The Ultimate East Coast
This really is the absolute pinnacle of motorcycle touring on the east coast of Australia, we're not just saying that either, it really is! All the quintessentially Australian highlights in the eastern reaches, connected together by some of the finest motorcycling roads the country has to offer.
It's one of our personal favourite rides and once you've experienced it, you'll see why!
First Evening - Sydney
We'll all meet at the city centre hotel where you'll spend your first night. It's within walking distance of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and many other attractions. You'll meet the International Adventure Riders team and your new co-riders, then we'll run through the tour briefing and answer any questions that you might have.
A 10 minute walk will take us to Circular Quay and around to the 'Rocks' district where we'll have a celebratory first night dinner, complete with superb views overlooking the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The views at night are simply spectacular and it makes for a great start to the tour.
Sydney to the Blue Mountains
After a leisurely breakfast we'll transport you to the bike depot about 10 minutes from the city centre, so you can collect your chosen motorcycle. We'll then bid farewell to the delights of Sydney and ride to the world famous Blue Mountains. You'll visit huge lookouts over the valleys, see the unique spectacle of the Three Sisters and take a jaunt on the steepest railway in the world to the valley floor at Scenic World.
It's a fairly short first days ride, but there's lots to see along the way and it eases us into the tour quite nicely. The lovely hotel accommodation for the night has some magnificent views over the valley below, watching the changing colours of the mountains as the sun goes down with a refreshing drink in hand is a great way to end the first day.
Road Based Journey
FROM… US $5,985
The motorcycle of your choice. We've a wide selection to choose from, something to suit every taste and experience level.
Expert guide who will share a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of each area.
Accommodation during the tour in comfortable, high quality resorts and hotels.
• Your first night in a fantastic central Sydney hotel, plus celebratory dinner overlooking the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is included.
Support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour, complete with qualified first aider on board.
A cooked or continental style breakfast each morning is included. We're talking substantial portions here too!
• A celebratory dinner at the completion of the tour and your last nights accommodation is also included.
Airport transfers are included in the overall cost of the tour.
Some excursions and side trips off the bike are included in this tour, see the information below for the specific items included:
• SIDE TRIP > Blue Mountains Scenic Railway
• SIDE TRIP > Hunter Valley wine tour
• SIDE TRIP > Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
Other optional excursions are also available
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Flights and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing.
Additional fees such as drinks on the tour and during the meals or hotel mini-bar consumption are not included in the pricing you see here.
Fuel used during the tour is NOT included in the price.
Lunches and dinners are not included in the price, apart from the specific meals mentioned in the 'what's included' section.
Joining night in Sydney and welcome dinner:
21st April 2018
First day on tour:22nd April 2018
Final night on tour:4th May 2018
Final breakfast and check-out:5th May 2018
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR JOURNEY
Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley
It's a prompt start the following day, so no lounging around in bed allowed. We'll wind our way through the brilliant curves of a stunning back road, complete with superb views through the Wollemi National Park. It was only 30 years or so ago when the now famous Wollemi Pine tree was discovered in this area. The route is one of the best biking routes in New South Wales and a closely guarded secret. As it flattens out you'll find yourself riding through the beautiful vineyards of the Hunter Valley, with a picturesque mountain backdrop in the distance.
We'll arrive in the early afternoon, right in time for a tour of a few local wineries - on a coach of course!
Hunter Valley to Armidale
Leaving the lush vineyards behind, we'll continue riding north twisting along a well known biking back road called Thunderbolts Way. There are welcoming country towns along the way which provide plenty of opportunities for regular breaks, plus some jaw dropping lookouts over the Great Dividing Range. Many people are surprised at the lush green valleys and towering mountains found along the route.
The overnight stay is in the town of Armidale, which is ideally located for tomorrows ride along the lovely Waterfall Way.
There are plenty of options available for exploring the mysterious national parks of Tasmania. Where the bike can't take you, others will!
There's more than enough to do in Byron Bay for a full day off the bike. You'll have your own time to walk or relax on the beautiful beaches, shop for souvenirs in the quirky and unusual stores, visit the lighthouse and perhaps even ride along the coast a ways or even up to the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise if you wish. Byron Bay has moved on a bit since its 'alternative lifestyle' origins, but hasn't lost its simple appeal and there are plenty of artisans, musicians and interesting characters around town to make it exciting and fun.
Byron Bay to Toowoomba
The ride through the northern New South Wales hinterlands is simply stunning. Nimbin is the hippie and alternative lifestyle capital of Australia and psychedelic shop fronts dominate the village centre. There's superb scenery all the way to Toowoomba, known as Queensland's Garden City, on top of the Great Dividing Range.
Toowoomba to Rainbow Beach
In the morning we drive past Somerset Dam and along parts of the fantastic Blackall Range Tourist Drive before eventually arriving at the lovely coastal village of Rainbow Beach. You'll stay in a really fabulous hotel with rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Cool off in the pool or walk across the road to the superb beach. With views along the coast to Fraser Island, a great hotel bar next door and another over the road with views along the coast it's the perfect place to spend two nights and to relax before and after the busy Fraser Island 4WD tour.
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Claire National Park, Tasmania
The Fraser Island 4WD tour is exciting, fascinating and a little bumpy at times! A 4WD coach and expert tour guide will help you discover the largest sand island in the world. You'll visit shipwrecks, swim in crystal clear streams, be driven through narrow tracks in the rainforest, see wild dingos (if you're lucky!) and spend an hour or so on the most perfect white beach at a pristine cobalt blue freshwater lake. There are no 'roads' on the island, the main route being the 80km long beach, so 4WD is the only way to see the best of what the island has to offer.
There's also the option to take a short plane ride, which takes off from the beach no less, for a nominal fee and lunch is included with the tour of the sand island. It's a great day out and one of the highlights of the tour for many.
Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay
The ride up to Hervey Bay is via picturesque pine plantations before stopping for breakfast at Tin Can Bay. Here the endangered wild dolphins swim into knee deep water to interact with the visitors. You can say hi and thank them for the experience with a fish breakfast if you like! The café overlooks the beach and we’ll enjoy more traditional fare before riding to Maryborough for morning coffee and a wander around this character filled country town.
It’s only a short ride from there to Hervey Bay and the beautiful resort there has swimming pools, lovely apartments and a good bar /restaurant with views over the ocean. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the resort, walking along the seafront and long jetty or taking a ride in the local area.
The Great Barrier Reef and Lady Eliot Island
In the morning, after a hearty breakfast you'll take a short (45min) flight out to the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Lady Eliot Island is a coral island with a fascinating history, which you can investigate further during the included guided tour on the island. The reef itself is teeming with life. Giant clams, huge anemones, colourful fish and thousands of coral species make this a truly special underwater treasure and an unforgettable part of the tour. There is as much snorkelling as you like included in the tour of the reef, but if you've not done it before it's easy to give it a go in the safe waters around the island, there's even a glass bottom boat if you'd prefer not to get wet.
Hervey Bay to Noosa
From Hervey Bay there are two options depending on your preference. Those with a hankering for more riding and a 'taste' of the Outback will want to indulge in the longer, full day option of a looping ride from Hervey Bay down to Noosa. The route heads inland from the coast via tiny towns and villages, through some great scenery and along some picturesque and relaxed biking roads. Those who'd rather spend some extra time in Noosa enjoying the shopping, cafes, beaches or simply relaxing in the hotel, can take the shorter option to Noosa which only takes a couple of hours. A walk along the breathtaking coastline at Noosa Heads National Park is wonderful, especially if you manage to spot one of the many koalas in the trees overlooking the ocean!
Noosa to Brisbane
After a delicious breakfast overlooking the river we ride inland into the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Morning coffee is at a café with one of the best views in the area. The Sunshine Coast stretches out on all sides, with the rainforest and green fields of the hinterland in front, the coastal townships in the middle and the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
After a stop at a lookout over the stunning Glass House Mountains we'll ride back down the escarpment to the late Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. We'll arrive in time for the main arena show with the big crocs, snakes and birds and you'll have plenty of time to look around at the other incredible wildlife. The ride into Brisbane takes an hour or so and we'll spend the final night at a lovely city centre hotel, where we'll have a great celebration and final dinner together!
This really is the ultimate east coast bike tour! Superb scenery, great biking roads, top quality bikes, lovely accommodation, delicious meals and fantastic excursions to Scenic World, the vineyards, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef and Steve Irwin's Zoo.
It's all taken care of and you can be sure you'll be seeing the best Australia has to offer!
Armidale to Bellingen
The Waterfall Way is an amazingly scenic route, with many lookouts over the surrounding countryside and valleys. Not to mention of course, its fair share of waterfalls as well. The road meanders towards the coast through many national parks, past a plethora of waterfalls, over beautifully green rolling hills and into dense, atmospheric rainforest.
We'll stop at 'the smallest motorcycle museum in the world café' for lunch, then visit the rainforest centre at the top of the escarpment. A walk through the rainforest is a fascinating break from the motorcycle saddle. It's literally teeming with a multitude of birds and other animals, not to mention the tangle of plant life. The road down the escarpment through the rainforest is one of the finest biking roads in the country, ending with a ride alongside the river leading to the hotel for the evening.
If there's time when we arrive then there is no better way to end a warm day of riding, than to swim in a crystal clear pool and take in the steep mountain scenery of the Promised Land near Bellingen. There's limited accommodation here but the motel we'll be in has some superb views over the mountain range, a tropical pool and restaurant with bar.
Bellingen to Byron Bay
In the morning we ride back up that superb biking road we came in on, up to the top of the escarpment, before making our way down through dense rainforest and along tightly twisting roads to the vibrant coastal town of Byron Bay. Once a centre for 'alternative lifestylers', Byron Bay has clung on to that unique atmosphere and generally chilled out approach to life. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse, enjoy the goings on in town and visit the most easterly point of Australia at Cape Byron.