Great Vic Bike Ride
“They are a key part of Australian culture and feature on just about every main street in regional Victoria.”
Earlier in the year, the Herald Sun sent out their best (and luckiest) critics to source some of Victoria’s most interesting and memorable country pubs.
And in great news for Great Vic goers, a bunch of the featured venues are on our 2019 route (with almost all of them featuring on a previous Great Vic route over the years).
So, whether you’re looking for a lunch-time libation to keep you going, or plan on ducking out of camp for a pub meal of local legend, make sure you keep an eye out for these esteemed establishments on this year’s ride.
Not actually in Victoria and therefore not officially featuring in the Herald Sun’s list, this limestone beauty is a highlight of the Limestone Coast, and “The Cally” has featured in numerous ‘top pub’ lists, including The Weekender’s top seven country pubs South Australia.
Established in 1858, the historic stone building could have you thinking you have landed in the UK – but the delicious seafood-focused menu, oceans views and expansive lawn area are classically South Australian.
A great place to kick-off our greatest Great Vic yet!
No, that’s not a typo – our first two pubs have the same name! Who does it better? You be the judge.
The Victorian Caledonian, known affectionally as “The Stump”, did feature on the Herald Sun’s list, and also boasts the title of the oldest continually licensed hotel in Victoria, established in 1844.
Keeping with the character of Port Fairy, The Stump holds a lot of its old-world charm, but with an updated menu full of some of the regions top beers and wines and famous for generous portions. The ‘Stump rump’ steak is a local favourite!
The best town in Australia
Having recently taken out the title for ‘Best town in Australia, 2019’ (courtesy of wotif), Port Fairy is a worthy location for our rest day on this year’s Great Vic – giving you plenty of time to check out what this award-winning town has to offer.
Forrest Brewing Company
More of a microbrewery than a pub, Forrest Brewing Company didn’t actually make the Herald Sun’s list, but did make the Hospitality Directory’s top 20 pubs in Victoria – and we ride straight past it on our shortest leg between Beech Forest and Deans Marsh.
Formerly the general store in the old logging town of Forrest, the Forrest Brewing Company has plenty of character and plenty of great beers (of course). It’s a popular pitstop for bike riders, particularly mountain bikers, and is accustomed and more than welcoming to large hordes of lycra.
As you pedal through Aireys Inlet on the last leg from Deans Marsh to Torquay, you’ll pedal straight past the popular Aireys Pub, which is a good opportunity to stop off for a refreshment, and reminisce on all the great memories from the past week of riding.
Aireys Pub has three huge dining spaces and an epic beer garden for you to make yourself comfortable while you enjoy some of the award-winning Salt Brewing Co. beverages – brewed on site.
The menu also boasts some of the best versions of pub classics you’ll find on the Great Ocean Road.
They didn’t make the Herald Sun list, but having recently taken out the title for ‘Champion Small Australian Brewery’ 2019, we had to include this great pub/brewery in Torquay, our final destination.
After ten (or five) days of riding, you’ve definitely deserved a cold refreshing beverage, and Blackman’s brews some of the most popular boutique beers in the country.
The great menu and chilled out atmosphere make it the perfect final pit stop for our greatest Great Vic ever.
What do you think?
So, there’s some of our top suggestions (with a bit of help from the Herald Sun) – what are you most looking forward to?
Reminder: Early bird entry closes Sunday 4 August. Reserve your spot on our greatest Great Vic ever before then to save $100.