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Australia TASMANIAN Devil tour
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AUSTRALIA TASMANIAN Devil TOUR 2009

2009 Tour 1:   1 Feb - 21 Feb 2009   MEL - MEL 

Tour: Melbourne - "Snowy Mountains" - Wilsons Prom NP - 12 days on TASMANIA – Great Ocean Road - Melbourne
Total distance: ca. 3,317 kms
Duration: 21 days
Level: easy to medium

The Tasmanian Devil tour: As Rob van Driesum, former editor of Australian Motorcycle News and Lonely Planet Guide Books, summarised it:
“Of all the areas I’ve seen in the world, Tasmania offers the greatest variety of motorcycling experiences in some of the best scenery you’ll find anywhere. If there’s a motorcycle heaven, it’s called Tasmania.”
         

During the 3,317 km long tour, every single day is a motorcycle rider’s dream.

The first day of the tour sees us in the heart of Melbourne for a little bit of sightseeing. After all, city life in a great city like Melbourne can be exciting too. Before we board the ferry to Tasmania, we have three “warm-up days” at the edge of the Snowy Mountains and at the most southerly point of the Australian mainland, Wilson’s Promontory National Park. We ride along scenic Lake Eildon, experience our first dirt roads, and enjoy spectacular mountain views. We take the night ferry from Melbourne to Devonport, and at 7am we arrive in motorcycle heaven where we will be riding around for the next 12 days.

See the rest of the detailed tour description below.

Prices:

 

Suzuki DR650SE

BMW F650 GS Dakar

Yamaha XT660R

Rider: 
Pillion passenger:

AUD 3.490,-
AUD 1.080,-

AUD 4.490,-
AUD 1.080,-
AUD t.b.a.
AUD t.b.a.

In support vehicle:

AUD 1.980,-

AUD 1.980,-
AUD t.b.a.

Prices include:

  • Pick-up service from airport at tour starting point
  • Motorcycle rent for duration of tour
  • Third-party insurance
  • 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
  • German/English speaking tour guide
  • Maps and roadbook
  • campground fees
  • cook
  • GST and taxes

Prices do not include:

  • Air fares
  • Fuel
  • food (breakfast and dinner): AUD 110,00 per week (payable at the tour guide before tour starts)
  • Admission fees for national parks, museums, etc. and other activities
  • Compulsory additional insurance: Prices (per week per vehicle, payable at the tour guide before tour starts):

Yamaha XT660R or Suzuki DR650SE:

excess AUD 1.000,: AUD  75,–
without excess: AUD 100,–

BMW F650GS Dakar:

excess AUD 1.000,: AUD 100,–
without excess: AUD 140,

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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 as well as a tour guide on a motorbike 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 TASMANIAN DEVIL motorbike tour!


Aussie Rider Adventure Travel
ABN 85 523 055 412
Coburg MELBOURNE
VIC 3058 AUSTRALIA
ph/fax +61 (0)3 9383 5759
email: info@aussierider.com
website: www.aussierider.com


         

The first day of the tour sees us in the heart of Melbourne for a little bit of sightseeing. After all, city life in a great city like Melbourne can be exciting too. Before we board the ferry to Tasmania, we have three “warm-up days” at the edge of the Snowy Mountains and at the most southerly point of the Australian mainland, Wilson’s Promontory National Park. We ride along scenic Lake Eildon, experience our first dirt roads, and enjoy spectacular mountain views. We take the night ferry from Melbourne to Devonport, and at 7am we arrive in motorcycle heaven.

1st Day in Tasmania:

Arrival in Devonport, visit of the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and the Maritime Museum. Camp in Narawntapu National Park.

2nd Day:
We ride along the Tamar River, via Launceston and Scottsdale, to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country, the famous Bay of Fires. 

3rd Day:
We have a look at one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania, the spectacular St Columba Falls.
We have lunch at a very special pub, the Pub in the Paddock. We cross St. Mary’s Pass and Elephant Pass and camp at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. We enjoy a walk to postcard-perfect Wineglass Bay.

4th & 5th Day:

Fortescue Bay. We hike to Cape Hauy and enjoy an excursion to Port Arthur, the most famous convict settlement in Australia.  

6th & 7th Day:
We have a look at the old part of Hobart and the Antarctic Museum. Camp is at Russell Falls. We ride out to Lakes Gordon and Pedder, in the heart of Tasmania’s untamed Southwest Wilderness. This is truly wild country.

8th Day:

Derwent Bridge and picturesque Lake St Clair, which is the southern end of the famous “Overland Track”, a one-week hike across the highlands of central Tasmania.
We just stroll along the lake a bit to take in the beautiful surroundings, or enjoy the comfort of a boat tour.

9th Day:

Via the copper-mine “moonscape” of Queenstown, we reach Strahan.
The boat cruise across the fjord and along the Gordon River to “Heritage Landing” is one of the highlights of the tour.  

10th Day:

The 180 km long track known as the “Western Explorer” takes us through another wild part of Tasmania.
The weather here can be quite rough at times, just like the road, but it’s part of the great experience that this area has to offer. The area does not see many tourists, but those who venture out here, simply love it and get rewarded.

11th Day:
After a brief visit to Stanley, an old historic town on the north coast with a distinctively shaped volcanic plateau called “The Nut”, we ride inland again to view the queen of Tasmania’s mountains, Cradle Mountain.
This is the northern end of the “Overland Track”. We are happy with an easy, relaxing walk around Lake Dove.

12th Day in Tasmania:

We take the ferry from Devonport back to Melbourne.
 
Back on the mainland we enjoy even more fantastic motorcycling kilometres, and the “Great Ocean Road” seems to have been built for exactly that purpose. We camp at Cape Otway National Park and swap the bikes for horses (optional extra), to see koalas still living in the wild in this area.

Towards the end of this great tour, a little treat: the Grampians - Gariwerd - National Park. Overlooked by mass tourism so far, this is one of Victoria’s true gems.  After 3 weeks on the road we return back to Melbourne.

 

 What to bring on this tour:

Helmet - a full face helmet is the best option (can be rented $77)
Motorbike jacket- for safety and comfort (can be rented $77)
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.

 

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