Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Postby LynnaJir » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:42 pm

Hi, I'm a beginner at long distant biking. Can anybody give me suggestion on biking on Great Ocean Road. Is the road bike-able? Wide shoulder? Paved Road?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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by BNA » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:22 pm

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Postby banjo » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:22 pm

I'm a bit surprised no-one has posted a reply on this one. I haven't personally ridden the Great Ocean Road but I intend to next year I hope. From memory its incorporated in to a number of rides. Street view might be an option to check it out more. What I do know is its a summer ride. You don't want to be down there in winter!
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Postby Kalgrm » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:25 pm

I've ridden on it between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. It's an excellent weekend tour when combined with a train trip to Colac and a train back to Melbourne from Camperdown

I don't think I'd ride it between Apollo Bay and Angelsea though - the road verge is pretty narrow along the water there and drivers think it's a race track.

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Postby il padrone » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:48 pm

I have ridden sections of the Great Ocean Road many times, although it's been a while since I last rode Lorne to Apollo Bay, the best bit :)

It is a wonderful tour, lots of scenic variety. You can easily do it in 4 days to ride from Geelong right through to Port Campbell and Warrnambool, although allowing 5 days gives you some time for extra activities. The traffic hazard is somewhat over-rated. These days there is a good sealed shoulder on the section from Geelong to Anglesea (the section that has the most traffic), and beyond to Lorne I think. After Anglesea the traffic slows as the road becomes winding and scenic ++. After Lorne there is even less traffic to bother you. Generally the winiding road means most drivers won't exceed 60kmh much, they are touring like you and enjoying the experience. It's pretty low stress, you'll get lots of waves from fellow travellers I've found. I always reckon it's best to ride from Geelong heading west, as not only are you on the sea side of the road for the best views as you ride but drivers will be looking at the views and have you in their field of vision.

Summertime can be a bit busy for accomodation in Lorne and Apollo Bay, but there are camping opportunities at smaller settlements, and after Apollo Bay things quieten down. I'd suggest not leaving/entering Geelong on a hot summer weekend as this will produce lots of traffic on the less enjoyable section to/from Anglesea. And more likely to be motorbikes about, who tend to be the only hoons on this road.

One wonderful place to visit not far off the Great Ocean Road is the Cape Otway area and the campsite/caravan park at Bimbi Park. Wonderful coast and bush walks, horse trail rides (if that's your thing), the historic lighthouse nearby and lots of koalas about. There's also side trips to the Aire River mouth, Johanna surf beach and Moonlight Head - all scenic coastal views and beautiful beaches. Then inland a bit there's Turtons Track to Beech Forest and the Otway Fly treetop walk.

Enjoy the tour :D
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Postby hoysta » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:38 pm

Yeah i would be careful when riding on the great ocean road. Like stated before there are many drivers who organise cruises to the great ocean road and they treat it like a race track....perhaps if you are going to ride it, go at a less busy time ie during the week if u can or get off to an early start. But the views and the breeze would be amazing when riding!!
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