6 Days Dirt Bike Motorcycle Tour in Simpson Desert from Alice Springs to Birdsville, Australia

Thrilling Motorcycle Tour Australia

Trapp Tours offer you the opportunity to crosses the desert from east to west for all the sand dune fun you could possibly hope! The ride will be full of incredible scenery, awesome gravel roads, and windy tracks with desert crossings, bulldust holes, and rugged outback towns. So, if you have a sense of adventure and want to get an Australian dirt road experience that lasts a lifetime, you should clear your calendar for this one.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Terrain: off-road
  • Mileage: 900 kilometers / 559 miles
  • Daily rides: between 103 - 325 kilometers / 64 - 201.9 miles
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Amazing view of Poeppels Corner
  • Learn about Australia's pioneering history
  • Starts in Alice Springs and ends in Birdsville
  • Ride on the endless sand dunes of Simpson Desert
  • Swim in an oasis in the desert at Dalhousie Hot Springs
  • Suzuki DRZ400E motorbike rental for the tour
  • Brisbane to Birdsville airfare
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Birdsville hotel on your first night. Starting with the second night, you will be camping using the gear provided by Trapp Tours.

Program

Program

This Simpson Desert motorcycle tour will ride all of the 1100 sand dunes and see incredible desert beauty on this tour. This tour caters for the novice to experienced riders who just want to get across the Simpson Desert using the experience of this crossing while at the same time having a lot of fun.

Day 1: Alice Springs - Maryvale Station - Station Master's - Finke - Mount Dare Station (325 kilometers / 202 miles)

The tour will start in Alice Springs. You will head south to Maryvale Station, which will take you onto the Finke service road, where you will get a chance to look at the railway pioneering from the left over remains of the Ghan railway.

You will enjoy morning tea at the ruins of Station Master's building, at Rodinga, which is a great view for riders. Afterward, you will hit the corrugated road, heading for the Aboriginal community of Finke for lunch. For the rest of the day, you will be riding on outback roads to Mount Dare Station.

Day 2: Blood Creek - Dalhousie - Dalhousie Hot Springs (103 kilometers / 64 miles)

You will start the day with a ride to Blood Creek ruins and also visit the Dalhousie ruins, which have a great Australian pioneering history. From there, you will make your way to Dalhousie Hot Springs, an oasis in the desert, where you will get to swim and be surrounded by all the beauty and vegetation.

Day 3: Simpson Desert - Colson Track (163 kilometers / 101 miles)

This will be the first day of riding in the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert, which you will be riding on the QAA Line until Peoppels Corner. You are going to be tested in the endless 322 kilometers of red sand. The dunes are relatively small on the western side of the Simpson Desert, so this will ease you into getting the hang of developing your sand riding technique for the hard stuff later on. Your aim for the day will be Colson Track turn off for the evening.

Day 4: Peoppels Corner (116 kilometers / 72 miles)

You will keep your riding slow, mainly second and third gear on the bike. Your objective for the day is to make it to Peoppels Corner, the intersection of three states, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland. Being in the desert, you will be impressed by the remarkable beauty and the surprising number of birds and animals that live there.

Day 5: Big Red Desert - Birdsville (169 kilometers / 105 miles)

You will make your way onto the QQA Line and you will notice that the sand dunes get bigger and bigger as you head east. Your objective for the day will be to reach the township of Birdsville, but before, you still have a few sand dunes to ride and to test yourself.

You will be doing this on the mother of all sand dunes called Big Red, one of the largest dunes in the desert. After, you will be bragging that you have made it over to Big Red on a motorcycle. You will arrive in Birdsville by the end of the day, just in time for the group photo.

Day 6: Birdsville - Brisbane - Alice Springs

You will fly from Birdsville to Brisbane. The flight will be a good chance to observe the changing landscape, from red to lush green on the east coast of Australia. You will make a few stops before you will arrive back in Brisbane, late in the afternoon.

On your arrival, Trapp Tours will sort out your luggage and anything else last minute before you disappear in the famous Birdsville Hotel for a drink. You will be riding a motorcycle for 5 days and camping under the stars each night. You will have riders briefing each morning so you know exactly what you are going to do for each day.

