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frequently asked questions

Cape York:

What bikes are we riding

Our fleet of hire bikes are all current model Suzuki DRZ400's. We keep our bikes in tip top condition and have a stringent maintenance procedure after each tour. They are all registered and are in full road worthy condition and before your tour commences we run through your bike with you to make sure you are happy with it and adjust anything to suit personal preference.

can I lower the bike if it's too tall

Yes! We can lower our bikes via a lower link or a lowered cut out seat which brings it down to around 33 inches seat to hip height

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what is the sleeping situation whilst on tour

We supply tents with air mattresses that are all cleaned and sanitised each tour, we have a VERY high standard when it comes to cleanliness so don't worry, you won't be sleeping in an old mouldy swag!! There are some nights along the tour you can upgrade to a room with a bed to rest those weary bones after some big days on the bike (this is an additional cost and can be upgraded before the tour on when we get into camp that night - depending on availability on the day.

You can also bring your own tent/mattress if you prefer - we are limited to room so unfortunately we can't fit a big swag.

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what's the food like

We LOVE food, each night is either a pub meal, camp oven roast, home made dinner, steak and salads, burgers, fish and chips etc.

It is difficult to cater to some fool allergies in remote areas so please contact us if you have any concerns and we will try our hardest to work through them.

Breakfasts most days are cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurt and some days bacon and eggs.

We have limited space in the fridge however if you have food allergies we can fit in special food to get your through your tour.

We have wraps with left overs for lunch the next days and trail snacks to take in your back pack to get you through the day, some days pending how we are going for time we can stop for lunch at pubs and a sneaky coldie.

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What fitness level is required

A decent level of fitness is required, you will be on a bike for around 8 hours a day. Nothing compares to being bike fit so getting in as much seat time before the tour will make your trip more enjoyable.

what skill level is required

We can cater for almost all skill levels by splitting the group in certain places. Some tracks are more challenging than others and it depends on what you are wanting on the day, if you're up for a challenge and keen to hit some single trail, sand, bull dust, rocky river and creek crossings then the "Breakout" track option will be a good choice, if you are keen for more scenic riding and something a little less technical then our "Main route" track option will be a good choice for the day.  If you're the type that just wants to ride to the Tip of Australia the easiest way possible with nothing challenging, we can also make that happen.

We have loads of experience everywhere we go and have break out routes if you're feeling a bit pooped and need out!

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what is supplied and what do I need to bring

We supply you with:

  • DRZ400 with a 17litre Safari Tank, Bark Busters, Renthal bars with risers.

  • Tent and air bed

  • Breakfasts, dinners, trail snacks

  • Camping each night (showers and toilets every night)

  • Fuel for the whole trip

  • Fully equipped support vehicle carrying all our gear, we meet up with it each night.

  • Flights from Bamaga to Cairns once the tour is completed

  • Ferry fees

  • Permits

  • SAT phones and EPIRBS

  • Highly experienced lead and sweep riders who are first aid trained

  • The BEST tracks and trails in FNQ - exclusive access to private cattle stations and Aboriginal land

What I need to bring​:

  • Sleep bag and pillow

  • King single sheet to go over your air bed

  • 3ltr Hydration backpack big enough to carry daily snacks

  • Towel

  • Clothes, toiletries 

  • Cash for washing machines, souvenirs etc.

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is there beer

This is normally the first question we get asked, YES there is beer available every night and its icey cold!!

How much luggage can I bring

We have limited room and we need to carry gear for 15 guests so we please ask that you not bring big gear bags and limit your bags as much as possible.

You are limited to 15kgs checked luggage and 7kgs carry on luggage when you fly back from Bamaga with REX airline.

We can supply you with some big blue and red stripe bags to put boots and gear in to get them back to Cairns on the plane.

There is opportunity to wash clothes and gear almost each night so you only need 1 set of gear for the tour.

Bring a few pairs of socks and jocks and shorts and T-shirt with thongs are all you need in Cape York.

If you are staying at Rydges they allow you to leave luggage there until you return back to Cairns if you have excess gear.

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are there hotel transfers

Yes, we will pick you up from your accommodation in Cairns. 

We recommend staying at Rydges Esplanade the night before (you will get 20% off the best price with them when you book a tour with Ellwood) this makes pick up's much quicker and easier which means we get out on trail quicker the first day, however you are welcome to stay anywhere in the Cairns central area. Please let us know so we can pick you up the morning of your tour around 7am. Please have breakfast before you are picked up. 

It is best to be geared up and ready to rock and roll however you are welcome to get changed and geared up when you arrive at the Ellwood HQ.

