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THUNDERBOLT'S ESCAPE
TOUR INFO

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9th-12th MAY 2024

Welcome to the THUNDERBOLT'S ESCAPE TOUR, where we will trace the footsteps of one of Australia's most iconic bushrangers.

 

Endeavour has been out in the bush sieving through all roads and trails to put together a comprehensive 3 day adventure bike extravaganza!!

 

We will start at the foothills of the Great Divide near the hunter valley, NSW as a great central starting point before we cross the range and head for the country music capital of Australia for our first night followed by staying in a small town that is literally built on top of an extinct volcanoe, all before we follow the granite belt to within a stone’s throw from the QLD border in gem stone country.

 

With the real question being....... did Captain Thunderbolt really escape?????

Over this action packed TRULY ALL INCLUSIVE three-day tour you will not only explore pure bushranger country:

  • ALL YOUR ACCOMMODATION

  • ALL YOUR MEALS

  • MECHANICAL SUPPORT

  • OVERNIGHT WORKSHOPS

  • EMERGENCY FIRST AID

  • Hidden Thunderbolt sites and information

  • Abandoned gold mining town 

  • Hidden yester year relics

  • World class waterfalls

  • Indigenous sites/history

  • Colonial history

  • Mountain top lookouts

  • FREE riding tips on location

  • What we believe to be the best adventure bike riding a bushranger has to offer!

EXTREMELY LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE SO DON’T MISS OUT

FULLY GUIDED & SUPPORTED TOUR

2024    EVENT
PREVIEW FILM

ITINERARY*

Thursday

4pm:

Gloucester 

Meet and greet

Sign on

Tour run down

Finger food provided

(NOTE: Accommodation is not provided for Thursday night)

Friday (approx. 8hrs 326kms)

 

7am breakast:

Support a local cafe or bakery

 

8am:

Riders briefing

 

8:30am:

Gloucester

Departure
 

AM:

Gear up cos we are heading straight for the GREAT DIVIDING RANGE! We have to get up and over it ASAP.

For our first morning we are going to be blitzing some truly iconic gravel roads as we duck and weave our way through farmland rich with not only pasture but history. One town we pass through got its name from the aboriginal word meaning “rough ground” but these days the farmers and riders call it Nowendoc.

Before we drop down into our lunch spot we will check it out from above perched up on a lookout, it’s crazy to think that back in the gold rush days there was a pub here and the circus used to come here each year!

Lunchbreak:

Will be catered by Endeavour within a history filled gold mining town from the 1800’s

(included in all packages)

 

PM: 

Once you have fuelled and fed the beasts mount up and we’ve got even more adventure riding gold for you. We are literally going to ride through a semi abandoned gold mining town and even check out and old mining site sitting right next to the road. Keep your wits about you as the road we are carving up is has been called the road of a thousand bends, don’t end your tour here by getting your ambitions and abilities mixed up.​

4pm Finish point:

Golden guitar

Tamworth

 

Accommodation:

Tamworth motel

(all inclusive package only)

 

Dinner:

Classic country music pub

(all inclusive package only)

 

Saturday (approx. 8hrs 329kms)

 

7am:

Breakfast is provided by ENDEAVOUR

(included in all-inclusive package only)

 

8am:

Riders briefing

 

8:30am:

Tamworth

Departure

 

AM:

BOOM, a huge lookout overlooking where we have just spent the night and on the flipside where we are heading before until lunchtime. From this lookout we are heading straight into a fully functional sheep and cattle station which has been referred to as one of the best routes of all of our tours! Once we have finished with sheep and cattle country we heading deep into first explorer country, that is of John Oxley. Though he isn’t the only early European to put this area on the map, bushranger Captain Thunderbolt frequently haunted this nick of the woods.

 

Lunchbreak:

Will be catered by ENDEAVOUR in the heart of Thunderbolt country, speaking of haunted before…. This is where he was shot and buried.

PM: 

Straight from lunch we are off to a beautiful remote chapel and a world class gorge plus a giant waterfall. As a contrast from looking down into a gorge we must start looking up as we head further north into the hills heading for our accommodation in one of Australia’s highest towns which is perched up over 1300 metres above sea level. This town even has an extinct volcano crater as a ducks lagoon!

4pm Finish point:

Guyra

 

Accommodation:

Guyra Motor Inn

Dinner:

Classic pub feed

(included in all inclusive package only)

 

Sunday (approx.8hrs 323kms)

 

7am:

Breakfast is provided by ENDEAVOUR

(included in all-inclusive package only)

 

8am:

Riders briefing

 

8:30am:

Guyra

Departure

 

AM:

Rise and shine for our last day chasing the THUNDERBOLT"S ESCAPE TOUR. Today we head east first up to really tuck in under the mountains brushing against the World Heritage Guy Fawkes National Park, that being said look out for some wild brumbies look for some extra horsepower! But is this the last sighting of Captain Thunderbolt even after his death??

