Tourists join off-road journey

Carly LadenBroome Advertiser
Simon Pavey (second from left) with a few of the tourists that accompanied him from Cairns to Broome.
Camera IconSimon Pavey (second from left) with a few of the tourists that accompanied him from Cairns to Broome. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

Australian-born Dakar legend Simon Pavey led a group of adventurous tourists from Australia and the UK on a three-week long journey across remote Australia recently.

The motorcycle enduro and off-road racer took the tourists on The Savannah Way, a motorcycle tour from Cairns to Broome, venturing across four World Heritage sites and experiencing some of the finest off-road routes the country has to offer.

After arriving in Broome on August 23, Mr Pavey said it was a fantastic adventure and everyone was excited throughout the journey.

“I think the one thing that has really come across, especially for the people from the UK, is how friendly the people of Australia are,” he said.

“There were many other highlights along the way.

“Lake Argyle was definitely a massive highlight because we got to camp on a little island in the middle of the lake.

“The journey from there to Home Valley via Wyndham was also a nice highlight. Manning Gorge was another one with its great views, especially after spending many days on long, dusty roads.”

Pavey said the trip from Cairns to Broome was all about people wanting a sense of adventure.

“We had two companies involved in this — Compass Adventures and my business, Off Road Skills, so it was a mixture of going on an adventure and learning about off-road riding,” he said.

“A lot of the time we get people that have never taken their bikes off-road before so we’re always there to teach courses or help them out on the journey.

“It’s awesome to have a trip like this in our portfolio to show people the real Australia and not just the typical tourist destinations.”

It had also been two years since Pavey was last in the Kimberley and he said it was great to be back.

“I also booked a couple of days to just relax in Broome instead of going straight in and out,” he said.

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