Great Ocean Road & Great Alpine Road

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Great Ocean Road & Great Alpine Road

Includes 'Around the Bay' event

Sunday 01 October, 2017 to Sunday 08 October, 2017

TWO ‘GREATS’ IN ONE WEEK

AllTrails is proud to be working once again with Bicycle Network to provide the 4-day Great Ocean Road Cycle Tour – a wonderful extension ride to the famous ‘Around the Bay’ ride – however this year we are doing something a little different…

We are combining this spectacular Great Ocean Road 4-day coastal ride with one the best 4-day high country rides you’ll ever come across as we wind our way down the Great Alpine Road through Bright, Hotham, Dinner Plain and Omeo down towards the Gippsland coast. Two of the ‘greats’ (by name and by nature) in just one week.

In between is a night in Melbourne to catch your breath and maybe even explore some of the delights of the great city.

These two locations are truly outstanding. On the ‘Road Cycling’ page of the Visit Victoria website, the opening paragraph begins… “Experience the splendour of regional Victoria on your trusty two-wheeler. Throw on your helmet and don the lycra, if that’s your thing, and visit the state’s greatest destinations, from the Great Ocean Road to the High Country.”

Greatest destinations indeed. And to experience them both with AllTrails Bicycle Tours, the best of the best when it comes to multi-day cycle touring in Australia – it’s a recipe for an experience that you will never forget. Only time for one leg? That’s fine – ride one or ride them both.

This is cycling without the logistics headaches – we organise everything that you will need for the duration of the tours including accommodation, food, safety and support vehicles, bike mechanical support, luggage transfer, great camaraderie and much more. You can pedal away each morning knowing that you are being looked after by the best tour company in the business, your luggage will be taken care of, food will be ready at the next stop, and all you need to do is decide which way to look to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent part of the world.

BONUS: come a day or two earlier to experience Melbourne at AFL Grand Final time (see ‘Highlights’ or ‘Day to Day’ tabs for more info).

GROUP DISCOUNT: Save 5% (over $180 each) for 3 or more cyclists.

Why AllTrails?

Experts:

No short-cuts! Our extensive preparation and organisation creates the best tours for our clients.

Service:

Our owners are usually on tour with you. AllTrails is renowned for good old fashioned service.

Quality:

From great accom & meals, to the quality ingredients in our famous home-made muffins and biscuits.

Support:

Our support vehicle is never far away if you need a pick-up or mechanical assistance. Our crew are the best.

Camaraderie:

AllTrails cyclists are famous for fun, positivity and support. We are proud of the AllTrails community

The tour at a glance:

Date :

1-4 & 5-8 Oct 2017

Duration :

8 days, 7 nights.
(or 4 days, 3 nights)

Distance :

729 or 768 km total

Ave. Daily :

91 or 96 km day

Bike Type :

Road or hybrid bike

Terrain :

Bitumen roads. Mountainous climbs and undulating coastal roads.

Group Size :

10-20

Accom  :

Good quality cyclist-friendly accom

Meals  :

6 bfast, 8 lunch, 5 dinners
Morning tea & snacks on the ride

Difficulty Grading :

7.5/10

Price :

$3880 pp twin share (8 days)
4 days from $1885 pp

Deposit :

$ 400

Highlights

  • Ride the Great Ocean & Alpine Roads with full support vehicles
  • Experience Bright, Victoria’s premier cycling destination
  • See the ‘Twelve Apostles’ Marine National Park on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Take on the climbs & descents of the Alpine National Park and High Country
  • Overnights at Port Campbell, Apollo Bay and Queenscliff
  • Overnights at Bright, Omeo and Bairnsdale
  • Views of pristine sandy white beaches at the base of steep rocky cliffs
  • Scenes of towering mountains, deep valleys and dense forest
  • Cycle past wild ocean surf and through relaxed seaside townships
  • Ride over mountain passes and breathe the crisp high country air
  • Enjoy a night in vibrant Melbourne city between the G.A.R. and the G.O.R.
  • Be a part of one of Australia’s premier cycling events ‘Around the Bay’
  • BONUS: come a day or two earlier to experience Melbourne at AFL Grand Final time
Part 1: Great Alpine Road

Victoria’s North East is road-riding paradise. Breathtaking scenery, quiet country roads, alpine ascents and happy-to-help locals – this part of the world is THE ideal holiday destination for avid road cyclists.