Highlights

  • Finke Desert race track
  • Mt Dare Hotel
  • Simpson Desert 1100 sand dunes to cross
  • Swimming at Dalhousie Hot Springs
  • French Line
  • QAA Line
  • Poeppels Corner (South Australia, Queensland, and northern Territory Border intersection)
  • Birdsville Hotel
  • Desert camping and brilliant stars to see

Simpson Desert riding skill needed for the tour

If you have never ridden sand before and you would love to cross the Simpson Desert by bike but if you are unsure of your skill leave needed then don’t worry! You can do it, it is not that hard. You will, of course, receive assistance from the guides if needed.

Trapp Tours encourage all riders to ride at their own pace, this is not a race and you are in no rush! Trapp Tours want everyone to make the crossing safely and have fun at the same time. If all else fails or you have had enough for the day, you can just simply roll your motorcycle onto the trailer and jump into the truck.

Fitness level required, you will be on a bike usually from 09:00 till 15:30, there are many regrouping stages throughout the day including lunch and dinner and maybe dessert, not desert. This will be a real workout for your legs as you will be up and down in your saddle all day continuously for the 3-day crossing of the Simpson Desert, so just be aware of this and of course the odd occasion of paddling your bike up some hairy goat sand dunes.

Beginner

  • Can ride for two to three hours
  • Minimal riding experience
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Motorcycle trip-planning Australia

  • You should never leave a dirt road that you are traveling on to go cross country as you may loose sight of the road and not be able to find it again.
  • Carry ample water.
  • If you are traveling through a remote area always inform authorities of your destination, travel route and arrival time.
  • You should always work out your fuel requirements between fuel stops.
  • Always reset your trip meter after refueling so you know what distance you can roughly travel on your tank of fuel. It is also handy for knowing the distance traveled in relation to your map and last refueling point.
  • You should try to avoid traveling at night in the outback because the wildlife tends to hang around the side of the road eating the greener grass. Your light tends to blind and panic them. They usually jump towards your incoming light, for example, your bike, which could be potentially disastrous. The animals most frequently encountered are kangaroos, wild pigs, and cattle.
  • Take it easy, keep your speed down when traveling outback roads, especially dirt roads. Give yourself a chance to react to conditions like bull dust, washouts or wild animals.
  • Before you get going in the mornings it is usually a good idea to check your chain tension, your tire inflation and usually finishes it off with a good general check over. Always check your engine oil level after filling up with fuel.

Motorcycle information

You will use Suzuki motorcycles for this tours. It is important that you enjoy reliable motorcycling. The motorcycle fleet is maintained to the highest standards in the workshop. Each motorcycle is replaced at 20,000 kilometers. The motorcycle used is Suzuki DRZ400E with custom modifications such as bark busters, bash plate, and radiator guards.

Suzuki DRZ400E specifications:

  • 398 CC, single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC
  • Electric starter
  • 5-speed transmission
  • 935 millimeters seat height
  • 300 millimeters ground clearance
  • 1,475 millimeters wheelbase
  • 138 kilograms wet weight

Support vehicle information

Trapp Tours use a Toyota LandCruiser 6 x 6 wheel drive 79 series turbo V8 GMV 5750t equipped with:

  • 1 x 60 liter Engle fridge
  • 2 x 45 liter Engle fridge
  • 550 liters of bike fuel
  • 180 liters of diesel fuel (standard)
  • 300 liters of water
  • First aid box
  • Fishing gear
  • Toolbox
  • Satellite phone
  • GPS
  • UHF
  • 240 volts GPO
  • USB and cigarette charging points

Included excursions

  • Swimming at Dalhousie Hot Springs

Location

This tour is located in one of the most remote areas of the world, Simpson Desert. It offers you a challenge through sand country both physically, mentally and at the same time surrounded by the unique beauty of the desert and its elements.

The Simpson Desert consists of a sea of parallel red sand dunes covering an area of 170,000 square kilometers (as large as England and Wales). It lies across the corners of South Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

Features

Activities

  • Hot spring
  • Swimming

Food

“Rough As Guts Outback Restaurant" will cater for your all meals during this motorcycle tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Brisbane to Birdsville flight
  • Camping gear
  • Desert parks pass
  • Fuel
  • Support vehicle
  • Suzuki DRZ400E motorcycle hire

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Dinner at Birdsville hotel
  • Hotel coffees

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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Price information

Riders who wish to bring their own motorbike would pay 2,900 AUD per person. Bike must be reliable and be able to travel 180 kilometers on 10 liters of fuel. Price does not include any flights or bike transport if applicable.

Tuesday April 9, 2019
(6 days / 5 nights)

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