5 day ride

Key details

  • Location: Wilsons Prom to Bairnsdale
  • Dates: Sat 25 Nov to Wed 29 Nov 2017
  • Distance: 328 KM
  • Price: From $639

Highlights

The 5 day ride option lets you explore some of Gippsland's most famous treasures. Starting off in Wilsons Promontory, you will be able to explore one of Victoria's most beloved national parks and scenery that is sure to take your breath away. We stop in the rural towns of Foster and Yarram where you can soak up the relaxed country lifestyle. The famous 90 Mile Beach is just a stone's throw away from our Seaspray campsite, make sure you pack your bathers. All this plus four days of unforgettable riding – you don't want to miss out.

Route

Day 1 - Wilsons Promontory

Saturday 25 November, 2017

The 2017 RACV Great Vic commences in beautiful Wilsons Promontory – Victoria’s oldest national park, and the southernmost point of the mainland. With its rugged coastline, quiet beaches and inquisitive wildlife, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable starting point to your Great Vic experience.

From our starting point in Tidal River, Day 1 is an opportunity to adapt to the Great Vic’s slower pace of living. Work out the kinks from your journey south with a hike up Mt Oberon – complete with stunning 360 degree views of the Prom. Feel the sand between your toes at Squeaky Beach. Meet some new friends at Spokes Bar over a cold one (or two…). Or simply take a moment to give your bike a tune-up and remember how to put your tent up. There’s a long way to go and there’s already nowhere else you’d rather be.

Day 2 - Wilsons Promontory - Foster (60km)

Sunday 26 November, 2017

Today is the first riding day of the 34th edition of the Great Vic Bike Ride, and it’s a stunner – don’t forget your camera. From the campsite you roll through the Prom on quiet roads, surrounded by gobsmacking views of majestic granite mountains and the rugged coastline. Keep an eye open for emus and wombats snuffling about the roadside – they certainly haven’t encountered thousands of bike riders en masse before!

The road rolls up and down over rocky spurs and past look-out points, before flattening slightly as you head out of the Prom. As you leave the park boundaries and head north, you’ll enter the beautiful pastoral land of south Gippsland. After a relatively brief but rewarding 60km, you’ll arrive to a warm welcome at friendly Foster.

Day 3 - Foster - Yarram (69km)

Monday 27 November, 2017

After a restful night in the crisp country air, you’re ready for a fantastic day’s riding from Foster to Yarram. There’s a lot to take in on the route today – views of the Prom off to the side, a rumpled green blanket of farmland ahead of you and the Strzelecki Ranges rolling ahead.

Passing through Toora, the sights of South Gippsland are all around you – as well as the imposing, majestic wind turbines spinning on the hills nearby. We pass right by the Royal Standard Hotel, a huge old-fashioned country pub, and the thirsty will enjoy the opportunity to put up their legs for a while. Although we’re trending slightly uphill, there are a few cracking descents from Woorara down to Welshpool to enjoy, and then you’ll have a pretty flat run into Yarram. Yarram is the regional centre of the area, and features a main street lined with heritage architecture, as well as a bakery that’s won the Great Australian Meat Pie competition several years running. Seems like a pretty good spot to stop for the night!

Day 4 - Yarram - Seaspray (90km)

Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Leaving Yarram, you’ll be heading gradually downhill through some of Victoria’s richest dairy-farming country. Lush pastures will give way to more a more heavily wooded landscape as we enter the roads around Wonwron plantation and are enveloped by its lofty trees. There’s a spectacular yet difficult climb through Wonwron up to Carrajung Lower, but all things must come to an end and soon enough we’re heading toward the coast again.

Our destination is the fittingly named Seaspray, located on 90 Mile Beach. With salt air reeling us in to the coast, the longest day yet of the Great Vic concludes with the beach nearby and a perfect excuse to sunbathe on its shores.

Day 5 - Seaspray - Bairnsdale (109km)

Wednesday 29 November, 2017

This is the big one – a 109km ride from Seaspray to Bairnsdale. The route veers away from the ocean to Sale before pitching east towards Bairnsdale. Today’s riding is punctuated by endless creeks and rivers winding their way through the area, including the Thomson River near Sale, and then continuing towards east Gippsland’s biggest city, Bairnsdale.

Sale and Bairnsdale are the big towns along the way today, but there are numerous colourful small communities we pass through on the way just waiting to show the Great Vic a warm welcome. If your legs are getting tired, not to worry – soon enough you’ll pass the 100km mark (awesome job!) and arrive in the big smoke of Bairnsdale, our home for the next two nights and the chance for a well-earned spot of R and R.