RACV Great VIC

Community

Local community groups

Every year, RACV Great Vic riders vote ‘community spirit’ as the one thing that most shaped their experience on the event. They love the warm welcomes, local hospitality and the opportunity to truly discover the best that Victoria has to offer.

To help you get involved and make sure your community makes the most of the event, we’ll work closely with you to ensure you enjoy the RACV Great Vic experience as much as our riders do.

Contact

To ensure that all community groups work together to offer a wide variety of choice a community contact is appointed in each town. Please communicate with the community representative prior to submitting an expression of interest form to ensure that your desired activity is available.

Our community contact for 2017 is Fiona Neuwirth.

Fiona Neuwirth

Phone: 0418 572 947
Email: fionan@bicyclenetwork.com.au​

Helpful tips

We’ve put together SCOPE documents for businesses and community groups. The documents are there to help you make the most of the RACV Great Vic visiting your town. Inside the documents are tips for community groups regarding fundraising and some great ideas for local businesses to implement when the riders are in town.

Fundraising

Fundraising opportunities are available at nominated rest and lunch stops or at the campsites along the route.

Fundraising forms:

Please see forms below to arrange a fundraising activation at this year’s RACV Great Vic Bike Ride.

Community groups:

Raise funds for your local community group at nominated rest and lunch stops or at the campsites along the route

Charities:

Individuals or groups looking to fundraise for a charity on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride can download the expression of interest form here.

Show & Save

More than 1000 Bicycle Network members are due to hit the towns on this year’s RACV Great Vic Bike Ride. They are sure to be on the hunt for all things local. Be a part of our Show & Save rewards program and we will send out a posters to entice our members with a discount on your local goodies.

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Primary to Secondary

School groups

The RACV Great Vic is an ideal school camp environment. It provides students with a challenging yet fun experience, opportunities for leadership and the chance to engage with people from all age groups and walks of life.

As a school camp it is unique. We take care of food, campsites, medical and provide full on-route support allowing schools to focus on education and developmental goals. 

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Women's community

Women cycling along beach road

Getting more women riding

Whether you’re traveling solo, with your sister, partner, friend or even a mother and daughter riding together, the women’s community program could be for you. At no additional cost this package includes:

  • Preparation for the event – more info here

  • A free water bottle

  • Welcome drinks and an introductory presentation on arrival at the campsite

  • Daily morning meeting point so all riders can start each riding day together

  • Designated time to regroup to share lunch at the rest site

  • Coffee meet-up on the route

  • Evening catch-up drinks and dinner together

  • A designated area at each campsite so we can camp together

If you want to ride with us, simply use the promo code ASCENT when registering for the ride.

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Who we'll visit in 2017

The towns

Yarram

Yarram has long been regarded as one of Gippsland’s prettiest towns.  The town itself is friendly and inviting, with cafes, restaurants, and speciality shops. Visit the historic Courthouse Gallery, Information Centre or the Memorial Gardens or perhaps the award-winning golf course located a short distance to the east of town.

Nearby is historical Port Albert – one of Victoria’s first port towns. Port Albert is still a working fishing village where you can enjoy some of Australia’s finest fish and chips.

North of Yarram you’ll find the stunning Tarra Bulga National Park, home to lush fern gullies, Mountain Ash and many great walks including Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge Walk.

Seaspray

On the famous 90 Mile Beach, the unspoilt town of Seaspray invites you to try many water based activities including surfing, swimming and surf fishing. For those who seek a gentler option away from the breakers, Merrimans Creek offers a tranquil swimming and fishing option. In addition, there are walks, tennis, picnic and playground facilities. Learn Seaspray’s remarkable history on boards located around town. Captivating chainsaw sculptures greet you at the entrance to town and Memorial Park.    

At the heart of the community is the new Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club with breathtaking views across the town and the 90 Mile Beach.

Maffra

Settled in the 1860s, Maffra is a picturesque town with plenty of history in its tree-lined streets. The Maffra Visitor Information Centre located in the historic Courthouse holds a unique collection of minerals and gemstones. Car enthusiasts will be thrilled by the antique car collection housed at the Maffra Motor Museum. Learn about Maffra’s settlement and agricultural history at the Sugar Beet Museum.

The township services the surrounding dairy-rich landscape, as part of the Macalister Irrigation District. Some of Victoria’s finest produce is grown on agricultural land surrounding Maffra; including cheeses, horticultural produce and local wineries producing award winning Shiraz and Pinot Gris.

Baw Baw

Just over an hour’s drive east of Melbourne, Baw Baw is made up of three distinct areas offering a wide range of activities and accommodation to suit any taste or budget.

Glengarry

Glengarry township is situated in Latrobe City about 10km north of Traralgon. With a population of around of 700 and established in 1883, Glengarry is a lovely place to stop on your way along the Gippsland Plains (C105) scenic drive or the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, which extends 63km from Traralgon to Stratford in Central Gippsland. It passes through rich dairy country and offers scenic views across the Gippsland Plains and Great Dividing Range to the north.

South Gippsland

Prom Country—South Gippsland is located a leisurely two-hour drive from Melbourne. The region is renowned for its spectacular scenery, unspoilt beaches, towering forests and farm fresh produce. A nature-lover’s paradise, Prom Country is home to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Rich in Gold Rush history and nestled around Stockyard Creek, Foster’s town centre is only a short walk from the Great Victorian Bike Ride camp site.

Wellington Shire

Located just over two hours east of Mel­bourne, Welling­ton Shire in the heart of Gipp­s­land is the third largest munic­i­pal­ity in Vic­to­ria. With an area of over 11000 square kilo­me­tres, Welling­ton Shire hosts some of Victoria’s great­est nat­ural beauty along­side a boom­ing indus­trial and agri­cul­tural indus­try.

Bairsndale

Bairnsdale located in East Gippsland is set on the banks of the Mitchell River and close to lakes, rivers, mountains and forests. There is so much to do and year-round enjoyment with MTB trail, Rail Trail, Lakes and Rivers activities, retail therapy, local food and wine, spas and beauty, culture –  people love living and visiting here @loveeastgippsland

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