2018 BMW GS Safari
Recap the epic adventure that was the 2018 BMW GS Safari. Tackling New South Wales and Victoria's pristine alpine country, this was a ride that won't be forgotten!
Over 220 GS riders took on the mountainous terrain and trails of the Australian High Country. Before the event in Jindabyne, NSW, over 70 riders embraced the opportunity to participate in BMW Off Road Training to assist with improving their confidence and skills before the event.
On hand at BMW Off Road Training were Head Instructors, Shane Booth and Chris Urquhart with the special assistance of VIP Instructor – Isle of Man TT legend Cameron Donald. Showcasing their technique and skills, the team of instructors assisted riders in preparing for the big adventure to come.
DAY 1: THREDBO – BRIGHT.
Following Off Road Training the GS Safari kicked off in Thredbo, NSW with the traditional BMW Safari Welcome Dinner. Held in the iconic Thredbo Alpine Hotel, the function welcomed Safari riders, new and old, and preparing them with advice and tips for the week to come.
DAY 2: TRAILS SURROUNDING BRIGHT.
The second day of the 2018 BMW GS Safari began with a loop day exploring the trails surrounding Bright and Mount Beauty. This stage was particularly challenging, as riders faced a steep climb up to Mount Emu. The ride along dry and dusty tracks tested both riders and staff as they made their journey to the summit.
DAY 3: BRIGHT TO MANSFIELD.
After two nights in Bright, exploring the trails and mountainous tracks of the region, riders made their way to another highlight destination of the Victorian High Country – Mansfield.
Day 3 took riders through the iconic Goldie Spur and Lake Buffalo. The group stopped off at Whitfield for some morning tea before making the journey to Mansfield.
In Mansfield, riders spent the evening listening to a BMW Safari first, “Tech Talks”. In Mansfield’s talk, riders listened to BMW Motorrad Service Manager, Craig Bennett, discuss the importance of motorcycle maintenance and how to change a tyre.
DAY 4: MANSFIELD TO LAKES ENTRANCE.
This stage provided challenging, dusty and difficult terrain yet was a highlight for many riders, encouraging them to step up to the challenge and improve their skills.
Travelling through Mount Skene along one of Victoria’s highest gravel roads, riders ventured through Tamboritha and Briagalong before making their way to Lakes Entrance through the back roads of Bruthen.
DAY 5: LAKES ENTRANCE TO THREDBO.
Exploring the picturesque region of Lakes Entrance, riders prepared for the final stage of the adventure: the return ride to Thredbo.
Day 5 was the finale to a week of motorcycling adventure.
The 220 riders made their return to the alpine region across the iconic Bonang Highway, renowned for motorcycling. Crossing Mackillop’s Bridge and passing through the Barry Way, the group took in the stunning scenery of the Snowy Mountains before riding the final kilometres of the trip.
Once all riders had made it back to Thredbo, it was time to celebrate with a group photo and farewell dinner at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.
Featuring a 3-course dinner and prize giving, the group of 220 riders displayed their generosity, donating over $5000 to the Royal Flying Doctors Service – a BMW Safari record.
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