Guided Motorbike Tours - Sydney to the 'Outback' with Charley Boorman
Sydney to the 'Outback' with Charley
Explore the delights on offer across outback New South Wales and South Australia, the spectacular national parks and highlands of Victoria, plus the world famous Great Ocean Road - all with renowned bike traveller Charley Boorman as lead.

An incredibly scenic ride through three of Australia's eight states with the charismatic bike traveller Charley Boorman leading the way!
Sydney to the Outbck with Charley Boorman map
10 DAYS
11 NIGHTS
3,241km
Motorcycle expedition marker
AU$ 5,990
Guided motorbike tour dates
2018
• To be confirmed
Tour places are available
What's included in the tour
What's included - Bike of your choice
The motorcycle of your choice. Alternatively you also have the option to bring your own bike (BYOB).
What's included - Lead rider
Charley Boorman will act as lead rider and the team will perform support roles for the duration of the tour.
What's included - Accommodation
10 nights accommodation plus 1 extra night is included in the cost on a twin-share basis. Single occupancy options are available.
What's included - Support vehicle
Support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour, complete with qualified first aider on board.
What's included - Medic services
A medic is present on tour and although we hope to never use their skills, we think it's important to be prepared for anything!
What's included - unitGPS
A GPS unit is included with each BikeRoundOz motorcycle. Waypoints are available for clients riding their own bike.
What's included - Airport transfers
Airport transfers are included in the cost for international clients.
What's included - Breakfasts
Breakfast and evening meals are included. Lunches are not included.
Exclusions and things you should know
Flights icon
Air fares and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing you see here.
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Fuel is not included on the tour. You are responsible for the fuel costs during the duration of the ride.

Sydney to the 'Outback' with Charley Boorman

Charley Boorman
Join Charley Boorman on a guided bike adventure
Join enthusiastic motorcycle traveller Charley Boorman and his good mate Billy Ward as they explore New South Wales, South Australia and the National Parks of Victoria on this incredibly picturesque mixed-surface tour.

Experience the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains in New South Wales and the haunting outback spectacle of remote South Australia including the incredibly ancient Flinders Ranges National Park, where you explore deep into the pristine environments on some excellent dirt and gravel tracks.

You'll also have the chance to ride through the picturesque Barossa Valley wine region, venture into the amazing Grampians National Park and finally end the tour on a high with a ride along with world-renowned Great Ocean Road!

Since Charley completed the world crossing 'Long Way Round' motorcycle ride with Ewan McGregor he's been on plenty of other motorcycle trips but he keeps coming back to Australia, there must be something to it! He makes for a charismatic tour guide, ensuring that the already fantastic ride is even more enjoyable.

Sydney
Image credits linkIf you're going to start a motorcycle tour, then why not start in one of the most iconic cities on the planet.

The tour group will meet in Sydney for introductions, a meet and greet with Charley and a chance to get to know the crew before setting off the following day. We can help arrange accommodation in Sydney before the tour starts if that makes life easier for you, or if you'd simply like some extra time to explore the delights on offer in Australia's unofficial capital!

Day One
The first day of riding on this great adventure begins on a high, both literally and figuratively, with a stunningly beautiful ride west to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) listed Blue Mountains; given their signature blue hue by the fine mist produced by the innumerable Eucalypt trees that thrive in the region.

Blue Mountains
Image credits linkBlue Mountains - New South Wales

Pushing further inland the ride continues on to the historic settlement of Lithgow and then on to Bathurst, Australia’s oldest European settlement where we ride up to Mount Panorama, home of Australia’s most iconic car race the Bathurst 1000. We then descend onto the Central West Plains and ride on to the small town of Parkes home of the famous Parkes Radio Telescope, which was instrumental in bringing pictures of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing to televisions across the globe. You may recognise it as the star of the 2000 movie 'The Dish' which was loosely based on real-life events, with a little bit of liberty taken with a few of the minor details of course.


Sydney to the Outback with Charley Boorman
Image credits linkSome fantastic riding awaits on this guided motorcycle tour with Charley Boorman!

