BLUE TOUR - 4 DAYS
Our Blue Tour includes the first 2 days of the Green Tour but continues onto the seaside town of Queenscliff. Leaving Queenscliff we take a ferry ride across Port Phillip Bay arriving in Sorrento. The last 90km of our ride around Port Phillip Bay hugs the coastline for most of the way to Melbourne.
If your idea of a Great Ocean Road Tour by bike includes the magnificent 12 Apostle’s and Loch Ard Gorge check out our Red and Black Tour rides.
For our vehicle supported rides we can include a full itinerary for non-riders plus we offer the option of short car shuttles for riders on some sections of the road that may be less desirable to ride.
Stage 1. Colac – Apollo Bay
Your tour starts by catching the V-line train from Southern Cross station in Melbourne through Geelong and on to the small country town of Colac. There is also the option of taking a bus from your hotel for vehicle-supported rides. You will need to pre-book a seat for you and a space for your bike in case the train is full, otherwise they may not be able to accommodate you.
Rail Cost: Approx. $20-30AUD
Time: Just a bit over 2 hours
How to book your ticket: https://www.vline.com.au/Plan-trip-buy-tickets
After you arrive at Colac station and collect your bike you may like a snack before you start riding. You will have other opportunities for food in the towns of Gellibrand (28km mark) and Ferguson (40km mark).
Today’s ride starts with a relatively flat ride through farmland before we climb to Ferguson (40km in) situated on top of the Otway Ranges. From Ferguson, we ride through rolling hills along the ridge road through the pristine rainforest on a little seasonal road called “Turton’s Track” reaching the 60km mark before rolling down to Skenes Creek enjoying magnificent coastal views before a short ride into Apollo Bay. A fairly challenging day if you consider the travel time from Melbourne, so it’s best to start early.
The option for non-riding participants (designed for vehicle-supported rides): Today we visit small villages where you can sample and purchase local produce and conserves, but the main attraction is a visit to one of the 2 Trees Top Adventure Parks in the Otway rainforest. There are various different activities for all ages and abilities.
Stage 2 Apollo Bay - Anglesea
Today we enjoy the most spectacular coastal scenery as we ride along the rugged coastline that has made the Great Ocean Road Famous. You will have time to regularly stop for refreshments at coastal towns along the route and to take photos as you get to fully appreciate the stunning scenery and learn the history not only of the construction of the road after WW11, but the ill-fated journey of some of the 200+ shipwrecks along the coast during the settlement of Australia. Traffic is generally slow as drivers appreciate the stunning views along the winding Great Ocean Road, and most of the road has a wide shoulder for cycling safely. Please excuse the occasional idiot who wants to test the maximum speed of his motorbike though!
There are no major climbs today but don’t be fooled, all the small rolling hills add up. This section of the road is best travelled on weekdays as the weekends can be busy with a significant number of tourists generally travelling after 10 am.
The option for non-riding participants (designed for vehicle-supported rides):
We make time for Beach play, exploring coastal villages and the unique Anglesea Kangaroo Tour. On arrival at Anglesea there are ample places to play in the warmer water of the shallows of the inlet or partake in various activities with boat hire companies before we take the opportunity to visit the local golf course - not for the fairways, but to get up close to the 200+ Kangaroo population that live within the grounds.
Anglesea Kangaroo experience:
Stage 3 Anglesea - Sorrento
After a challenging climb out of Anglesea en-route to Torquay, you have an option to bypass the highway to visit Bells Beach. We don’t include a visit to Bells as a standard inclusion in our itinerary as the roads to access Bells Beach is narrow and hilly. During our Australian Autumn, Bells Beach is home to the international surf fraternity with a perfect surf break and huge waves, but most of the time it is an anti-climax and is also nothing like the movie ‘Point Break’!
Today we pass through Torquay, Australia’s Surf Capital, home to famous global surf brand’s including Ripcurl, Piping Hot, Quicksilver and Billabong. They all started here and there are several factory outlets in case you want to do a little souvenir shopping.
After leaving Torquay we have a mostly flat ride all the way home. We follow the coast to Barwon Heads for morning tea/lunch and then onto the beautiful port village of Queenscliff located at the narrow entry to Port Phillip Bay. With only 1.8km between the heads, Port Phillip covers 1930 square kilometres. Queenscliff is a great place to stop for a snack explore. The town has a great feel and loads of history. You can stay here the night if you prefer or advance the 45 minute trip across the heads by ferry to Sorrento the holiday destination for wealthy Melbourne weekenders. Famous for its Vanilla Slices, the Sorrento Bakery is definitely worth a visit! Fine dining or fish and chips with local wines on the beach before we prepare for the ride back to Melbourne.
Bellarine Peninsular Railway
Queenscliff – Sorrento Ferry
There is no need to book
Cost is about $8
A ferry leaves every 30 mins
Stage 4 and 5 Sorrento – Melbourne
Today you complete stages 4 and 5. The first 50 km runs along the coast to Frankston as we edge our way closer to Melbourne. Stage 5 From Frankston, you have the option of catching the train or if you still have the legs, the flat 50 km flat ride onto Melbourne is well worth it.
The ride back to Melbourne along Beach Road is a very popular bike route and part of the famous ‘Round the Bay in a Day’ event hugging the coastline most of the way with regular views of Port Phillip Bay.
There is a bike lane most of the way and although as you ride into suburbia, there will be much more traffic, however, given the number of cyclists who frequents Beach Road, it tends to be very safe as everybody is well accustomed to cyclists on these roads.
Non-riding options: After your stay in Sorrento, there is a great walk out to Point Nepean. Protected from development, the area remains pristine and is a great spot for a nature walk or photography, the rugged ocean beach with its rock pools and sandstone cliffs is a highlight. The Mornington Peninsula is also famous for shopping, wine and food, with beautiful beaches and aqua blue water, you can understand why Melburnians head down to the Peninsula on weekends to escape the city. Depending on your interests, the Arthurs seat chairlift and Ashcombe Maze for family fun are great to visit.