On this tour we have a relatively flat first day cycling along the Great Alpine Road as it winds its way through the valley with plantations on the left and Mt Buffalo Nat. Park on the right, before our overnight in Bright. This town is cycle-mad. If you have never been to Bright, it is an experience in itself, and even better as part of a cycling tour.

Day two starts with a gentle uphill to Harrietville before a 30km climb up to Mt Hotham. This is a big day of climbing but our support vehicle is there to pick up cyclists who need some assistance getting up the hills, or even to transport cyclists who want to skip most or all of this day. It is still a beautiful place to be – even in a support vehicle. Hotham is the highest point of the ride and the rest of the day takes you downhill to our overnight stop in Omeo, followed by Day three, making your way down towards the coast as the Great Alpine Road snakes its way through the valleys to our next overnight at Bairnsdale.

Day four takes you between conservation reserves and the famous Gippsland Lakes Region to Stratford where you jump on the train to the big smoke of Melbourne where you can either leave the tour or enjoy a relaxing evening ready for the train to Warrnambool tomorrow.

Part 2: Great Ocean Road

This magnificent jaunt along the best of the Great Ocean Road starts with a train ride to Warrnambool and finishes as part of the exciting ‘Around the Bay’ Bike Ride in Melbourne. In between is the bike ride that you have always wanted to do, and that you will remember forever.

We will guide you along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road for three days, winding past The Twelve Apostles (or is it eight now?) and around popular beach resort towns that are the home of the surfing revolution. The pounding surf against limestone cliffs is the perfect backdrop for some power pedalling, climbing hills and descending through thick forest from Warrnambool to Port Campbell, to Apollo Bay to Queenscliff.

After our last overnight stop at Queenscliff you will take the ferry across the bay to Sorrento to join the thousands of cyclists in one of Australia’s premier cycling events ‘Around the Bay’. The final 100km leg will see you ride proudly in through the finish arch at Alexandra Gardens to the festive atmosphere at the finish line that this famous ride generates.

Bonus: Melbourne on Grand Final Day

What a time to be in Melbourne! The day before our Alpine ride is the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne will be abuzz with activity, excitement and fun – even if your team is not playing in the game. In fact even if you don’t even have a team! Come a day or two early to experience the AFL festival events at Federation Square, the FREE Live Site located at Yarra Park outside the MCG (usually from Wednesday), The Grand Final Parade (on Friday), or go along to the MCG to watch the game outside on the big screen and then go in for free to the post-match celebration when the MCG gates are open to the public from 6pm. Not interested in the footy? Flying in to Melbourne in the afternoon on game day should see some cheaper airfares! Let us know if you have any questions about the days before the ride and how we can help you with your time in Melbourne.

AllTrails Great Ocean Rode Luxury Bike Tour

What has been said about our previous GOR tours:

Absolutely fantastic, brilliantly organized & supported four day tour. I just cannot express the personal satisfaction, joy, and sheer pleasure in being able to do that ride. All of it made possible by the marvelous support, planning, care & good old fashion ‘Aussie’ attitude of the ALLTRAILS CREW and the easily made friendship, comradeship of the entire cycle group. I have never before met such a marvelous group of people. Thanks for my memories that will last a life time & also just in case I do have a “Seniors” moment the many fantastic photographs supplied by Alltrails at the end. John A (NSW)

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. A personal Best for me – 400km in 4 days! Such magnificent riding, along with some wicked weather! It was a delight to think that all I had to do with my day, was hope on my bike and ride, with complete confidence that the support – both front and rear – was always there. I feel your generosity of time and spirit was much appreciated; and are to be recommended highly. Would love to join you on another ride soon. Gabby (VIC) 

