Adelaide to Melbourne Challenge Ride
We welcome you to join us, cycling 1150 km around Australia's famous Great Ocean Road
|Day 1 - Saturday April 5th
Adelaide to Victor Harbor - 98 km
It's happening! You've taken the challenge. Adelaide's wide streets bid us farewell as we gradually climb the Mt. Lofty Ranges, on quiet roads to Eagle on the Hill. The prettiest fern laced lanes open up to countryside covered with cattle, grazing amongst battle scarred gum trees. The vineyards and forest give way to seaside views and Norfolk pines.
|Day 5 - Wednesday April 9th
Mt. Gambier to Port Fairy - 180 km
We continue through the gum and pine plantations and follow the old Princes Highway through Dartmoor and Heywood, a popular wine region. Fresh seafood for lunch prepared by the locals on the Portland foreshore will fill your bill, before tacking the undulating road protected by hills strategically placed, with windmills pumping electricity for the locals around Port Fairy.
|Day 2 - Sunday April 6th
Victor Harbor to Meningie - 145 km
Leaving the harbour, you're spoilt. Our cycle path runs alongside the coast to Port Elliot and Goolwa, gateway to Hindmarsh Island, then north for a cuppa in the fascinating old town of Strathalbyn. Cycling is easy through the hectares of vineyards and past lovely old buildings. The ferryman takes us across the mighty Murray, then it's south to Lake Albert
|Day 6 - Thursday April 10th
Port Fairy to Port Campbell - 110 km
Woody's Murray to Moyne annual cycle relay finishes here in March, and raises hundred's of thousands of dollars for charity. However we depart to Warrnambool, check it out, then weave our way through back roads. You'll see and hear the roar of waves battering limestone walls and London Bridge. This is it, the shipwreck coast.
|Day 3 - Monday April 7th
Meningie to Robe - 186 km
Gliding pelicans and wild ducks add interest on this big day, as you cycle alongside the Coorong National Park, a haven for wildlife; The Coorong being the location for the film 'Storm Boy'. Sand dunes, lakes, swamps and dry salt pans pass you by, as you push on to this popular holiday point, and savior the rewards of perseverance.
|Day 7 - Friday April 11th
Port Campbell to Lorne - 150 km
Wild seas and high winds continually pound the rugged shoreline, creating landmarks like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and other weird structures. Enjoy the spectacle, take a deep breath and climb, winding your way to Lavers Hill, Then hang on, it's a roller coaster ride through subtropical forest to the costal town of Apollo Bay, then cycle the surf to Lorne.
|Day 4 - Tuesday April 8th
Robe to Mt Gambier - 135 km
Emus are aplenty as we pedal by numerous large lakes and pine plantations before Millicent. Lunch here with a complimentary entry into the pioneer museum where early machinery is lovingly restored by local craftsmen and women. Keep a lookout for the Tantanoola tiger as you cycle over underground caves to the extinct volcano and crater city of Mt. Gambier, home of the mysterious Blue Lake
|Day 8 - Saturday April 12th
Lorne to Melbourne - 145 km
This is it! The Great Ocean Road is squeezed between massive vertical cliffs and crashing thunderous waves. You try con concentrate, but it's hard with hang gliders overhead and breathtaking views all around. The coastal towns slip by as you pump through Geelong on to the home stretch. Melbourne's skyline looks grand, The euphoric sense of satisfaction is known only by those who took the Challenge.