GREAT VIC BIKE RIDE 2019

Robe – Torquay (652km)

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER – SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2019

The route

Route map - 10 day Robe to Torquay route map
10 day Great Vic elevation map

Highlights

The full Great Vic Bike Ride with ten days of riding, camping and exploring with new and old friends. Starting in Robe and finishing in Torquay you’ll see the best of Victoria and South Australia by bike, all on the one adventure!

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Route details

Day by day

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

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

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Day 2 | Robe – Millicent (79 kilometres)

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

We’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 Lake Saint Clair and be sure to take the time to explore the small coastal town of Beachport on your way.

The ride stops at Millicent overnight with plenty to see and do – the Millicent Swimming Lake is sure to be a favourite spot to cool off.

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Day 3 | Millicent – Mount Gambier (77 kilometres)

Day three's riding will take us across undulating hills as we 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

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Day 4 | Mount Gambier – Portland (107 kilometres)

Today’s ride will meander up and down hills and spin alongside the Glenelg River before passing through the charming 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 we're set up in Portland, there’s plenty to tick off the to-do list, including a wander down to the foreshore or a visit to the Portland Lighthouse.

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

Day 5 | Portland – Port Fairy (85 kilometres)

A cruisy day of riding of 85 kilometres and just 200 metres of climbing.

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

Port Fairy

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

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 was recently 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.

THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Day 7 | Port Fairy – Peterborough (95 kilometres)

This will be a good day 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 postcard worthy snaps at Hopkins Falls before reaching the Great Ocean Road and taking in all the sites on the way to Peterborough including Bay of Islands, Worm Bay and Bay of Martyrs.

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

Hopkins Falls

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Day 8 | Peterborough – Beech Forest (81 kilometres)

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Keep the camera handy, as today we'll pedal past the famous London Bridge, the blowhole, 12 Apostles and Gibsons Steps. 

Remember to pace yourself throughout the day and get ready to tackle the formidable Lavers Hill. Once you’ve conquered the climb, recharge and reward yourself with a custard tart from the general store. From there you'll have one last little climb to reach 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 Old Beechy Rail Trail by bike, explore the Otways by foot or alternatively just kick back for the afternoon at Beech Forest Pub.

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

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

Today, you’re in for a treat. Turton’s Track is a beautiful little stretch of road that winds its way through the Otways with some of the region’s best scenery on show.

There’s some climbing involved but the toughest part is already behind you.

Deans Marsh is a small town with a lot of heart – surrounded by beautiful green countryside, rolling hills and some wineries that are well worth a visit. Be sure to pop by the local corner store for a quality snack or meal.

Turtons Track

SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER

Day 10 | Deans Marsh – Torquay (66 kilometres)

Torquay Esplanade

On the final day of the ride we will whizz down the hill towards Lorne through the Otways. Stop by Lorne and enjoy one of Victoria’s favourite coastal towns with plenty of great spots for a coffee and a feed.

We'll be fortunate enough to ride the Great Ocean Road with a lane closed to other traffic, but to do this we'll need to set off a little earlier than usual and leave the Deans Marsh campsite by 8:00am. We then will have to wait at Lorne for all riders to arrive until we set off again – but don't worry, we've got some fun activities planned for the Lorne forsehore.

After leaving Lorne we'll travel towards Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, hugging the coast right through to our final destination and the finish line at Torquay.

2019 entry prices

Entries are capped at 5,000 riders – secure your entry early to avoid disappointment!

Early bird

All-inclusive package 1*
$1499
All-inclusive package 2*
SOLD OUT
Adult
$1149
Concession
$1099
Youth (13-17yrs)
$859
Child (6-12yrs)
$449
Infant (5 and under)
Free

Presale ended

Standard

Until Friday 22nd November, 5pm

Adult
$1249
Concession
$1199
Youth (13-17yrs)
$959
Child (6-12yrs)
$549
Infant (5 and under)
Free
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What's included?

Meals

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

Camping spot

Your entry includes a camping spot for you, your tent and your bike at each event camp site.

Wash facilities

You'll have acces to showers, toilets and washing facilities at each campsite.

Great Vic transport
Luggage transfers

Pack your luggage into one of our luggage trucks and we’ll move it to the next campsite for you.

On-route support

We'll make getting from A to B as enjoyable as possible with full on route support.

Entertainment

There's plenty to enjoy at the campsite from an outdoor cinema, two bars, live music, yoga classes and more!

*NEW – All-inclusive package 1

  • Great Vic 2019 10-day adult entry
  • Access pass to long term car park at Torquay
  • Transport from the Torquay long term car park to Robe
  • Event jersey and ride guide
  • Pre-event postage of rider pack and jersey
  • Photo package
  • Hospitality card (one free beverage per day)
All inclusive package 1

Deposit payments: $200 deposit entries close Sunday 26 May. Final payments are due by 5:00pm Wednesday 28 August. 
Terms and conditions
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Ride extras

Camping upgrades
Charging
Transport
Merchandise

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