Aussie Rider


Australia Southern Surprise tour
hotel accommodation
the ultimate motorcycle experience!

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1. general tour-info, prices
     tour dates
2. tour route
3. tips and info


AUSTRALIA Southern Surprise tour 2009/2010

2009 Tour 1:   1 Nov - 13 Nov 2009  MEL - MEL 
2010 Tour 1:   31 Jan - 12 Feb 2010  MEL - MEL 

2010 Tour 2:   7 Nov - 19 Nov 2010  MEL - MEL 

Tour:                    Castlemaine – Flinders Ranges – Barossa Valley – Grampians NP – Great Ocean Road - Castlemaine

Total distance
:  ca. 3,040 kms

:            13 days

Level:                  easy

Creating the Southern Surprise we have decided to leave the tents at home and instead put you up in an old gaol, in a traditional Australian pub, in a deluxe tree-house, and other typical Australian places to stay. The accommodation is both as diverse and different as the scenery we will ride through along the way. See detailed tour description below.



Yamaha XT660R

Suzuki DR650SE

BMW F650GS Dakar


Pillion passenger:

AUD 4.990,-
AUD 1.990,-

AUD 3.990,-
AUD 1.990,-

AUD 4.390,-
AUD 1.990,-

AUD 4.990,-
AUD 1.990,-

In support vehicle:

AUD 1.990,-

AUD 1.990,-

AUD 1.990,-

AUD 1.990,-

Prices include:

  • Pick-up service from airport at tour starting point
  • Motorcycle rent for 13 days
  • Third-party insurance and full comprehensive insurance with AUD 3.000,00 excess (reducible to $600 for an additional $19/day
  • Maintenance of the motorbike and repairs during the tour (provided that they are not caused by actual fault)
  • Spare motorcycle during tour transported on trailer
  • Support vehicle and luggage transport
  • English and German speaking tour guide plus guide on motorcycle
  • Maps and roadbook
  • 13x overnight accommodation double room
  • 13x breakfast
  • 2x dinner
  • GST and other taxes

Prices do not include:

  • Air fares
  • single room surcharge if required, AUD 750.-
  • fuel
  • lunch, dinner, drinks
  • admission fees for national parks, museums, etc. and other activities
  • additional insurance


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Requirements/Driving Licence:

For Australia, an international driving licence (in combination with the national motorbike licence only) or an English translation of the national driving licence (in combination with the national motorbike licence only) is required. The riders participating must be 21 years of age at least and in possession of a driving licence for all motorbike types.

Support Vehicle

A support vehicle with driver/tourguide will join you on this tour. Our support vehicle transports all your luggage, has a fully equipped workshop on board as well as a first aid kit and will follow the riders thus enabling you to enjoy your riding to the full. At all times you are to enjoy the riding at your own pace.

Cancellation Policy

In the unlucky event you need to cancel your booking you will need to notify us in writing by fax or email.
The follow cancellation costs apply:
· 45 days and over deposit retained
· 15 - 45 days 40% of total tour cost
· 1 - 14 days 75% of total tour cost
· No Show 100% of total tour cost

Bookings and deposits

A maximum of 10-12 riders can participate per tour, so secure your spot NOW!
Closing date for bookings is 3 months prior to departure of each tour to enable us to secure bikes, accommodation and ferry crossings in time.  Exceptions to this rule ARE made, so please contact us first!

A 20% deposit is required at the time of booking with the residual due 45 days prior to departure.

For further questions, suggestions and additional information,
please feel free to contact us on any of the addresses below.

We look forward to welcoming you on the Australia Southern Surprise motorbike tour!

Aussie Rider Adventure Travel
ABN 85 523 055 412
3 Alfred Street Coburg MELBOURNE
ph/fax +61 (0)3 9383 5759
email: info@aussierider.com
website: www.aussierider.com

Day 1
Handing-over of the motorcycles and detailed introduction. You will have the opportunity to get accustomed to the bike as well as driving on the left, when doing the first roundtrip through the goldfields which has once been the richest gold deposit in Australia. We will have dinner together in Castlemaine, close to Melbourne.

