The ultimate Australian motorcycle tour, from Sydney all the way to Cairns, running over 22 fun-filled days you’ll never forget. As well as the incredible riding, scenery, roads, company and hospitality, you will have the opportunity to skydive, 4WD safari on Fraser Island, dive or sail on the Great Barrier Reef, dirt bike to Cape York and raft the white-water rapids! You’ll need another holiday to get over it!
Bustling Sydney • Explore the Blue Mountains • Enjoy beaches of the Gold & Sunshine Coast • Sail around the Whitsunday Islands • Meet local wildlife at the Billabong Sanctuary • Discover the rainforest • Take a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef
DAY 1 Sydney
The tour starts with a day to savour the sights and sounds of Sydney, one of the World’s most scenic cities. It’s a great place to start your tour – Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, ferry boats to Manly, not to mention the sports and nightlife, are just for starters.
DAY 2 Sydney – Kangaroo Valley
Grab a taxi to the rental location, and your adventure starts with a ride to the Royal National Park. Then it’s off to Stanwell on the coast, before climbing the tops to see the hang gliders and birds in action on the 200m cliffs. The afternoon ride along the coast offers many fine views while negotiating the bends, hopefully the blowhole at Kiama will give you a good show, before you ride through lovely countryside and quaint villages before arriving in secluded and serene Kangaroo Valley.
DAY 3 Kangaroo Valley – Blue Mountains
Start the day with a ride to Fitzroy Falls, then ride to the Southern Highlands, with its lush landscapes and quaint villages such as Berrima, an unspoilt example of a small Australian town in the 1830s. Ride past Abercrombie River National Park and Mt Werong to the Blue Mountains and you begin to realise why pioneers chose this area when heading out from Sydney. Enjoy the incredible scenery, huge waterfalls and the second largest canyon on earth before dinner.
DAY 4 Blue Mountains – Hawkesbury Valley
This morning is spent sightseeing in the Blue Mountains – Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls, cable car rides, lovely walks through the lush, ‘blue’ bushland from which the area gets its name, and plenty of scenic outlooks. Today’s route is a circular ride around the mountains before heading off to Hawkesbury Valley.
DAY 5 Hawkesbury Valley – Hunter Valley
Get up early because there’s more spectacular riding. Take the winding back road past the gorges of Wollemi National Park. Visit the renowned Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens for lunch. Carry on down the Putty Road, one of Australia’s most exciting biking roads, which takes you to your accommodation in Hunter Valley. There’s time for an optional wine-tasting tour or just take it easy, you are just a short taxi ride from some of the area’s famous restaurants and wineries.
DAY 6 Hunter Valley – Armidale
More incredible riding and views along a scenic and twisty back road takes you through New England to Armidale. Famous for its deciduous trees in autumn and unusually seasonal climate due to its 1000m altitude, it has some of the most scenic roads in Australia. A country town feel, combined with a good choice of restaurants mean Armidale is a nice place in which to spend the evening in anticipation of the ride along the Waterfall Way the following day.
DAY 7 Waterfall Way (Armidale – Bellingen)
It’s not a long day on the bike but there’s so much to see it takes all day. The simply breathtaking Waterfall Way will have you enthralled all the way – dense rainforest, countless waterfalls, huge views over New England National Park and one of the best biking roads in the country. Stay the night at a lovely country town at the base of the Great Dividing Range. If you arrive earlier than expected ride the ‘Promised Land’ circuit which takes you through a beautiful single track country lane past crystal clear streams where you can stop for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!
DAY 8 Bellingen – Byron Bay
You want more spectacular back roads? You got it! From your overnight stop wind your way through northern NSW to Australia’s most easterly point at Byron Bay. Here you’ll find a lively and friendly small town, beautiful beaches and a lovely hinterland. Once a centre for ‘alternative lifestylers’ it has a unique atmosphere.
DAY 9 Byron Bay (free day)
You have a day free in Byron Bay to relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse and enjoy the atmosphere in town at one of the many restaurants. If you’d like to explore a little more on the bike take a ride to Ballina or into the lovely hinterland. You choose how you spend the day!
