The Top End Tour STAGE 1

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The Top End Tour STAGE 1

Darwin to Katherine (Stage 1)

Thursday 23 May, 2019 to Wednesday 29 May, 2019

This page is for Stage One ONLY. To see the full ride details click here.

Stage One, Darwin to Katherine, 22 May – 29 May 2019
Stage Two, Katherine to Kununurra, 29 May – 4 Jun 2019
Stage Three, Kununurra to Broome, 4 Jun – 15 Jun 2019

Why AllTrails?

Experts:

No short-cuts! Our extensive preparation and organisation creates the best tours for our clients.

Service:

Our owners are usually on tour with you. AllTrails is renowned for good old fashioned service!

Quality:

From great accom & meals, to the quality ingredients in our famous home-made muffins and biscuits!!

Support:

Our support vehicle is never far away if you need a pick-up or mechanical assistance. Our crew are the best.

Camaraderie:

AllTrails cyclists are famous for fun, positivity and support. We are proud of the AllTrails community.

The tour at a glance:

Date :

23 May – 29 May 2019

Duration :

7 nights

Distance :

635 km total

Ave. Daily :

127 km/day (shorter options avail)

Bike Type :

Road bike (BYO or hire)

Terrain :

Bitumen roads. Undulating terrain.

Group Size :

15-25 approx

Accom  :

Stage 1 accom very good

Meals  :

All meals included (except rest days)

Difficulty Grading :

7.5/10 – No major hills but some long distances

Deposit :

$ 400

Price :

See pricing tab

  • Epic Australian outback road-bike tour
  • Nature at its finest; big skies, rolling ranges, spectacular landscapes and great weather
  • Fascinating tropical city of Darwin
  • Morning tea swim at Berry Springs Nature Park
  • The iconic & original Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional)
  • Spectacular Kakadu National Park (including rest day)
  • Palm-fringed pools of Edith Falls
  • Katherine Rest Day
  • Katherine/Nitmiluk Gorge – 100m red cliffs carved out by the mighty Katherine River
  • Katherine hot springs
  • Ancient Aboriginal rock paintings
Our Darwin to Broome ride has been regularly rated by our cyclists as their favourite of all the rides that they have done with us. This is the third time that we have repeated the journey (2009, 2012) and this time we have added in Kakadu, improving what was already an amazing tour!

On Stage One from Darwin to Katherine you will cycle through some of the most iconic and beautiful Australian scenery including the outstanding Kakadu NP. There are numerous national parks full of gorges, waterfalls, lookouts and swimming holes for you to explore and we have planned our days to give you an opportunity to enjoy plenty of them.

After Katherine Stage Two heads west crossing the western NT before reaching Kununurra, situated just over the border into WA. This section will show off spectacular escarpments, along with deep greenery and vegetation which contrasts vividly with the vibrant oranges and browns of the landscape.

Crossing the border into WA begins Stage Three of the tour and also marks the start of the Kimberley Region. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres, this ancient region has fewer people per square kilometre than almost any other place on Earth. The experiences here will capture your imagination as you are immersed in vast wildlife sanctuaries, spectacular gorges and thundering waterfalls.

It’s an opportunity to have so many of those outback Australian experiences that you have always wanted to do, and AllTrails organise it all for you.

Go to the full tour webpage here.

Day to Day

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around and wondering where you are. You may have just spent the night under an impossibly starry sky in the great Australian outback, a lodge on the banks of a legendary river, or a donga room in a remote roadhouse. Either way, you want to get up and get on your bike again ready for another day on this legendary AllTrails long-haul cycle tour from Darwin to Broome.

After a hearty breakfast you head on your way as the AllTrails team load your luggage and head up the road to set up your morning tea. The food breaks are at set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights along the way before arriving at the next food break.

You depart morning tea with a clear focus and understanding of the next leg of the day to lunch which is arranged and/or prepared by our crew. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a bakery, a country pub, the rest area of a remote highway, overlooking a river, or deep in a National Park.

