Volunteer

Great Vic Bike Ride

Join our volunteering adventure as we travel from Rainbow to Great Western on the 2020 Great Vic!

28 November – 6 December 2019

Volunteer at the Great Vic Bike Ride

The 2020 Great Vic offers the unique opportunity to join a nine-day volunteering adventure from Robe on the Limestone Coast in South Australia to Torquay on the Great Ocean Road.

The 2020 Great Vic offers the unique opportunity to join a nine-day volunteering adventure from Rainbow to Great Western, past the art silos and through the Grampians National Park.

To help make it easy, we provide all our volunteers with free transport, meals and accommodation.

Each day we travel to a new town, set up camp and help out up to 3,000 riders.

There are great places to see and things to do everywhere we go – it’s a fantastic way to experience some beautiful parts of Victoria.

When: Friday 28 November – Sunday 6 December 2019
volunteer guide

“No matter what your age you’ll walk away from the Great Vic with heaps of new friends,
new skils and memorines that will last a life time.”

Choose your role

There are so many ways you can help on the Great Vic – at the campsite, on the route or with logistics. Pick a fun role and join the volunteer community for 9 days of camping and camaraderie.

Check out our position descriptions below, or use our handy flow chart to help you decide on your Great Vic adventure.

Register now

Found a role you like?

Step 1

Log in to our volunteer portal. If this is your first time, you’ll need to create a profile.

Step 2

Once logged in to the portal, select Great Victorian Bike Ride under upcoming events.

Step 3

Select your role based on the position descriptions above and follow the prompts to register.

Working with Children Check

At Bicycle Network, children are vital and active participants in our organization, so we’re proud to have developed a Child Safe culture that promotes the wellbeing and safety of children. To support our Child Safe Policy, we require all team members on the Great Vic to have a valid Working with Children Check.

The State Government Victoria Working with Children Check website provides extensive information, including:

  • How to apply for a check
  • Information about who is exempt from the check
  • How to renew your check
  • Working with Children Checks are free of charge for volunteers.

    You will be required to provide us with a copy of your Working with Children Check prior to volunteering.

    APPLY HERE

    Volunteer info

    Getting there

    The best way to get to the Great Vic is to take one of our coach services, which are free of charge for volunteers.

    We will be running a volunteer-only bus service on Friday 27 November from Melbourne which we strongly suggest you take if you are able to. Otherwise, you will be able to take the rider buses on Saturday 28 November, which also run from regional locations.

    If you would prefer to drive, our long-term car parks are conveniently located so you can access your car as soon as the event is over.

    Please ensure you select your transport option during your application. You will be able to edit your transport option up until November 1.

    Transport
    Transport

    Transport for you and your luggage from a range of metro and regional centres.

    Learn more

    Campsite facilities

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    The Hub

    Your one-stop info centre located at the campsite. Our team can tell you what’s happening in town or at the campsite. Essential services such as lost property are also found here.

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    The big tent

    The big tent is the heart of any Great Vic campsite and a great meeting point. It’s where you’ll dine each morning and night and is also home to the main bar and entertainment stage.

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    Tea & coffee

    Our free tea, coffee and milo station is the perfect antidote to a chilly morning or evening on the Great Vic. Head to the station to grab a cuppa and have a chat.

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    Food and drinks

    Feeling peckish? Visit the food trucks on main street and grab yourself a barista made coffee, snack, cold drink, ice-cream or even some popcorn. Dinner is provided in the big tent each night.

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    Toilets

    Multiple toilet trucks and cubicles are located around camp sites.

    Great Vic Bike Ride - shower facilities
    Showers

    Showers are located in the general camping area. They’re open from 12:00pm to 8.30pm on ride days and from 7:00am to 8.30pm on rest days.

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    Device charging

    Phone charging is free for volunteers and can be found at the volunteer support area.

     

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    First aid

    The medical clinic is open each afternoon and morning with doctors, nurses and first aid support available. For 24/7 help you can also call event assistance, but if it is an emergency please call 000 first.

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    Dish washing

    Dishwashing stations are provided for everyone. Please make sure you wash your plates and cutlery after every meal and use the sani-spray provided. Please bring your own reusable plates and cutlery.

