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Welcome to Uluru Desert Express tour page
Uluru Desert Express Motorcycle Tour, ride the red center tour of Australia, perfect for those who want to ride in the Australian red center but not wanting to tackling the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. It is still a challenge though with more than enough rough stuff to test your riding skills out. You will also get to experience the vast Outback with amazing scenery, so why not consider this tour.
This is perfect for riders wishing to experience the joys of motorcycling in remote outback Australian red center with support vehicle back up.
Uluru Desert Express Tour description in brief
The tour winds its way around the western side of the Simpson Desert, with a mixture of sandy, corrugated and hard rocky surface tracks and roads.
This is not a difficult ride but tough enough to test some of your dirt riding skills.
You will be riding a motorcycle for 6 days and camping under the stars each night until our final destination of Uluru where we stay at Yulara resort.
The last day is the finale to finish off the tour with a visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
We have a riders-briefing each morning for the day ahead.
The tours general route on Google Map (approximate route only).
This route can change due to road or weather conditions.
So, come on let’s have some fun!!
- Ghan Heritage road
- Mt Dare Station
- Simpson Desert scenery
- Swimming at Dalhousie Hot Springs (water temp 39 degree)
- Ghan railway history
- Sandy corrugated tracks
- Desert camping and brilliant stars to see
The Simpson Desert Consists of a sea of parallel red sand dunes covering an area of 170,000 sq. km (as large as England and Wales). It lies across the corners of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Rainfall is low, on average 125 mm per year. Temperatures exceed 50 degrees in summer and can fall below zero centigrade in winter.
What includes in Uluru Desert Express Motorcycle Tour:
- Hotel (twin share)
- Motorcycle hire (Suzuki DRz 400)
- Desert parks pass
- Camping gear
- All Meals
- Support vehicle
What’s not included:
- Alcohol, hotel coffees
- Riding instructions given each day
- 2 nights Yulara Pioneer resort
- We provide all camping equipment (one tent and mattress per person) for the million and one stars a night hotel
- Our tour support vehicle is an all-purpose 6×6 specially built for motorcycle tour support
- “Rough As Guts Outback Restaurant” will cater for this tour in parts
Prior to departure
- We require indemnity forms to be signed before departure
- We require full payment 6 weeks prior from tour departure
Tag-along passengers or riders
- Tag along available for riders wanting to use their own bike
- We have an available place for a tag along passengers in the 6×6 or one of our 4×4 vehicles
- Look at our motorcycle page for more info on our fleet of tour motorbikes
- We require a $1000 security bond, refunded in full on safe return of motorcycle
What you need to bring
- Personal luggage bag size try to keep it small as you don’t need the kitchen sink. Remember you are flying out on a smaller plane!
- Motorcycle riding gear e.g.: Helmet, Boots, Jacket, Gloves etc
- Sleeping bag, blow up pillow
- Warm jumper for nights, woollen head warmer (beanie)
- Casual clothing, foot wear (Joggers) swim ware, USB stick, camera
- Sun glasses, hat, sun screen, toiletries
- Spending money e.g.: alcohol, souvenir, pub meal, optional tours
- Small camel back able to carry small items must also have water bladder
This is a very basic entry level ride into central Australian remote outback roads for the not so experienced off-road rider.
After this ride you will have a lot more confidence on sandy dirt roads.
This ride is also suitable for larger off road bikes.
Riders team meeting at 4pm day before departure at our predetermined motel, safety talk and next day’s travel plan.
Day one 330km
Depart Alice Springs at 8:30am
An easy run down the Maryvale Rd for smoko at Rodinga Sliding, the old Ghan train line ruins.
You will have the chance to ride on the famous Finke desert race track after Rodinga Sliding. We will regroup at the second Finke race day fuel stop to see how everyone is going and be mindful of the 12:00 turnaround time rule for track direction. Riding on the Finke desert race track is a reality checker for first timers, you probably won’t last too long on the track as it is rather brutal, energy sapping and requires a certain skill level but it will sure give you an insight what the race is all about and why it is considered so tough of an event!
After Bundooma water tower everyone will be back on the Finke service Rd, from here on the road to Finke can get quite rough, a real car breaker.
Lunch hopefully will be at the Finke Start/Finish tower baring any mishap.
After lunch hopefully an easy run into Mt Dare Station with a couple pioneering points of interest along the way to have a look at.
Dinner will be at Mt Dare in the restaurant.
There are bush showers and toilets at Mt Dare Station.
Day two 180km
This day is all about checking out pioneering history of the early settlers of remnants left behind and having a little ponder on how tough these guys were to come out to isolated areas with very basic and primitive transport.
The roads that you will be riding will a mixture of corrugated dirt and some light sandy sections but nothing too hard. Our goal is to reach the very impressive Dalhousie hot springs were will make camp for the evening and unwind in the warm waters of the hot springs and hopefully the cook will cook up something nice!
Day three 180km
The days riding will encompass sandy sections of road for the first half. We will be checking out the best settlers ruins in the area considered by most, Dalhousie ruins great pioneering stone work and what is left of the old stock yards. We will have smoko on the Old Ghan railway sliding Pedirka. The later part of day will see you ride south towards Oodnadatta which is basically an aboriginal town one of the better ones and is famous for the Pink Road House, famous around the world and a must to have your picture taken out the front.
We will be camping and having dinner at the Pink Road House, a little latter on wonder down the street to the Transcontinental Hotel for a couple of drinks.
Day four 390km
Before we leave Oodnadatta it has a great museum which we will check out before we ride out of town. We will be riding on well-maintained remote dirt roads up until lunch and if we are lucky have a road train come past us creating a huge dust cloud, great for a camera shot if you can get it. Lunch will somewhere on the side of the track.
The later part of the day will see make our way onto the Stuart HWY with a transport section of 179km which will break up into two rest stop.
We will stop off at the Northern Territory/ South Australian border for a mandatory picture with the monument before heading down the road to Kulgera for our final stop of the day, you will be tired as it will be a long day.
Dinner will be at the Kulgera road house and you never know what entertainment awaits out the front! Hopefully we will be there in time for happy hour where you can mingle with other tourist over a nice cold beer.
Later on in the evening where we will have a fire going at camp so you can in enjoy your cold drinks and we might even pull out our trump card with some lovely dessert for you.
Day five 300km
Day 5 is a beautiful ride on real deep red desert sandy roads, where your bike will be following the gentle sandy corner watching scenery go by. The road is not very touristy with limited traffic use.
The first big stature you will see is Foolaroo (Mt Coner) which most people think that is Uluru but it is not.
After lunch we will get back onto the main road heading into Uluru, this brings us back into the fast pass of the modern world again. We will have a couple of nice little rest stop on our way and then finally get a glimps of Uluru (Ayres Rock) and our goal is to make to the sunset viewing area to watch the sun set over Uluru, it is well worth it.
We will head back to Yulara resort for the evening, get checked into our Hotel and enjoy our evening meal.
Day six 40km
The day starts off with breakfast at Yulara resort, then once satisfied we ride our bikes to Uluru some 20km away to get a closer view of this majestic piece of rock. It is a once in a life time thing and you won’t be disappointed.
This ride is for the not so experience enduro rider wanting to experience remote Australian outback riding in the heart of central Australia with the ultimate journey starting in Alice Springs and finishing at the majestic Uluru.
You have peace of mind knowing that you have a fully equipped support vehicle behind you during this tour.
Total kilometers traveled 1420km