Great Vic Bike Ride 2019

Our greatest Great Vic ever

Now 36 years young, the Great Vic Bike Ride is Australia’s biggest and most iconic riding holiday. The rolling bike festival pedals to a new town each day, setting up camp where riders can soak up an afternoon and evening of entertainment and activities including live music, comedy, yoga, an outdoor cinema and much more! 

Each year, seasoned campaigners and new riders come together to share 5 to 10 days of camaraderie, camping and cycling through some of the most picturesque pockets of Victoria and neighbouring states. In 2019 riders can choose from three different route options as we pedal from Robe to Torquay.

Route details

What to expect?

Cycling through Victoria

Ride

A fun, friendly and challenging holiday where you’ll make new friends while riding through Victoria’s beautiful countryside.

General camping at the Great Vic

Camp

It’s a rolling bike festival – travelling from one town to another each day. Grab your mates and experience it for yourself.

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Entertainment

There’s heaps to enjoy at the campsite, including live music, food trucks, craft beer, yoga and an outdoor cinema!

“It’s like going on holiday with a big group of your best mates”

Choose your ride

Where we're going

2019 Great Vic Bike Ride route

Ride options

10 day ride | Robe – Torquay (652km)

The full Great Vic Bike Ride – 10 days of camping, riding and exploring this iconic route with new and old friends.

Route elevation - 10 Day Robe – Torquay
5 day ride | Robe – Port Fairy (348km)

Start in South Australia and take in some of the states most picturesque sites before crossing the border to finish in Port Fairy.

Route elevation - 5 Day Robe – Port Fairy
5 day ride | Port Fairy – Torquay (304km)

A taste of the Great Vic while soaking up all the glory of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park.

Route elevation - 5 Day Port Fairy – Torquay
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Route details

Day by day

Fri 22 Nov

Day 1 | Robe (arrival day)

The 2019 Great Vic is hopping across the border and kicking off in Robe, South Australia. This old fishing village has great beaches, amazing architecture and a quaint local pub right on the water – what more could you ask for?

Once you’ve set up camp for night one, be sure to take a leisurely spin up to the Cape Dombey Obelisk to soak up the beautiful coastal views.

The Obelisk by Ben Goode

Sat 23 Nov

Day 2 | Robe – Millicent (79km)

Bowman Scenic Drive, Beachport - Photo by SA Tourism Commision / Adam Bruzzone

You’ll ease into the first day on the bike with a relatively flat ride, hugging the coastline on the way to Millicent. Keep an eye out for some giant lakes such as Lake St Clair and be sure to take the time to explore the small coastal town of Beechporton your way.

The ride stops at Millicent overnight with plenty to see and do – the Millicent Swimming lake is sure to be a favourite for young and old to cool off.

Sun 24 Nov

Day 3 | Millicent – Mount Gambier (77km)

Day three’s riding will take you across undulating hills as you weave through the pastoral lands around Millicent. The day in the saddle finishes in the southeastern corner of South Australia at Mount Gambier, where you’ll be greeted by the famous Blue Lake.  

Once you’ve taken in the sight of the cobalt blue waters, there’s plenty to do around town, from walking up Centenary Tower to sampling local food, or even exploring the towns Great Rail Trail and bike riding network.

Blue Lake by Mark Fitzpatrick

Mon 25 Nov

Day 4 | Mount Gambier – Portland (107km)

Portland Cable Tram

Today’s ride will meander up and down hills and spin alongside the Glenelg River before passing through the charming little towns of Donovans and Nelson. You will have clocked 107km by the end of the day’s riding but can enjoy a cruisy tail end to the ride with a fairly flat finish.

Once you’re set up in Portland there’s plenty to tick off the to do list, including a wander down to the amazing foreshore, a ride on the cable car and visiting the Portland Lighthouse.

Tue 26 Nov

Day 5 | Portland – Port Fairy (85km)

A nice easy day of riding with 85km on the clock and just 200m of climbing throughout the day.

Hit the road early for spectacular morning views over the ocean as you pedal out of Portland. Make sure you keep an eye out for the many historic buildings as you roll into Port Fairy and set up camp for a well earned day off the bike!

Port Fairy

Wed 27 Nov

Day 6 | Port Fairy (Rest day)

Port Fairy Lighthouse

There’s so much to uncover in every corner of the charming village of Port Fairy that is was once voted the world’s most liveable town.

Whether you’re one to browse the boutique shops and antique stores scattered throughout the town, soak up the beach vibes or taste your way through the many great local  pubs, cafes and restaurants – there’s something to keep everyone busy on rest day.

