GREAT VIC BIKE RIDE 2020
Thu 3 Dec – Sun 6 Dec
The ride – 3 days
A taste of the Great Vic while soaking up all the glory of the Grampians and country Victoria’s South Western region.
At a glance
- Dates: Thursday 3 December – Sunday 6 December
- Summary: Arrival day and 3 ride days
- Total distance: 212km
- Elevation: TBC
- Average daily: Approximately 80km
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided (excluding breakfast on 28 November, lunch on 3 December and lunch on 6 December)
- Type of bike: Road bike, hybrid bike or mountain bike
- Inclusions: Camping spot, campsite facilities, all meals*, full on-route support, luggage transfers, entertainment and much more!
Day by day
Thursday 3 DECEMBER
Day 1 | Halls Gap (arrival day)
While there’s no official riding scheduled for today, if you’re keen to hop on the bike you won’t have to pedal far to uncover a handful of lakes, waterfalls or stunning views (albeit after a tiny bit more climbing).
Back in Halls Gap there are cafe’s, breweries and wineries situated only a stone’s throw from our campsite. Check out our top spots: Local brewery Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co, Coola’s Ice Creamery and Spirit of Punjab offers delightful Indian cuisine. Plus, the ever-popular Halls Gap Zoo, a country-style 53-acre zoo, is only 7 kilometres from the town centre.
Today’s rest day also means we’ll be saying farewell to our five-day riders and giving a warm welcome to our three-day riders.
FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER
Day 2 | Halls Gap – Dunkeld (72km)
With arguably the most scenic riding of this year’s Great Vic, you’ll pedal straight down the middle of the Grampians, with towering rocky peaks on either side. There will be plenty of chances to see some native wildlife including kangaroos and koalas!
The views don’t end once you’ve rolled into Dunkeld, with one of our most spectacular campsites set with a backdrop of stunning views of the Grampians.
To kick-start your taste buds the Dunkeld General Store is home to an abundance of local produce. Grab a bite at the Dunkeld Old Bakery offering delicious baked goods. Koopmans is the stop for all your coffee needs and offers a selection of the towns finest art. Plus, wander over to the Pier at Dunkeld Arboretum to watch the sunset with fantastic views of Mt Sturgeon.
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER
Day 3 | Dunkeld – Pomonal (97km)
Today’s riding will follow quiet country roads alongside the eastern edge of the Grampians. While you’ll clock up just shy of 100km, the terrain is mainly rolling hills with an accumulated 317m elevation gain by the time you reach the next campsite in Pomonal.
Pomonal is a picturesque village set against the Grampians and famous for native flowers, orchids and rolling green hills – a beautiful setting to experience nature walks, vineyard visits and farm gate local produce. If you’ve got a little extra left in the legs, the Pomonal Tunnel walk is a three hour return trip with spectacular views of the Sierra Range and Wonderland Ranges.
For those who want to put the feet up, Pomonal Estate Winery is the best bet to enjoy a selection of handcrafted wines, ciders and craft beer, accompanied by some stunning views of the Grampians.
SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER
Day 4 | Pomonal – Great Western (40km)
The final day of riding is nice and short, which will be a welcome relief after accumulating more than 500kms in the legs over the last week. Enjoy the rolling hills and vast fields before arriving at the final stop – Great Western.
It’s not all over when you cross the finish line either! Make sure you grab your family and friends to explore. This pretty little town punches well above its weight with world-renowned wineries and cosy cafes to cap off a week in another world.
Seppelt estate can’t be missed. The winery is home to the largest underground cellars in the Southern Hemisphere. The Drives, a heritage listed labyrinth of cellars that wind for three kilometers beneath the historic Great Western home.
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