Now we are heading into an area called Gindaaydjin, meaning “plenty of big round stones on clear plains".

This is adventure riding god’s country!!

 

Lunchbreak:

​ Will be catered by ENDEAVOUR in the heart of the granite belt at a remote waterway.

PM: 

Now we are heading into an area called Gindaaydjin, meaning “plenty of big round stones on clear plains".

This is adventure riding god’s country!!

Well its finally arrived, the very last section of our assault on the THUNDERBOLT'S ESCAPE TOUR. After lunch we tick off our last points of interest including a lookout which is one of the highest peaks overlooking the northern tablelands.

4pm Finish point:

Tenterfield

​*Route, distances and timings are subject to change due to varying circumstances e.g. inclement weather, National Park and Forestry closures, etc.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Adventurous attitude!

  • Fully registered motorcycle 

  • Ambulance Cover

  • Current qualified licence

  • Minimum 2ltr hydration backpack

  • Fully equipped riding gear (weather dependent WILL BE A BIT CHILLY IN THE MORNING)

  • YOU MUST HAVE THE PHYSICAL ABILITY TO PICK YOUR MOTORCYCLE UP IF IT FALLS OVER

  • Any spare parts your motorcycle may need.

WHAT BIKE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • This tour is suited to all adventure style bikes that are capable on gravel and tar roads. It is possible to complete the tour on a four stroke enduro bike also (keep in mind fuel range)

  • This tour is predominantly gravel roads with as minimal tar as possible so be sure to have suitable tyres. Run road legal knobbies or rallye tyres if you like just don’t run pure road going tyres. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NEW OR VERY CLOSE TO NEW CONDITION

  • Your bike will need a MINIMUM FUEL RANGE OF 200KMS (if not ask about fuel transportation)

  • Full tank of fuel beginning of each day

  • Well maintained motorcycle capable of riding ~1000kms on and off road

  • Phone/tablet cradle or clear tank bag with charging capabilities (either charging from the bike or power bank). Be sure to have a waterproof case for your phone or device. (As per NPWS and Forestry corp regulations we must use phones or contactable devices so we can change the route in an emergency situation and email to all participants on site)

ACCOMMODATION

WE USE HIGH QUALITY ACCOMODATION WITH PRIVATE PARKING-NO PUBS

FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT ARE INLCUDED 

ALL ACCOMODATION IS TWIN SHARE OR SINGLE SHARE.

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SINGLE ROOM ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY

THIS MUST BE FINALISED BEFORE BOOKINGS CUT OFF

We do not provide accommodation for the Sunday night after the tour concludes.

Contact us if you would like assistance on our partnering services.

WHAT WE SUPPLY

  • Friday and Saturday night accommodation (all-inclusive package only)

  • All meals, snacks and drinks except for dinner and night time beverages (all-inclusive package only)

  • Free goodie bag including Endeavour Motorcycle Tours shirt plus other treats!!

  • Endeavour Motorcycle Tours sponsors specials

  • Snacks/drinks each day (please notify if any dietary requirements)

  • Support vehicles carrying extra luggage & equipment (plus breakdowns)

  • Support vehicle will transport broken down motorcycles to finish point of that day for repair (major town). Unfortunately, due to practicality we cannot transport the rider and motorcycle the entire duration of the event.

  • First aid trained and equipped tour guides with satellite personal locator for emergency situations

  • FREE rider training and advice throughout the day!!

  • PLUS SO MUCH MORE!!

WHAT WE DON'T SUPPLY

  • Hire bikes

  • Fuel, all of our routes have fuel point included (we carry 100L for emergency situations)

 

THERE’S NOT MUCH WE DON’T COVER. THAT’S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE PACK

EVENT WEATHER

  • The typical weather up in the highlands during April is normally very rider friendly. with highs of 21*C and lows of 9*C keeping you just cool enough to not break a sweat

  • However, some chilly mornings are to be expected and it is advised to bring gear and clothes for warm and chilly weather as yes the weather up high can change at the drop of a hat

TERRAINS YOUR GOING TO EXPERIENCE

  • This tour is predominantly gravel roads with as minimal tar as possible so be sure to have suitable tyres

  • Majority of the roads we will be using are big wide gravel maintained roads, additionally we will use some narrower roads in our more remote sections of the routes

  • There are no big hill climbs

  • There are no big river crossings

  • You will possibly get some wet boots from concrete causeways

  • There is a chance of some roads damage (both gravel and tar)

  • This tour is suited to all adventure style bikes that are capable on gravel and tar roads. It is possible to complete the tour on a four stroke enduro bike also (keep in mind fuel range)

BOOK NOW

$595 
ENTRIES CLOSE 26/4/24

$975 
ENTRIES CLOSE 26/4/24

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