Great Vic Bike Ride 2016 AllTrails Luxury Package

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Great Vic Bike Ride 2016 AllTrails Luxury Package

Grampians & Great Ocean Road

Sunday 27 November, 2016 to Sunday 04 December, 2016

What is the AllTrails Luxury Package all about? We are there to support your personal challenge and endeavour on the ride. We make it as easy for you as possible with…

  • Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride.
  • Great Vic Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 8 days.
  • Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.
  • Massage: Trained massage therapists available at no charge to work on those tired legs and bodies.
  • Private Bike Mechanic: Not just for repairs! Tune-ups, bike-fittings, hints and tips about your cycling and your bicycle.
  • Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but part of an intimate group. Many of our riders have made friends for life on these rides.
  • Good Old Fashioned Service: Phil, Susan and the crew really do look after you! That’s why 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.
Great Vic Bike Ride 2016
AllTrails Luxury Package
Grampians & Great Ocean Road
Dates:
27 Nov – 4 Dec 2016
Duration:
8 days, 7 nights.
7 actual ride days. 1 rest day.
Distance:
527 km
Ave. Daily:
75 km
Bike Type:
Road Bike, Hybrid, Mountain Bike
Group Size:
100 approx (nearly full!)
Accom.:
Good quality motels, resorts or BnBs
Meals:
Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts and afternoon tea
(lunch/dinner incl. in event fee)
Price:
this ride has passed
Deposit:
$400 

Terms & Conditions

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

Highlights

  • The stunning Grampians region
  • Cycle the world-renowned Great Ocean Road
  • Famous and iconic 12 Apostles
  • Dramatic Surf Coast beaches and townships
  • Historical sea-side character of Queenscliff
  • Finish in Geelong – one of the great regional cities
  • The scenery, the cycling, the food, the people, the event…

Combined with our full accom package with luggage transfer, massage, friendship and comfy beds, you will enjoy your week even more!

Some of this year’s accommodation highlights:

  • Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld – famous for its top class accommodation and award winning restaurant.
  • South Grampians Cottages, Dunkeld –  log cabins with cosy fires, modern kitchens and comfortable beds and sofas.
  • Aquila Eco Lodges – rated one of the 10 top destinations in Victoria by Tourism Victoria, multi tourism award winner, a retreat designed in harmony with the environment certified as a “Green Travel Leader” by Ecotourism Australia.
  • Waves, Port Campbell – Intimate boutique-style luxury accommodation with warm country hospitality and city chic sophistication in the contemporary and architecturally designed suites.
  • Waterfront Motor Inn, Apollo Bay – ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, opposite the Apollo Bay main beach with ocean views enjoyed from the top floor guest rooms.
  • Bells Estate, Bellbrae – self contained luxury cottage style accommodation with indoor solar heated pool.
  • Great Ocean Road Resort, Anglesea – boutique 4-star ‘coastal chic’ accommodation with modern facilities.
  • Vue Grand, Queenscliff – iconic and historic 32 room boutique hotel located in the main street of Queenscliff since 1881.

(These hotels are some of the highlights of the package – please note that not all cyclists will necessarily stay in all of the accom mentioned above as some are small hotels which will not fit our entire group).

2017 Accommodation Highlights

About the AllTrails Luxury Package: Our package has been operating successfully with the Great Vic Bike Ride since 2005. The ‘Great Vic’ is a legendary cycling holiday with three to five thousand riders who camp every night during the ride. For those who love the event but prefer not to camp and would like to be part of a more intimate group, we organise a luxury package for around 50-100 cyclists which really becomes a ‘ride within a ride’. Such is the enjoyment that the cyclists get from being a part of the package that up to 75% of our places each year are taken by past clients.

Book now: If this sounds like you, then check out the Bicycle Network website here and, of course, if you don’t feel like pitching a tent at the end of the day and you feel that you may need to recover in a nice comfy bed each night, then that is where we step in… we have sourced some great accommodation in and around the tour towns to stay each night and why not enjoy a few massages during the week (included) or have our bike mechanic give your bike a ‘once-over’ to help get you over the line each day. So book now for the AllTrails Luxury Package, then book your ride on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride on the Bicycle Network site (separate costs).

