The Great Ocean Road - Epic Bike Rides Across the Globe

Epic Bike Rides Across the Globe: The Great Ocean Road, Australia  - Apollo Bay to Lorne

RIDE LENGTH:  46.5km, 3 hours 36 minutes

Exploring the world renowned Great Ocean Road region you will find stunning scenery, beaches, rainforests and numerous places to eat and drink along the way. Home to one of the world's most scenic routes and the famous 12 Apostles, this journey will be one that you will never forget.

The Great Ocean Road region consist of the towns: Warrnambol, Torquay, Portland, Nelson, Camperdown, Anglesea, Forrest, Aireys Inlet, Colac, Lorne, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy. With so many things to see and do in the region, it’s a place you can visit again and again at different times of the year to ensure you don’t miss out on any events held.

The Ride:

Apollo Bay to Lorne is a popular cycling route taking you on a magnificent scenic adventure along one of Australia's most iconic roads - The Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road was constructed over a 13 year period and employing nearly 3000 returned soldiers from the First World War. It is a legendary tourist road winding along the rugged south western coast of Victoria, Australia. The roller coaster ride contributes to the exhilaration of the magnificent views and there are inviting beaches all the way along this must do ride.

The start of the ride at Apollo Bay takes you from the tourist information centre eastward out through the town along the coast. Through to Skenes Creek the road is relatively flat and straight. After Skenes Creek the road starts to become hillier and twisted until about the 16 kilometre mark where it kicks up to the first significant climb to the lookout at Cape Patton. This is a good place for a stop to enjoy the fantastic view back along the coast to Apollo Bay. The ride then flies down into Grey River across the bridge and then another climb before descending into Kennett River.

Here you will find toilets, a general store and a beautiful beach. This is half way for a turn around and also half way to Lorne if you continue. The onward journey takes you up shorter climbs with the road twisting around the cliffs until you again come down to shore level at Wye River where you will find the local hotel offering refreshments as well as another beautiful beach. Beyond Wye River the ride rolls along until you meet the largest climb of the ride at around the 33 kilometre mark.

What goes up must come down and so do you; to Cumberland River where you will find a caravan park with kiosk and amenities set beside a beautiful beach. The last stretch to Lorne is more of the same until you turn the headland past the famous pier and coast down into the town. The ride finishes at the tourist information centre at the end of the shopping area. Find the trail map here

BEST TIMES TO RIDE:

The safest riding conditions in the region are early morning. Try and avoid peak traffic times during the week and from midday on weekends and public holidays. Plan your trips and avoid riding in extreme heat or wet conditions. Coastal roads are naturally busy at peak summer times. Some of the best riding on the regions roads is in autumn, spring and on mild winter days.

Places to say things to eat along your cycling adventure

Lorne:  

Nestled is between the shores of Louitit Bay has a unique environment where beach meets rainforest and the town itself has a Mediterranean meets hipster feel.

Places to eat: The Salty Dog fish and Chippery, Lorne Central, The Bottle Of Milk

Places to stay: Cumberland Resort, Lorne World, Lorne Beach Apartments

Apollo Bay:

Apollo Bay located at the foothills of the Otways is 197 kilometers away from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 2hours and 30 minutes to drive.

Places to eat: Dooleys Ice Cream: The Ice Cream Tub, Great Ocean Raod Brewhouse, Hello Coffee Cafe and Roastery

Places to stay: Apollo Bay Cottages, Apollo Bay Eco YHA, Seaview Motel and Apartments

There is a treasure trove of breathtaking and challenging rides throughout this area, take a look at CycleLifeHQ The Surf Coast Destination page.

Need a little more inspiration...Cycling the Great Ocean Road

For advice, information, or more assistance building you cycling itinerary, contact CLHQ’s concierge service.

 

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