Please pass on my thanks to Susan, Rachel, Phil and Ben for a fantastic tour. The personalized, professional and ‘no fuss’ attention to detail approach by the All Trails Team made a great trip into a fantastic trip. I’ll be back for more next year. I have been wearing my [AllTrails] Jersey while being out and about and also in the Gong ride just over a week ago, love the hi-vis colours. Every time I wear it someone asks me ‘which ride did you do’…..’how are Susan and Phil’…..so it’s also a highly recognized jersey. See you on the Road. Rod (NSW)

Kiwis abroad Dad and I would like to thank Susan, Phil, Ben and Midge for a wonderful ride. We decided to head over to Aussie for a change of scenery. We took our own bikes with us which was very easy and hassle free. We couldn’t fault the food, accommodation or help we received along the way. So any kiwis wanting to head over you will have a great time. The great ocean road is a great ride. Thank you AllTrails Lex and Peter (NZ)

I was very pleased with the standard of accommodation and foods on offer. The support you gave was exceptional. Really, what more could I have asked you do do. The cheerful banter and the challenges of rides, winds in the face, some hard climbs were there on the days, but the best feature was the group’s friendliness with an effort to be at the stops on time. David (NSW)

Just a short note to say a Big Thank You to all for the wonderful Great Ocean Rode ride; the care and attention to details and logistics put into it are all appreciated. After 15 years in this business, you must have thought out just about every possible eventuality, but it is great that everything went well without a hitch.Once again, many thanks, and wishing you all best for the future. Hoe Yoon C (Malaysia)

I have meant to write to you since finishing the Great Ocean Rode to tell you what a fabulous experience it was. The support, the location, the food! the people – all the people – participants and organisers! Makes me want to do more rides!Mel E (ACT)

Thanks Susan, Phil and Ben for a really enjoyable trip. Great food, accommodation, and support during the trip. My cycling improves each trip with Alltrails and I always have a good time. Jean (NSW)

Hi Midge, Phil, Susan and Ben, Thank you so much for another fantastic bike ride!  It’s great to just ride and know everything will be wonderfully organised, safe and fun.  I’m looking forward to the Great Vic in only a few week’s time and all the European riding with you next year. Thank you once again for everything. Mary-Anne C, (VIC)

Dear Phil and Susan, Thank you for all your efforts to make the 2012 Great Ocean Rode so rewarding. Challenging? Undoubtedly. Enjoyable? Immensely so. To you and your team, Thank you. Geoff F (VIC)

To all the team at Alltrails, my sincere thanks for making my first cycling tour with you such a wonderful enjoyable fantastic event, it certainly exceeded my best hopes and has fuelled my appetite for more. Well Done. Best Wishes Colin N (VIC)

 

Day to Day

Imagine waking up in the early daylight and looking around a comfortable motel room and wondering where you are. Is it on the doorstep of one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in Australia, or is it one of the most world renowned coastal destinations? Either way, you want to get up and start another day in the AllTrails cycle tour taking in two of the most stunning roads you’ll ever experience – the Great Alpine Road and the Great Ocean Road.

The food breaks, morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack are set times enabling all riders to plan their day and the amount of time required to enjoy the sights and attractions along the way. Lunch is a great time to relax, refuel your body and chat to your friends, be it in a famous bakery, a country pub, next to a sparkling mountain stream or down by the sea. Cyclists move off knowing the distance and terrain ahead and aiming to arrive at the overnight stop around mid afternoon.

And the cycling is just the beginning. Once you’re off your bike there’s a plethora of farm gates, village cafes, award-winning wineries and restaurants dotted along every route to tempt the taste buds and recharge for the next challenge.

Your accommodation is excellent – you check in then have a cuppa and snack and shower or soak in the bath. Explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it’s your ride, enjoy it.

A briefing for all cyclists at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day, and a run-down on the sights and special attractions to look out for the next day. Lots of laughs and stories are shared before we settle down to a good healthy meal and a few drinks. Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down in salubrious surroundings, remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow.

