The Great Australian Ride
Official Video - The Great Australian Ride
This is the 11th - FINAL EDITION. Most exciting GAR to date! For 2022 we've squared it back to basics. You want the adventure? We'll give it to you! You want the support? We'll provide a fantastic and experienced crew! You want to assist and do some good along the way? We'll encourage and allow you to do it! It's that simple.
GAR starts 31st July 2022
East to West. Includes the French Line and the Gunbarrel Hwy. A mass of other key places along the way. All new route to rock your ADV World.
Worried about the tricky dune bits, no worries! Easier breakout section are offered.
Limited spots so book quick!
Boss won't let you have the time? Do stage 1 - Byron to Birdsville. Cracker stage with all the trimming. Or meet us in Birdsville to tackle the Simpson Desert.
Be part of the all new Byron Bay Send Off?
Byron to Stanthorpe
This Send off rider ticket allows the rider to ride with the other Adventure Riders, starting at Byron Bay - The Pass Car park and finishing at Stanthorpe - Mt Marlay Lookout. Distance from Byron to Stanthorpe is 250kms - via road.
Byron to Texas
1st Night Camp/Hotel at Texas, Qld ticket allows the rider to ride with the other Adventure Riders, starting at Byron Bay - The Pass Car park and finishing at Texas to enjoy evening meal, drinks and night camp. Distance from Stanthorpe to Texas 100km - via road. (Rider to cover costs of evening meal, drinks and camp/hotel in Texas)
Feeling Daring! For ADV bikes ONLY, ride with us to the Gully. The Nindigilly Pub is Queensland's oldest hotel located in its original condition and position on the banks of the Moonie River. Join us for a great night Camp/Hotel at The Famous Gully Pub, Qld. Group to leave Texas in morning, lunch at the Nindigully Pub (try the mighty Roadtrain Buger!)
(Rider to cover cost of lunch, drink, evening meal and camp/hotel.
Distance from Texas to the Gully is 336kms
Distance from Byron Bay to to the Gully is 650kms.
"Make no mistake this ride will be long, gruelling, physically and mentally challenging! But then, nothing of any true value comes easy."
Team GAR-Medic/Sweep Rider 2013, 2014
"Mr Byron Bay"
I'm honoured to be involved in this endeavor to help raise money for families who have been dealt a blow through SIDS.After riding Australia's outer rim in 2012, I briefly meet these guys on the West Coast and was filled with admiration for what they where doing. So my role in 2013 as Medic and 'Sweep Rider' gave me the chance to help raise money for this great cause, continue to fulfill the 'Round the World' goal and be involved with this incredibly driven group of people.
GAR 2017 I needed a challenge to get my overweight 58 year old body off the couch. I met a gentleman that had done the GAR 2016 and it got me thinking. I went along to the RED NOSE Launch late 2016 and spoke to Stuart and my fate was sealed! I performed all the required mods to my DR650, prepped all my gear and joined a gym, I recommend you do this. Oh yer, practice your sand riding, lots! Feelings of excitement and trepidation leading up to the start in Byron Bay, but by day 3 of the ride we were all in the groove and had jelled as a team, heaps of banter and we all had each others back. Riders were from all walks of life and on different machines but that mattered for nothing when you have a common goal, the finish 7,500 klm’s away at Steep Point. You soon realised all you needed to keep the adventure rolling along and opening up in front of you were food, fuel and sleep. The organisers had all this nailed, we stayed in some great Country Pubs, Cattle Stations and Holiday Parks. We also camped out a few nights in the bush and a cliff top, Rating - 5 Million Stars! Our Sweep Rider, Paramedic Rider, Cook, Support Crews and their vehicles were all exceptional. Did I mention how good the beers tasted at the end of each day? Our last night camp at Steep Point was a time of reflection and talk around the campfire, my thoughts were that I had made lifelong friends and I will forever feel part of the ‘GAR Family’. I captioned one of my photos “ For 3 weeks there was no liabilities, no assets, no current affairs, just challenges everyday and making memories ....” We also raised $95,000 for Red Nose, of which we are all proud. As Stuart always says “ADVENTURE COURAGE FREEDOM” & “Happy Travels” Chris Michel