Day 2
The first section of the tour leads us from Castlemaine to Bendigo, which will be our first stop. We have the opportunity to visit an old gold mine or the Chinese museum. From here, our way goes north to Echuca, most famous for its paddle steamers. Before continuing our trip, you can have lunch here, visit the historic port or take a cruise on a paddle steamer. We stay in Swan Hill. Dinner can everyone have to their own taste.



Day 3
From Swan Hill we take lots of small back roads along the Murray River to Mildura, where we will stay overnight. You will have the opportunity for a wine tasting session and a sunset kayak trip on the river in the evening.

Day 4
On Day 4 we leave Victoria and cross the border to South Australia. On our way to our next stop, Morgan, Australia shows its rough side when you first get a feel of the Outback. Morgan itself boasts an interesting museum village.

Day 5 + Day 6
From Morgan we head for the Flinders Ranges National Park. Here, we will have our first day off to enjoy the beauties of this exceptional national park. You will have the opportunity for short walks and long hikes, scenic flights, horse rides, ballooning and much more. The Flinders Ranges are criss-crossed by a net of well maintained gravel roads, which are easily mastered even by the non-offroader.



Day 7
After a rest, we will drive to Gladstone today. On our way to Gladstone, we see old Aboriginal rock paintings. We stop in Port Augusta, where we recommend to visit the Outback Centre, which gives a thorough inside in the hard life of early settlers in Outback Australia of about 200 years ago. After having had lunch in Melrose, a beautiful little town, we arrive in Gladstone. 

Day 8
The next day takes us further South. We will circle Adelaide and visit Hahndorf, a German settlement, where even today Kassler and Sauerkraut are served. we also visit the Barossa Valley, THE wine region in South Australia. Our final stop for today is Meningie.

Day 9
From Meningie we follow the coast along the Coorong National Park. In Kingston SE you will see the Giant Lobster. From there, we will stick to the coast. The picturesque coastal town of Beachport ist the perfect spot for lunch and a seaside refreshment. From Millicent we turn inland and reach our destination for today, Casterton.



Day 10
Today takes us to another highlight of this tour: via Casterton to the Grampians National Park. The stretch becomes more winding and wooded by the minute. We will venture into the magnificient national park from the south. While getting to our next stop, Halls Gap, we will be able to have a stunning view of the ancient rock formations which make this park so unique.

Day 11
This day is our second day off. The park offers a wide range of activities and attractions. A must are the McKenzie Falls and the Balconies where sunset creates unforgettable views. The park is famous for its rich flora and fauna: Koalas, Wallabies and Cockatoes will be your constant companions. And for the motorcyclist: bends, curves, corners galore!!…


Day 12
This day will lead us to the sea again. From Halls Gap we head southwards to get to another highlight of the tour: the GREAT OCEAN ROAD. From Warrnambool, one breathtaking coastal landscape will follow the other. You should not miss out on a detour to Cape Otway Lighthouse. Cape Otway National Park offers the only opportunity to see the only cool-temperatured rainforest in Victoria. For dinner, you can choose between one of the numerous cafés and restaurants in Apollo Bay, while the beach invites you to a late-night swim.

Day 13
To make the farewell not too hard for you, we will take some last curves on our way from Apollo bay back to Castlemaine. This stretch goes through ancient forests, beautiful scenery which will make it hard to keep your eye on the road! We finish the day with and the tour with a goodbye-dinner in Castlemaine.


What to bring on this tour:

Helmet - a full face helmet is the best option
Motorbike jacket- for safety and comfort
Extra pair of Gloves - essential
Shoes - Sturdy hiking boots or motorbike boots
Wet weather gear
Furthermore: sturdy casual clothing such as Jeans, T-Shirts, sandals or runners, a proper fleece sweatshirt, sunglasses.  There are several lakes and beaches for swimming so don't forget your bathers!

We advise to pack your luggage in one or two soft bags and not in suitcases! Softbags are easier to transport in the support vehicle.


Questions? Just send us an email and ask! click here