The camaraderie developed on a bike ride like this lasts a lifetime.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)

Melbourne PRE TOUR -- NA -- Sat 30 Sep 2017 -- - - - -

PRE TOUR: What a time to be in Melbourne. Today is the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne will be abuzz with activity, excitement and fun – even if your team is not playing in the game. In fact even if you don’t even have a team! Come a day or two early to experience the AFL festival events at Federation Square, the FREE Live Site located at Yarra Park outside the MCG (usually from Wednesday), The Grand Final Parade (on Friday), or go along to the MCG to watch the game outside on the big screen and then go in for free to the post-match celebration when the MCG gates are open to the public from 6pm. Not interested in the footy? Flying in to Melbourne in the afternoon on game day should see some cheaper airfares! Let us know if you have any questions about the days before the ride and how we can help you with your time in Melbourne.

Melbourne (train to Wangaratta) to Bright -- 78km -- Sun 1 Oct 2017 -- L D A

FIRST LEG – GREAT ALPINE ROAD: Your four day Great Alpine Road Cycle Tour starts at Southern Cross Station, 7am. We load bikes and luggage in to our vehicles and set you off on the train to Wangaratta. Arriving at approximately 10am, we all saddle up and ride a relatively flat, but very scenic 79km to Bright along the famous Great Alpine Road. Today’s ride is through a magnificent valley with picturesque mountains and forest on either side which is a great way to start the tour and find your rhythm on the bike. Tonight we have a great motel and will all enjoy an evening meal together in Bright – this famously cycle-mad town up in the Vic High Country. It’s a fun town that lives and breathes cycling – you’ll love it.

Bright to Omeo -- 110km -- Mon 2 Oct 2017 -- B L D A

We start with a gentle but steady climb up to the charming and picturesque town of Harrietville at the foot of Mt Hotham and Mt Feathertop. Here we will take in a snack and water before hitting the big climb up Mt Hotham – 1500m in 30km. Our support bus will be on hand to take those cyclists up the mountain who want to skip the climb, and will be there to pick anyone up along the way who has given it a go but is ready for a lift to the top. This climb is tough but has spectacular views out and over the surrounding National Park as you wind in and out of the trees up the mountain. Don’t worry if climbing this hill on your bike is not appealing to you – it’s a beautiful ride in the bus as well! The good news is that after you’ve reached the Mt Hotham Summit Area (great photo opportunity) you have reached the highest point of the tour (around the half way point of today’s ride) and from here you have 2 days of mostly downhill to the coast. The second half of today’s ride takes you down through the Hotham Resort area and Dinner Plain, through the flatlands after Cobungra to the Kosciusko Lookout (make sure you stop for a photo), then another final downhill into Omeo, a quaint old gold-mining town sitting amongst stunning surrounds in every direction. A group dinner tonight will allow time for many stories of this long and challenging day.

Omeo to Bairnsdale -- 120km -- Tue 3 Oct 2017 -- B L D A

The Great Alpine Road just keeps serving up spectacular scenery on either side as you snake your way towards the coast today. Tambo Valley, Swifts Creek and the Ensay Winery will all wizz past before you hug the line of the Tambo River all the way to the base of Mt Elizabeth. We go over the hill as the river winds around the long way and you will meet the river again just outside of Bruthen, famous for its Bullant Brewery. You can feel and notice the landscape and scenery change as you push through the last of the alpine forest region and into rural civilisation to Bairnsdale, a reasonably large town with plenty to explore before our group dinner tonight.

Bairnsdale to Stratford (train to Melbourne) -- 66km -- Wed 4 Oct 2017 -- B L - A

Today you will get a small taste of the Gippsland Lakes Region as we take the quiet road from Bairnsdale to Stratford which loops down close to the famous lakes of the area and provides views of wide open spaces of farmland and Nature Conservation Reserves. It’s a nice 65km distance to finish off this leg of the tour before getting into Stratford for lunch and hopping on the train back to Melbourne. If you are continuing on to the second leg of the trip along the Great Ocean Road tomorrow then your accommodation in Melbourne tonight is included in your ride entry fees. If you are not joining the Great Ocean Road leg then you are more than welcome to also stay in our accommodation as an optional extra (see ‘pricing’ tab). Tonight in Melbourne it’s up to you – get an early night, explore the city’s famous laneways, restaurants, cafes or Chinatown, take a free tram ride around the CBD or the take a look around the MCG just a few days after the AFL Grand Final. There is lots to do – enjoy!