Day Two
The second day of riding is a relatively short one and we'll be approaching the edge of the outback, riding though legendary 'bushranger' country around Parkes and the small settlement of Condobolin a bit further west. We'll trace the course of the Lachlan River for a short distance before pausing for a while at the tiny (population around 1,400 at last count) oasis town of Lake Cargelligo situated on the shores of the eponymous lake itself. From Lake Cargelligo it's then an easy ride to our overnight accommodation in Hillston, located on the legendary Kidman Way.

Hillston epitomises small-town Australia and the Kidman Way is named for the successful pastoralist from Adelaide, Sir Sydney Kidman who died in 1935. The company which still bears his name: S.Kidman & Co, is still technically the largest private landowner in Australia.

Approaching the edge of the outback
Image credits linkApproaching the outback...

Day Three
Today is the first taste of 'proper' off-road riding as we follow some of the many dirt and gravel tracks which abound in the region and we start to ride into what could arguably be referred to as the 'real' Outback. It's about 205km of dirt and gravel with a liberal sprinkling of dust and corrugations to keep us entertained!

BMW R1200GSW in the Outback
Image credits linkVenture deep into the remote South Australian Outback...

Mad Max 2 museum in Silverton NSW
Image credits linkMad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW

Broken Hill, birthplace of the mining behemoth BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd), is our eventual destination but we'll be taking the 'road-less-travelled' to get there, riding through some fairly harsh looking landscapes and along some great dirt tracks. On arrival in Broken Hill we'll actually push on through the town and continue the short distance north-west to the tiny settlement of Silverton. This is an area famed for movie-making, cinema heritage and featuring as post-apocalyptic backdrops in any number of blockbusters. As if to drive home its pedigree, Silverton is home to the iconic (and somewhat quirky) Mad Max 2 Museum - a must see, even if you're not a fan of the movie!

It's then a short hop back to Broken Hill for our overnight stay and perhaps a showing of a Mad Max movie on DVD in the hotel...

Day Four and Five
Leaving Broken Hill behind we ride west on the Barrier Highway to cross the South Australian frontier only a short distance from the town, bidding farewell to New South Wales and striking out deeper into the 'Outback'. We follow the Barrier Highway to the small town of Peterborough and then turn north to ride on to the working sheep station of Rawnsley Park, which is nestled right on the outskirts of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges National Park. For those looking to experience a little more dirt and gravel en-route to Rawnsley Park there is an entirely unsealed option which will get you to the Flinders Ranges in style; dusty, dirty style, but style nonetheless.

The Flinders Range National Park
Image credits linkThe Flinders Ranges National Park is an incredible place to experience from the back of a motorcycle...

Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges
Image credits linkExplore Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges
Two nights are spent at Rawnsley Park Station to enable us to explore the Flinders Ranges in greater depth, investigate Wilpena Pound and generally enjoy some fantastic dirt riding in one of the most iconic National Parks in Australia - it's easy to lose track of time whilst riding the great tracks and dry river beds in the National Park and day five will be spent making the most of the amazing natural environment.

Day Six
Today marks the beginning of the ride south, down into a slightly cooler climate which makes it ideal for vineyards and grape production, so it's no coincidence that we'll reach Australia’s premier wine growing district of the Barossa Valley relatively early on in the day.

The Barossa Valley is home to a huge number of vintners (over 60 wineries at last count), many of whom have been producing wine for over 160 years - quite a vintage for a relatively 'young' country such as modern day Australia.

Shiraz is what the Barossa region is famed for but it's also home to some fantastic riding which twists through the vine draped valleys, over the hillsides and through long, sweeping curves. Save the wine-tasting for the evening and savour the riding during the day, we guarantee no unpleasant aftertaste!

Day Seven
Leaving the Barossa behind we are soon axle deep into some of Australia’s finest, yet least well known riding: the Adelaide Hills. Hairpin after hairpin and curve after curve wait to greet participants, all amongst lush and beautiful forest scenery resplendent with ghost gums and various eucalypts. Care will be needed not to get distracted by the amazing scenery as many of the roads through the hills demand your full attention!

A brief stop at the intriguing Australian Motor Museum in Birdwood offers a great change of pace and a change to explore a bit of Australian motoring heritage, then it's back on the road heading south-east. The ride continues on to Meningie on the shores of Lake Albert and gateway to the internationally recognized Coorong National park which is a series of dunes, lagoons and lakes fringing the waters of the Southern Ocean.

Exploring the Adelaide Hills
Image credits linkThe Adelaide Hills offers some of the finest, yet least well known, riding in Australia...

