Tour: Melbourne - Sydney - Great Barrier Reef - Melbourne
Total distance: appr. 6.000 km
Prices: see bottom of page
Dates: 10.10.2010 - 30.10.2010
At this very time, Australia is in the midst of summer. Superhuman capabilities are not required for the tour, but there are a few days rides of around 500 km and several gravel roads to master, although these have a solid subsoil and are thus not difficult to drive on. The 6.000 km tour takes us through mountains on the edge of the Outback and along the seemingly never ending beaches of the Pacific. The whole route is a biker’s "El Dorado". Also included on the tour are short hikes, diving on the Great Barrier Reef, surfing and of course swimming.
We leave Melbourne heading to a north-easterly direction and drive through Victoria, New South Wales and through the beautiful mountain ranges of Queensland. Travelling through the alpine plateau of the Bogong National Park we come to Mount Kosciuszko, which at 2.228 m is the highest mountain in Australia. Here we visit the underground stalactite world of the Yarrongobilly Caves.
On our journey northwards, there are several unusual sights of natural beauty to be seen. The next overnight stop is in the Warrumbungle National Park where we have half a days break to visit an observatory belonging to Sydney University. On reaching Warwick we find ourselves in the state of Queensland which has summer for twelve months a year, enabling all kinds of tropical fruits, such as bananas and papajas, as well as tea etc. to grow there.
In Gladstone, a small port some 300 km north of Brisbane, we finally reach the sea. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the many islands. On the island, you can take a guided walk or explore the unique underwater world of the world's largest reef on a dive, while snorkelling or from a glass-bottom boat.
After a two days stop in Gladstone we gradually make our way back along the 3.000 km return route down the coast. Our first stop is the Cooloola National Park. This park can only be reached by driving some 70 km along the beach. It’s a strenuous drive but the park rewards us with its exceptional beauty. To the south of Ballina we have the opportunity of taking surfing lessons on a picturesque lake. This is great fun for beginners too.
The next stage of the journey is along the Banana Coast via Coffs Harbour to Sydney. Here, we have a whole day to get to know this vibrating city which has much more to offer than just the famous Opera House.
We then take a ferry across the natural harbour to Manley, Sydney’s bathing resort. Two days later, we reach Croajingolong National Park, one of the the most beautiful and yet relatively unknown national parks in Victoria, where we climb a 100 m sand dune. The view from here out to sea and onto the surrounding bushland is magnificent. The last part of our journey takes us to the most southerly point of mainland Australia, Wilson’s Promontory National Park. At the end of a huge massif are numerous small sandy bays which provide a fitting end to the tour. From here there are another 300 km to Melbourne.
|in Service Vehicle:
You can also join the tour with your own bike. Price: AUD 2.180,-
- 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
- GST and taxes
Prices do not include:
- Air fares
- food (breakfast and dinner): 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)
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.