What insurance is available

Ours tours are covered by a 20 million dollar public liability and insurance policy. You will be required to sign onto the event and also sign a liability waiver before your tour commences.

It is up to each individual to get personal insurance/income protection and ensure you have ambulance cover before you come on tour in case of an emergency/injury.

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what is the sleeping situation

We supply tents with air mattresses that are all cleaned and sanitised each tour, we have a VERY high standard when it comes to cleanliness so don't worry, you won't be sleeping in an old mouldy swag!! There are some nights along the tour you can upgrade to a room with a bed to rest those weary bones after some big days on the bike (this is an additional cost and can be upgraded before the tour on when we get into camp that night - depending on availability on the day.

You can also bring your own tent/mattress if you prefer - we are limited to room so unfortunately we can't fit a big swag.

What insurance is available

Ours tours are covered by a 20 million dollar public liability and insurance policy. You will be required to sign onto the event and also sign a liability waiver before your tour commences.

It is up to each individual to get personal insurance/income protection and ensure you have ambulance cover before you come on tour in case of an emergency/injury.

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What insurance is available

Basically, it will be three easy steps and we take care of the rest.

Once you have booked you will firstly need to make sure you have a valid passport with an expiry date of at least 6 months after the end of the tour.

Secondly, you will need purchase an international driving licence prior to your arriving which is an easy online process. 

And third you will need to purchase a travel insurance policy which includes travelling on large capacity motorcycles. Most policies will cover you for almost any situation accept a change of mind. 

Once you have made a booking, we will send links out to make it quick and easy for all documentation.

It is up to each individual to get personal insurance/income protection and ensure you have ambulance cover before you come on tour in case of an emergency/injury.

Travel insurance is required, we have recommendations in your info pack

water, toilets and showers

We recommend the only water you drink is bottled water which is readily available everywhere. We also recommend using bottled water for brushing teeth etc, to ensure you have no problems. Before ordering any drinks with ice make sure to check with our guides that the ice is made from bottled water. 

Every hotel chosen whilst on tour has a western standard toilet and shower like you would have at home. The restaurants chosen majority of the time will also have western toilets. On the odd occasion you have to use a local toilet whilst on tour and are not comfortable with doing so, just let the guides know and we can find you another alternative.

do the guides speak English 

From the second you arrive at the airport until your departure you will have an Australian guide to help you with anything you need. The other guides on tour will be locals but also speak English.  

The local people are extremely friendly towards foreigners. They realise that foreigners bring a lot of tourism revenue to their country, so there is rarely any problems. There will be local guides with you every day who speak both their local language and English so you can feel safe anywhere you go from enjoying some shopping in the big cities, enjoying a few drinks and the nightlife, or visiting the local sites. As English is taught at an early age in school, most of the local people can speak basic English which makes it easy to communicate with almost everyone. Most of the signage and information is in English.

what is the climate like

When you are at the higher altitudes the temperatures can become quite cold at times and you could encounter rain or even snow when riding.  We recommend packing some thermal under layers, wet weather jacket and good quality gloves for the odd chance you run into some cooler weather. The temp range in March ranges from -10 degrees C to 25 degrees C.

will there be wifi

Wi-Fi will be available at every accommodation stay and at most restaurants throughout the tour. 

the region and culture 

The main religion in Nepal is Hinduism practiced by around 80% of the population however there quite a number of other religions practiced in the country. When we visit any of the temples and religious sites, we will always have a local guide to answer any questions and advise of anything required whilst at cultural and religious places. The most important thing is to be respectful of their cultures and beliefs.

what happens in case of illness or injury

In the unlikely event of an accident or injury our guides are all trained and experienced in First Aid. There is rescue helicopters available for emergency situations in Nepal and our Australian guides will travel to Nepal have our fully equipped first aid kits and medical supplies.   You must have travel insurance to cover costs of any emergency or accident.

do I need cash

We recommend bringing the equivalent cash between $300-900AUD cash for drinks, extra meals, shopping and tips.

It is a good idea to arrive with some Nepalese Rupees which is easily purchased from any money transfer service available everywhere in Australia. 

ATM’s are becoming increasingly popular in most big cities and towns but it is recommended to carry cash.

is nepal a safe country to visit

Nepal is a very safe country for tourists. Crime rates are very low and the people are extremely friendly to foreginers. Tourists from all over the globe frequently visit Nepal for all sorts of reasons like trekking, hiking, religion and of course motorcycle adventure.

Nepal officially opened its doors to tourism in 1951 therefore quite a lot of the local Nepalese people rely on the tourism revenue so there is rarely any problems. 

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