Cycling Apollo Bay, Paradise Valley Apollo Bay Ride

Cycling Apollo Bay, Road Ride, Sightseeing Ride, Paradise Valley Apollo Bay Ride This ride, unlike most other rides in the Otway Ranges is not overly challenging as it gently climbs through Paradise Valley toward Mariner’s Falls. Only the last small section is slightly wild with a few stepping stone crossings over the Barham River and the narrow track leading up to the falls. This ride reaches into the tranquillity and beauty of the Otway Ranges: filtered sun rays through fern groves, towering mountain ash, musty perfumes of the bush and the final reward of Mariner’s Falls. This ride commences on the foreshore in Apollo Bay at the tourist information centre and heads out of the town beside the Barham River across pasture land toward the mountains. After three kilometres you will cross a bridge over the river and begin to climb gently up the valley beside the river as it flows down from the hills. About midway along the route you will come to the Barham Park Scenic Reserve where there is a picnic area beside the river and toilets. Sitting by the river it is possible at certain times of the year to see trout happily swimming around. Continuing on, the road turns to gravel and becomes slightly steeper in parts. Depending on when it was last graded, the road can be gravelly and pot-holed in parts. Eventually the road descends down and crosses a bridge to end in the car park. From here you can choose to walk or ride the remaining kilometre and a half to the falls. After an initial straight stretch the track fords the river over suitably placed stepping stones. From here on you are well and truly in the forest with the towering gums and overarching fern branches. After two more river crossings, the track becomes too narrow for riding, but it is only a short distance to the falls. This is a lovely spot to just sit, look and listen to the mesmerising calm of water falling over rocks. Whilst this walk is most traversed in the warmer months, the falls are at their best after good rainfall; a pretty common occurrence in the Otways. Of course after heavy deluges you may not get this far as the river will be impassable. Terrain The road up to the Mariner’s Falls car park is sealed for the first nine kilometres and then it’s gravel which can be rough in parts. The road ends at 12 kilometres, where you have the choice of walking or riding the remaining kilometre and a half to Mariner’s Falls. Either way you will need to ford the river on stepping stones a few times. Make sure your shoes have a good grip. This last section may be impassable after heavy rain. Traffic Mariner’s Falls is a moderately popular destination for Apollo Bay locals and tourists at any time of year, but particularly during holiday periods. If you choose to ride right up to the falls, you will need to take care of walkers on the narrow path. How to Get There Apollo Bay is 110 kilometres south west of Geelong on the Great Ocean Road. The tourist information is in the centre of the town on the foreshore opposite the shops. VicRoads Map 519: N4. Food and Drink There are a number of excellent cafes and restaurants as well as a hotel in Apollo Bay. Mariner’s Falls however is in the middle of the bush where apart from the fresh mountain water there is nothing else. CYCLEMAP
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 12.9
Elevation Gain (metres): 304
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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