DAY 10 Byron Bay – Brisbane
The Gold Coast is Australia’s most visited holiday destination. Great beaches, the top theme parks, busy nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you’ve got it, if you prefer the views then you can have them too! You’ll end the day in Brisbane, the bustling capital of Queensland with a great river, great nightlife and beautiful botanical gardens. It’s an ideal place to end the trip and to celebrate with a bottle of something nice overlooking the river!
DAY 11 Brisbane – Rainbow Beach
Heading west out of Brisbane on more winding roads, the glorious sights of the Glasshouse Mountains will keep you busy all day. You can also visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo on the way to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Have a stretch and a coffee or some lunch at the beach and visit Noosa National Park on your way to the overnight stop at Rainbow Beach.
DAY 12 Rainbow Beach (free day)
Enjoy a relaxed rest day in Rainbow Beach. It may be a small town but you won’t be bored! There’s plenty to see, including the famous sandy cliffs and Coloola National Park. The optional activity for the day is a guided 4WD tour of Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. We highly recommend it as you take the eastern beach (the ‘main road’!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$75. You’ll take off and land on the beach and it’s a great experience for the relatively low cost.
DAY 13 Rainbow Beach – Rockhampton
Leave early as this is a long day in the saddle! You’ll pass huge pine plantations on the way to Maryborough, then Bundaberg (stop in at the rum distillery if you’re interested) and the very busy port of Gladstone. Rockhampton is one of the finest cities in Queensland and the beef capital of the state. You’ll get a good steak here!
DAY 14 Rockhampton – Eungella
Today brings less exciting riding but get it out of the way early and enjoy Mackay and the spectacular Eungella National Park.
DAY 15 Eungella – Airlie Beach
A short ride brings you to Airlie Beach and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. You’ll want to stay much longer than a day!
DAY 16 Airlie Beach (free day)
Airlie Beach has a holiday feel and tropical atmosphere, a real holiday town! Relax and enjoy the day or take the optional Whitsunday Island cruise for superb snorkeling and unspoilt white sandy beaches.
DAY 17 Airlie Beach – Mission Beach
A long ride but you’ll be well rested after your time in the Whitsundays! You’ll pass the charming town of Bowen and its unspoilt beaches, the Billabong Sanctuary and gracious Townsville before the overnight stop of Mission Beach. Put your feet up and enjoy a tropical drink!
DAY 18 Mission Beach – Atherton Tablelands
Not a long day in terms of distance but there’s lots to see on the way. Ride the Waterfalls Circuit, stop at the Curtin Fig Tree in Yungaburra and the beautiful Lake Eacham, formed by volcanic activity. You’ll overnight in Atherton.
DAY 19 Atherton – Port Douglas
A full day with lots to see at Mossman, Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Your day ends in the lovely resort town of Port Douglas.
DAY 20 Port Douglas (free day)
If you’ve not already done so, enjoy the great beaches and the reef! The optional Great Barrier Reef tour is highly recommended; Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation can keep you occupied if you prefer.
DAY 21 Port Douglas – Cairns
A very short ride but it gives you time to enjoy a last day in the tropics. The ride from Port Douglas to Cairns is beautiful and Cairns is a superb place to end one of the best motorcycle tours on the planet.
DAY 22 Cairns
Your tour is well and truly over, and it’s time to head back to the airport, or on to your next adventure, with some fantastic memories.
- 20 days all-inclusive motorcycle hire
- 21 nights 3-4* accommodation including some breakfasts
- Helmet and gloves if required
- Unlimited mileage
- Google map links, personalised roadbook and maps
- Optional activities
- Extensions to tour or motorcycle hire
- Other meals
- Travel insurance
- Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation can be arranged through H-C Travel
Things to do (not included): Sky Cable, Sky Tram, sky walk, bushwalking, wine tasting, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, islands cruise, off-road motorcycling, parasailing, whale watching, white water rafting