|Victorian Coast Cycle
Australia 8 days ex Melbourne
Hop on your bikes and enjoy spectacular coastal views and native animals on this unique itinerary. Australia is an isolated continent in the
southern hemisphere and the state of Victoria has everything from beautiful coastline to rainforests, mountains, and desert. On this trip we
ride along the spectacular coastline, where ocean swells from the South Pole hit against the cliffs of the coast and carve the rock into
amazing shapes such as the 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park. In the inland Grampians National Park we see some of the many
animals and plants that are unique to Australia and learn more about the original inhabitants, the Aborigines, who have lived here for
thousands of years. We also visit one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches as well as visit a well known winery for some wine
tasting before heading inland and meeting some of the Aussie characters who call the rural areas home. Every day is full of new adventures!
All profits go toward drought relief efforts in the rural areas visited.
There is also a women only version of this tour. See here for details or here for more trips in our women only range.
|Day 1 Melbourne - Queenscliff
Arrive in Melbourne and join your group. The leader will answer any questions you have and you have a chance
to get to know the other members of the group as we transfer to Queenscliff, a quaint seaside town located on
the Bellarine Peninsula. On arrival in town we go on a town ride (20km) to warm up our legs and play a game of
cricket on the beach before dinner.
Day 2 Torquay
Riding along the coast (50km) we make our way to Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia. Optional activities
for the afternoon include a surf lesson, surf kayaking or relaxing and having a picnic in the shade of the Norfolk
pine trees that are commonly found in the area.
Day 3 Wye River
Nearby Bell's beach is home to the annual Rip Curl Pro surfing competition which attracts competitors from all
over the world. We stay out of the dangerous waters but head up to a viewpoint for a look at experienced surfers
riding the break. Continuing our cycle (70km) we get to Lorne for lunch then say hello to some wild Koalas in
Kennett River. We spend tonight in a beach house, falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing nearby.
Day 4 Johanna
Today we take a walk through the rainforests of the Otway National Park where ancient rainforests fringe the
rugged coast. Back on the bikes we cycle to Johanna (60km), taking a break at Apollo Bay's beach. Tonight we
stay in an old farmhouse with a population of resident kangaroos. Optional horse ride on the beach.
Day 5 Halls Gap
The highlight of any trip along the Great Ocean Road is a visit to Port Campbell National Park. Home to the
most famous of natural attractions in this area - the 12 Apostles - as well as other lesser known treasures
such as Lochard Gorge. Swells crashing against the soaring sandstone cliffs come all the way from the south
pole. From here we transfer to the Grampians National Park via a winery for a BBQ and some wine tasting. The
world's fourth largest wine exporter Australia produces some truely world class wines and this area is one of
the best grape growing regions in the country.
Day 6 Hall's Gap
Waking to say good morning to the resident kangaroos in the area we do a warm up mountain biking course
the ride a 70km loop through the Grampians National Park. Visiting MacKenzie Falls and Reids Lookout we
also learn more about the traditional inhabitants of the area, the Aborigines and learn to throw a boomerang.
Optional activities include a night walk, watching some Australian movies, rock climbing, kayaking or hiking.
Day 7 Murtoa
Our final day of cycling (85km) takes us to Murtoa, a lovely rural town in a wheat growing area. We stop in and
have a BBQ lunch with some of the locals, catch yabbys (freshwater crayfish), play cricket and try out a game of
Aussie football. We spend the night at the local pub and enjoy the local hospitality.
Day 8 Melbourne
Saying good bye to rural Victoria we transfer to Melbourne for a city ride, final night dinner and a slide show.
Great Ocean Road, Bell's
Beach, Beach cricket,
Winery visit and tasting,
Grampians National Park,
Aussie BBQ, Aussie
locals. Melbourne city ride.
AU$1,490 per person
min 4, max 12
7 nights accommodation
All transport and support
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1
All water and snack food
Cycling Leader and
Bike tools and spare parts
MTB hire for short
1. Some accommodation
is same sex multi-share
2. Some accommodation
has shared bathroom