Read the testimonials on our website, contact us for one of our DVD's to see how exciting this ride will be. Ask around your cycling community about AllTrails Bicycle Tours – you will often find somebody who has been on a tour with us or knows somebody who has. We really look after our cyclists like nobody else.
From Susan’s home cooked muffins & biscuits that come along on very ride, made from the finest organic flour & free range eggs, to the morning tea set-ups, luggage transfer and good old fashioned service that is provided by our staff who have experience, knowledge and personality. All you have to do is come along and ride – leave the rest to us.
Quicklink to Stage 10 (Kalgoorlie to Adelaide) here.
On this first stage of the journey from Perth to Adelaide (Stage 9 of Australia Ride) we cycle east from Perth to the beautiful town of York before taking in the rugged farmlands of the Wild West as we wind our way down the old goldrush trail inland. Enjoy an overnight in historic Merredin before crossing the famous rabbit-proof fence just west of Southern Cross. Our last day takes us to Kalgoorlie where the modern-day miners dig for their riches.
On the second stage (Stage 10 of Australia Ride), we cross the famous Nullarbor plain. The Nullarbor, as the name implies “no trees”, is awe inspiring for its vast distances and huge open spaces. Lots of red sand, healthy bush, Great Australian Bight cliffs and coastline, caves, wildlife such as dingos, kangaroos, emu, whales and their calves, snakes & lizards, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, interesting little towns and characters. Eucla Telegraph Station is a highlight.
Join us on one stage, or do the lot.
We pride ourselves on organising adventurous, action-packed cycling holidays in interesting and scenic destinations and this fully supported tour fits the bill perfectly. The tour is made up of a 4-day ride from Perth to Kalgoorlie, then a 17-day ride across the Nullarbor from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide.
We organise everything that you will need for the duration of your time with us - food, accommodation, luggage transfer, bike mechanic, great company and much more - so you can pedal away each morning without a worry in the world except which way to look to take in the atmosphere of the small towns we pass through, the vastness of the Australian desert, the amazing scenery of the Great Ocean Road, or any one of the locations in between.
Riders that participate in our 'point to point' tours enjoy camaraderie, sharing laughs and memorable experiences with their fellow cyclists, knowing that the renowned AllTrails expert preparation of the ride allows them to sit back and relax those weary cycle legs at the end of each day.
"Australia's Wild West"
A typical day on the Perth to Adelaide ride:
The food breaks, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack are at set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights and attractions along the way. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a famous bakery, a country pub, or overlooking the wild southern ocean. Cyclists move off at their own time and pace, knowing the distance and terrain ahead and aiming to arrive at the overnight stop around mid afternoon. Those cyclists that are taking the 'bike and bus' option may ride until lunchtime and hop in the bus for the rest of the day. Our tour guide will pick out the best parts of each day for you to ride.
Your accommodation is cycle-friendly and the best available for our needs. You check in, have a cuppa and snack and shower or perhaps a soak in the bath. Explore the local surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it's your ride, enjoy it.
A briefing for all cyclists at 6pm 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 either settle down to a good healthy group meal and a few drinks, or you head out on your own to enjoy the local offerings. Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down in salubrious surroundings or perhaps under a starry night sky, remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow.
The camaraderie developed on a bike ride like this lasts a lifetime.
Meal and accommodation inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
PERTH, FREMANTLE, PERTH to OPTIONAL RIDE, 40KM, Saturday, 13th July 2013
Arrive early in Perth to check out the city. After booking into your motel, preparing your bike and yourself, you're welcome to join other riders on a ride from Perth to Fremantle alongside the Swan River then return the opposite side (3 hour return trip - 40km). A fun way to meet your fellow riders before the big push eastward. This night's accommodation is an optional extra and can be booked through us.
PERTH to YORK, 98 or 35km Sunday, 14th July 2013
L D A
We cycle in convoy through the city and suburbs, relaxing before climbing the only significant hill we will see for 3 weeks. Morning tea is at Mundaring then off to our overnight stop at the lovely little town of York, in the wheatbelt of WA, with its Victorian and Federation buildings. After our first evening briefing, enjoy dinner together as a group as you get to know your fellow riders before heading to bed.
YORK to MERREDIN, 163 or 63km Monday, 15th July 2013
B L D A
A very gradual climb through undulating farmland gradually making your way to Kellerberrin on the west-east road. Lunch is here before staying in the town of Merredin, originally the overnight stay for goldseekers.