    Great Vic Bike Ride - clothes washing
    Clothes washing

    Our clothes hand washing stations operate from 2:00pm to 5:00pm daily.

    Great Vic Bike Ride - water station
    Water stations

    There are free water stations located around the campsite. They can be used 24/7 and will be marked with flags and on campsite maps in the ride guide.

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    Bars

    The main bar is located in the Cafe de Canvas and is a great spot to enjoy a beverage. Spokes Bar is located at the heart of Main St and is the perfect place to relax after a long day in the saddle.

    What to bring

    Packing for the Great Vic

    Here’s our basic guide to packing your bags and bike for the Great Vic.

    In addition to your transportation to, from and throughout the event volunteers are provided with meals and use of a tent, free of charge. Just make sure you let us know you need a tent during your application.

    We’ll also provide you with a uniform including two Bicycle Network polo shirts, your choice of either a broad-brimmed hat or cap and a water bottle.

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    General camping at the Great Vic

    VolunteerFAQs

    Here are the answers to your most common questions.

    If your question isn’t in the list, please email us for more information.

    Why should I volunteer?

    Volunteers have been the heart and soul of the Great Vic ever since its beginning in 1984 – and the event simply could not go ahead without them! There are many benefits to volunteering with us.

    Here are just a few:

  • You will get to see some beautiful parts of Australia and you will have some free time to explore the towns we visit
  • All transportation, meals and use of a tent on event are free of charge for volunteers
  • We have a diverse range of volunteer roles to apply for – there is something for everyone!
  • It will give you an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  • There is plenty of entertainment for volunteers to take part in, including live music, an outdoor cinema, rest day activities, an on-event volunteer celebration and much more!
  • You’ll feel good knowing that you played an important part in helping over 3000 riders enjoy an iconic event!
  • Where will we be camping?

    Campsites are typically located on recreation reserves including ovals and surrounding parkland. Campsites are regularly maintained by the local councils as they are used throughout the year by the local communities. Please respect the campsites so we can leave them as we found them.

    2020 campsites:

  • Fri 27 Nov – Rainbow
  • Sat 28 Nov – Rainbow
  • Sun 29 Nov – Brim
  • Mon 30 Nov – Horsham
  • Tue 1 Dec – Horsham
  • Wed 2 Dec – Halls Gap
  • Thu 3 Dec – Halls Gap
  • Fri 4 Dec – Dunkeld
  • Sat 5 Dec – Pomonal
  • How do I get from campsite to campsite each day?

    Volunteers will travel in either our volunteer bus or in an event vehicle. Your luggage will generally travel with you in the same vehicle.

    What will I be eating each day?

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided free of charge for volunteers on each day of the Great Vic (except breakfast and lunch on your arrival day and lunch on the final day).

    On this year’s Great Vic, there are six meal options to choose from:

  • Standard
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Gluten-free vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free vegan
  • Please ensure you select your meal preference when you register. 

    What is provided at each campsite?

    There’s really no campsite like a Great Vic campsite – it’s a pop-up town with everything you need. Learn more about life on event.

    Will I get any free time?

    Most volunteers will be working around 6-8 hours each day, depending on your role. The rest of your day can be spent doing whatever is most enjoyable for you. Whether it’s exploring the local towns, joining in the entertainment and activities, enjoying a drink in the bar or simply relaxing!

    You will also have a rest day where you will have no volunteer hours – the perfect time to do some exploring and join in the fun activities that we have planned! For most volunteers this will be day 6 while we are at Halls Gap (the same day as the riders), but this will be confirmed by your Team Leader on event.

    Can I ride the event and volunteer in my spare time?

    Absolutely – and to repay you for your volunteer time we will give you up to a 30% refund on your entry price. But be quick, there are a limited number of riding volunteer positions available. For more information click here.

    Will I be required to participate in any training prior to the event?

    We will be running two information sessions prior to the event to help you prepare for your time on the Great Vic. These sessions will predominately cover general information about the event, rather than role specific information. They are not mandatory, but if this is your first time volunteering it would be worthwhile to attend one of them.

    Role-specific training will usually take place during the first day of the event, unless otherwise instructed by your team leader.

    Information session details are TBC

    Found a role you like? Join the team!

    Register now