Day Eight
We ride the full length of the Coorong National Park squeezing in a few dirt track diversions along the way to break up the asphalt, before turning inland and riding due east for the state border crossing into Victoria.

The Grampians National Park
Image credits linkThe Grampians National Park is one of the many highlights in the region

This is now prime agricultural country and a highly productive region of Australia, but that's not the sole reason why we're here. We round off the day of great riding by heading for one of Victoria’s most outstanding natural features, the unbelievably ancient Grampians National Park. The imposing hills of the Grampians make for an awesome spectacle as you ride toward them, but more amazing scenery awaits within the borders of the park itself.

The Grampians National Park
Image credits linkThe Grampians National Park offers a great mix of road and off-road riding, something for everyone!

This area of granite highlands is jam packed with wildlife, superb lookouts and beautiful waterfalls. The visitor centre at Halls Gap (the only town within the confines of the National Park) provides all the information you'll need for getting the best out of your time here with plenty of suggestions on what to see and do, of course there's always the option of simply relaxing at the accommodation and watching the kangaroos as they come out to browse in the evening if relaxation is desired after the day of riding.

Day Nine
The route for this day of biking takes us down to one of the worlds most renowned coastal rides, the Great Ocean Road. The Ocean Road showcases some of the world’s finest coastal scenery and certainly manages to justify the 'Great' portion of its name!

The Great Ocean Road
Image credits linkThe Great Ocean Road is the setting for the final couple of days on tour and a better send-off it would be impossible to ask for!

Constructed by returning soldiers after the First World War it's both an incredible piece of coastal highway and is also often referred to as the world’s largest war memorial. As soon as your wheels hit asphalt, you'll realise just how special the Great Ocean Road really is. The route twists and turns, hugging the picturesque cliffs as it winds a sinuous path along the coast. Curve after sweeping curve are seamlessly stitched together, almost purposely designed to give maximum enjoyment to any motorcycle riders that are lucky enough to be there.

There are plenty of small coastal towns to stop for a break and a coffee, serving up fantastic ocean lookouts along with the great refreshments. We spend the night towards the western end of the Great Ocean Road in the small town of Port Campbell inside the scenic Port Campbell National Park.

The 12 Apostles
Image credits linkThe Great Ocean Road offers some truly unique coastal scenery. This is the 12 (not quite) Apostles...

Day Ten

Koala
Image credits linkView the iconic Aussie Koalas...
The fantastic riding continues as we push east along more of the Great Ocean Road stopping at the many viewpoints with the lovely Otway Ranges provide a lush backdrop to the quaint towns when the road darts inland away from the coast. It takes longer than you might expect to ride along this gem of a road, there's simply so much to see.

We'll visit the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch the list goes on and on! (An optional helicopter flight over the region can be arranged, just let us know if you'd like to try it!) Don't forget to watch the road as well as the spectacular views though! You're almost guaranteed to spot that iconic Aussie creature the Koala in the trees above as we make our way to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, before pushing on towards Melbourne and our overnight accommodation near the famous St Kilda beach.

Our arrival in Melbourne brings 10 days of fantastic motorcycle touring with Charley Boorman and BikeRoundOz to a close, but hopefully this is just the beginning of a whole host of new friendships and adventures to come!

Sunset from the Great Ocean Road
Image credits linkThe sun sets on the final day of a great motorcycle tour as led by Charley Boorman...

Note: This tour covers a range of surfaced and unsurfaced routes so is only suitable for pillion (passengers) if both rider and pillion are experienced at riding in such conditions. If you're not sure, contact us first and we'll be happy to advise!

Pricing Options:

OPTION 1:SO/200317 10 DAY / 11 NIGHT TOUR
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B.Y.O.B - Bring your own bike

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CO-RIDER / PASSENGER:
If you'd like to come along and experience the tour but aren't keen on riding a motorcycle yourself, then you also have the option to accompany the tour in the support vehicle.
Co-rider / passenger: add + AU$ 5,000
BYOB NOTE:
If you choose to 'bring your own bike' it will need to be approved by us in advance. No scooters on the tour please!
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:
Accommodation is included in the tour price on a shared basis. If you'd like to have your own room then the additional cost is detailed here.
Single occupancy: add + AU$ 1,340

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