Ride Australia’s South East – 16 Days

Total riding distance – 3,516 km / 2,185 miles

Australia is a big country and we only have 15 days so let’s just explore the South Eastern area riding through New South Wales and Victoria. This tour offers variety in everything we do. The roads can be straight and windy as we travel open areas and mountains. There is so much history be it maritime, aviation, gold rush Bushrangers and mechanical, you will see it as we travel. The natural wonders of the Grand Ocean Road and of course, how can you come to Australia and not see Kangaroos and Koalas, we have a special place that has no bars between you and them.

The tour takes you along the Pacific Coast, Bass Strait, The Snowy Mountains and South Western Slopes. We try to stay off the main highways, though, at times, they are the best way to get you to the next bit of exciting road or interesting places.

Some of the roads are well-known to local riders. The food stops have been personally chosen for what they offer and their variety.

Below, you will find the daily itinerary.

We look forward to sharing this adventure with you as you discover an Australia you do not know about.

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION Sydney / Sydney

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Sydney

Welcome to Sydney, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Today is your rest day as it has been a long trip and you will be having a look around town tomorrow.

Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Harbour.

Included Meals: No meals.

Day 02: Sydney

Today after breakfast we explore Sydney and what better way than by foot.

We meet up for breakfast and talk about the days to come on the road. Have your questions ready.

After the briefing, we walk to the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon and do a bridge climb. A fantastic way to Sydney.

When we return to Terra Firma, we will walk through the historic ‘Rocks’ and then around Circular Quay to the Opera house. This afternoon will be on the harbour cruise where you will see Sydney from waterlevel.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 03: Sydney to Shellharbour (Ride day: 149 km / 93 miles)

Today, we embark on an exhilarating motorcycle tour starting in the vibrant city of Sydney. After collecting our motorcycles, we cruise through the wooded Royal National Park. At its southern end, we stop at Bald Hill Lookout to see the sweeping coastline views ahead.

We then ride to Symbio Wildlife Park which offers close encounters with Australia’s diverse wildlife.

Returning to the road, we head south to cross the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, a marvel of engineering perched above the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean.

We ride up the escapement to Mount Keira Lookout, which provides a panoramic view of Wollongong and its suburbs. Returning to the coast, we reach the Shellharbour coastal town, our overnight stop.

Accommodation: Shellharbour Village Motel.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 04: Shellharbour to Batemans Bay (Ride day: 246 km / 153 miles)

We start the day in the coastal haven of Shellharbour and head for the hills. We ride up Macquarie Pass, which is a very popular motorcycling road. Reaching the top of the pass, we stop at the renowned Robertson Pie Shop for a savoury pit stop, where hearty delights (pies of all types) await us. The coffee is a bonus.

With full bellies, we, descend to the small town of Jambaroo then climb again to Saddleback Mountain Lookout. The mountain climb is a winding uphill climb; the reward is the breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific coastal landscape from the lookout.

Returning to the coast on a narrow scenic road, we visit the iconic Kiama Blow Hole, which demonstrates the power of nature in a mesmerising spectacle. We ride along the Pacific Coast to the charming town of Berry, which offers a quirky cafe with a dairy theme.

Our next stop is the Fleet Air Arm Museum, which takes us through Australia’s naval aviation history.

The final stretch to Batemans Bay, but first, we will stop at Fuel East Lynne to see the motorcycle collection and maybe sneak in a milkshake.

Accommodation: Mariners On The Waterfront Hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 05: Batemans Bay to Cann River (Ride day: 322 km / 200 miles)

More coastal riding today as we leave Batemans Bay. We continue south; our first is Central Tilba where we visit the Cheese factory. We have been on the highway, and now we turn off for the backroads through the picturesque towns of Tilba and Bermagui.

The next stop is Longstocking Brewery, this pit stop promises refreshing libations and a taste of local craftsmanship. Remember we are still riding when you go to the bar. After our break, we ride to the coastal town of Eden and explore the local maritime history at the Killer Whale Museum. Here, we are taken back to the whaling days with a fascinating story about a Killer Whale called Tom.

Having left Eden behind us, we cross into the state of Victoria and onto tonight’s stop at Cann River; it’s in an Aussie pub with Aussie pub food.

Accommodation: Cann River Hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 06: Cann River to Phillip Island (Ride day: 486 km / 302 miles)

Today is a big day’s ride. We travel west as we ride and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Lakes Entrance, where waterways weave through the landscape, creating a picturesque backdrop.

We stay on Highway 1 to the town of Sale for lunch; fully fed we return to the road as The Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre awaits, offering a thrilling detour for motorsports enthusiasts, providing insights into the excitement and history of high-speed racing.

Tonight’s stop is in Cowes. Cowes is nestled on Phillip Island and is a relaxing bayside finishing point.