MERREDIN to SOUTHERN CROSS, 109 or 60km Tuesday, 16th July 2013
B D A
A few little humps and bumps today, crossing through the famous rabbit proof fence to Carrabin Roadhouse then on to Southern Cross. Here gold was discovered so they built a town and Palace Hotel, still a grand building in a town that was the mother town to Coolgardi and Kalgoorlie. Bed early tonight before the big final drive into Kalgoorlie tomorrow.
SOUTHERN CROSS to KALGOORLIE, 224 or 84km Wednesday, 17th July 2013
B L D A
Today is the biggest, flattest, so far with lots of stops. Dig deep - this is one of the days that you will be telling your cycling friends about for years to come. The crew and your fellow riders are there to support you all the way. The Boorabin National Park is home of many mammals, mallee scrublands, frogs, reptiles, birds of a wide variety. Bulla Bulling hotel is a classic pub before Coolgardi, last stop before the golden mining town of Kalgoorlie.
KALGOORLIE Thursday, 18th July 2013
Accom in Kalgoorlie on the night of Wed 17 July is included in the tour price for Stage 9. If you are finishing the ride in Kalgoorlie, you may also book an optional extra night of accommodation for the night of Thu 18 July if you wish. For those continuing on to Adelaide with us today is a rest day. There's lots to see in Kalgoorlie. After Hannan accidentally found gold in 1893, they came from everywhere to what is the Golden Mile, perhaps the richest square mile on earth. The balcony overlooking the Super Pit is WOW. The 250 ton trucks look like dinky toys, crawling around the walls and base. The magnificent architecture of buildings and hotels, and the famous Hay St humpies - it's all there on this rest day.
WEDNESDAY, 24TH JULY 2013
Written by Cyclist
Fantastic trip, exceptional organisation, great memories. I hope to do another AllTrails trip in the future. James (WA) Perth to Kalgoorlie 2013
Question not answered below?
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.
What is the 'bus & bike' option
This ride has some big distances and we realise that for many reasons some cyclists may not be able to complete a particular day's entire ride. We have support vehicles to pick up bikes & riders that cannot keep up with the required pace.
The Bus & Bike option is designed specifically for cyclists that plan from the start to only cycle partial distances. Note that this is not for 'slow' riders - just for cyclists that may not be able to or want to cycle the full distances of the ride but want to enjoy the spectacular experience that is the Nullarbor Plains. Cyclists should be able to cycle at 20-25kph on a flat road.
Our tour guide will determine which are the most appropriate parts of the day to ride - sometimes up until lunch, then jump in the bus, sometimes ride just the afternoon. We will work with you and the group as to what is the best option for you.
How fit do I need to be and what training is required?
This depends on whether you plan to ride the entire stage or divide each days ride distance between a team. If you have a good level of general fitness, are in good health and are a keen cyclist that is prepared to do some training you should be able to get to a point where you can meet the challenges of these rides. As a guideline you should work on being able to comfortably ride at 25 km/h on the flat with consistency more important than speed.
To get the most out of your ride, build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain 150km + a day for 2 days straight or the distance agreed amongst your team members that you will ride each day. A training outline will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack. In situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason we will always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike.
What type of bike is best?
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tires with slick or near-slick tread. 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 are usually around 20% slower than a road bike (ask us for the 'Training Tips' document for this ride).
How do I get there and back?
The ride starts in Perth on Sun 14 July. We suggest that if you do not live in Perth, you get there early in the day on Sat 13 July allowing you plenty of time to settle into your accommodation and set up your bike for the next day’s ride departure. This will give you a more relaxing time in Perth before your cycling holiday and minimise the risk of flight or other delays. Accom in Perth is not included in the tour price, however we can book you in to our pre tour hotel (see pricing tab).
The ride finishes in Kalgoorlie after a long day of cycling on Wed 17 July. Accommodation on this night in Kalgoorlie IS INCLUDED. Many cyclists will be continuing on to Adelaide with us, however if you are leaving the tour, we suggest you begin your onward travel the day after the tour finishes or even have another night in Kalgoorlie on Thu 18 July, allowing you sufficient time to pack up your bike and gear, enjoy this interesting town, and get to your departure point
• Start: Perth, Western Australia
• Finish: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Key airlines servicing Kalgoorlie:
• Virgin Australia
Car transport from Kalgoorlie to Perth: We have a cyclist booked on the ride who is planning on hiring a car and driving back to Perth on Fri 19 July. If you are interested in sharing the cost of a hire car please contact our office.
Train transport from Kalgoorlie: Trans WA runs a daily train service however bike transport is PROHIBITED ON THIS SERVICE. Call 1300 662 205 or check www.transwa.wa.gov.au for additional times and information.
For freight options check http://www.interfreight.net.au or www.greyhound.com.au or call 1300 473 946
Is the riding safe?
We have a great safety record and do our best to inform motorists so that they can drive accordingly, however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the left. We have support vehicles on the road showing 'Caution Cyclists' signs and a ‘tail end Charlie’ (vehicle following the last rider) with a flashing beacon to warn traffic about our cycling group. You will also be briefed before each day's ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.
What's the traffic like?
There are not a lot of vehicles and the vision is excellent. Cars, trucks and caravans use the road and generally have plenty of time to see a cyclist, assess the situation, and overtake accordingly. AllTrails have CB radios and talk to the truck drivers explaining that cyclists are on the road. Truckies tell their mates, who tell their mates, who tell anybody else who is listening. They all love to have something to talk about on the long Nullarbor route. Some truckies will pass you four times over the three week period.
Accidents - who can help?
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment.
What is the accommodation like?
We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
Sharing rooms – how does it work?
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be roomed together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and sometimes changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. Single Supplement is also available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we will pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accommodation or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own. If the tour has a camping component tents are single occupancy unless otherwise specified.
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.
What is the camping like?
Those that have chosen a camping/accom combination option will usually spend the nights in a camping area right next to, or in the same compound as, our accommodation. Sometimes in a camping ground or caravan park. We do our best to keep the group together as much as possible. We have limited numbers of tents, mattresses and sleeping bags for hire. When these are sold out you will need to provide your own gear. You can book the camp gear hire from the ‘Optional Extras’ area on the booking form. Packing a small comfortable pillow can add a lot of comfort to a night sleep.
Camping Equipment Hire?
A limited number of tents, air-mattresses and sleeping bags are available for hire for those on the camping / accom combo package. Check ‘Optional Extras’ under the ‘Pricing’ tab to view exact hire costs. Tents are usually 2 or 3-man dome tents which are quickly and simply assembled. Staff can also assist you with setup and pack-down if required when they are available. If you wish to share a tent with a travelling partner, make this request when booking. Air-mattresses are comfortable inflatable air-pads and included with each tent hire. When we have run out of camping equipment for hire you will need to bring your own.
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 'Generate Itinerary' button.
What bike mechanical assistance is provided?
A tour guide with bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have most items that are required, including a good stand-pump for different valves. The bike parts used for replacement 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.
What is the weather likely to be?
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, prevailing winds and the best times to view the attractions on route. 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 bom.gov.au.
Do I need to carry anything on my bike?
We suggest you carry a spare tube, tyre levels, two full water bottles and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and perhaps rain gear if it's threatening. We transport your luggage, day packs, food and extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.
Australia Ride is a great opportunity to get healthy and see Australia on a bike in a safe, supported and fun way. In 1988, Phil McDonald, Director and owner of AllTrails, rode around Australia on his Penny Farthing creating a world record and raising over $100,000 for Rotary. Make the challenge bigger than yourself by raising money for our main charity partner MS Australia. If you wish, you can fundraise for your own favourite charity.
What sorts of people join our rides?
People from all parts of Australia and overseas. Ages generally range from 30 - 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
Do I need insurance to join the tour?
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride - injury, health, weddings, business, personal and many more. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the 'Terms & Conditions' button to see the ride's cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).
Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.
This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner dairy. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.
Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network Victoria or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.
Life Insurance and TPD Insurance (often paid through your superannuation), and Private Health Insurance are also worth considering.
What to pack?
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. 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.
What if I need to change or cancel my tour?
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. 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 any other trip related issues. 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 ‘Book Your Place Today’ button on the relevant tour page of our website and scroll down for Conditions of Contract.
Can I talk to someone who has done one of your tours?
Absolutely. We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride that 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.
I have a group who would like to know more. Can I book an 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.
Can I rent a bike?
We do not have our own fleet of hire bikes, however you can rent a bike. We will be able to help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of 'home comfort'.
I am coming from another country, what do I need to know?
Welcome! Traditionally most of the clientele on our rides have been from Australia or New Zealand, but we also have had many riders from USA and UK/Europe. You just need to make sure that your passport and visas are in order and check the cost of transferring your bike to Australia, or rent one here.
What’s not included in the tour price?
• Airfare and transportation to and from the tour pick-up/drop-off locations
• Accommodation before and after the tour (check for pre & post accommodation in the ‘Optional Extras’ under the ‘Pricing’ tab)
• Personal accident or travel insurance
• Personal items purchased during the tour
• Some meals may not be included allowing you the opportunity to explore the regional cuisine and choose your own meal. Check tour details for more information.
• Optional activities and sightseeing
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