Finke

Simpson Desert/ Finke Race

Birdsville - Alice Springs

Birdsville to Finke Desert Race - SOLD
Jun 6th - Jun 12th 2017
Arrive Birdsville: Jun 5th 2017
Flight included to depart Brisbane for Birsdville 5th June.
Depart Alice Spings from: June 13th 2017


The Finke Desert Race trip takes riders from Birdsville to Alice Springs, crossing one of Australia’s greatest deserts. Not only do we get to ride through some of the most incredible places including Big Red, Erabena Track, Mokari Airstrip and Mount Dare, but we also get a birds eye view of the competitors battling it out in the infamous Finke Desert Race.

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Birdsville to Erabena Track

After a big Birdsville breakfast, we head out west to meet the Unimog for morning tea.

We continue our adventure on the QAA Line. With some challenging tracks and dunes, we will stop for lunch at Poeppel Corner, the corner of state boundaries in Australia, where Queensland meets South Australia and the Northern Territory.

We continue along some great tracks passing Approdinna Attora Knolls. The rare gypsum outcrops were once the highest dune crests in the area and are of great Aboriginal and scientific importance. Turning onto the WAA line heading west then finally making our way down the Erabena Track for camp.

 

Day 2: Erabena Track to Mokari Airstrip

It’s an early start as the Unimog continues along the Rig Road for the abandoned Mokari Airstrip. We explore more of the Erabena Track and the Erabena 1 abandoned oil well. We then head west along the French Line finally reuniting with the Unimog at camp for dinner.

 

Day 3: Mokari Airstrip to Mount Dare Hotel

Today we leave behind the 1100 sand dunes and enjoy an easy ride to Purnie Bore for morning tea.

We then continue to the famous Dalhousie Hot Springs, a collection of over 60 natural artesian springs, for a dip and some lunch before setting off to Mount Dare riding along the old Ghan Railway.

 

Day 4: Mount Dare Hotel to Alice Springs

Leaving Mount Dare, we ride along the Finke Track back to Alice Springs. It’s a challenging track and the whoops are relentless. You have the option of riding on the main gravel road if the track proves too difficult.

Arriving in Alice Springs we stop by our motel, The Diplomat and head straight down to the scrutineering area to check out all the competitors in the 2014 Finke Desert Race. It’s a great evening!

 

Day 5: Alice Springs to Prologue

Today we jump back on our CRF450X’s and head out to watch the competitors fight for the best starting position in the race, so they’re out of the dust.

Mid-afternoon sees as heading back down the track towards Finke for camp, meeting up with other spectators and fans at the first fuel stop.

 

Day 6: Camp towards Finke and back to fuel stop

Starting the day with a big breakfast we are back on the bikes. Today we follow the race and in certain areas will watch from the side of the track as the competitors make the blast down to Finke for the overnight camp.

We get permission to cross the track further south between the buggies and bikes as we make our own way south watching the competitors. Along the way we come across teams and crews doing maintenance who have the most fascinating tales to tell. Even the odd retired race winner is floating around.

 

Day 7: Camp to Alice Springs 

We are once again blown away as we see the commitment and determination from the top level competitors across the whoops which just never seem to let up. Today we move around again from our camp watching buggies and bikes from flat in top gear sections to the big sandy dunes.

It’s a great few day’s moving around from our base at the first fuel stop on the bikes watching the racing. Finally we arrive back our hotel and enjoy a pub meal with the locals and reminisce about the trip. Plenty of belly laughs and tall stories are on the menu.

Highlights

 

  • Simpson Desert
  • Birdsville Pub
  • French Line
  • Mt Dare Hotel
  • Dalhousie Springs
  • Desert Camping
  • WAA Line
  • Lone Gum
  • Experiencing the Finke Desert Race.
  • Meeting  legends
  • Outback Hospitality
  • Old oil wells
  • Big Red
  • Purni Bore
  • Old Ghan Railway track
  • Sunsets
  • Locals

Travel Guide

 

  • Motorcycle Rental Honda CRF450X
  • All fuel
  • All meals on tour dates
  • Flights Brisbane to Birdsville
  • Accommodation Is pub in Birdsville and Motel in Alice Springs
  •  Sweep Rider/staff
  • Mercedes Benz Unimog Backup Truck
  • Satellite phone for emergency only
  • National Park fees
  • All camping gear
  • Visit  race teams with Daryl
  • Finke scrutineering, fuel stop during race
  • Camping at 1st fuel stop with Race teams after day 1
  • Meeting the legends and racers

Tour Info

  • Birdsville to Finke Desert Race - SOLD
    Jun 6th - Jun 12th 2017
    Arrive Birdsville: Jun 5th 2017
    Flight included to depart Brisbane for Birsdville 5th June.
    Depart Alice Spings from: June 13th 2017
  • 7 Days / 7 Nights
  • Accommodation: Campground/Bush Camping/Hotel
  • Group: Min 8 - Max 9
  • Tour Starts: "Birdsville" Flight from BNE Included.
  • Tour Ends: Alice Springs
  • Total Distance: 1300km
  • Difficulty:      4 Toes out of 5
  • Bike Provided: $5,800.00
  • Own Bike: Not this tour
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