The Enduro AdventureIf you want to get from Perth to Darwin there are probably easier ways, but we can't think of any that are more exciting! 6,500km of unspoiled Australian outback, the blazing red centre, the Great Central Road, many national parks and beautiful desert scenery. All via the road definitely less traveled. An experience of a lifetime and one that will be remembered forever!
The Enduro Adventure
The 'Enduro Adventure' Tour is an amazing experience taking you through the heart of the outback without using the typical tourist routes. You'll see all the main attractions like Uluru [Ayers Rock], the Olgas and all the rest, but the roads you'll use to get there are oh so much more fun!
A brief summary:
You'll ride via the waterfalls and swimming holes of the lovely Edith Falls to the spectacular Katherine Gorge and then on to Kununurra. Here you'll visit Lake Argyle and perhaps take a flight over the Bungle Bungle Range [Purnululu]. The Wolfe Creek meteorite crater is next up, before a ride down the 1,000km of remote Tanami Track to Alice Springs.
You'll continue on to Kings Canyon and Uluru [Ayers Rock] before joining the 'Great Central Road' off road track from Kata Tjutu [The Olgas], which conveys you from the centre of Australia, through to Western Australia via some great desert riding. A tour around the picturesque and by contrast, lush green south-west concludes the experience, before we finally finish in Perth for a well earned celebration!
You'll cover about 6,500 km of which a little over 3,000 km is on gravel and unsurfaced roads with a medium level of difficulty. There is little sand but it's useful for riders to have some off road experience even if it's just an off road training day or two.
A bit more detail:
The trip starts with a ride south from Darwin past the Adelaide River pub [where the water buffalo from the Crocodile Dundee film stands proudly on the bar] and on to Edith Falls. There you can swim beneath the waterfalls in a deep plunge pool shared with long neck turtles and plenty of inquisitive tropical fish.
It's a great start to the tour and swimming is delightful here in the billabongs, as it's on top of a steep rocky escarpment and fortunately the crocodiles can't climb! There's a lovely camp site here and sitting on a rock with the sun going down, watching the birds and wildlife is the perfect end to your days ride.
You'll turn west at Katherine and ride to Kununurra. Here you'll visit Lake Argyle which covers an area 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour. It's an amazing sight with the red cliffs of the Kimberley region all around. From Kununurra you can take an optional flight over the relatively recently discovered Bungle Bungle Ranges [Purnululu]. Huge beehive like structures make you feel like you've travelled back into an earlier era, with the flight being pretty much the only way you can see some of the more remote areas of this amazing region.
At the end of the track is the waiting desert oasis of Alice Springs. Civilisation is a welcome sight after the rugged Tanami Track and you'll get a chance to catch up on communications with family, friends and a bit of time to explore the town.
Standly Chasm and Ormiston Gorge are fairly close to Alice and well worth visiting before the ride continues on to the incredible spectacle of Kings Canyon. There's some pretty strenuous walking in places around the edge of the canyon, but if you put the effort in you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the edge and a swim in the 'Garden of Eden'. Plant species that exist nowhere else on earth live here and it's an amazing experience to be swimming in the middle of the desert with steep canyon walls all around.
Just as amazing and probably much more famous is Uluru [Ayers Rock] and the nearby Kata Tjuta [The Olgas]. It's a truly incredible sight to be riding through the relatively featureless desert to view Uluru in the distance and even more impressive to walk around its base and see the chameleon like colours as the sun sets.
Kata Tjuta is about 45km away along a good quality road and is equally impressive, but a little less well known. The Valley of the Winds walk is 7.5km but worth every step if you have the time and inclination.
Leaving Kata Tjuta you'll then head west to join the start of the Great Central Road. This little travelled 'road' is unsealed for the majority of its 1126km length, with a good chance that you'll encounter a bit of sand along the way. Nothing too serious, but it's always nice to know in advance. Watch out for the feral camels along the way. Seeing the 'desert nomads' roaming freely through the sand dunes, really pushes home the fact that you're really riding through the middle of a desert!
The spectacular desert scenery and sheer size of the landscapes you're riding through, make this a truly humbling route to travel and one not many will be lucky enough to experience.
Esperance itself is home to some incredible beaches, unforgettable views, beautiful national parks and even whale watching from July to November. It's a stark contrast to the harsh beauty of the outback and a welcome change to see the beautiful turquoise ocean, rather than a a never ending sea of sand.
The aptly named 'Wave Rock' provides a bit of heritage and natural splendour along the way, being around 2.7 billion years old. Shaped by the weather into the shape of a giant wave, it's 14m high and a truly imposing natural spectacle. After basking in the cooling shade of Wave Rock, we'll continue on our way through the picturesque and lush green south west, riding towards the state capital of Perth.
The last day of the trip is spent exploring around Perth, with many clients often choosing to get together with the friends they've made along the way for one last restaurant meal before heading off to their hotels for a well earned nights sleep.
The Enduro Tour is an amazing adventure. The outback casts a spell over most who visit and many people are drawn back to the red rocky gorges, remote desert and camp fires for reunion trips with their new found friends.
The experiences and memories will last you a lifetime.
Support vehicle passengers: add + AU$ 1,980
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