Bicycle Network: RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride
Camping and Accommodation
Information on everything to expect at your home away from home.
It is important to remember the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a camping holiday, with the majority of riders pitching their own tent each day on the campsite. To make the most of the ride, ensure that your camping equipment is in good working order and appropriate for the ride.
We suggest using dome tents that are quick and easy to put up and take down, however you must consider those which are likely to be best suited to your preferences and requirements. We recommend you visit your local camping store and talk with them about the options available. Always remember that you are likely to experience a variety of weather and wind conditions, so you need to be appropriately prepared.
If camping is not for you, perhaps you would like to consider one of our Sleep Easy options or the Luxury Support and Accommodation Package from AllTrails.
|Pre-Camping: Mount Gambier||Hastings Cunningham Reserve||Hastings Cunningham Reserve is planted with native trees and shrubs to provide a popular place for family picnics and BBQs.||City Of Mount Gambier|
|Day One: Nelson||Nelson Airfiled||From the camp site you can walk around Oxbow Lake and for your first glimpse of the ocean.||Glenelg Shire|
|Day Two: Portland||Henty Park||You can take a scenic ride along the foreshore on the Portland Cable Trams with the depot at Henty Park.||Glenelg Shire|
|Day Three: Port Fairy||Southcombe Park||Southcombe Park offers foreshore camping with an ocean surrounding. You will smell the ocean air as you ride into camp.||Moyne Shire|
|Day Four and Five: Port Campbell||Port Cambell Recreation Reserve||The reserve is located at the top of the town and is just a short walk to the water.||Corangamite Shire|
|Day Six: Gellibrand||Gellibrand Recreation Reserve||Gellibrand is a usually quiet little town that is very excited about hosting the ride once again.||Colac Otway Shire|
|Day Seven: Birregurra||Birregurra Recreation Reserve||A beautiful gourmet town that has plenty to offer.||Colac Otway Shire|
|Day Eight: Torquay||Spring Creek Reserve and the Foreshore Common||This will be a split site with camping on either side of road. Beautiful kept grounds and close to Torquay, this is a great spot to camp.||Surf Coast Shire|
|Day Nine: Geelong (Finish Site)||Geelong Show Grounds||The Geelong Showgrounds are home to the largest regional Royal Show in Australia.||City of Greater Geelong|
We are working with the recreation reserves, land owners and user groups to find the best possible outcome for everyone. We are fortunate to be so supported by these communities who let us turn their usually quiet reserves into tent city!
Sleep Easy Accommodation
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After riding your bike all day, setting up your tent is the last thing you may want to do. So save yourself the fuss and let us setup a tent for you!
The benefits of the Sleep Easy Tent Accommodation Package are:
- You get more time to see the sights and explore the local area
- You don't have to bring a tent
- We will setup a tent and have it waiting for you when you ride into the campsite
- We will take the tent down for you each morning
- There will be a designated space for you at each campsite
- Your luggage will be transported to the next campsite on a separate vehicle
Sleep Easy Accommodation is ideal if you don't want to setup a tent after a challenging day of riding and would like to spend more time relaxing or exploring the local area. It's also great for families with young kids or groups with special needs.
Below are the two Sleep Easy Tent Options:
1. Sleep Easy Stand-Up Tent
|We'll provide you with a stand up tent and 2 comfy sleeping mats, which we'll set up each night and pack away each morning. We'll transport your tent and luggage in a separate van. The tent will fit two adults comfortably.|
9' x 9' (2.7m x 2.7m) canvas tent with a centre pole that stands 6' high
|Description of sleeping mats:||
Mattress style - with waterproof covers. There are 2 mats available per tent.
You will need to collect your luggage from the designated luggage truck at each campsite and load it each morning.
Fri 22 Nov - Sun 1 Dec - 10 days - $615
2. Sleep Easy Dome Tent
|We'll provide you with a dome tent, which we'll set up each night and pack away each morning. We'll transport your tent and luggage in a separate van. The tent will fit two adults. However, you must bring your own sleeping mats.|
||A polyester dome tent for the duration of the ride. Length: 2.1m Width: 1.3m Height: 1.1m|
|Luggage:||You will need to collect your luggage from the designated luggage truck at each campsite and load it each morning.|
|Price||Fri 22 Nov - Sun 1 Dec - 10 days - $385
Sat 23 Nov - Sun 1 Dec - 9 days - $340
Thur 28 Nov - Sun 1 Dec - 3 days - $210
Luxury Support and Accommodation Package
Spoil yourself and enjoy nightly accommodation at a good quality country motels or BnBs to help you rest easy after your day's ride.
Our partners at Alltrails can take care of it all. Follow the link or give them a call on 03 9645 3355.
The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride does have luggage limits, details of which are outlined below. Consider these limits when you start to prepare for the ride. Please consider the following when preparing for the ride:
|Your bike||Your helmet||Spare tubes||A puncture repair kit||Basic bike repair equipment|
|Cycling clothing||Drink bottles||Wet weather cycling gear||Casual clothing||Wet weather casual clothing|
|Toiletries||Personal effects||Any required medication||Cutlery and crockery||Tent, sleeping bag and mat|
|Money and ID||Camera||Phone and charger||Any other personal equipment you would like to bring|
Packing and tags
When getting ready to pack your bags, remember there are two options — 1 bag up to 20kg or 2 bags up to 10kg each. You will receive two bag tags with your ride entry and you simply put both of your bag tags on one 20kg bag or put one on each of two 10kg bags.
Luggage trucks transport your luggage from campsite to campsite so you don't have to worry about carrying it yourself. During the ride, those who arrive at the campsite first generally help to unload the bags.