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Travelling across the continent via the North - South route probably gives you the most comprehensive impression of Australia.

 

New***
From 2010 we offer motel or cabins style accommodation on our popular OUTBACKER. For prices and conditions please refer to prices below.

Tour: Melbourne - Ayers Rock (Uluru) - Darwin (or vice versa)
Level: easy to average
Prices: see bottom of page 
Dates:  14.03.2010 - 03.04.2010  Melbourne - Darwin
            20.03.2011 - 09.04.2011  Melbourne - Darwin 
            14.08.2011 - 03.09.2011  Melbourne - Darwin

 


 

Travelling across the continent via the North - South route probably gives you the most comprehensive impression of Australia. We pass through three climatic zones, starting from the temperate climate of the south heading through the subtropics of the centre to the tropics of the north. Furthermore, Australia is not just desert and prairie, the south being reminiscent of Ireland and the North very similar to the tropics of Asia.

This tour can be mastered by bikers of average experience. All roads are sealed bitumen roads but there will also be the opportunity to ride off the road and to have some "enduro" fun.

Outbacker - brigde

We leave Melbourne heading west and follow the Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful of Australia’s coastal roads. This part of the coast consists of countless sandy bays and bizarre rock formations created by thousands of years of erosion. It is here that we find the Twelve Apostles, a collection of massive detached rocks, which are an absolute must for every hobby photographer. This coastal road provides you with constant breathtaking views of the ocean and gives you the opportunity to go for a refreshing swim. In Cape Otway National Park there is the opportunity to hire horses (only during peak season) and ride through the unique countryside for a few hours. A great experience even for beginners! On every ride up to now it has been possible to see koalas and kangaroos living in the wild.

 Outbacker - Great Ocean Road

After about three days we arrive at the pulsating city of Adelaide. Another day’s ride and we reach Port Augusta, which borders on the Outback. This is where the legendary Stuart Highway begins which then winds its way along the 3,000 km to Darwin and the Timor sea. Just a few kilometres beyond the outskirts of Port Augusta we are already in the Outback, with its thornbushes, huge cattle herds, gnarled Eucalypt trees and, of course, kangaroos. 

 Outbacker - cattle

Already we only see few other vehicles and the occasional road train, huge trucks with up to four trailers. Between Port Augusta and the next town, Coober Pedy, we camp out in the bush at a huge salt lake. The fascinating atmosphere of the Outback at night is something you can’t describe, it’s something you just have to experience. The desert town of Coober Pedy is the most abundant source of opals in the world, providing 75% of world's opal  production. Most of the inhabitants live underground in dug-outs which are hewn out of the soft rock and which are often very comfortable dwellings. Our overnight stay here is in a dug-out. Nearby there is an interesting museum which gives a good impression of the early pioneer days in Coober Pedy.

 Breakaways - Coober Pedy

After another two days, we arrive at Kulgera which is nothing more than a road-house. Not far from here is the turn off to Ulruru - Ayers Rock, the red heart of Australia and the world’s largest monolith, which is 8.8 km in circumference and towers 348 m above the plain. Geologists have estimated that it also reaches a depth of 3,000 m below ground level. The Rock is a sacred place for the Aboriginals. Every aspect of the rock, wether it be the 60 m long "Kangaroo’s Tail", the waterholes, the caves or the formations caused by erosion, such as the "The Brain", has its own individual religious importance for the indigenous population. Wall paintings can be seen in some of the caves. These are painted in three colours: Red, representing the past, Black, for life and White, for death.

Outbacker - Ayers Rock or Uluru

Only 30 km from here are the equally impressive Kata Tjuta - Olgas whose granite cone-shaped summits rise up the a height of 546 m.

Outbacker - The Olgas or Kata Tjuta

After Uluru it’s another day’s ride to Kings Canyon, which is a rarely visited national park. Here, we take a day and a half break from riding in order to do some hiking through this immense canyon with its hidden oases and their tropical vegetation. On the way to Alice Springs we stop and take a look at the crater left by the Henbury meteorite. In "Alice", as the Aussies call it, we have a day’s rest and visit the local attractions, for example, the open-air museum and an old telegraph station.

Outbacker - Road Train

After a further two nights in the bush we finally reach the tropics just north of the gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Crocodile Dundee's water buffalo 

We spend the night by the hot springs of Mataranka and visit the Edith Falls in the Nitmiluk - Katherine Gorge National Park, which are terraced waterfalls set among unique shrub bland.

In the middle of the tropics we reach our destination, Darwin and the Timor sea, after travelling some 5,000 km. Darwin is a town with a typical easy-going atmosphere and it’s here that the tour ends. This tour, although not always comfortable, is full of unique experiences in a wild untouched countryside and will, by now, have provided you with a good section of the Australian continent.
 


Prices:

  Yamaha XT660R Suzuki DR650SE BMW F650GS

Driver:
Pillion Rider:

AUD 4.990,–
AUD 1.080,-
AUD 3.990,–
AUD 1.080,-
AUD 4.990,–
AUD 1.080,-
in Service Vehicle: AUD 1.980,- AUD 1.980,- AUD 1.980,-

You can also join the tour with your own bike. Price: AUD 2.180,- 

Prices include:
Pick-up service from airport at tour starting point
Motorcycle rent for duration of tour
Third-party insurance and full comprehensive insurance with AUD 3.000,00 excess; excess can be reduced to AUD 600,00 by payment of AUD19,00 per day.Maintenance of the motorbike and repairs during the tour (provided that they are not caused by actual fault)
Spare motorcycle during tour transported on trailer
Support vehicle and luggage transport
German/English speaking tour guide
Maps and roadbook
campground fees
cook
GST and taxes

Prices do not include:
Air fares
Fuel
food (breakfast and lunch): AUD 110,00 per week (payable at the tour guide before tour starts)
Admission fees for national parks, museums, etc. and other activities
additional insurance (see above)

Accommodation prices and conditions:

From now on, this tour can be booked with accommodation in motel/cabin style accommodation instead of tent accommodation for all nights. 20 nights in motel/cabin style accommodation cost an additional AUD 1.760,00 (twin share). Single occupancy supplement is AUD 650,00. Please note that early bookings are essential as accommodation can be booked out early especially in remote areas. Please also note that single rooms might not be available for all nights. 

 

Requirements/Driving Licence:
For Australia, an international driving licence (in combination with the national driving licence only) or an English translation of the national driving licence (in combination with the national driving licence only) is needed. The drivers participating must be 21 years of age at least and in possession of a driving licence for all motorbike types.  
Please note: We reserve the right to make changes at any time.              


 
     
 

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