GREAT OCEAN ROAD BIKE TOUR
One of the world’s most famous coastal drives, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road offers magnificent views of the rugged shipwreck coastline, white sandy surf beaches and dense pockets of rainforest passing through charming coastal towns along the way.
The area is populated by koalas and kangaroos and represents one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by bicycle with our guided tour and vehicle support, however, you can also hire a bicycle and ride your own 3-6 day tour.
Our itineraries outline the distance and difficulty of each stage plus we offer a shuttle service on some of the less desirable stages (available on the vehicle supported tours).
We have marked each day with suggested activities for non-riding participants, or in case you ride fast enough to want to fill in some time taking in the sights, or take advantage of the support car shuttle. Note - Cycle touring may be too demanding to include some activities depending on your chosen tour.
Finishing each day with fine dining, local wines and coastal sunsets, these tours offer all the very best of what this beautiful area has to offer. If you want to do it all you can add additional days at your chosen town and really take in the coastal experience.
CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
bikeNOW have a range or Alloy/Carbon road bikes, touring bikes and mountain bikes for sale and hire. We provide popular pedals, GPS units with loaded maps and routes, we can fit pannier bags for touring, locks and a recovery kit or we can provide staff and full support with groups from 2 to 20 people in case you like to travel light (price on request).
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GUIDES AND SUPPORT
Although these pages are designed to help you enjoy a self-guided tour, we provide first class tour support with experienced friendly guides and luxurious vehicles.
With guided support, we can make sure you do not miss the best tourist experiences for riders and/or non-riders, with full vehicle support and assistance every step of the way we make.
Although all of these tours include riding virtually all of the way, there are sections of road we feel could be skipped, for example, the ride out of Anglesea to Barwon Heads is inland highway including a considerable hill. Our guided service helps make sure your holiday is a success. Available for groups from 2 to 20 people bikeNOW is available to help you plan and enjoy your time touring in Australia.
BikeNOW offer downloadable printable maps and/or google earth, GPX files free of charge to bikeNOW customers that you can open with your smart phone or device. When renting a bike you can select to add a cycle GPS that will give you turn by turn instructions by using the map code for each day. Although there are many ways to share and use nav files, here are a few suggestions;
KML- Google Earth files will open if you install google earth app on your mart phone
GPX- can be imported into your Strava account which you can then navigate with
GPS- unit available for hire with all maps loaded
PDF files and maps can be opened from our website and stored off line on your smartphone
Our guided tours come with ride booklet and profiles however there are some tricky navigation choices and highlights that were too difficult to put in the mapping, When you tour with us, we make sure we adapt the tour to satisfy your interests and ensure you get the most out of your cycling holiday.
WHERE TO START
All tours depart from Melbourne. It is advisable to reserve at least a day to have a look around this great city, visit bikeNOW to get your bike sorted and perhaps a little tour around Melbourne. The tours start by heading south east by car (guided) or rural train to your chosen start location from Geelong, Colac, Campbelltown or Warrnambool.
IDEAL TOUR DATES
It is ideal to travel during summer to perhaps enjoy the beach and the summer temperatures. The small coastal towns are especially popular amongst Australians during holidays and weekends particularly over the Christmas - New Year period and over Easter.
It is ideal to plan your trip on weekdays to take advantage of the quieter roads and atmosphere in the towns along the route. If you do not like the heat or swimming, an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun. Victoria also enjoys longer days in summer with daylight saving 7 October – 7 April.
BEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES ALONG THE ROUTE
The crashing waves of the Southern Ocean are a paradise for surfers who flock in there thousands during the summer months. Seaside towns such as Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Lorne, and Torquay (the undisputed capital of Australia’s surfing scene) offer whale watching and maritime history, while the monolithic rock columns of the Twelve Apostles are an iconic sight recognised around the world.
For nature lovers, the rugged coastline of Port Campbell National Park, and the waterfalls and ancient forests of the Great Otway National Park offer opportunities to see native Fauna including a kangaroo tour, you may also spot native wallabies, fairy penguins, dolphins, but hopefully no tiger snakes! Snorkelers and scuba divers can also experience the underwater wonderland of marine life at Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, an excellent place to swim beneath the rocks that rise majestically above corals and kelp forests.
The self-guided tours are free. This site is provided for you so you can get the most out of your visit to the area and to ensure you don’t out miss anything. To hire bikes and equipment or to have an experienced qualified guides and vehicle support from 2 - 20 people, please visit our website.
The trains are not regular and if taking a bike you will need to book to Geelong, Colac, Campbeltown and Warrnambool.
There are only a 2 ferries most days and you need to reserve a place.
(not required for supported rides)
Trains are metro and leave every 5 min or so and you do not need to book.
Otway Trees Adventures
Queenscliff – Sorrento Ferry leaves every 30 mins. There is no need to book
Cost is about $8.
Port Campbell Heli tours 12 Apostils
Loch Ard Gorge
Anglesea Kangaroo experience