. You will ride the last few kilometers into Birdsville and welcome a cold beer at the pub. After parking your motorcycle for the night and setting up your camp at the caravan park, it is back over to the pub and a famous Birdsville Hotel dinner awaits.
First job of the morning is to ride to the Birdsville bakery to get stocked up with their famous camel pies for morning tea. You will be back onto formed dirt roads as you continue east. Morning tea is at a nice shady spot along the track. Then, you will continue through some of the most incredible scenery in western Queensland to your lunch stop at Dion’s Lookout. The views you will see on the trip are like no other.
After lunch, you will continue along easy roads and into Windorah. There is a chance for a cold beer at the pub before you settle into your overnight stop on the banks of Cooper Creek.
Leaving the Cooper behind, you will head north with the sun over your right shoulder as you join the Jundah Stock Route to Jundah, stopping on the banks of the Thomson River for morning tea. After the break, you will continue the winding track along the Thomson River to the small town of Stonehenge and your lunch stop. The winding track then continues all the way to Longreach. That will be your first major town since you left Fremantle on day one.
You will have the chance to resupply for the last two days of riding as you will not see another town until you get to the Pacific two days later. You will head to the Longreach Club for a cold beer and a typical west Queensland dinner. They are huge.
Continuing along the Thompson River, you will enter deep into west Queensland cattle country. Leaving the Thomson and your lunch stop, you will ride up and over the Great Divide where the countryside starts to get greener and the kangaroos and emus are everywhere. Day 15 calls for careful alert riding since there are animals everywhere.
You will then join the Suttor River for your last overnight bush camp at Charlie’s Hut. The chef cooks up your last campfire meal as the sun sets. The tall stories get even taller around the fire.
After breaking camp for the last time, you will spend the day on some fantastic winding dirt roads. You will cross another two ranges before you get to the Bowen River Hotel and your morning tea stop. The dirt road finally ends just before you get to the east coast. Lunch is in Bowen then, you will be on the Number 1 Highway for the short last stretch of the adventure. As you head back to the “big smoke,” you will pass through the first set of traffic lights for 16 days. They are always red.
The road then passes through Cannonvale and into Airlie Beach where the adventure ends as you dip your boots into the Pacific Ocean. Hopefully, the tide is in. After transfers to the hotel, you will meet up again in the evening for a farewell dinner and drinks.
This tour will take place in Lake Moore, Lake Mason, Carnegie Station, Mount Beadell, Lake Christopher, Yulara, Finke Desert Race Track, Purnie Bore, Erabena Track, Poeppel Corner, Birdsville, Cooper Creek, Longreach, and Suttor River in Australia. It starts in Fremantle Beach, Western Australia, and ends in Airlie Beach, Queensland.
Discover the Birdsville Pub, one of the greatest outback drinking establishments in Australia! Ride a motorcycle across the Simpson, Great Victoria, Gibson, and the Little Sandy Desert all in the same week. Enjoy stunning vistas of Uluru or Ayers Rock and the biggest night sky on earth. Ride for days on end without seeing another person.
Outback Adventure is the first and only motorcycle tour operator and company across Australia to get a permit to cross the Simpson Desert. You will not find the experience offered anywhere else. Imagine no traffic lights for 17 days, guaranteed.
During this tour, all meals will be provided. Meals are of a mixed normal variety such as roasts, fish, and much more. If you have any special dietary needs, please let Outback Adventure Treks know in advance. Some guys say they wish their wives could cook that well. Breakfast is always a full-cooked Brekki or you can simply just have some toast and cereal. Lunch is either at an outback pub or a selection of sandwiches or wraps if you are well off the beaten track.
The evening meal is usually served in the “million-star open-air restaurant,” usually a barbecue or a variety of international dishes cooked the outback way. The team can even spend a few nights cooking over an open campfire followed by chocolate or dessert. Meals and drinks are included but do not include alcoholic beverages.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Perth Airport (PER). Outback Adventure Treks does not provide airport transfer for this tour.
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