Our safety and support vehicles are never far away, one trailing the group as a warning to motorists of the cycling group ahead, and at least one other vehicle travelling among and ahead of the group preparing the food stops, arranging directional signage where required and being on-call for cyclists with mechanical failures or other requirements.

We have 2-way radio communications with trucks and other large vehicles on the road to further increase safety for our cyclists as well as first-aid qualified, and bike mechanic qualified staff. Safety is our number one priority and we strive to make each day as safe as possible – another great advantage of cycling on a tour with AllTrails.

After reaching your overnight destination, usually mid-afternoon, you check in and enjoy a cuppa and snack, shower, or soak in the bath. Sometimes there is a pool for you to lounge around and cool off in, or you may decide to explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cold drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it’s your ride, enjoy it.

A briefing for all cyclists at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day, and a run-down on the sights and special attractions to look out for the next day. Lots of laughs and stories are shared before we settle down to a good healthy meal and a few drinks. The famous camaraderie developed on an AllTrails bike ride lasts a lifetime.

Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow…

A typical day on the ride:

  • Breakfast 7am, Depart 8am
  • Ride 30-50km to morning tea around 9-10am, half hour stop, usually on the side of the road. Coffee/tea with home-made biscuits, slice, fresh fruits, served up, of course, with some entertaining banter and fun.
  • Ride 30-50km to lunch around 12-1pm. Half hour to an hour, often in a bakery or cafe.
  • Ride 30-50km to our overnight accommodation, usually arriving around 3pm. Check-in, make a cup of tea or have a drink by the pool, or a soak in the bath. Explore the town or visit the local attractions.
  • Evening briefing at 6pm with lots of laughs and stories about today’s ride and safety tips for tomorrow.
  • Dinner at 6:30pm – usually at the motel restaurant.
  • Free time and off to bed!

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)

Darwin (meeting day) -- NA -- Wed 22 May 2019 -- - - D A
Day 1: Meeting day. Darwin is a fascinating tropical city – a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself on its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. While a sophisticated, modern city in its own right, it is also one steeped in history, being on the front line of both WWII and cyclone Tracy, which left the town uninhabitable. It has bounced back on both occasions to become the vibrant capital that it is today. Get here early to enjoy the history, aboriginal art scene and excellent hospitality.

This afternoon we will have a ride registration, check over your bike, meet and greet the group and have your pre-departure briefing. In the evening we invite you to join the staff and fellow riders at a nearby restaurant for a welcome dinner. Both dinner and accommodation are included in your tour price.

Darwin to Annaburroo -- 148 or 101km -- Thu 23 May 2019 -- B L D A
Day 2: The Ride begins! And what a day to start off with – filled to the brim with highlights, action and adventure. Riding out of Darwin, we follow the quiet back roads as they open up to the Top-End landscape and its iconic burnt patches from recent dry season fires and the fresh green growth of Darwin Woolly-butt, Stringy Bark, and Bloodwood trees that follow. At 50km we stop in at the gorgeous Berry Springs Nature Park, a popular swimming and picnic area with several pools and a small waterfall fed by crystal clear spring water and surrounded by natural bush. We’ll give you as much time as we can here for a longer-than-usual morning tea break for you to refresh before turning north east and rolling out another 50km before our lunch stop at Wak Wak. Here, if time allows, you can enjoy the famous ‘Jumping Crocodile Cruise’ – yes, the one that you have seen on TV where the croc jumps out of the water to eat the dangling meat held out on a stick by a Park Ranger.

This afternoon you are on the home straight with the last 50km into Annaburroo where you can kick back and relax at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat – a friendly and welcoming retreat with lovely grounds, lots of birdlife and a couple of swimming pools to choose from as you relax into your afternoon. Tonight we have our nightly group briefing and dinner together to celebrate the first day on the bike and the start of our top end journey.