Melbourne (train to Warrnambool) to Port Campbell -- 69km -- Thu 5 Oct 2017 -- L D A

SECOND LEG – GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Your four day Great Ocean Road Cycle Tour starts at Southern Cross Station, 7am. We load bikes and luggage in to our vehicles and set you off on the train to Warrnambool. Arriving at approximately 11am, we all saddle up and ride a scenic 20km to Allansford Cheese Museum for lunch, then before you know it you’ll be cycling the world famous Great Ocean Road. The grandeur of the Bay of Islands is stunning with sheer cliffs of limestone and rolling surf that will awaken your senses and fill you with exhilaration as you ride to Port Campbell in the heart of this shipwreck coast. Tonight we will all enjoy an evening meal together as you absorb the magnificent seaviews and sunset.

Port Campbell to Apollo Bay -- 96km -- Fri 6 Oct 2017 -- B L A

Leaving Port Campbell early, you rise above the cliffs to the unforgettable view and golden colours of Loch Ard Gorge and then the legendary Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. This is truly one of the most iconic locations in Australia and we will have plenty of time for a photo in front of the famous rocks before you pedal on past Princetown where the road leaves the coast for a while, cutting across the southern tip of land, Cape Otway. As you leave the ocean you begin climbing through the forest to the renowned Lavers Hill, deep in the Otway Ranges. This hill is a challenge for most riders and it is your choice to ride it, try it, or hop in the bus. Lunch at the top of Lavers Hill is a good refuelling stop with a few more ups and downs to come after lunch. The roller coaster ride on today’s route will allow you magnificent views of the ocean before descending into Apollo Bay with its many restaurants and cafes for you to choose for your evening meal.

Apollo Bay to Queenscliff -- 90/129km -- Sat 7 Oct 2017 -- B L D A

This is it! The last stretch of the Great Ocean Road is squeezed between massive vertical cliffs and thunderous waves. An early morning start awakens your senses as the wild seas smash against the rocks below. Get into your rhythm and keep pushing as you take it all in; the hang gliders overhead, breathtaking views all around, and koalas making their home in the gum trees around here (sometimes crossing the road for a new tree and a better view). This is very exciting ride as you climb up and down around the cliff faces, marvelling at the scenery, punctuated by inlets and villages like Lorne, Anglesea, then our lunch stop Torquay (90km), famous for their world surfing championships. Torquay is the official end of the Great Ocean Road and after lunch here you can hop in our support bus and skip the last 40km to Queenscliff. If you still have the legs, the route takes you through Ocean Grove before passing Point Lonsdale where you can view the dramatic scenery from high points along the ocean foreshore overlooking The Rip. This notorious ship entrance to Port Phillip Bay, where ocean and bay waters collide through a kilometre-wide channel, creates one of the world’s most dangerous stretches of water. We finish the day in Queenscliff, a charming and cosy historic seaside village on the Bellarine Peninsula, with its elegant Victorian-era hotels, stately churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages situated on the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. Tonight we get together to celebrate your journey, enjoying some laughs, stories and a nice dinner and drinks before heading to bed ready for your final day as a part of the Around the Bay event tomorrow.

Queenscliff (ferry to Sorrento) to Melbourne -- 100km -- Sun 8 Oct 2017 -- B L

Today is the day where our small riding group becomes thousands! We join the hugely popular ‘Around the Bay’ bike ride starting with an early morning ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento followed by our last 100km push to Melbourne. Beach Road becomes a cycle path for thousands of eager riders from all walks of life during this annual event that finishes in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne City. There is a truly festive atmosphere at the end of the ride as you pass through the finish arch. Congratulations – what a ride!