Motels, Massage & Luggage Transfer

Wake up every morning in a nice comfortable bed, enjoy breakfast in your motel before heading out on the day’s ride. Phil, Susan and the AllTrails crew will transfer your luggage directly from your motel to your next motel or BnB. After you have completed your day’s challenge on the RACV Great Vic Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride. Why not take up the services of our massage therapists a few times during the week to give your body that extra support to take on the event’s challenges.

All of these services are part of this luxury support package, not to mention the social interaction and camaraderie that is always a highlight for those on our packages. In the evening our bus can take you to and from the nightly dinner and entertainment at the event campsite, or we may organise a group dinner, or you may wish to lash out in style and have a meal at the motel or a local restaurant with new friends. Off to bed for a great night sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.

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

Halls Gap -- Sat 26 Nov 2016
Today is the main arrival day. The AllTrails coach will depart Melbourne approx 9am heading to Halls Gap. On arrival our bike mechanic is on hand to assist in unpacking your bikes and tuning them up so they are ready to run smoothly for the week. Take your bike for a spin before our official registration and briefing, then head out to enjoy the town. Halls gap is in the heart of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, combining stunning waterfalls and views with a multitude of eateries and shopping – soak up the atmosphere and revel in the excitement and anticipation of your week in another world. Tonight you may enjoy an optional social dinner at the motel, meeting new and old friends and kicking off the week in style, or head down to the event campsite for dinner.
Halls Gap to Dunkeld -- 70km -- Sun 27 Nov 2016 -- A
Dunkeld is the perfect place to discover the sights, sounds and native flora and fauna of the region. Dunkeld is a small town with no motels large enough to take our whole group so we are staying at a few different properties tonight, from the world famous Royal Mail Hotel to some beautiful and equally as impressive surrounding B&Bs. We will transfer luggage to your accommodation so when you ride in you can relax and enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps a massage (most cyclists will get 3-4 massages for the week). Our bus will be taking transfers back to the event campsite from all hotels for those who wish to have dinner there, or you may wish to source your own dinner at a local restaurant with some of the other AllTrails group.
Dunkeld to Mortlake -- 75km -- Mon 28 Nov 2016 -- B A
Leave your luggage at reception and head out on the second day’s ride of the week. Mortlake is located 50km north east of Warrnambool and prides itself on its rich agriculture. A must-see is the the iconic Mt Shadwell and The Peak. Mortlake is a very small town with not enough accommodation to hold our entire group so we will be taking bus transfers for some cyclists to the closest major town. Our massage therapists and bike mechanic will be working to help you enjoy the afternoon and our bus will be taking transfers for those who wish to have dinner at the campsite, or you may wish to source your own dinner at a local restaurant with some of the other AllTrails group.
Mortlake to 12 Apostles -- 100km -- Tue 29 Nov 2016 -- B A
Not only is the ride today a picturesque one but your destination is world-renowned as you begin your adventure along the Great Ocean Road this afternoon. Rising above the cliffs to the unforgettable view and golden colours of Loch Ard Gorge and then the legendary Twelve Apostles Marine National Park is a dramatic and enduring memory. The magnificent ’12 Apostles’ rock stacks against the stunning coastline is why people come from near and far to see this place. Tonight there is no actual township where the event campsite is located however we do have some great accommodation near-by and also in Port Campbell where our massage therapists and bike mechanic will be working to help you recover and prepare for tomorrow. Our bus will be taking transfers for those who wish to have dinner at the campsite, or you may wish to source your own dinner at a local restaurant in Port Campbell with some of the other AllTrails group.
12 Apostles to Apollo Bay -- 85km -- Wed 30 Nov 2016 -- B A
You will enjoy the coastal views early today before passing 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 so give it your all (and remember that there is a rest day tomorrow). After Lavers Hill there are still a few more ups and downs to complete – 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. This tourist hotspot has a reputation for great water and outdoors activities such as kayaking, surfboarding and bush walking as well as an array of culinary delights – a great place to enjoy a well-deserved rest day.
Apollo Bay rest day -- NA -- Thu 1 Dec 2016 -- B A
The rest day is your chance to see everything that Apollo Bay has to offer or just relax and revitalise your body ready for the rest of the week. We also say good bye to our 4-day cyclists today and welcome the 3-dayers. Deservingly known as paradise by the sea, Apollo Bay is midway along the majestic Great Ocean Road, in the shelter of Cape Otway and on the lowest slopes of the beautiful Otway ranges. Valleys just a few kilometres out of town are full of rainforest, streams, waterfalls and fireflies. Once the province of timber workers and farmers, the hills are now also occupied by artists, holiday makers and beach lovers. Unless there is a particular reason to do so, AllTrails generally do not organise any group activity for your rest day but you are welcome to team up with other riders to explore the local area. We will also have massage available for a few hours in the morning. There are also usually lots of activities and things to do at the event campsite to fill in your day.
Apollo Bay to Bellbrae -- 85km -- Fri 2 Dec 2016 -- B A
It’s time to get on your bikes – we’re off again. This stretch of the Great Ocean Road is squeezed between massive vertical cliffs on the left and thunderous waves on the right. Your senses awaken as the wild seas smash against the rocks below. You try to concentrate, but it’s hard with hang gliders overhead and breathtaking views all around including many koalas that make 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. At the end of the line is the Surf Coast town of Bellbrae, close to nearby Anglesea and Torquay. As usual afternoon tea and our mechanic will be available at the end of the day and don’t forget to book in for a complimentary massage a few times during the week. Our bus will take transfers back to the campsite for those who wish to eat there, or eat at our accom, or in town.
Bellbrae to Queenscliff -- 52km -- Sat 3 Dec 2016 -- B A
Leave your bags at reception and head off again on the last stretch of Great Ocean Road which finishes at Torquay. Don’t worry though – the highlights are not over as you cycle through and past the townships of Ocean Grove and 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. We have some great motels in town tonight where afternoon tea, massage and mechanic services are available as usual at the end of the day and our bus will take transfers back to the campsite for those who wish to eat there, or take the opportunity to sample some of the local hotel and restaurant culinary offerings.
Queenscliff to Geelong -- 60km -- Sun 4 Dec 2016 -- B
The final riding day has arrived and the journey is coming to the end. The final leg of this journey is a wonderful ride around the Bellarine Peninsula, home to many great wineries and of course the bustling city of Geelong with a distinctly regional feel from its tranquil water-front to its busy downtown area and many attractions. After riding this great week-long event you will pass through the finish with new friends, unforgettable memories and more confidence in yourself. Congratulations! We will meet you at the end and help you pack away your bikes ready for transport whether you are coming on our bus back to Melbourne or heading elsewhere. Thanks for joining us.

