Riders transfer from Adelaide on our bus.
In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2019, riders set forth from SA's Port Augusta to ride 2240kms to eventually reach Karumba, Queensland - crossing the continent on the way.
In 2022, we went both ways with up to 24 riders.
For 2024, we're going to run one event, riding from Port Augusta on 16 May.
For 2025, we plan the same, riding from Port Augusta on 15 May.
Maximum 25 riders (minimum 15). We will 'overbook' to 27-28 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 Adelaide and afterwards to Cairns.
Participation per rider in 2024 (and 2025) is $8000.
Half rides of 15 days (either end to or from Birdsville) are $4200.
Single stages of 6-7 days will be possible in 2024 and are $2400 with a limited number of places. These are: Flinders Ranges (Port Augusta to Marree), Birdsville Track (Marree to Birdsville), Channel Country (Birdsville to Mt Isa) and Gulf Country (Mt Isa to Karumba).
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 some 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 summer monsoon rains in 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.
In 2022 the Birdsville Track had been closed but opened in time as the Northbound ride approached. Then upon leaving Birdsville, new floodwater closed their bridge behind us same day, not to reopen until a week into the Southbound ride.
More detailed information is with the downloadable registration form.