Perth to Broome
Ride 1, 2 or 3 Stages
Friday 18 May, 2018 to Sunday 17 June, 2018
This is one of the few tours where we offer a camping option, so if you love your tent we have you covered. For those choosing accommodation, you will have a wide variety of lodgings over the 4 weeks. From luxury resorts to remote outback roadhouses, from city hotels to small town motels, from luxury eco-tents to family-run station stays. There are also two remote nights where the entire group will ‘bush-camp’ which is a fun, interactive evening full of camaraderie and enjoyment around the campfire, under the stars.
- Stage 1: Perth to Geraldton, Average km 110/day, 18 May – 23 May
- Stage 2: Geraldton to Coral Bay, Average km 126/day, 23 May – 2 Jun
- Stage 3: Coral Bay to Broome, Average km 125/day, 2 Jun – 16 Jun
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The tour at a glance:
18 May – 17 June 2018
5+10+15 = 30 days total
Ave. Daily :
Bike Type :
Bitumen roads. Undulating terrain.
Group Size :
15-25 accom approx, plus campers
Extremely varied! See FAQs for more detail. Full camping options also available.
All meals included (except rest day lunches)
Difficulty Grading :
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What a way to start this ride! Get a great taste of the beautiful Turquoise Coast just north of Perth where we stay in picturesque fishing villages, ride through National Parks and take in lovely coastal scenery. The accommodation is great, the food is good (especially the locally caught seafood), and a real highlight will be the chance to cycle the eerie moon-scape of The Pinnacles Desert National Park. This is a great ride for those with a bit less time who want a ride with some challenging distances, nice accommodation and fascinating scenery.
Stage 2: Coral Coast Ride
This stage takes us further north and further into the wide open spaces of Western Australia. It is a great balance of remote outback locations, paired with some beautiful towns and bays along the Coral Coast. Your highlights list will be sure to include the rest day activities at Nanga Bay, including the dolphins at Monkey Mia and our indigenous didgeridoo campfire evening. You will also get a taste of real outback camping on our ‘bush camp’ night for all, on both the camping and accommodation packages, always a fun experience where friendships and bonds are strengthened (not to mention the impossibly starry night sky that will blow your mind on a clear night). Finish the stage in Coral Bay with its white sands and the world-renowned Ningaloo Reef only metres off the beach.
Stage 3: The Pilbara Explorer
Our last stage begins at the ‘Outback Coast’ where the desert meets the ocean and detours inland to one of the most remarkable places on the planet – Karijini National Park. It’s the place where those classic, spectacularly beautiful photos of Australian outback gorges, sunken gardens, deep fern-fringed pools, and turquoise waterholes are taken. And you will be right there amongst it. Our accommodation on this stage ranges from the magnificent luxury eco-tents at Karijini to some extremely remote outback roadhouses. They are not upmarket but they are uniquely Australian and you’ll often meet many an interesting character there too! One more bush camp for all cyclists before rolling on the home stretch to Broome where you can meet your friends & family to stay a few relaxing days after we celebrate a truly wonderful journey.
Adding another layer of interest to this ride is our involvement with START foundation. Founding Director Kerryn Harvey explains:
“START Foundation is a not-for-profit registered charity that empowers amputees in life through sport. I am also an upper limb amputee, having lost my arm and shoulder (and almost my life), to a flesh eating bacteria in 2013. I will be riding from Perth to Broome on the back of a tandem, along with a team of supporting cyclists, raising funds for START Foundation. Monies raised will help START Foundation support amputees with the purchase of a new limb or limb modification to enable them to achieve their sporting dreams. I encourage all cyclists to join us in the optional fundraising and help have a positive impact on an amputees life.”
AllTrails has known Kerryn, Renee and others in the START team for many years and we look forward to sharing time with them again on this wonderful ride. More info at www.startfoundation.org.au.
THIS TOUR HAS PASSED
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.
Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.
You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. If you can sit on an average speed of 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 100km + a day for 2 days straight, that will usually put you in a good position to be ready for most of our long distance tours. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia
- When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
- Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
- Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
- Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
- There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
- Here are two options as an example:
- International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.
IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:
Food is always a big part of any cycling holiday! Our emphasis is always on fresh food and a balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday, however on some of our longer tours we do find there are often limitations in the remote locations we ride through. We will often supplement local available foods with fruit that we bring with us on tour or stock up at the larger towns. Either way you can always be assured that we are planning ahead and doing our best to look after your health when it comes to fueling your body. We can usually successfully cater for most dietary requirements, even with the challenges of remote locations, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.
A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as phone, money and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.
We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall and the prevailing winds. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.bom.gov.au or for our international tours visit www.worldweather.org
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.
If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:
Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.
Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.
Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 25mm, 28mm or 32mm width. Generally the wider the tyre the more comfortable, but check how wide a tyre your rims, forks and frame can accommodate before purchasing.
Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth) and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
The accommodation option gives you twin share lodging on all nights except 2 bush camps (1 night on each of Stages 2 and 3). A tent and inflatable mattress will be provided for you on the bush camp evenings. BYO sleeping bag. Accommodation is very scarce on many stretches of this trip and you will be put up in a variety of lodgings including luxury eco tents, roadhouse dongas, quality city motels and outback resorts. The majority of our accommodation will have ensuites, although on some occasions bathroom facilities will be shared. If you are travelling on your own we will try to match you with another cyclist of the same gender each night (subject to availability).
A Single Supplement option may be offered to early bookers who want their own room, only if accommodation remains after the pre-sale. This will give you your own room on most nights however there are some nights where no single supplement is available. Stage 1: Single Supplement will be available every night. Stage 2: Single Supp ensuite possible on 6 nts, 1 bush camp, 3 nts shared facilities, two of which may be twin share. Stage 3: Single Supp ensuite possible on 10 nts, 1 bush camp, 4 nts shared facilities, two of which may be twin share.
Camping option cyclists will be booked into campgrounds each night of the tour except Perth (Stage 1) and Broome (Stage 3) where you will be housed in our accommodation (twin share). In most townships you will be in a caravan park or similar. In remote areas it may be in the camping ground area of a roadhouse property. Campgrounds include ablution blocks and are very close to our accommodation wherever possible. There are also 2 bush camps for all cyclists.
Stage 1. The entry price includes one night of ‘pre stage’ accom and dinner in Perth on Fri 18 May for both campers and accommodated cyclists. If you also wish to book any additional nights prior to that date contact us and we can give you the hotel details for you to book direct. The entry price also includes a night of ‘post stage’ accom or camping in Geraldton on Tue May 22. No need to book extra nights unless you are staying longer.
Stage 2. The entry price includes one night ‘pre stage’ accom/camping in Geraldton on Wed May 23. No need to book extra nights unless you are arriving earlier. The entry price also includes one night ‘post stage’ accom/camping in Coral Bay on Fri 1 Jun. No need to book extra nights unless you are staying longer.
Stage 3. The entry price includes one night of ‘pre stage’ accom/camping in Coral Bay on Sat 2 Jun. No need to book extra nights unless you are arriving earlier. The entry price also includes one night ‘post stage’ accom for both campers and accommodated cyclists in Broome on Sat 16 Jun. No need to book extra nights unless you are staying longer (which we think is a good idea!).
Contact us if you need any details about our pre and post stage hotels.
Perth: Fly to Perth Airport. Hotel is in the city centre 15km from the airport.
Geraldton: The Airport is 10km from our accom – an easy taxi ride. You can also catch a bus from Perth (approx 7 hrs).
Coral Bay: Fly into / out of Learmonth airport which is 120km from Coral Bay near Exmouth. Local airport transfers can be arranged- contact us for more details.
Broome: Airport is just 1.5km from our accom – a very easy taxi ride.
Contact us about your travel plans and we will help you with your options.
Conditions of contract : Please read carefullyAgreement:
I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.
I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.
I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.
AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.
I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
To find the terms & conditions of this ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
- Click the ‘SKIP’ button
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink