A Long Way to the Top
Guided Motorcycle Tour
11 Days, 10 nights
Commencing July 12, 2021
Leaving from Adelaide in South Australia we travel through Central Australia and on to Darwin at the “Top End”. Ride wide open roads (all bitumen) and visit icons of the Australian Outback; Coober Pedy, Uluru, Alice Springs, Mataranka, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu, Litchfield National Park and our final destination at the top of Australia, Darwin.
2 People, 1 Bike, 1 Room $5,287 per person
2 People, 2 Bikes, 1 Room $6,691 per person
1 Person, 1 Bike, 1 Room $8,761 per person
Day 1. Adelaide
You arrive at Adelaide Airport and transfer to your hotel. Adelaide is a well laid out and vibrant city. There are fabulous parks, quirky laneways, restaurants and cafes and innumerable bars and nightclubs. Depending on your time of arrival, take a tram to Glenelg, do a city walking tour, sample some of the great restaurants that are to be found in and around the city or simply relax.
Tonight you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow riders before heading off in the morning.
Day 2. Adelaide to Port Augusta
After working our way out of Adelaide we are heading for Port Augusta in South Australia. On the way to Port Augusta we will travel country roads and visit the historic settlement of Burra before skirting around the famous Barossa Wine area. We will stop briefly at Burra whose rich heritage has been carefully preserved by the community, resulting in the town being declared a State Heritage Area in 1993. When we have arrived at Port Augusta we will be at the commencement point of the Australian Outback.
Day 3. Port Augusta to Coober Pedy
Day three will see us leaving Port Augusta and riding to the old opal mining town of Coober Pedy in Outback South Australia. Once the largest opal field in the world it still provides over 80% of the world’s quality opals. Today much of the town is located underground to escape the hot summer and cold winter.
The road is long and straight but we will break the journey up with a number of stops including one at Woomera which was originally established to provide accommodation and facilities for scientists, technicians and ancillary staff – who came to work here to test rockets, weapons and other missiles.
Day 4. Coober Pedy to Yulara
From Coober Pedy we are heading onto the outback town of Yulara that was specifically built to cater for tourists coming to visit Uluru. Uluru is the most famous tourist destination in Australia and is the largest monolith (rock?) in the world. This is a day where the ride is about the destination rather than the journey to get there. Uluru features stunning Aboriginal rock – art sites that can be viewed on walks and tours around the base.
We will be up and on the road early today so we have time to explore the “rock” in the afternoon.
Day 5. Yulara to Alice Springs
After a morning at Uluru Day 5 sees us leave Yulara for Alice Springs. “Alice” as it is called by the locals is located on the Todd River in the centre of Australia, but we will be lucky to see any water. However just north of the city is a permanent water hole which feeds the township.
Hopefully we will be able to have an evening at the famous Bojangles Hotel.
Day 6. Alice to Tenant Creek
Today we leave Alice Springs and head further north up the highway to Tennant Creek. Along the way we will stop at Wycliffe Wells to see their strange assortment of UFO examples and at Devils Marbles which is a unique rock formation which are believed by the Warmungu Aboriginal people to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent.
Day 7. Tennant Creek to Mataranka
On Day 7 we leave Tennant Creek and head for Mataranka and visit the thermal springs. The road is long and straight, but the stops are certainly different. Time permitting, we will stop in at the famous Barrow Creek Hotel and the Daly Waters Pub before reaching our destination at the end of the day, Mataranka. After the long ride you will find the hot springs inviting and something you cannot resist.
Day 8. Mataranka to Katherine
Today we have a relatively short trip to Katherine. Katherine is a thriving country city but our main aim of staying there is to visit Katherine Gorge some 30 Klms out of town at Nitmiluk National Park. This park is owned by the Jawoyn people and is managed jointly with NT Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The Katherine River flows a broad valley that narrows dramatically between high sandstone cliffs forming what is known as Katherine Gorge. There are daily tours of the Gorge and we encourage you to participate in the afternoon cruise. You will not forget it.
Time permitting we also visit the Katherine Hot Springs.
Day 9. Katherine to Kakadu
Today we travel further north to Kakadu National Park, an amazing place with scenery, wildlife and aboriginal artwork that you will find nowhere else.
We should arrive in time for you to take in some of the sights of this National Park. Take a Yellow Water cruise to see bird life and crocodiles, travel to Nourlangie Rock to see the ancient aboriginal art work or visit Ubirr to see where Crocodile Dundee looked out across the wilderness to see one of the best sun sets in the world.
Day 10. Kakadu to Darwin
We are now on our home stretch to Darwin however we have one more stop just before we reach our final destination of Darwin, the famous Litchfield National Park.
Litchfield is only two hours from Darwin, but we cannot continue the trip without stopping to visit one of the scenic pools and waterfalls that are crocodile free where we can enjoy an early afternoon swim before heading off to Darwin.
Time permitting we will also drop in to see the Jumping Crocks.
Tonight we enjoy a last meal together at the Water Precinct in Darwin.