We run a minimum of 4, maximum of 10 bikes + the guide. With potential for 10 pillions in each tour group, this gives a total of 10 riders, and a maximum of 20 people (+guide).
Are the bikes up to date and current models?
As far as we know, we are the only tour company that offers new model Harley Davidsons freshly replaced. You have the choice of 5 models included in the package, See Bikes for more information.
Do I/we have to travel with the group?
No. Most days the route could be varied some people want a bit of space but most like to ride together. Each morning we check in with riders and talk about the ride for that day, taking into consideration aspects such as weather etc.
Ultimately the experienced guide will make the final decision – and all options are good. So there will be some opportunity to choose your own daily riding companions, routing, and time schedule. The guide is always there if you want to follow that majority chosen route, and not worry about maps and navigation.
How do I know where to go if I want to go alone without the guide/group?
We’ve found that 10 days is a good balance, considering that you will be roughly a fortnight in Australia, including the flying time. It takes a couple of days for most people to shake off any jetlag cobwebs, get familiar with a different bike (and generally), 1 day to absorb riding on the left-hand side of the road.
For these reasons we recommend sticking with the group for the first ‘orientation’ day, If you feel you are just getting into your stride at the end of our tour (and are lucky enough to have not met your time and money restrictions), there are options for extending the bike hire and continuing the adventure on your own. We will have brought you up a few notches in your confidence with the navigation, language and road-craft skills needed for riding / driving in Australia.
Or maybe you would like to extend your holiday before or after the tour with a non-motorcycling visit to other parts of Australia etc. Good value car hire is available back at our base, and the car can be returned anywhere in Australia.
What do I need to bring?
Detailed recommendations / suggestions re. Clothing / ride gear is sent to participants on receipt of deposit for tours; generally you will need all your regular riding apparel- helmet, boots, gloves, wet-weather gear etc. and options for both hot and cold conditions. (But we can organize helmet and jacket if needed)
The bikes are equipped with storage (see bike description), and panniers provided for pillion bikes. We can also provide a T bag if you like to carry lots of gear- but this generally is an overkill.. Generally the combination of panniers and top-box on the pillion bikes is more than room for clothing/ baggage required on the tour. You will have the opportunity on night four to update clothing as your bags will be in Montville and then on return to Caloundra . Additional luggage for other travel and not required for the riding (your suitcase) may be stored at base until the completion of the tour.
We also require participants to have a mobile phone with international roaming activated. Even some ‘pre-paid’ sim cards now have the option of international roaming – check with your service provider. Avoid any phone company ‘traps’.
How far do I have to ride each day?
A: Minimum distances average 150km per day, with 365km being the largest minimum distance, and 75km being the shortest. These distances indicate the most direct route to the next overnight stop,
Expect to spend about 2 to 4 hours on the bike each day – or up to 8 if you want to. Each of our tours has a minimum of 1x 2 night stop-over in the same location, where you can either take a day off riding, or pack in as much more as your bum can handle. Hinterland tours / coastal rides / rainforest rides and more …
Generally, the suggested daily rides are designed to take in the best the roads have to offer and still have time for photos and relaxing. It’s fun to mix up big days with shorter ones in a cruise-day then ‘go large’ pattern.
Who can participate?
Each rider obviously must have a valid Australian (or other internationally recognized) motorcycle license that allows you to ride the bike you choose / is available for you. If taking a passenger, your license obviously must allow you to do so.
Passengers as young as 12 are welcome to join the group, but they need to be ready to spend extended periods on the pillion seat, same for all passengers.
Do I have to be an experienced rider?
Yes. You need to be able to handle an open-class road bike (smallest are 1300cc- see ‘bikes’) over a variety of road surfaces and in traffic. Harleys are not hard to ride but are different and enjoyable , like riding a lounge sometimes .
You should also consider that we cover multiple conditions of Australia’s roads and wildlife , so some understanding/ experience in motorcycle touring is an advantage.
Or those riding on the opposite side of the road, it is not as daunting as it sounds – it usually only takes a day or so for your brain to ‘switch polarity’. As long as the operation of the bike’s major and minor controls is second-nature, attention can be focused on staying on the correct side of the road for the ‘orientation’ stage.
What’s included in the tour price?
Bike hire – Get in early for preferred bike, if you don’t get the exact bike be assured the bike will still be as enjoyable and eye catching and all available from standard hire. See bikes for more information. Optional Extras Available:
Damage Excess Reduction
Enhanced Damage Excess Reduction
Comprehensive Insurance included with all rentals. Standard damage excess is $3,000 for riders aged 25 & over. Riders aged 21-24 years have a $5,000 damage excess.
Note; Travel, personal accident / injury / illness insurance cover is not provided nor implied. Australian Harley Adventures recommends the independent purchase of appropriate insurance cover. Policies are available from various insurers. A travel policy that covers riding the bike size you have booked (regularly policies designate under / over 200cc engine capacity), plus cover for the insurance excess for damage to the hire motorcycle is best.
Fuel – Fuel is provided as long as you fill up with the group
Road tolls – all road tolls are included
Accommodation which is a combination of four star resorts, there is the options for single room, twin share for partners or twin share per rider.
All breakfasts are also provided
Welcome dinner and farewell dinner (not including alcoholic drinks)
Transfers from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast for bike pickup, return transfers to Brisbane (city or airport). Please contact us for exact details of what is included.
Adventures Galore!!!! – Close up and personal with the whales on the cruise boat with nibbles provided is included
CRIKEY!!!!!! – Australia Zoo is included
How much will this cost?
1 x rider – 1 x bike – share room = $7790 AU
1 x rider – 1 x bike – single room =$8995 AU
1x rider 1 x pillion – 1 x bike – twin share room = $5690 per person AU
BYO bike = Price on application
We also can custom make tours for large groups price TBA
How do I secure my position on particular dates?
A $600 booking deposit is required to secure a position in any tour. Spots in each tour and your preferred bike are assigned on a first paid deposit basis. Deposit is non- refundable unless the tour is canceled.
Full payment for the tour is required 90 days prior to the tour commencement date. Tour payments can be made by direct deposit.
What’s not included in the tour price?
- Airfare to Brisbane and return.
- Lunch, dinner, beverages, laundry, items of a personal nature, and souvenirs are individual expenses. These expenses can vary greatly- depending on your priorities.
- Motel bar fridges are at the riders expense
- Most days we do lunch at an outdoor café/ pub and enjoy the weather and the views – but if you’ve had a big breakfast, you might just skip lunch. Or save your appetite for a splash out in the evening.
- Note: Travel, personal accident / injury / illness insurance cover is not provided nor implied. Australian Harley
- Adventures recommends the independent purchase of appropriate travel insurance cover.