9 day ride

Key details

  • Location: Wilsons Prom to Trafalgar
  • Dates: Sat 25 Nov to Sun 03 Dec 2017
  • Distance: 539 km
  • Price: From $939

Highlights

Starting in the world famous Wilsons Promontory, full of places to explore, the RACV Great Vic is a great way to see Gippsland. 90 Mile Beach is another highlight, with the shoreline stretching as far as the eye can see. As we head inland there's more breathtaking bodies of water – Lake Glenmaggie is another incredible sight. For the length of your journey through Gippsland you will pedal through endless stunning panoramas – make sure you bring your camera along.

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.

Day 6 - Rest day

Thursday 30 November, 2017

Rest day is perfect for kicking back, relaxing and checking out what Bairnsdale has to offer. Take a look at some of the optional tours and activities or jump back on the bike and explore the local area.

Day 7 - Bairnsdale - Maffra (84km)

Friday 1 December, 2017

Leaving Bairnsdale with a new spring in your step (or should that be pedal stroke?), the Great Vic continues towards into its final three days of riding. We’re now heading slowly back west and edging closer to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. That means rolling hills and lush foliage, as well as another steady run of friendly small towns along the way.

Soon after leaving Bairnsdale, the route brings us through the valley at Hillside and to Lindenow – a tiny town full of surprises, with its small traditional Irish pub and furniture store. There’s also an extended stretch riding through plantations, with trees stretching away from the road in neat lines. We pass through a Great Vic favourite, Briagolong, and Boisdale before finally arriving in the pretty town of Maffra having completed a hilly but beautiful 84km. As well as being our home for the night, Maffra's also home to the impressive Gippsland Vehicle Collection - well worth a look.

Day 8 - Maffra - Glengarry (77km)

Saturday 2 December, 2017

From Maffra, our canvas community heads north and meets the eastern shore of Lake Glenmaggie. We skirt its southern perimeter, enjoying the views of the water and access to several spots to stop for a dip (remember to pack your bathers!). The scenic sights continue, with spectacular views as you ride through Glenmaggie Nature Conservation Reserve.

The next town on the way is Cowwarr, which is, fittingly enough, a dairy farming area – see how many cows made from painted barrels you can count on the way through. From there it’s farmland views stretching to the horizon between Toongabbie and Glengarry, including cornfields. Hopefully you’re ready to send the Great Vic out with style in Glengarry – the last night’s quite a party – and celebrate the achievement of your journey through Gippsland.

Day 9 - Glengarry - Trafalgar (50km)

Sunday 3 December, 2017

The last day’s riding to Trafalgar is the shortest of the 2017 RACV Great Vic Bike Ride, and a fantastic opportunity to reminisce on the journey you’ve gone through over the past week. Gippsland sends us out in style, serving up more enticingly rolling hills to ride and great views around Yallourn North. Keep an eye open for the Yallourn power plant as well – even if it’s not especially beautiful, it’s certainly interesting!

And then, finally, we arrive in Trafalgar. It’s a bittersweet thing, reaching the end of the Great Vic, but with the Strzelecki Ranges and a few thousand new friends by your side, it’s a pretty great way to finish.