Included

  • 7 nights accom
  • (3 & 4 night options available)
  • Daily cyclist-sized breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Afternoon teas
  • Scheduled transfers between motels and Great Vic campsite
  • Massage therapists (10 min massages, 3-4 times during the week)
  • Private bike mechanic

Note that your RACV Great Vic Bike Ride event entry fee is NOT included and must be purchased separately. You can book with us today then book in with Bicycle Network.

We really look after you as much as we can to make your cycling holiday that much more enjoyable. It is also great for our riders to be part of a ‘ride within a ride’ where even though you are part of a large-participation bicycle tour, you are also part of the smaller AllTrails family and get the chance to really get to know a great group of like-minded people. These packages are popular for good reason.

Package Options:

  • Our 7 night package give you accommodation every night of the ride. This does not include pre tour accom on the first Sat night. You may book Sat night with us as an optional extra if you need it. 
  • The 4 night package is for those who are on the shorter ride option with Bicycle Network (RACV Great Vic Adventure).
  • The 3 night package is for those who are on the shorter ride option with Bicycle Network (RACV Great Vic Getaway).

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit on booking ($400)
  • Progress Payment due 30 days after deposit (40% of package cost, less deposit paid)
  • Balance 26 Sept 2016 (2 months before the ride)

Cancel fees:

  • 90+ days = $400 cancel fee
  • 89-60 days = forfeit 25% of total entry
  • 59-30 days = forfeit 50% of total entry
  • within 29 days = forfeit 100%

Change fees: Change from full 8 night package to 4 or 3 night package (or similar down-grade of package):

  • 60+ days = no charge
  • 59-30 days = 50% of the nights no longer used
  • within 29 days = no refund on the nights no longer used

Optional Extras change fees:

  • 60+ days = no charge
  • 59-30 days = $50pp for each change
  • Within 30 days = no refund

Click the ‘Terms & Conditions’ tab for full details on cancel & change fees plus travel insurance (very important).

