Melbourne to MelbourneSome superb alpine scenery and high country riding through the Snowy Mountains and Victoria Highlands, combined with the wonderful ancient splendour of the Grampians National Park. That alone would be enough to fill seven days of riding, but to round off the week there's the once in a lifetime experience of riding the world famous Great Ocean Road! Unless you ride it more than once, in which case you're very lucky!
Melbourne to Melbourne Self Guided Motorcycle Tour
These seven days of riding will simply fly past, much like the spectacular landscapes you'll be riding through! Not only will you explore high into the grandiose Snowy Mountains, twisting around the tight bends one after the other, but you'll be able to experience the wide open rolling vistas of the Victorian Highlands as well. The Grampians National Park provides a fascinating area to ride through, resplendent with wildlife and some fascinating rock formations, lookouts and waterfalls.
To add the icing onto the metaphorical motorbike cake you'll get to ride along the world famous Great Ocean Road as well, before finally ending up back in Melbourne for a well earned celebration! A better way to spend a week? We can't think of any!
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.
Epic alpine scenery in Australia? You bet! Most people don’t realise that Australia has more ski runs than Switzerland, but a ride through this area will soon set the record straight. Although mostly recognised for its winter sports, 'the Snowies' as the area is affectionately known, is a playground for those looking for something different and adventurous motorcyclists alike.
Twist through the atmospheric alpine forests, sweep along the winding mountain roads and drink in the fantastic scenery. Whilst you’re having so much fun don’t forget to stop for lunch at one of the seasonal alpine towns along the way, or pause for a rest on the shores of one of the many pristine snow fed lakes.
New South Wales has the Snowy Mountains which you'll be riding through soon and Victoria has the Highlands. A more relaxed alpine environment than the Snowies, but don’t be fooled, there are plenty of thrilling roads to ride and more breathtaking scenery to provide a great backdrop.
Wide open plains framed by rolling hills and jagged mountain peaks, the road stretching far into the distance meandering gently as it weaves through small settlements and tiny communities.
With such unrestricted views all around there’s plenty of time to prepare for the corners, revel in the experience and then gaze about at the intricate beauty beyond the perfect ribbon of asphalt you’re speeding along.
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.
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.
Every motorcyclist should ride this road at least once in their life!
There's no better city to return to than Melbourne after a week of invigorating motorcycle riding. If you'd like to take advantage of what Melbourne has to offer and stay a little longer, why not let us organise accommodation at a superb city centre hotel?
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