Join our volunteering adventure as we travel from Rainbow to Great Western on the 2021 Great Vic!
27 November – 5 December 2021
Volunteer at the Great Vic Bike Ride
The 2021 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: Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December 2021
“No matter what your age you’ll walk away from the Great Vic with heaps of new friends,
new skills and memories 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?
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:
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
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 26 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 27 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.
What to bring
Here’s our basic guide to packing your bags 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.LEARN MORE
Here are the answers to your most common questions.
If your question isn’t in the list, please email us for more information.
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:
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.
Volunteers will travel in either our volunteer bus or in an event vehicle. Your luggage will generally travel with you in the same vehicle.
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:
Please ensure you select your meal preference when you register.
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.
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.
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.
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