Great Vic Bike Ride 2020
Sat 28 Nov – Sun 6 Dec
The ride – 9 days
The full Great Vic. You’ll experience nine days of camping, riding and explore this beautiful part of Victoria with new and old friends.
At a glance
- Dates: Saturday 28 November – Sunday 6 December
- Summary: 7 ride days and 1 rest day
- Total distance: 532km
- Elevation: TBC
- Average daily: Approximately 80km (not including rest day)
- 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 or hybrid bike recommended
- Inclusions: Camping spot, campsite facilities, all meals*, full on-route support, luggage transfers, entertainment and much more!
Day by day
SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER
Day 1 | Rainbow (arrival day)
The historical town of Rainbow was established in the early 1900s and is home to just 683 people. It’s safe to say they’re absolutely thrilled to open their doors to 3000 new friends for the night.
Once you’ve set up camp, be sure to check out the 23 Rainbow murals that are spread throughout the town or wander through the historic Yurunga Homestead for a glimpse into the early Mallee life.
SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Day 2 | Rainbow – Brim (58km)
You’ll ease into the first day on the bike with 58km of riding over flat terrain – it’s the perfect opportunity to warm up the legs for the days ahead.
Make sure you roll past the Brim Silo on the way into camp. Covered in an iconic mural by Guido van Helten, the Brim art silo was the first of its kind to appear in Victoria and quickly gained widespread local and international attention, inspiring the establishment of the Silo Art Trail. The men depicted in the artwork remain anonymous, paying homage to the whole Wimmera Region.
Once the day’s riding is done, acquaint yourself with Great Vic life. Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of entertainment at the campsite.
MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Day 3 | Brim – Horsham (109km)
The second day of riding will see you crack the ton with 100kms of riding! But don’t worry, with just 162m of elevation, the road is flat and perfect for you to find a consistent rhythm to tick along throughout the day.
Lunch is located at our second Art Silo of the trip, Sheep Hills silo, painted by Melbourne-based artist Adnate. Her piece tells the stories of Indigenous people and their native lands.
Enjoy the rest of the day’s riding on quiet country roads before rolling into Horsham, the biggest town that we’ll call home during the ride, with plenty to see and do.
TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER
Day 4 | Horsham Loop (83km)
Don’t worry about packing up your tent this morning – today’s loop ride means you can explore Horsham’s surrounding region without having to worry about what luggage truck you left your bags in.
With 79km to cover you’ll be rolling along some quiet country roads and will have plenty of time to explore quaint towns along the way such as Natimuk. The riding will follow the course of the Wimmera River before turning back towards Horsham for a chance to tick off any highlights that were missed yesterday evening!
Need some ideas? The campsite is just a short walk away from some popular attractions including Horsham Botanic Gardens, Horsham Aquatic Centre and Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER
Day 5 | Horsham – Halls Gap (78km)
It’s time to leave Horsham and enter the Grampians National Park – a haven for scenic views, beautiful waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. But with these views comes our 2020 riding challenge day!
The real climbing begins after lunch, where you’ll wind through a lush canopy of trees along Mt Victory Road. However, this isn’t a time to worry about claiming the KOM or QOM – popular attractions such as Fish Falls and MacKenzie Falls along the way are the perfect opportunities to cool off and catch your breath.
The breathtaking views from Reed Lookout mark the end of the climb and the start of a beautiful descent into Halls Gap. Set up camp, rest the legs and enjoy a well-deserved beverage as the sun goes down.
THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER
Day 6 | Halls Gap (Rest 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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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