Great Ocean Road & The GrampiansThis is the finest short tour around the greatest motorcycling highlights of Victoria, absolutely perfect for a long weekend. Combine what is arguably one of the best biking roads on the planet, the Great Ocean Road, with the natural grandeur and wildlife of the Grampians National Park. It all adds up to three days in the saddle that'll be hard to beat!
Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park Self Guided Motorcycle Tour
Discover the incredible countryside, tightly twisting roads and intricately beautiful coastline of Victoria on this round trip from Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road has a reputation worldwide as one of the ultimate coastal roads and if you combine that, with the natural beauty of the lookouts and waterfalls in the Grampians National Park, then you've got a great few days on the bike. Throw in the the old fashioned towns and vintage charm of the Goldfields region and that makes it an unforgettable short motorbike tour.
A bustling, cosmopolitan city with loads to see and do. The 'Cultural Capital of Australia' will do its very best to make you feel welcome. Plenty of superb restaurants offering great meals, shopping, parks and an easy to use tram system make touring the city a breeze. It's a fantastic city to explore in its own right and makes for a fantastic base from which to investigate the surrounding area on your motorcycle.
The Great Ocean Road
Famous as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, words can't describe the wonderful scenery and amazing riding on this 280km stretch of road on the fringes of Melbourne, but we'll try anyway.
As soon as your wheels hit asphalt, you'll realise just how special the Great Ocean Road really is. The route twists and turns, hugging the picturesque cliffs as it winds a sinuous path along the coast. Curve after sweeping curve are seamlessly stitched together, almost purposely designed to give maximum enjoyment to any motorcycle riders that are lucky enough to be there.
There are plenty of small coastal towns to stop for a break and a coffee, serving up fantastic ocean lookouts along with the great refreshments. The lovely Otway Ranges provide a lush backdrop to the quaint towns when the road darts inland away from the coast. It takes longer than you might expect to ride along this gem of a road, there's simply so much to see.
Take a walk in the temperate rainforest at Maits Rest, try and spot that iconic Aussie creature the Koala in the trees above, visit the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch the list goes on and on! Don't forget to watch the road as well as the spectacular views though!
Every motorcyclist should ride this road at least once in their life!
The Grampians National Park
The ancient hills of the Grampians National Park make for an awesome spectacle as you ride toward them. This area of granite highlands is jam packed with wildlife, superb lookouts and beautiful waterfalls. The visitor centre at Halls Gap can provide all the information you'll need for getting the best out of your time there and will give you a great overview of the area, ensuring you get to see everything you want during your visit.
By the time you've ridden the roads in the park, taken a short walk to the two main lookouts and perhaps trekked to the base of one of the thundering waterfalls, you'll need at least a half day to absorb what's on offer, but will probably long to spend more time lost in the atmosphere of the national park.
Returning to Melbourne via the Goldfields region of Victoria to take in the quaint, old fashioned towns of Castlemaine and Daylesford, with their brilliant bakeries and cafes. It's unsurprisingly Australia's premier gold heritage region, although the chances of you making a fortune are fairly slim it's enough just to admire the grand street-scapes and historic architecture. A welcome chance to wind down after the excitement of the Great Ocean Road and stunning natural beauty of the Grampians National Park, before arriving back in Melbourne.
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