meeting day at bendigo
Today you will meet your tour guide and your fellow travelers. Your guide will talk you through your tour including Victoria’s attractions and what you can expect to see in the next few days. They will also help you unpack your bike or fit you to the rental bike should you not bring your own. Tonight, you will stay in the mining town of Bendigo in the Goldfields region. Bendigo is filled with Victorian heritage buildings and architecture and also boasts fine wines and art.
One Nights Accommodation: Shamrock Hotel, Bendigo
bendigo to moonambel
A long but an easy ride today as we travel though ironbark gum lined rural roads with several old very attractive gold mining town for refreshment on route. We will cycle mostly on flat roads today. Should you not wish to cycle today, there is also the option of a morning tour of the local gold mine and then hop on the van on a drive to Daylesford (renowned for its spas and delicious cafes). Continuing on to Warrenmang, spend some extra time in this small town (a minimum of 6 people required). (Distance: 100 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Warrenmang Vineyard Resort, Moonambel
moonambel to halls gap
Enjoy Victoria’s pleasant rural countryside to Stawell. We then continue on a wooded flat road with ever nearing views of the Grampians. The road today is slightly undulating with no major climbs. Your final destination for today is Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians. Enjoy the stunning views of the mountain ranges along one of the many bush walks, or take a break and relax at tonight's accommodation. (Distance: 61 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Country Plaza Halls Gap
halls gap to dunkeld
This morning we take a walk in the Grampians and visit the Brambuck Aboriginal Centre. The Grampians are a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running north to south with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. Witness the stunning panoramic views from the lookouts, as well as a number of impressive waterfalls. The Grampians tourist road climbs then descends along the Wannon River valley giving spectacular views of the Serra and Mt William ranges and Mt Abrupt. An optional detour via Victoria Valley is also available (17km). (Distance: 64 km)
Today we will ride on wooded, undulating paths with only two moderate climbs!
One Nights Accommodation: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
dunkeld to port fairy
This morning wake up in Dunkeld and marvel at Mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt. After breakfast, we cycle through wide open countryside on very quiet back roads through sheep and cattle country to the seaside town of Port Fairy. Stay in Port Fairy for 2 nights and enjoy a change from the dense National Park as you relax on the coast. (Distance: 98 km)
Two Nights Accommodation: Seacombe House, Port Fairy
rest day in port fairy
Spend the day at your own pace. You will have time to relax or enjoy many of the activities this seaside town has to offer. Discover this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Many fine examples of the architecture of the 1800s remain intact, and more than 50 buildings are classified by the National Trust.
Go for a walk around Griffiths Island or pay a visit to Cape Bridgewater and the Seal Colony (additional cost).
Warnambool to Port Campbell
Today we will cycle on the very scenic Great Ocean Road! The day starts with a magnificent ride on a coastal bike path across the dunes, and finishes with a stunning cliff top ride into Port Campbell. Admire spectacular coastline scenery including Port Campbell National Park. Along the way we will take a quiet back road to Childers Cove Bay. We will be riding an easy flat track today (slightly undulating). We will stay at Port Campbell, home to restaurants and cafés with views of the beach, bakeries selling homemade goodies and vibrant shops and galleries to explore.
One Nights Accommodation: Parkview Motel, Port Campbell
port campbell to apollo bay
A slightly more challenging ride awaits you today, starting in Port Campbell. You will be rewarded by stunning coastal vistas. We will travel through a wide variety of scenery ranging from majestic coastal rock formations to the rain forest of the Otway National Parks ranges featuring tall trees, ancient plant life and lush ferns. Witness the rugged splendor of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. (Distance: 98 km)
One Nights Accommodation: Seaview Apartments, Apollo Bay
apollo bay to anglesea
Your destination today is the charming town of Anglesea. It is home to surfing and swimming beaches surrounded by beautiful forest and coastal scenery, the epitome of an ocean road. Magnificent coastal riding with small and medium rises over bluffs. From Anglesea we will drive up to Melbourne.
One Nights Accommodation: Punthill South Yarra Grand Apartments
Your Victorian Goldfields tour ends in Melbourne. Explore the Botanical Gardens, discover the laneways or shop till you drop in this busy city. Melbourne is great for entertainment and nightlife or alternatively take a day trip to meet the penguins of Phillip Island. If you are leaving in the morning your guide will be happy to drive you to the airport.