20 February to 2 March, 2020

I’d always wanted to do a guided tour with Compass Expeditions.  And now, back in Australia, I am going to do one.  This one:

The tour overview per Compass Expeditions was as follows:

Tasmania and the High Country With Charley Boorman

Victoria, Tasmania & New South Wales: Ride Tasmania and Victoria’s High Country with motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman.

Motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman leads this Australia Motorcycle Tour of stunning Tasmania and the Victoria High Country from 20 February, 2020 to March 2, 2020. Charley’s good mate and manager Billy Ward will be along to add to the experience. The adventure starts with an overnight ferry crossing from Melbourne to Tasmania. Once in Tasmania we ride east toward the spectacular Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Riding south we will reach the historical Port Arthur before visiting Hobart and then continuing on through the pristine forests of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park on our way to the stunning Strahan. Crossing the Tasman back into Victoria the ride ventures into the Victorian High Country entering Kosciusko National Park in NSW before riding down onto the coast and riding north finishing in Sydney.

This was the Compass tour for me!

I’d been to Tasmania in 2018 for the Easter break but only to Hobart with a day tour to Port Arthur.  This trip would enable me to experience much more of Tasmania with the bonus of riding the Victorian High Country roads.

I booked the tour in late November 2019 choosing the Bring Your Own Bike option – I’d be doing this tour on my  very own R1200GS.

But how should I get to the starting line in Melbourne?  I decided to get my motorcycle there by road transport (Jay Jays Motorcycle Haulage) and fly to Melbourne the day the tour started.   I booked my flight with Qantas (scheduled to arrive 10:30am on 20 February 2020) and took out some travel insurance with Good2Go (AIG).

My GS was collected on 10 February for delivery at Compass Expeditions depot at Melton.  Not long now and I’d be on a plane for Melbourne.  I was so looking forward to this trip.