Our top picks for the day include swimming at Pea Soup Beach, taking a walk along the riverfront or tucking into pizza at Coffin Sally. Top it off with a visit to the local ice cream shop and you’ll be ready to hop back on the bike for the next day’s riding.

Thu 28 Nov

Day 7 | Port Fairy – Peterborough (95km)

You’ll want to hit the road early to really soak up the morning coastal views on the way out of Port Fairy. Prepare the legs for a pinch climb up to Tower Hill but don’t worry, the 10/10 views make it worth the effort.

Be sure to take a break for a few post-card worthy snaps at Hopkins Falls before hitting the Great Ocean Road and taking in all the sites on the way to Peterborough including; Bay of Islands, Worm Bay and Bay of Matyrs.

Once in Peterborough you’ll find yourself situated in the heart of some of the Great Ocean Road’s most iconic attractions, with beautiful coastal views and a must do coastal walk that takes you all the way back to Bay of Matyrs.

Hopkins Falls

Fri 29 Nov

Day 8 | Peterborough – Beech Forest (81km)

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Keep the camera handy, as today’s riding passes all those iconic sites along the Great Ocean Road including London Bridge, the blow hole, 12 Apostles, Gibsons Steps and gorgeous views from the bike in general.

Pace yourself throughout the day and get ready to tackle the formidable Lavers Hill. Once you’ve conquered the climb, reward yourself with a custard tart from the general store and from there you have one last little climb to Beech Forrest through the beautiful Otways.

If your legs are itching for more once you’ve arrived in Beech Forest, you can have a crack at the Birregurra-Forest Rail Trail (or “Tiger Rail Trail) by bike, explore the Otways by foot or alternatively just kick back for the afternoon at Beech Forest Pub.

Sat 30 Nov

Day 9 | Beech Forest – Deans Marsh (62km)

Today, you’re in for a treat! Turton’s Track is beautiful little stretch of road that winds its way through the Otways with some of the region’s best scenery on show. There’s a little climbing involved but the worst of it is already behind you.

Deans Marsh is a small town with a lot of heart – surrounded by beautiful green countryside, rolling hills and a couple of wineries that are well worth a visit. Martians Café is a great place to enjoy a post ride beverage and live music, or alternatively be sure to pop by the local corner store for a quality snack or meal.

Turtons Track

Sun 01 Dec

Day 10 | Deans Marsh – Torquay (66km)

Torquay Esplanade

The final day on the bike will see riders whizz down the hill towards Lorne through the Otways. Stop by Lorne and enjoy one of Victoria’s favourite coastal towns, with a variety of great spots to stop by for a coffee and feed.

The ride hops back on to the Great Ocean Road and travels towards Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, hugging the coast right through to the finish site at Torquay.

2019 pricing

Event presale

Simply pay a $200 deposit to book in your spot for 2019 and score a bonus 2019 Great Vic event jersey.

Ten day (Robe to Torquay)

Until Monday 24th December, 11pm

All-inclusive package*
$1499
Adult
$1149
Concession
$1089
Youth (13-17yrs)
$859
Child (6-12yrs)
$449
Infant (5 and under)
Free
Enter Now
Includes 2019 event jersey

Five day (Robe to Port Fairy)

Until Monday 24th December, 11pm

Adult
$749
Concession
$669
Youth (13-17yrs)
$539
Child (6-12yrs)
$299
Infant (5 and under)
Free
Enter Now
Includes 2019 event jersey

Five day (Port Fairy to Torquay)

Until Monday 24th December, 11pm

Adult
$749
Concession
$669
Youth (13-17yrs)
$539
Child (6-12yrs)
$299
Infant (5 and under)
Free
Enter Now
Includes 2019 event jersey

Please note: 2019 ride extras including, transport, camping upgrades and long term car park passes will be available for purchase when standard entries open in 2019.

*NEW – all-inclusive package

  • Great Vic 2019 10-day adult entry
  • Long term car park (Torquay) access pass
  • Transport from the Torquay LTCP to Robe
  • Event jersey
  • Pre-event postage of rider pack and jersey
  • Photo package
  • Hospitality card (1 free beverage per day)

Plus, optional upgrade to sleep easy stand up tent for $500 (Dome zone upgrades not included).

General entries

What's included?

All meals are included. Plus you can take advantage of our free tea, coffee and milo station.

You’ll have a camping spot for you, your tent and your bike at each event site. Plus access to showers, toilets and washing facilities.

Great Vic transport

On ride mornings, pack your luggage and gear into one of our luggage trucks and we’ll move it to the next campsite for you.

Full on route support to make getting from A to B as enjoyable as possible – includes signage, mechanical, first aid and SAG wagons.

There’s plenty to enjoy on site from our outdoor cinema, two bars, live music, yoga classes and more!

Join the 2019 Great Vic

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