Pricing

Included:

  • Eight days of magnificent cycling
  • Seven nights in great bike-friendly accom
  • Meals – 6 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas on the road
  • Entry into Bicycle Network’s ‘Around the Bay’
  • Official Around the Bay cycling jersey (early bookers)
  • Train ticket from Melbourne to Wangaratta
  • Train ticket from Stratford to Melbourne
  • Train ticket from Melbourne to Warrnambool
  • Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicle
  • Bike mechanical assistance

Pricing Schedule

Deposit: ($400)
Progress Payment: 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance: 1 August 2017

For bookings made after 1 Aug, full balance is due upon booking.

Packages (all in AUD)
Before
1 Aug
From
1 Aug
8 day / 7 night ALPINE and OCEAN
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
$3880 $3980
8 day / 7 night  ALPINE and OCEAN
SINGLE (one person with own room)
$4480 $4580
4 day / 3 night  Great ALPINE ONLY
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
$1885 $1935
4 day / 3 night Great ALPINE ONLY
SINGLE (one person with own room)
$2185 $2235
4 day / 3 night Great OCEAN ONLY
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
$1995 $2045
4 day / 3 night Great OCEAN ONLY
SINGLE (one person with own room)
$2295 $2345
Travelling on your own? Early bookers can book a twin share package and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (1 Aug) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply. This does not apply to pre and post tour accom (see below).

Group Discount: bring a group of 3 or more cyclists and save 5% each (more than $180pp).

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Pre and post tour accom. Coming from overseas, interstate or outside Melbourne? We can help you out with booking a hotel before and after your tour. We have a tour hotel close to Southern Cross Train Station which is where our trains depart from to begin both the Alpine and Ocean tours.

Note that the day before the first ride is AFL Grand Final Day in Melbourne so accommodation is scarce and more expensive than usual. If you are not interested in staying in the city on Sat 30 Sep, we do have an alternative for you further out in the suburbs, closer to our office – we can collect you early on Sunday morning. Ask about this option if you are interested.

If you are coming on both the Alpine and Ocean tours, we will book your accom in Melbourne between the tours at no extra cost, so you just need to select any accom before or after the ride for your optional extras – you do not need to select the accom in between the tours.

AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. $20

AllTrails cycling jersey. Brand new stock and new style/fit/design. Choose from two colours: “The Classic” famous AllTrails orange, or the new light blue “Stripes” design. $65

AllTrails cycling cap. Matching the light blue “Stripes” design. $20

AllTrails water bottle. Classic AllTrails orange colour, BPA free, made in Australia. $10

AllTrails draw-string day-bag. Ideal for keeping your things together in the tour vehicle. $5

Link to AllTrails merchandise PDF

Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available). $70

Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day. $21

Pre Tour Accom in Melbourne Sat 30 Sep (Grand Final Night)
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
TWIN SHARE $195 pp AUD
(double bed or two beds)
SINGLE ROOM $380 AUD
(one person with own room)
Pre/Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Wed 4 Oct
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
TWIN SHARE $115 pp AUD
(double bed or two beds)
SINGLE ROOM $230 AUD
(one person with own room)
Post Tour Accom in Melbourne Sun 8 Oct
Includes room only accommodation, booking fee and luggage transfer
 TWIN SHARE $115 pp AUD
(double bed or two beds)
SINGLE ROOM $230 AUD
(one person with own room)
Good quality AllTrails t-shirt, subsidised by AllTrails $20 AUD
Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey, subsidised by AllTrails $35 AUD

If you are travelling on your own and would like to share a room in Melbourne before or after the tour please let us know. We will register you on a waitlist for a twin share partner and if another traveller of the same gender would like to share we will match you. If not we can book you in at the single room rate.

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Support bus availability

Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour but are not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest day(s), just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility – even if you live in Australia.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
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Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip – even if you live in Australia. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride – injury, health or other. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the ‘Terms & Conditions’ button to see the ride’s cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).
Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.
*** Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical ***
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bq.org.au/join-us/member-benefits/
This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner store. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.
Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.

Bike mechanical assistance provided

A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion.  Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, Single Supplement is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Accommodation on our rides

We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear if it’s threatening, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, day packs, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.

Meals and food

Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.