Accommodation: North Pier Hotel, Cowes.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 07: Phillip Island to Apollo Bay (Ride day: 138 km / 86 miles)

After leaving Cowes, we head to Sorrento Pier, where a ferry crossing makes this trip not just a ROAD trip. 40-minute voyage across Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff.

We return to the road after reaching Queenscliff and head for the town Torquay for lunch, then a visit to the Australian National Surfing Museum, a tribute to the nation’s surfing culture.

We stop at Winki Pop to check out Bells Beach, renowned among surfers worldwide. We will soon be on the Great Ocean Road and a stop at The Memorial Arch at Eastern View. Here, we will learn the backstory of the Great Ocean Road.

We now ride to our stop for tonight, the coastal town of Apollo Bay, with its backdrop of stunning ocean views.

Accommodation: Best Western Apollo Bay.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 08: Apollo Bay to Warrnambool (Ride day: 171 km / 107 miles)

Today, more of the Great Ocean Road starting in the coastal haven of Apollo Bay. This section gives us a front-row seat to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders.

The 12 Apostles stand tall, their limestone stacks emerging from the Southern Ocean, a breathtaking sight that captures the imagination. Loch Ard Gorge holds the tragic story which, gave the gorge its name.

As the ride continues, Port Campbell is our lunch stop. We return to the Great Ocean Road to view the dramatic formations of London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs. Each twist and turn of the road reveals a new aspect of this rugged coastal landscape.

Warrnambool is our final stop for today, and we will visit the historic Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. The evening show brings the past to life through captivating tales as we walk through the reconstructed village. A visual journey into Australia’s maritime history is shown and goes some way to explaining how dangerous ship voyages were along this coastline, including the Loch Ard’s.

Accommodation: Deep Blue and Hot Springs.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 09: Warrnambool to Echuca (Ride day: 399 km / 248 miles)

Today, we head north and leave the coast behind, our journey takes us to Sovereign Hill, an immersive living museum that transports us back to the Australian gold rush era. Wander along the charming streets, interact with costumed characters, and witness traditional crafts and trade demonstrations.

From Sovereign Hill, the adventure through the heart of Victoria as we ride to Echuca. This iconic town along the Murray River invites you to step back to the past with its well-preserved paddle steamers and historic port area.

We will spend the whole day tomorrow to explore Echuca.

Accommodation: Mercure Port of Echuca.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 10: Echuca (Non ride day)

There is no need for motorcycles today as we discover the delights of Echuca, a journey into the charm of a bygone era, blended seamlessly with the vibrancy of a modern riverside town. As we explore Echuca, we’ll immerse ourselves in a delightful tapestry of history, culture, and scenic beauty.

Stroll along the historic port area, where beautifully preserved paddle steamers line the banks of the Murray River. These majestic vessels, a testament to Echuca’s pivotal role in the river trade during the 19th century, offer a glimpse into the region’s rich maritime heritage.

Indulge your senses at the local markets, where fresh produce, handmade crafts, and regional specialties showcase the best of Echuca’s offerings. The town’s charming streets, adorned with historic architecture and unique boutiques, invite leisurely walks, allowing you to soak in the laid-back atmosphere.

A visit to Echuca wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing cruise along the Murray River on one of the iconic paddle steamers. Drift along the water, taking in the serene surroundings and enjoying the gentle rhythm of the river.

Echuca comes alive in the evening, with the soft glow of streetlights reflecting on the historic facades, creating a warm and welcoming ambience.

Rest up as tomorrow we return to the road.

Accommodation: Mercure Port of Echuca.

Included Meals: None.

Day 11: Echuca to Albury (Ride day: 293 km / 182 miles)

After a day of experiencing life in the historic riverport town of Echuca, today we explore another part of Australian history as we travel to Glenrowan to find out about the legendary bushranger Ned Kelly, delving into the captivating tales of this iconic Australian outlaw. The historical resonance of the region sets the stage for a ride that seamlessly blends history and adventure.

The road to Glenrowan offers views of the Australian countryside, inviting you to experience the freedom of the open road.

Having experienced the history, we now go to imaginary, the Ettamogah Pub, a uniquely Australian establishment known for its whimsical architecture and laid-back atmosphere. It’s a perfect spot for a refreshing break.

We head for Albury and our overnight accommodation. This border town seamlessly connects New South Wales and Victoria, blending modern amenities and historical charm. We may not have noticed the border as there are no border gates.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Albury.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 12: Albury to Cooma (Ride day: 360 km / 224 miles)

We head for the mountains, The Australian Snowy Mountains. Our first stop is visiting the Man from Snowy River Museum in Corryong, where the legends of the iconic Australian poem come to life; you may have even seen the movie. The town has definitely modernised since those times,

We continue into the mountains through the picturesque landscapes of Khancoban, offering sweeping views and a serene backdrop for your journey. We will stop here for a break. Afterwards, we will stop at the Murray 1 Power Station Lookout, part of the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electic Scheme. Unfortunately, we can not visit, but you will get the idea.

