As Rob van Driesum, former editor of Australian Motorcycle News and Lonley Planet Guide Books, summarised it:
“Of all the areas I’ve seen in the world, Tasmania offers the greatest variety of motorcycling experiences in some of the best scenery you’ll find anywhere. If there’s a motorcycle heaven, it’s called Tasmania.”
During the 3,317 km long tour, every single day is a motorcycle rider’s dream.
The first day of the tour sees us in the heart of Melbourne for a little bit of sightseeing. After all, city life in a great city like Melbourne can be exciting too. Before we board the ferry to Tasmania, we have three “warm-up days” at the edge of the Snowy Mountains and at the most southerly point of the Australian mainland, Wilson’s Promontory National Park. We ride along scenic Lake Eildon, experience our first dirt roads, and enjoy spectacular mountain views. We take the night ferry from Melbourne to Devonport, and at 7am we arrive in motorcycle heaven.
1st Day in Tasmania:
Arrival in Devonport, visit of the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and the Maritime Museum. Camp in Narawntapu National Park.
We ride along the Tamar River, via Launceston and Scottsdale, to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country, the famous Bay of Fires.
We have a look at one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania, the spectacular St Columba Falls.
We have lunch at a very special pub, the Pub in the Paddock. We cross St. Mary’s Pass and Elephant Pass and camp at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. We enjoy a walk to postcard-perfect Wineglass Bay.
4th & 5th Day:
Fortescue Bay. We hike to Cape Hauy and enjoy an excursion to Port Arthur, the most famous convict settlement in Australia.
6th & 7th Day:
We have a look at the old part of Hobart and the Antarctic Museum. Camp is at Russell Falls. We ride out to Lakes Gordon and Pedder, in the heart of Tasmania’s untamed Southwest Wilderness. This is truly wild country.
Derwent Bridge and picturesque Lake St Clair, which is the southern end of the famous “Overland Track”, a one-week hike across the highlands of central Tasmania.
We just stroll along the lake a bit to take in the beautiful surroundings, or enjoy the comfort of a boat tour.
Via the copper-mine “moonscape” of Queenstown, we reach Strahan.
The boat cruise across the fjord and along the Gordon River to “Heritage Landing” is one of the highlights of the tour.
The 180 km long track known as the “Western Explorer” takes us through another wild part of Tasmania.
The weather here can be quite rough at times, just like the road, but it’s part of the great experience that this area has to offer. The area does not see many tourists, but those who venture out here, simply love it and get rewarded.
After a brief visit to Stanley, an old historic town on the north coast with a distinctively shaped volcanic plateau called “The Nut”, we ride inland again to view the queen of Tasmania’s mountains, Cradle Mountain.
This is the northern end of the “Overland Track”. We are happy with an easy, relaxing walk around Lake Dove.
We take the ferry from Devonport back to Melbourne.
Back on the mainland we enjoy even more fantastic motorcycling kilometres, and the “Great Ocean Road” seems to have been built for exactly that purpose. We camp at Cape Otway National Park and swap the bikes for horses (optional extra), to see koalas still living in the wild in this area.
At the end of this great three-week tour, a little treat – the Grampians - Gariwerd - National Park. Overlooked by mass tourism so far, this is one of Victoria’s true gems.
| ||Yamaha XT660R ||Suzuki DR650SE ||BMW F650GS |
|AUD 4.990,- |
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|AUD 4.990,– |
|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,-
- 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., ferry fares 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.