Join us on this trip from the bottom to the top of Australia. Leaving from Adelaide in South Australia we will 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, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Mataranka, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu and Litchfield National Park and our final destination at the top of Australia, Darwin.
It's a Long Way to the Top Tour Itinerary
You arrive at Adelaide International 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 picking up our bikes and heading off in the morning.
After picking up our motorcycles 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 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% world's quality opals. Today much of the town is located underground to escape the hot summer and cold winter. We will be staying the night at the Underground Hotel which is an experience in itself.
From Coober Pedy we are heading into the outback and the 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 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.
The morning of 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. Attractions at Alice
Springs include the Cultural Precinct,
The Alice Springs Desert Park, the
School of the Air and of course
Alternatively, we can head out to the
McDonnell Ranges to visit one of the
waterholes dotted through this
unique Australian landscape.
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.
Today we leave Tennant Creek and head the
thermal springs at the oasis of Mataranka
Homestead Tourist Resort. The road is long and
straight, but the stops are certainly different. 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 at Mataranka.
After the long ride you will find the hot springs
inviting and something you cannot resist.
Today we have a relatively short trip to Katherine.
This should give us time to spend more time in the
thermal springs before heading further north.
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
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, visit one of the many water holes to watch for crocs or travel to Nourlangie Rock to see the ancient aboriginal art work, but don’t forget to visit Ubirr to see where Crocodile Dundee looked out across the wilderness to witness one of the best places in the world to see the sun setting.
We are now on our home stretch to Darwin however we have one more stop 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.
Tonight we enjoy a last meal together at the Water Precinct in Darwin.
Fly away today or ask about extending your room or bike hire. Thank you for riding with us!