We have entered the Kosciuszko National Park, stopping at Scammells Ridge Lookout to see the beauty of the Snowy Mountains, a scenic spectacle that opens up before us.

As we are in the mountains, the ride can be narrow and twisty so when we reach civlisaton, a planned stop a the Wild Brumby Schnapps Distillery, where you can savour a little of the local spirits and enjoy the alpine ambience.

A little detour from the regular road as we head for our final stop at Cooma via Dalgety.

Accommodation: Redhill Cooma Motor Inn.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13: Cooma to Bathurst (Ride day: 419 km / 261 miles)

This morning we leave the alpine region to have a quick look at the Nation’s Capital, Canberra from Mount Ainslie Lookout. The panoramic views of Australia’s capital city unfold, providing a perfect blend of well-planned urban and natural beauty.

Leaving the capital behind we stop at The next stop takes a quirky turn with a visit to an iconic Australian landmark that is a testament to the country’s wool industry, The Big Merino. A unique photo opportunity awaits as you capture the spirit of this colossal sheep.

Just a short ride to the Rocky Hill Memorial and Museum, offering a poignant pause to reflect on Australia’s military history. The museum’s exhibits and the panoramic views from Rocky Hill create a memorable interlude.

The home stretch as we head for the iconic Australian motorsports hub of Bathurst beckons. Bathurst is home to the renowned Mount Panorama circuit and offers a thrilling atmosphere for motorsports enthusiasts. The Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre becomes a must-visit for those eager to delve into the excitement of racing history. We will even do a lap of what is the track on race days but a public road on all the others. The speed limit is 60 KPH and is heavily enforced.

Accommodation: Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 14: Bathurst to Mudgee and return. (Ride day: 306 km / 191 miles)

Today we do a day trip through history to Mudgee. Our first stop is the historic gold rush town of Hill End. To get here, we traverse the winding roads, the echoes of the past become palpable, adding a touch of nostalgia to our ride.

More country roads takes us to Mudgee, and the iconic Robert Stein Winery awaits; there is more here for us motorcycle enthusiasts than wine. When we get there, you will know what we mean.

Another ride to Sofala, a charming village frozen in time. Quaint streets and historic buildings characterise this gold rush gem, offering a delightful glimpse into Australia’s history.

We are now heading back to Bathurst; the road rolls out like a ribbon, inviting you to relish the joy of the open country.

Accommodation: Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 15: Bathurst to Sydney (Ride day: 209 km / 130 miles)

Leaving Bathurst, the city of motorsports, behind, today’s journey takes us through the scenic route via Tarana, where the roads weave through picturesque landscapes.

A pit stop in Bilpin on the Bells Line of Road adds the perfect touch to our last day on the road. Surrounded by nature, we refuel with a cup of coffee and delicious food.

We return to the road with our next stop at Fraser Motorcycles in Strathfield—a chance for the last-minute Harley Davidson memento. From here, we will soon return to our Motorcycles and then into the city for our last dinner together.

Tonight will be the time to relive our days on the road and share our experiences together.

Accommodation: Rydges Sydney Harbour.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner.

Day 16: Departure day unless you are extending.

You’re pretty much on your own today, and our crew will be hanging around to help and say goodbye.

Please note that we reserve the right to remain adaptable to unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions that may arise while on tour; the daily schedule may be adjusted accordingly. Your tour remains paramount; we will ensure the tour meets your fullest expectations. 


Tour Dates:

TourDate fromDate toBooking deadline
Riding Australia’s South East22-Mar-2507-Apr-2522 Jan-25

Riding Season – Late Summer 10.9 – 20.3°C (51.6 – 68.5°F)

Prices (AUD) Australia Dollars

We supply the Rental Motorcycle/s. *

PeopleMotorcycleRoomFrom in AUD per person
21 Rental MotorcycleTwin / DoubleOn application
11 Rental MotorcycleSingleOn application
22 Rental MotorcyclesTwin / DoubleOn application

Bring your Motorcycle/s. **

PeopleMotorcycleRoomFrom in AUD per person
21 Motorcycle (yours)Twin / DoubleOn application
11 Motorcycle (yours)SingleOn application
22 Motorcycles (yours)Twin / DoubleOn application

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INCLUDEDRental Motorcycle on the We supply the Rental Motorcycle/s. *
14 Nights Accommodation
17 Meals (12 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 5 Dinners)
Motorcycle Fuel
All Park Fees
All Attraction Fees
All Excursion Fees
Guides
Support vehicle with snacks, water, first aid kit and luggage.
NOT INCLUDEDRental motorcycle on the Bring your Motorcycle/s. **
Airfare
Anything not listed in “INCLUDED” above

The above information should be taken as a guide only as things can change. If you have any questions, please contact us at Ride The World Motorcycle Tours.


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