United energy around the bay

Event Day Info

New event site

Getting to Albert Park

Albert Park

Following rider feedback we’ve decided to make the move from Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens to Albert Park in 2018.

The event village and start line will be at Aughtie Walk on the Canterbury Road side of Albert Park lake.

There is no event parking at Albert Park, so we recommend catching a train to a nearby station and warming up your legs with a short spin to the event site. There are also public car parks close to Albert Park that can be used.

Nearby train stations
  • Prahran Train Station – 2.7km 
  • Windsor Train Station – 3km
  • Southern Cross – 3.5km
  • South Yarra Train Station – 4km
  • Ace Parking – 150 Albert Rd South Melbourne

  • Wilson Car Parking – 5 Queens Rd, Melbourne 

  • Secure Parking – 553 St Kilda Road Car Park

Event site map


Start times and daylight savings

Please take a close look at the start time for your ride. You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your ride start time.

Daylight savings begins Sunday! 

Clocks will go forward by one hour at 2:00am on Sunday 7 October, so make sure your alarm is set accordingly!

Ride start times
  • 300km – 5:30am
  • 250km Anticlockwise – 5:30am
  • 210km Anticlockwise – 5:30am
  • 210km Sorrento return – 6:00am
  • 160km – 6:30am
  • 135km Geelong-Melbourne – 6:00am
  • 100km Sorrento-Melbourne – 8:00am
  • 100km Frankston return – 7:00am
  • 50km – 7:30am
  • 20km – 8:00am


Ferry and West Gate Bridge access times


Ferry transport

First ferry: 7:00am
Last ferry: 1:00pm 

Ferry tickets will be issued on arrival at the Queenscliff rest area. You cannot collect tickets for other riders.

Strictly only those riders with a valid event entry requiring travel on the ferry will be processed by the event team.

300km riders will be prioritised at the ferry. 

The last ferry that 300km riders can catch leaves at 12:00pm, otherwise you will miss cut off times.

Ferry times
  • 7:00am
  • 7:30am
  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
  • 9:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm


West Gate Bridge

210km, 250km, 300km rides

5:30am  7:00am

50km ride only

Outbound riders: 7:30am – 9:00am.

Inbound riders: 8:45am – 10:45am

If you fail to ride over the bridge within the specified times, you will be directed by route marshals to take an alternative route (under your own accord and risk) or get a lift over the bridge in a SAG Wagon (support vehicle).


Rest area times

210km | 250km | 300km


6:30am – 8:30am

Little River

6:30am – 9:30am


7:00am – 11:00am

Portarlington (250km & 300km)

8:00am – 12:00am


6:30am – 1:00pm


7:30am – 2:00pm

Dromana (210km Sorrento return & 300km only)

7:30am – 2:00pm

Flinders (300km)

11:00am – 3:00pm

Safety Beach

8:15am – 4:00pm


6:45am – 5:00pm


6:30am – 6:00pm

100km | 135km | 160km

Queenscliff (135km Geelong only)

6:30am – 1:00pm

Sorrento (135km Geelong only)

7:30am – 2:00pm

Dromana (100km Sorrento only)

7:30am – 2:00pm

Safety Beach (100km Sorrento / 135km Geelong)

8:15am – 4:00pm


6:45am – 5:00pm


6:30am – 6:00pm

20km | 50km


8:00am – 10:00am


8:00am – 10:30am

Make sure you have a read through the official Ride Guide for more detailed information about rest stops and other key times.

What to bring

There are some things you have to bring to ride United Energy Around the Bay, and some things that you should bring to make sure your ride goes smoothly.

  • Helmet
  • Event number/wrist band
  • Lights – front and rear
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable bike riding clothing
  • Rain jacket/wind vest
  • Gloves
  • 2 x water bottles
Some extra things to bring
  • Spare tubes/flat repair kit
  • Money/eftpos card
  • Myki card
  • Pump
  • Mobile phone
  • Additional nutrition supplies
  • Sunscreen


Weather forecast

Around the Bay

Sunday’s weather forecast is for a nice day, with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 22 degrees.

There will be some sun and some cloud, and there is a slight chance of showers. 

Be prepared with sun protection as well as a rain jacket and/or wind vest, as you never know what the Melbourne weather will dish up.

Please check the weather forecast the night before the event to ensure you’re well prepared.


Save these numbers

Event assistance

Our event team is able to help you while you are out on the ride. If you need assistance you can call us on 0425 381 816 or 0425 777 484.

Please remember if it is an emergency that requires an ambulance, police or fire crew that you should call 000 before event assistance.



Share your ride

We love to see everyone enjoying Australia’s biggest bike ride, so when you’re out on your bike on Sunday please share you photos with us using #AroundtheBay.

Follow Bicycle Network and share your ride

The Village

Bring friends and family to celebrate your ride at The Village. Pack a picnic blanket, grab your spot on the lawn, and enjoy all the post-ride festivities on offer.

Food trucks

Whether it’s a hot snack or cheeky dessert, it will all be ready and waiting after your ride.

Kids zone

Kids entertainment galore! Make sure you visit the kids zone with face painting, an animal farm and much more.

Spokes bar

Grab your team mates, friends and family, kick back, enjoy the atmosphere and reward yourself with a drink at Spokes bar.

Pump track

Have a crack at a few laps of our pump track with Bicycle Network’s Ride2School team.

Cycling Expo

Visit the cycling expo to see hot new products and explore a range of goodies available at a one-off bargain from our 2018 exhibitors.

Don’t forget to check out our ‘Swapping seats’ activation with Melbourne Metro around truck blind spots. 

Around the Bay 2017 village

Give a vollie a wave

Volunteer at Around the Bay

United Energy Around the Bay wouldn’t be possible without the help from hundreds of volunteers.

Be sure to give a wave and say thank you to our team of vollies when you ride past them on the road or get a hand at a rest stop.