Non-riding partners and part-time cyclists

We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be as keen on the bike as they are themselves – we are happy to accommodate those non-riding partners and part-time riders who want to only ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for non-riders and part-time riders.

Safety

We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment. You can also help by immediately stopping or slowing on-coming traffic if a fellow cyclist does have a fall. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.

Tandem bike

Our good friend Peter Howell hires tandems (including e-bike tandems) and if you want a tandem, he is your man. Pegasus Tandems stock a wide range of great imported tandem bicycles for you and your partner. Call Peter on 0427 200 533 or check out his website www.tandembicycles.com.au.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group discounts

Bring your friends and save some money! For all groups of 3 or more entrants you will receive 5% discount off your respective entry fees. This excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Changing or cancelling a tour

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and overseas.  Ages generally range from 30 – 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.

Packing tips

We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres with slick or near-slick tread. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.

Bike Hire

We do not have a fleet of our own hire bikes however we can usually help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people where possible. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:

Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.

Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.

Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 23mm or 25mm width.

Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth)and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.

Airport transport to Southern Cross Station

The Skybus goes from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport and goes to Southern Cross Station. You can take your bike on the Skybus and it also has free shuttles to CBD hotels.  More info at www.skybus.com.au.

Arriving & departing the G.A.R. & G.O.R. tours

ARRIVING G.A.R. tour: Our meeting place is Southern Cross Station, Melbourne early (approx 6am) on Sunday morning. If you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation (close to Southern Cross Station) you will just need to cross the road with your luggage and bike to meet us at the station. If you have a car and you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation you may be able to leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the tour at a rate set by the hotel. Contact our office if you would like to arrange this. If you are driving your car to the start but not staying at the hotel please contact our office about car parking options. Note that the day before the GAR tour is AFL Grand Final Day in Melbourne so accommodation is scarce and more expensive than usual. If you are not interested in staying in the city on Sat 30 Sep, we do have an alternative for you further out in the suburbs, closer to our office – we can collect you early on Sunday morning. Ask about this option if you are interested.

DEPARTING G.A.R. tour: The ride will finish on Wednesday and we anticipate arriving into Melbourne Southern Cross Station on the train at approx 4:30pm. If you are coming on both the Alpine and Ocean tours, we will book your accom in Melbourne between the tours at no extra cost. If you are departing the tour here you can book in to our tour hotel as an optional extra.

ARRIVING G.O.R. tour: Our meeting place is Southern Cross Station, Melbourne early (approx 6:30am) on Thursday morning. If you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation (close to Southern Cross Station) you will just need to cross the road with your luggage and bike to meet us at the station. If you have a car and you are staying at our pre-tour accommodation you may be able to leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the tour at a rate set by the hotel. Contact our office if you would like to arrange this. If you are driving your car to the start but not staying at the hotel please contact our office about car parking options.

DEPARTING: The ride will finish on Sunday in Melbourne as part of the ‘Around the Bay’ event. You will have a 100km ride starting at 8am from Sorrento. It is possible to catch a plane home that evening (Sunday), however we suggest that you do not book anything earlier than 6pm if possible just in case you are delayed for any reason during your ride (flat tyres, weather, injury, mechanical problems etc). Staying in Melbourne on Sunday night will give you more leeway if that is possible for you.

Jersey size chart for ‘Around the Bay’

Early bookers on this tour receive the official Around the Bay event cycling jersey. See the website here to work out your correct size:

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If you are also purchasing an AllTrails cycling jersey, ask us for our sizing chart.

Training for the G.A.R. & G.O.R. tours

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. We base our re-grouping points on an average speed of approx 20-25kph on flat terrain. Try to build your distance in training to gradually attain about 100 km a day for 2 days straight. Mt Hotham and Lavers Hill are challenging climbs so try to do some hill training too. We always have back-up vehicles if you can’t complete any section of the ride for any reason. We will send a training schedule document out with every booking however please contact us if you would like to see this earlier.

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.

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Conditions of contract : Please read carefully

Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.

To find the terms & conditions of this ride:

  • Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
  • Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink