Australia and Tasmania – Adventure Down Under

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Our 15-day motorcycle tour Australia and Tasmania – Adventure Down Under includes a plethora of popular Australian attractions: lush eucalypti forest, twisty roads, romantic beaches and those adorable kangaroos. After arriving in Melbourne, we’ll begin the Adventure with a ride to Apollo Bay along Australia’s world famous and stunning Great Ocean Road. We’ll board an overnight ferry to Tasmania where we’ll enjoy four days of riding on this unique and beautiful island featuring great local food and seasonal rainforest wilderness on lovely rural back roads. When we return to the mainland we’ll head for Sydney via Victoria’s High Country and the Australian Alps as we climb Australia’s highest accessible road in the Snowy Mountains and ride up and down the Great Divide. We’ll also enjoy rides along the cliffs of the Blue Mountains, observing them though the blue mist that gives the mountains their name. We’ll end our Adventure in Sydney.

This tour uses primarily comfortable, middle class hotels with an occasional 4-star hotel.

Interested in a longer Adventure? You can stay for another two weeks and do this trip “back to back” with our New Zealand Top Down Adventure.

At a Glance Your Australia and Tasmania – Adventure Down Under

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 1 Welcome to Australia! The Ayres Adventures tour leaders will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. During the course of the afternoon the tour leaders will hand over the bike to you and then host a short tour briefing to tell you more about this great adventure. After the kick off briefing you will enjoy a wonderful kick off dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 2 After a nice breakfast we will take off on our first days riding. It will be a nice easy day’s rider so that you can get comfortable with your bike and enjoy the absolutely breathing scenery as we ride along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, The Great Ocean Road.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 3 For those that would like to enjoy more of the Great Ocean Road, you have the option of riding it again today. Alternatively you could ride up into the hinterland and enjoy spectacular views while riding really twisty roads between Lavers Hill and Colac. Later on in the afternoon we will head to the ferry terminal to take an overnight ferry to Hobart for a few days of spectacular riding around the island.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 4 We will have an early breakfast on the ferry before disembarking and beginning a great day of riding on Tasmania. Our ride begins with a nice, easy pace through pleasant farmland before transitioning into long sweepers and mountain twisties as we head to Weldborough Pass. This pass is actually a clearing in a dense rain forest and is known for the huge tree ferns that grow alongside the road.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 5 The East Coast of Tasmania is described as the sunniest and warmest spot in the state. We will be riding the spectacular 138-mile coastal strip which starts at the Bay of Fires, a little north of St. Helens, and extends almost all the way to Hobart in the south, taking in Maria Island, the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay and Bicheno along the way.
Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 6

Our free day in Hobart offers a number of great choices. Among the possibilities: take a ferry to the eclectic MONA museum, climb Mt. Wellington, enjoy the shops and cafes of Salamanca Place, take a kayak trip along the waterfront to sample some fish and chips or visit convict sites reflective of Hobart’s past as a penal colony.

For those desiring more time on the bike, there is a choice between two alternative rides to Port Arthur.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 7

Our route today starts pleasantly along a country road, past farms and rivers before we start gaining altitude as we climb through dense forest. We will pass both historic and present-day mining areas as we go up to the Tarraleah Powerstation Lookout.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 8 At 4046 feet above sea level, Mt. Roland will provide a dramatic backdrop for our ride today. We will enjoy some great scenery before arriving at Devonport to board the ferry for our return trip to the Australian continent.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 9 After breakfast on the ferry, we will disembark and ride to the vineyards north of Melbourne and deep into the dense Eucalypti forest. As we head toward Mansfield, wide farmland will surround us before the road starts climbing up to the Powers Lookout (2953 ft). From this vantage point, we will have great views of the Upper King Valley and the Alpine National Park.
Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 10 Today we will circumnavigate the Alpine National Park along the pleasant Kiewa Valley Highway, along Lake Hume and towards Mt. Kusciuszko National Park. Tonight we will sleep under the majestic watch of the highest peak on the Australian continent.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 11 Located in the Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne offers a number of interesting options on this free day: trout fishing, Segway tours, bush walks along the edge of Lake Jindabyne, and mountain biking are among the possibilities. Or you could choose to just relax at our resort and take in the beautiful surroundings.

For those interested in more time on the bike, there is the option of riding in Kosciuszko National Park.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 12 Today’s ride offers a stunning change from the highest peaks of the continent with their alpine forests down to the coastal plains.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 13 Leaving the coastal plains and hilly countryside we will ride up the Great Divide. The Great Dividing Range, or the Eastern Highlands, is Australia’s most substantial mountain range and the third longest land-based range in the world.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 14 Today we will be exploring the Blue Mountains with their spectacular views including Princess Rock Lookout, Wentworth Falls, and Echo Point to name just a few.

Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under, Motorcycle Tour in Australia, Day 15 After breakfast the tour leaders will arrange your transfer to the airport and wish you a safe flight as you head back home.


Total – 2,300 miles

The route is entirely paved, with a variety of road features.


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  • Includes Suzuki DR650
  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Includes BMW F800GS
  • Includes Honda CB500 F
  • Additional charge of $300 for a BMW R1200GS LC
  • Additional charge of $450 for a BMW R1200RT LC
  • Additional charge of $250 for a Yamaha V-Star 650
  • Additional charge of $1,050 for a Harley Road King
  • Additional charge of $1,500 for a Harley Heritage Softail
  • Additional charge of $1,300 for a Harley Street Glide
  • Additional charge of $1,300 for a Harley Ultra Classic
  • Own motorcycle: deduct $1,350 from the rider price.
Single room supplement – $1,200
Meals: All breakfasts and 12 dinners

2017 Schedule
Date2017 AdventuresDaysPrice (USD)Co-riderNotes
Oct 21 - Nov 4Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under (Melbourne to Sydney)15$9,975$7,500
2018 Schedule
Date2018 AdventuresDaysPrice (USD)Co-riderNotes
Oct 20 - Nov 3Australia and Tasmania - Adventure Down Under (Melbourne to Sydney)15$9,975$7,500
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