Before
26 Sep
After
25 Sep
7 night package AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$ $
7 night package AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$ $
4 night package (start of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$ $
4 night package (start of ride) AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$ $
3 night package (end of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$ $
3 night package (end of ride) AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$ $
Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share package and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (26 Sep). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.

Optional Extras

The riding starts on Sun 27 Nov however we will be travelling up to Halls Gap on Sat 26 Nov. Our coach departs from Melbourne at approx 9am on Sat morning. Pre tour accom is available in Halls Gap on Sat night. Most cyclists on our package travel up in our coach and book the pre tour accom in Halls Gap, however this is optional.
Pre tour (Halls Gap) accom & bfast. Sat 26 Nov.
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (double bed or two beds)
$
Pre tour (Halls Gap) accom & bfast. Sat 26 Nov.
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$
AllTrails Coach Transfer Melbourne to start of ride – cyclist and bike.
Sat 26 Nov only. Depart approx 9am
$
AllTrails Coach Transfer from end of ride back to Melbourne – cyclist and bike.
Sun 4 Dec. Depart approx 12-1pm.
$
Premium Package Option (per person cost)
Upgraded accom where poss (extremely limited, early bookers only)
$
AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality – subsidised by AllTrails.
$
Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey – subsidised by AllTrails.
$
Soft foldable bike bag carriage $3/day
$
Hard case & unfoldable bike box carriage $10/day
$
Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share pre-tour accom room on Sat night in Halls Gap and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This twin share offer closes 2 months before tour departure (26 Sep). After this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.

What people said about previous years:

Dear Susan, Phil, Ben, JB and Midge, Thank you all so much for AllTrails adding such value to my GVBRide. It was good to meet you and finally taste the AllTrails experience after all these years. As a ‘senior citizen’ I was delighted to be able to access the AllTrails Luxury package…the package you put together was varied and most enjoyable. Having my own bedroom, toilet and shower (without queuing) was sublime . And where a bath was available it was truly luxurious. Each arvo I would crank up the aircon and, having washed my cycling kit, leave it to dry in my snug nest..I don’t believe that I could do that in a tent….So thank you for your fine blend of administrative and organisational skills combined with plain old hard work and cycling smarts. It gave me a seamless worry free tour knowing that all the details would be taken care of by All Trails, whether it be the bus pick ups from the end of the ride to my motel and vice versa, the AllTrails bike corral, the afternoon teas, massages…and friendly personal support. I have already booked my place on the AllTrails Luxury package for the GVBR so that is a fine endorsement…a returning client who received service beyond expectations! Jeremy T
Hi Phil, Susan, Ben and Midge, Frank and I enjoyed the GVBR and really appreciated the support you provided to us. I thought we had booked an accommodation package but it was much more. The fact this was not the case gave me the confidence I could complete the ride as I had only started cycling this year and this was the first time I had participated on any cycling event. From day 1 at Mount Gambier it was great to know that we were going to be well supported by massages, good healthy food, Phil and Ben’s cycling expertise and Susan’s organisational skills. JB’s skilful care of our bicycles was an added bonus. Thank-you again. Jane B
Congratulations to all the AllTrails staff for handling such a big contingent of riders so well and still giving us individual attention: as usual we had a really enjoyable tour. Jumping into a dry bus and heading for a warm room surely beats camping after a cold, wet day in the saddle. Thought Ben and JB did a super job with the bikes. Robyn & John
Hi All, Thanks for the Great Alltrails experience. You all make our ride a pleasure…! [and] run the warmest and friendliest and comfort-ablest! package and make the ride a real treat for us. Count us in for next year. — Mike and Wendy
Dear Susan and Phil, Thank you so much for the wonderful support you provided for the Great Vic Bike Ride. I love doing the ride and there is no way I could manage the camping option – so the motel option is terrific. But better than that is knowing your support and the support of your team is there whenever we need it. I really appreciated it. Many thanks to you both and also to JB and the other members of the team. I would like to put my name down for the next Great Vic Bike Ride. — Joan C
Phil, Susan & the team at AllTrails, Thank you for another great experience with the GVBR, and the excellent professional services you provide. It makes the whole thing so much more enjoyable and painless. Everything went smoothly, which is a credit to yourselves, your planning and active involvement. — Bruce R
Hi Susan and Phil, Thank you so much for making our bike experience so wonderful. As you are aware, I enjoyed every minute of it and was so relieved to be with you and not under canvas. The motels were good, the breakfasts made life so easy and to have the mechanic and the massages each day were the icing on the cake. — Pat T
Phil and Susan, thanks for another fabulous ride this year and thanks to your team as well Midge,JB and Richard and Mark. I hope you have booked us for the next tour!!! — Michael R
Dear Susan & Phil. I want to thank you both and your team very much for taking great care of me and aiding me in completing this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride. I was very pleased when I learnt you also support MS Australia and saw the logo on your trailer, made me feel good and thank you for your support! — Peter J
Hi Phil, Susan, Midge and all, Thank you so much for your fantastic work on the tour. Your approach was professional, friendly and clearly illustrated a love for bike riding in all its many forms. Yes please can I sign up for next year — Mary-Anne C
Dear Phil and Susan, Please book me in for next year. Thank you for this year’s ride it was your usual impeccable organization I really enjoyed the ride and look forward to next year with you all — Joan G
Susan and Phil, had a great time on the ride, and will be booking in advance for the package for the Great Vic Bike Ride next year. — Peter H
Please put me down for next year — Richard M
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.

