riding in regional victoria

Oct 28, 2009
hey guys im about to start my summer holidays and im looking at doing a few tour rides around victoria, so far ive bookmarked the bright boot camp routes, the great ocean road, and a cranbourne-phillip island-venus bay-cranbourne ride, does anyone know of any other multi day safe routes out there?
Jul 27, 2009
Jeez, where do you start?

One route you could make part of a multi-day trip is from, say, Healesville to Traralgon via Yarra Junction, Noojie, Fumina and so on. Lots of pretty trees, and the extra bonus of doing Vesper's Hill (the warm-up hill in the Mount Baw Baw Classic) amongst a number of other smaller climbs.

In the northeast, you've got the Great Alpine Road, and now the option of Falls Creek to Omeo via the Bogong High Plains Road. As a one-day ride, the Alpine Classic Extreme route (look it up on Cycling Profiles) is going to be brutal, but it'd be a great, strenous but not outrageous two-day ride.

Another beautiful road is from Mansfield to Whitfield - a decent cilmb, some great views, and not much traffic.

If you're looking for something slightly less hilly, there are some interesting routes around Lake Hume via Tallangatta, Granya, and Bellbridge. Also in that area is the northern stretch of the Omeo Highway from Mitta to Tallangatta, and some side roadsand icluding Yabba Road an(though that's got quite a lot of rollers on it) d the Dartmouth Dam road.

Theroutof the Stratford to Dargo Classic is also very pretty, and the last hill is a *real* challenge. The only problem is that it's pretty much the only road in and out. It'd probably be worth doing twice, though - ride to Dargo from Stratford or Bairnsdale, stay the night, do the hill in the morning then ride home.

There's also a lot of interesting routes to Melbourne's immediate northwest, around Daylesford.

Further afield, if you can bear the thought of going to NSW, one very challenging ride I've considered would be the Alpine Way, including Dead Horse Gap...
Mar 18, 2009
Not really for multiday rides, but this website has many good ride suggestions around Victoria: http://www.cyclingprofiles.com.au/index.html.

I used this website extensively for ride planning when I returned back home to Melbourne this April for a 5-week vacation. The rides around the Whittlesea region were excellent, and it also allowed me to support the local community after Black Saturday.

Happy trails!
Jun 16, 2009
Another thing to check out would be the Bicycle victoria website. If you can find the routes of past Great Victorian bike Rides, then they would be a great starting point to build some other rides.