and Cycling Holidays
could be the adventure of your lifetime.
in order to do it right and within the framework
of true ecotourism, it is recommended that you
book through a specialist Cycling Agent such as
Cycle Tours or take a tour through miles of
unspoilt coastline with Australian
Cycling Tours travelling remote back roads
and hidden villages - a world away from the busy
pace of life. Cycling holidays in the Australian
outback and bicycling tours are a wonderful way
to unwind and take in the beautiful countryside.
Some Tours can start at Cairns in north Queensland
which gives you a chance to see the Great Barrier
reef (not by bicycle though !)
plenty of pictures and observe the wildlife in
their natural environment, witness sites or regions
of unique natural or ecological quality - this
is true ecoutourism.
Cycle Tours will provide you with one of their
fleet of mountain bikes as part of the tour's
cost. Also included are helmets (compulsory in
Australia) in a range of sizes and water bottles
for your use during the bicycle ecotours - cycling
holidays in the Australian outback.
use Trek MTB's (all with front fork suspension
and Shimano components) and have a range of frame
sizes. The bikes are claimed to be of excellent
quality and are well maintained. However, should
a problem arise, spare parts for our bikes are
carried during the tour and cycling holidays in
the outback of Australia, and all their guides
are competent bicycle mechanics.
touring in the Australian outback
the bikes can have toe clips with straps on the
pedals, and gel seats with gel seat covers as
well. However, if you cannot live without your
own bike seat or pedals, please let them know
when you book onto a tour.
out for the crocodiles when crossing the Bloomfield
guides will be happy to fit your own equipment
to the bikes, to ensure your complete comfort
- within reason (no kitchen sinks here !). They
will also supply small seat bags which will hold
a small compact camera and snack bars etc. If
you have a larger SLR camera it is advisable to
bring a small dayback, to carry it in.
sensible preparation for cycling holidays in the
To avoid overloading and potential breakdown,
bag size must be limited to one duffle-style bag
per person (maximum 800mm long, 400mm high and
400mm wide and not weighing more than 20kg). One
small day pack maybe carried on board the support
vehicle. Excess baggage will need to be forwarded
onto destination point by passengers prior to
Cycling pants are recommended for comfort on cycling
holidays in the Australian outback. However, if
you are likely to suffer from chaffing (particularly
in the humid conditions in the top end of the
country), cool, loose fitting shorts may be a
better option. A shirt with a collar will help
protect you from the sun, especially in the tropics
on your cycling holidays in the Australian outback.
A peak or broad brimmed hat is essential for sun
protection on your ecotours bicycle tour. Remember
to check that your hat will fit under a bicycle
helmet, as these are compulsory on all rides.
A good sleeping bag is essential in the June –
July tour’s departures. See the Climate
section for clarification. If you need to hire
a sleeping bag, please ensure this is noted on
your booking form.
A small daypack to carry on board the support
vehicle and also when riding is extremely useful
for your cycling holidays in the Australian outback.
/ Bike Bags
Due to the storage of the bikes, panniers are
not used. They do however, provide you with a
small bag that fits beneath the seat. Some passengers
prefer to ride with a daypack on their backs.
Whatever you decide to use, be sure to check your
camera will fit into it. The seat bags provided
by ROC will hold a small camera only.
Bottles / ‘Camel Backs’
ROC provide you with water bottles. You may like
to bring a ‘camel back’ if this is
your preference on your cycling holidays in the
Make sure you have purchased plenty of film prior
to leaving home. Film may be purchased en route,
but is often very expensive and the range limited.
Flies can bother some people. If you are one of
them, ensure you purchase a fly net, particularly
if your tour takes you through Central Australia.
Please note that on some of the days during your
tour, all three meals may not be provided. Please
check the itinerary for your chosen tour(s), and
allow some extra cash to cover this expense. The
cycling holidays in the Australian outback tours
will always stop at a convenient place for you
to purchase a meal not listed as part of the tour’s
cost. Other additional costs are national park
entry fees and optional cruises/flights/tours.
These are itemised on the individual tour’s
All the ROC bikes have double-sided pedals so
that clip shoes or cage can be used depending
on individual preference. Whatever your final
choice of shoes, make sure they let sweat evaporate
easily. Blisters from sweaty feet, or from shoes
that have not been ‘broken in’ will
make for a miserable time! Thongs (this is Australian
for flip flop shoes) are dangerous and never recommended,
especially when cycling. ‘Teva’ sandals
(or any other rafting sandle) are great for walking
through wet areas and around the campsite.
more on cycling holidays in the Australian outback
and bicycle touring in the outback of Australia
at Bandicoot Cycles