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 ***
bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/membership/
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.

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.

Travelling alone?

Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.

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.

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 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.

Accommodation on the support package

We try to obtain the best accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, B and B, cabins or similar. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs, usually 3½ – 4 star, or perhaps 3 star on occasions when we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is extremely limited. Accommodation is in same town as the main ride campsite, otherwise in the nearest town where accommodation is available. 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.
If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or B&B with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.

Luggage transfer and day packs

We suggest you carry your own personal goods, like camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your main luggage to your accommodation each morning once you have departed. Our vehicles are not allowed on the event cycle route so you will not have access to your luggage during the day so you will need to take everything that you need for the day with you in the morning. Your luggage will be available to you once you check into your accommodation or shortly after.

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’.

Getting to your motel after the day’s ride

Cyclists will be given specific maps, detailing where their overnight motel is situated and how best to ride there from the finish. In the case that your accommodation is not nearby the finish you have the option to leave your bike in our AllTrails compound near front gate of the campsite. We will take you to motel, bring you back for dinner at the campsite if you wish and return you to motel then bring you back to collect your bike the next morning.

Bike Security

If your accommodation isn’t near the day’s ride finish point, AllTrails will set up a compound with a storage rack at the main entrance gate to the camping area. Although security guards are present all night, we suggest you carry a lock as your bike is your responsibility. From the compound we will transfer you to your motel and back.

Luggage delivery

After breakfast, your luggage will be collected from your motel and delivered to your next allocated motel.  It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area and this is usually where you will leave it again in the morning for collection. Day Sheets will have collection times stated for each day.

Massage therapist on the AllTrails package

The massage therapist is complimentary and will be available most afternoons. To be fair to everyone, we have limited the massage time to ten minutes for each person which allows most people a massage on most days – it is not designed to provide a massage every day to every person. We ask that riders be fair and share this luxury around, allowing the late arrivals to get their fair share of massage time. In some towns where we are using three or four motels, the massage therapist will usually be at the motel where the most cyclists are accommodated – massage locations will be listed in your Day Sheets. Bookings can only be made on the day after your arrival at the motel by writing your name in an available 10-minute time slot. We try to allow everyone 4-5 massages during the week, sometimes more. Names will be ticked off, but please speak up if you are somehow missing out.

Training for the bike ride

The great thing about going on a mass ride such as this one is that there are many cyclists with a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. You can pretty much go at your own pace and enjoy the ride at your own speed. More details on training and preparation are on the ride event website.

Evening meals at the main ride campsite

You can choose to have your evening meal at the main ride campsite/HQ, your motel, a local restaurant, hotel or wherever. If you wish, our bus will pick up motel cyclists around 5-6pm to take them to the campsite for dinner and return to motels usually at 8pm. Special times will be arranged for motels that may be further out – your Day Sheets will have specific information for each individual day.

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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