Annaburroo to Jabiru -- 141 or 98km -- Fri 24 May 2019 -- B L D A
Day 3: Today is the day that you hit Kakadu! There is magic in the air as you find yourself immersed in this region of natural beauty and ancient cultural history. The kilometres will sail past as you follow the bitumen that winds through the famous Australian outback landscape. It’s something special to be cycling in the outback – the vast sky and land, the harsh environment, the tough animals that somehow survive out here, and the plant life that has customised itself to the location. It looks great from the road but you know that hiding behind it all are the stunning natural treasures that you will discover in the coming days as you work your way through Kakadu.

Jabiru is at the end of the Arnhem Hwy as the road turns south west and becomes the Kakadu Hwy. Our overnight accommodation is the unique ‘Crocodile Hotel’ – one of the world’s most distinctive hotels, shaped (from a birds-eye view) like a saltwater crocodile. Besides the novelty of the buildings, it’s a great place to stay with plenty of resort facilities, a swimming pool (located at the ‘heart’ of the Crocodile), and a collection of indigenous art including paintings and didgeridoos, some available for purchase. Tonight we have our nightly group briefing and dinner together at the hotel.

Jabiru to Yellow Water -- 53km -- Sat 25 May 2019 -- B L D A
Day 4: It’s a bit of a shorter ride today, which you will enjoy after some challenging distances over the last few days. This morning you can take it easy, enjoy your breakfast at a leisurely pace, take a wander around the grounds at the Croc Hotel, then head out on our 53km cycle to Yellow Water where we stay at the impressive Cooinda Lodge. Again the scenery from the road is beautiful and so unique to this part of the world, but it’s what lies beyond that awaits you at our next overnight stop.

Cooinda Lodge is a village style property located beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, home to world-renowned Yellow Water Cruises. Here you will see crocodiles (from a safe distance!) and birds on the flood plain amongst Paperbark, Pandanus and Fresh Water Mangroves – it’s spectacular. With a relaxed resort atmosphere, this afternoon you can take a dip in the pool, check out the local crafts in the store or kick back at one of the bars. We do suggest having a look at the touring options available here as you won’t want to miss out. Take up the opportunity this afternoon or plan for your rest day tomorrow.

Yellow Water (rest day) -- NA -- Sun 26 May 2019 -- B - - A
Day 5: Cooinda Lodge is said to be ‘The Ultimate Base to Explore Kakadu’ and for that reason we had to stop here for a rest day. Your touring options are plentiful from the world renowned cruises on the Yellow Water Billabong to fishing tours to 4WD tours where you can explore deeper into the Kakadu National Park and see more of the highlights that are not accessible by paved road (and are therefore not as busy with visitors).

All of these tours can be booked at the lodge and we encourage you to make the most of this experience with a tour or two that piques your interest.

Yellow Water to Pine Creek -- 164 or 107km -- Mon 27 May 2019 -- B L D A
Day 6: We hit the road early, and after your rest day you’ll be rearing to go and ready to push through the kilometres out of Kakadu National Park and towards State Highway One, The Stuart Highway. This is the main road through the middle of the country, starting in Darwin in the north, travelling down through the Red Centre and Alice Springs, into South Australia to Port Augusta near Adelaide. Named after Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart, who was the first European to cross Australia from south to north, the highway’s 2800 kms approximates the route Stuart took.

As we reach the Stuart highway, we also reach Pine Creek, our overnight stop. This was the scene of a gold rush in the 1870’s from which some timber and iron buildings still remain today. Ironically, the town was officially named Playford in 1889 after the South Australian Commissioner of Crown Lands. Playford’s desire for immortality was misplaced and the town continued to be known as Pine Creek in spite of the government’s attempt to honour him. After over 80 years, the town is now officially known by its original name. Worth a visit are the Railway Museum and the Old Repeater Station, Mining exhibition. Unfortunately, Ah Toy’s Bakery and general store has closed down after 80 years but it’s worth an internet search to read about the story.

Pine Creek to Katherine -- 129 or 68km -- Tue 28 May 2019 -- B L D A
Day 7: Travelling out from Pine Creek the road becomes quite undulating, which is to be enjoyed before the flats of the Victoria Hwy, and the hillcrests also provide grand views over the beautiful tropical scenery. There are also many large termite (dirt) mounds, some are over 5 metres high. They are constructed by tiny insects that size-for-size, build structures that dwarf our own human constructions and very silently consume more grass than all of Australia’s large herbivores combined!

We stop on the way at Edith Falls, a beautiful swimming and camping area with lovely paperbark and pandanus-fringed pools, before reaching the bustling town of Katherine, sitting proudly next to the Katherine River. Named by explorer John McDouall Stuart on his third and final attempt of his trans-continental crossing, it has long been a stopping point with the first permanent running water for thousands of kilometres for those travelling up from the south. The Katherine River is a mixed blessing however, causing plenty of floods and leaving the watermark up to 2m high on buildings all over town, as well as stories of crocodiles swimming down the main street. When you cross the bridge, which crosses one of the thirteen stunning gorges of the Katherine River your mind will boggle at how much water must pass through here to cause a wet season flood.

Katherine (rest day) -- NA -- Wed 29 May 2019 -- B - D A
Day 8: Today is the rest day at the end of Stage One and the start of Stage Two so some cyclists may be coming and going today as they finish or begin their tour with us here. For those who are here all day we will be offering transfers to Nitmiluk National Park where you can canoe, cruise and swim between sheer cliffs to the sandy freshwater beaches of the main gorges, and view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings high on the rock faces. Waterfalls and rock pools are found along walking tracks and for those looking for some high-time excitement; you can also explore the area by helicopter (activities are at your own cost).

There is also plenty to see in town, visit the Katherine School of the Air, the Outback Heritage Museum or relax by the natural spring-fed crystal-clear pool of the Katherine Hot Springs set in picturesque surroundings with lush green lawns, shady paperbarks and pandanas palms. For those who just cannot stay off the bike visit Springvale Homestead, 8 kilometres south-west of Katherine and the oldest original homestead in the Territory, built in 1879 by Alfred Giles the former Overland Telegraph linesman.

For those leaving today – thanks for joining us on this wonderful outback adventure. To read more about Stage Two and Three click here.

Pricing

Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals (except rest days)
  • Morning & afternoon teas on the road
  • National Park entry fees
  • Rest Day Transfer to Nitmiluk / Katherine Gorge
  • Merchandise pack: jersey, cap, bottle, day bag
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicles
  • Maps & Ride Guide
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Optional:

  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise (Katherine)
  • Jumping Crocodile Tour

What we are truly famous for is also included:

  • Cyclist Camaraderie
  • Meticulous Organisation
  • Top Level Tour Leaders
  • Good Old Fashioned Service (from your first contact)

Pricing Schedule

Deposit: ($400)
Progress Payment: 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance: 27 Mar 2019

For bookings made from 27 Mar, full balance is due upon booking.

Full Tour Price

 ALL STAGES (24 nts) Before 24 Sep Before 20 Dec Before 25 Mar From 25 Mar
Twin Share (pp) $9,990  $10,140  $10,190  $10,240
Own room $12,195  $12,345  $12,395  $12,445

Group discount: $215 pp discount on full tour for groups of just 3 or more cyclists (call your friends, family and old AllTrails mates!)

Single Stage Prices

STAGE ONE (7 nts) Before 24 Sep Before 20 Dec Before 25 Mar From 25 Mar
Twin Share (pp) $3090  $3190  $3240  $3290
Own room $3785  $3885  $3935  $3985
Group Discount Stage One: $80pp for groups of just 3 or more cyclists (call your family!)

Multi-Stage: Book 2 tours, save $50/tour. Book 3 tours save over $600 (see full tour price)

STAGE TWO (6 nts) Before 24 Sep Before 20 Dec Before 25 Mar From 25 Mar
Twin Share (pp) $2490  $2590  $2640  $2690
Own room $2915  $3015  $3065  $3115
Group Discount Stage Two: $65pp for groups of just 3 or more cyclists (call your old AllTrails mates!)

Multi-Stage: Book 2 tours, save $50/tour. Book 3 tours save over $600 (see full tour price)

STAGE THREE (11 nts) Before 24 Sep Before 20 Dec Before 25 Mar From 25 Mar
Twin Share (pp) $4990  $5090  $5140  $5190
Own room $5880  $5980  $6030  $6080
Group Discount Stage Three: $125pp for groups of just 3 or more cyclists (call your friends!)

Multi-Stage: Book 2 tours, save $50/tour. Book 3 tours save over $600 (see full tour price)

Travelling on your own? Early bookers can book a twin share package and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. Offer open until 2 months before the ride. After 25 Mar the offer is subject to availability – contact us for twin share availability.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:

  • Darwin accom included on Wed 22 May. You may also book an extra night on Tue 21 May on our booking form. $110pp twin, $200 single. Refurbished resort hotel in a great location includes breakfast.
  • Katherine accom included on Tue 28 May. You can also book an extra night or two after that date – contact us for more details. 

Transfer of bike box/bag/case from start to finish:

  • We will likely not have room in our vehicles for storage and carriage of bike bags & cases and if so we will need to freight them to your destination with a 3rd party company. Contact us for more details
  • Cardboard boxes can be flattened to store in vehicles. Free of charge for cardboard box

Transfer of bike to/from start/end of tour: 

  • Melbourne/Adelaide to Darwin.  $75
  • Broome to Melbourne/Adelaide. $75

A ‘Merchandise Kit’ is included in the cost of this tour, including an AllTrails cycling jersey, cycling cap, drink bottle and day bag. Check the merchandise PDF link for jersey colour options and sizing: Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF

AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees (not included in merchandise kit above):

  • Older stock, limited sizes. $20
  • New style tee. $30
  • Raglan style (3/4 sleeve). $35
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

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.

Accommodation and camping details (Darwin to Broome)

General Info: The full tour is 24 nights – this includes 20 nights in accommodation, 2 nights in ‘bush camps’ (we are too far away from any towns or roadhouses for accom), and 2 nights in ‘station camping’. A tent and inflatable mattress will be provided for all cyclists on the camp evenings. BYO sleeping bag. ‘Bush Camps’ have basic toilet facilities but no showers or amenities blocks. ‘Station Camps’ are on a station where shower and toilet facilities are available. Accommodation is very scarce on many stretches of this trip and you will be put up in a variety of lodgings including 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 can try to match you with another cyclist of the same gender each night (subject to availability), or you can choose the ‘single supplement’ option to have your own room.

Single Supplement Info: Booking a single supplement will give you your own room on most nights however there are some nights where single supplement may not be available, and you may be asked to twin share. You will be advised of this ahead of time.

Getting to and from the ride (Darwin to Broome)

Darwin: Our hotel is in the CBD, 15 minute drive (12 km) from the airport (approx. $30 taxi).

Katherine (end of stage one): Greyhound bus: approx 4 hour journey, cost from $79 plus $49 for a bike. Fly to/from Darwin with Air North: approx 1 hour flight, from $195, small airport is 15km south of town (advisable to pre-arrange taxi pick-up with Katherine Taxis).

Kununurra (end of stage two):  Qantas, Air North and Virgin Australia run daily flights from Darwin, Broome and Perth. Airport is less than 5km to the city. Shuttle service and taxis available.

Broome: Airport is just 1.5km from our accom – a quick & easy taxi ride.

Support bus availability

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.

Training for a long distance tour

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.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

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:
  • https://www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au/
  • https://www.1cover.com.au/
  • 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:

 

Bike mechanical assistance provided

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.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.

Travelling alone?

Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet 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.

Meals and food

Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, 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.

Non-riding partners and part-time cyclists

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 non-riders and part-time riders.

Safety

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.

Speak to a past client

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.

Group discounts

Bring your friends and save some money! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.

Group info session

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.

Weather

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

Changing or cancelling a tour

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.

What sorts of people join our rides?

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.

Packing tips

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.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid or mountain bike 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.

Bike Hire

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’.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

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 23mm or 25mm width.

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.

Why book with us?

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.

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Conditions of contract : Please read carefully

Agreement: 

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.

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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