GULF TO GULF 2022, 2023

30 days to ride across Australia's remote outback from Port Augusta SA via Birdsville to Karumba.

2022 - limited places available for both rides as at Jan 2022

COVID CANCELLATIONS: Note full refunds will be made for any entrants who contract Covid ahead of the event and feel they are not recovered sufficiently in time to ride.

2023 - open for expressions of interest

NEXT RIDES:

NORTHBOUND

4 May to 6 June 2022

SOUTHBOUND

11 June to 13 July 2022

17 June to 19 July 2023

Dates include transfers at both ends

The BIKE 'N WHEELS EXPEDITION, one of Australia's great bike challenges, blazes a trail Gulf-to-Gulf across the heart of our amazing continent.

These ancient lands reflect the heritage of Australia's First Peoples who lived out there admirably well - and the courage, tragedies and successes of European explorers like the famed but unfortunate Burke and Wills - and the settlers who forged their existence in what was for them, a land of unforgiving remoteness. 

The ride can be considered to have 4 stages, each about one week: 

Week One explores the majestic Flinders Ranges to reach the desert railhead of Marree.
Week Two traverses the legendary Birdsville Track.
Week Three rolls across Queensland's vast Channel Country to Mt Isa.
Week Four rides the Gulf Country to Normanton and Karumba.

The most recent ride took place in May-June 2019 with 13 riders. Of these, 2 are returning for 2022!

Map of the ride from Port Augusta to Karumba

To express interest, seek further information or book

Contact OUTBIKE:  Email outbike.rides@gmail.com  or message/call Ralph 0406 440418

Or via our independent travel/adventure agency, Arcadia Travel: https://arcadiatravel.com.au/o...

To download 2022 registration forms:

THE RIDE IN BRIEF

Riders transfer from Adelaide (or Cairns) on our bus.

In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2019, riders set forth from SA's Port Augusta to ride 2200kms to eventually reach Karumba, Queensland - crossing the continent on the way. 

In 2022, we go again - BOTH WAYS. For 2023, we're taking expressions of interest.

Maximum 20 riders (minimum 12). We will 'overbook' to 22 riders to allow for withdrawals.
Staff of 3 to 4 plus helpers to give a high level of service together with 3 or 4 support vehicles.

You need to be ready to cycle days of 80km on dirt roads (dirt is about 600km, most of this is the Birdsville Track) of varying surfaces! On the sealed roads (altogether 1600km), the longest days are 100-120km. About 400km has been sealed since 2005.

Ride includes 33 nights camping (11 at bush sites), daily hearty breakfasts, lunches on ride days, dinners on remote camping nights plus Wilpena and Angorichina (local pubs the rest at own cost), extensive rider support and transfers on our bus from/to Adelaide and Cairns.

Participation per rider in 2022 and 2023 is $7000 (same as 2019). 
Half rides of 15 days (either end to or from Birdsville) are $3600.

We've talked on the rides about ideas for faster and slower versions of this event to suit different rider abilities - but the 30 days seems to work well and gives us a bit of flexibility for weather events that we can't predict.

In 2016, 60mm of rain hit Birdsville after we arrived and isolated us for 4 days. We were glad to be in town though and not trapped down the track! Back on the road, some 100km days became 150km or even 200km and many riders still made it the whole way.

In 2019, floodwaters from NW Qld closed the upper part of the Birdsville Track (4 days of the ride) from Feb to Jun. It didn't reopen in time for us so we bused back from Mungerannie to Lyndhurst and detoured, driving via the Strzelecki Track and Innamincka to Birdsville. This slow, rough and dusty bus trip took 5 days (over 1000km) but the ride was back on schedule.

More detailed information and our Ride Guide are available on request.

ABC INTERVIEW NEARLY HALF-WAY

"It's something I’ve dreamt about for many years, actually I never thought I’d be on the Birdsville track, and here I am on a bicycle, and we’re only about 80 kilometres from Birdsville now, and its been absolutely marvellous, its been difficult, hard, the flies have made it worse of course, and the sand and the dust". 

Helmut Gebels speaking to ABC Radio, Birdsville Track Inside Route, May 2005

THE 2022 G2G NORTH RIDE - read day by day

View images from past G2G events