TransTerra 2017 – Arnhem Land and Kakadu

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Updated: June 11, 2017

10-21 September 2017

Arnhem Land – Kakadu – Katherine Gorge – Litchfield – Mataranka

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Arnhem Land is one of Australia’s final unexplored frontiers of unique and unspoilt adventure.  It is a remote, rugged area fringed with magnificent white beaches.

Maschine has designed an exclusive tour limited to only 24 people that allows access to a unique part of Australia that until recently has been off limits to motorcycles even if you tried due to strict permit regulations.

Arnhem Land is sacred ground for our nation’s first people. The traditional owners of this land have many ancient stories of creation borne from this area.  Nature here is raw and untouched, the land gets engulfed by the wet season each year and responds by showcasing a rich diversity in its wilderness.  Riding through this landscape will highlight the variability of the region and will have you picking your way across rocky plateaus, fording crocodile infested causeways, passing vast open plains with barely a tree in sight, cutting through jungle tracks with barely enough room for the handlebars to clear the scrub.

When you get to the very top of the Northern Territory you’ll be greeted with those magnificent white beaches where you may even see saltwater crocodiles and the endangered dugong swimming in the clear blue ocean.  Our eleven day itinerary will take in not only Arnhem Land and Kakadu, but will also explore some of the other highlights south of Darwin including Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park and Mataranka Hot Springs.

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THE ESSENTIALS

Dates: 10-21 September 2017
Departure Location: Darwin, NT, Australia
Completion Location: Darwin
Riding Days: 11 days (12 days total)
Rest Days: 2 rest days at Kakadu NP and Cobourg Peninsula
Total Distance: 4,000km approx.
Riding Hours Per Day: 5 – 8 hours
Ride Difficulty: Remote regions, high speed riding, long distances, rocks, mud, sand, bulldust, corrugations.
Tour Highlights: Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem Land

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE RIDE?

Our TransTerra rides are designed to be achievable by any rider with some off-road riding experience and a confident but safe mental approach. We like to encourage riders to have a go and explore regions that they previously considered out of reach for their ability.

Many of the roads we will be travelling on are major access routes for the region and are relatively easy gravel roads that see their fair share of 4WD traffic. That said, many roads in this region are inundated with flood waters each year and their condition varies according to the seasons.

At times we will also have to pick our way along secondary tracks that may have many rocks or perhaps patches of sand or bulldust. We will have a number of river crossings to ford but these typically have concrete causeways and there will always be someone close at hand to help you through. This more technical riding should only make up about 10% of our travel.

WHAT BIKE DO I NEED?

This ride is primarily aimed at riders of larger capacity adventure bikes like KTM, BMW, Honda, Ducati, etc. That said, there is no reason why riders of well set up smaller capacity 250/400cc enduro bikes can’t join in this ride.

Typically a fuel range of 300-350km will get you through each day of the ride however there is a couple of days where fuel range required exceeds that. On these days our support vehicles will carry additional fuel and perform a refuel for you at our overnight stop.

Detailed information about the route grading and bike suitability is contained in our tour information pack.

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ITINERARY

Optional Pre-Ride Training – 8-9 September, Darwin

Day 0 – Arrival into Darwin (Sunday 10 September)

Day 1 – Darwin to Douglas Daly

Day 2 – Douglas Daly to Katherine Gorge

Day 3 – Katherine Gorge to Gregory NP

Day 4 – Gregory NP to Daly Waters

Day 5 – Daly Waters to Mataranka

Day 6 – Mataranka to Kakadu NP

Day 7 – Rest day in Kakadu NP

Day 8 – Kakadu NP to Cobourg Peninsula

Day 9 – Rest day in Cobourg Peninsula

Day 10 – Cobourg Peninsula to Kakadu

Day 11 – Kakadu to Darwin

Day 12 – Depart Darwin for home

RIDE PRICING

What do you get?

Apart from the spectacular riding, we’ve included three different levels of accommodation to suit your needs.  Each one includes 12 nights of camping and/or 3.5-4.5 star accommodation (depending on your choice), along with 12 x dinners, 11 x breakfasts and 3 x lunches over the 12 nights/11 days.

Extra Included Activities

To truly appreciate the grandeur of this region we have also included a few water based cruises to take in the sights from a different perspective.  Our first one is as soon as you arrive in Darwin. We have arranged a sunset dinner cruise. What better way to kick off the adventure!  Next up is at Katherine Gorge where we run a dawn cruise taking the opportunity to see the sun rise over Katherine Gorge.  Finally, on our rest day at Cobourg Peninsula, we’ll take a boat ride to the other side of the bay to visit Port Essington and Victoria Settlement.

Because maschine rides are fully supported, we include carrying your bags for you so you can ride light during the day, a tech support guy on bike to help you out with any mechanical issues you may have along the way. A sweep vehicle so if the worst happens and your bike breaks down, we can get you to the next overnight stop and help you work out a plan to get you and your bike home.

We’ve put together an extensive information pack that lays out all of the details of the tour. Download it here.

There are three levels of accommodation offered for the ride:

Base tour price $7,295

The base tour price option includes five nights in shared accommodation and seven nights camping.

Shared Accommodation Upgrade +$600

This upgrade option is nine nights in shared accommodation and three nights camping.

Single Accommodation Upgrade +$1,500

This upgrade option provides you with a room on your own for nine nights, twin share on two nights.  You will only have one night camping.  (We will supply you with camp equipment for this one night)

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Payment Options

There are two payment options available when booking this ride.

1. Total Upfront

One payment of your selected tour price.

  • Purchased via our online store with credit card
  • By phone with credit card
  • By direct deposit

2. Instalments

Instalment payments are also available as a payment option. It’s a great way to even out the payments over a period of time.  There are two instalments payable of 50% of the selected tour price. The instalment products will be available to purchase on our online store, or you can nominate to be invoiced and pay by direct deposit.  There is no additional cost if selecting this option.

BIKE FREIGHT AND BIKE RENTAL

If you are travelling to Australia to attend the ride or you don’t own the right bike for this trip, we have access to a range of BMW rental bikes that are built for an adventure of this magnitude.  We will have a fleet of BMW GS bikes available.

If you don’t have the luxury of time to ride to and from the event, we can arrange freight of your bike to and/or from the event.  This means you can fly into Darwin and collect your bike prior to the event.  At the end of the event you can leave your bike back in Darwin to be freighted and fly home.

PRE-RIDE TRAINING

We are running a pre-ride training course in Darwin the two days before the start of the ride tailoring the course to assist you with some of the skills required for the ride.  It’s a great opportunity to brush up on your riding technique, or learn some new skills if this is the first time you’ll be encountering this type of terrain on a ride.

The course is optional, and is able to be booked at the time of booking your place on the ride.  The course is $695

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For more detailed information, please download our tour info pack here.

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We strong recommend taking out travel insurance for the expedition to cover any unexpected cancellations, rental excesses, luggage and personal effects, etc.

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