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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Saturday, 13 January 2007
Australia 2007 Itinery

Below is the Itinery for a planned cycle tour of South East Australia riding from Melbourne to Adelaide through the interior and then back to Melbourne on the coast including the Great Ocean Road.

Over the next 2 months write-ups and pictures will be posted on this Blog using a handheld Computer with mobile Internet connection

Sat 13 Jan Fly out from London. 11.00am London Heathrow

Sun 14 Jan Arrive Melbourne 20.10 and taxi to the Hotel.
Stay Miami Hotel, 13 Hawke Street, Melbourne.
Web - www.themiami.com.au
1 room with 4 beds
Note we return here at the end of the trip and they have agreed to store boxes or packing material for us.


Mon 15 Jan Melbourne Rest Day
Explore the city.


Tues 16 Jan Melbourne to Ballarat 50 miles)
Take a suburban train north to Baccus Marsh. And then back roads through the goldfields area to Ballarat
Stay Best Western Barkly Motor Lodge, 43-57 Main Street,
Ballarat. 2 Twin bedded rooms.
Tel 03 5331 8838.

Weds 17 Jan Ballarat to Maryborough (42 miles)
Head northwest still in the gently rolling countryside of the goldfields. 2 twin bedded rooms.
Stay Bristol Hill Motor Inn, I High Street, Maryborough,
Tel 03 5461 3833.
Web - www.bristolhill.com.au

Thurs 18 Jan Maryborough to Ararat (55 miles)
Head west stopping just short of the Grampian Mountains.
Stay Best Western Statesman, 79 Lambert Street, Ararat.
2 twin bedded rooms.
Tel 03 5352 4111
Web - www.bestwestern.com

Fri 19 Jan Ararat to Halls Gap (29 miles)
Ride into the Grampian Mountains and Grampian National Park. Some climbs up to 1300ft.
Stay Best Western Halls Gap Colonial Motor Inn, Grampians Road, Halls Gap. Includes breakfast.
2 twin rooms including Spar Pools in the rooms.
Tel 03 5356 4344

Sat 20 Jan Halls Gap (Rest Day)
Optional ride in the Grampians area


Sun 21 Jan Halls Gap to Horsham (48 miles)
Head down from the Grampians and along to the Australian version of Horsham.
Stay Best Western Golden Grain Motor Inn, 6 Dimboola
Road, Horsham. 2 Twin bedded rooms.
Tel 03 5382 4741
Note Peter stays tomorrow night in Horsham and then Tuesday gets the Train to Adelaide and we meet up again when the rest of us get to Adelaide on 29 January


Mon 22 Jan Horsham to Nhill (51 miles)
Head west from Horsham and then north and into serious outback as we cross the Little Desert National Park.
Stay Comfort Inn Zero, 31 Nelson Street, Nhill. I room with 3 beds.
Tel 03 5391 1622

Tues 23 Jan Nhil to Warracknabeal (61 miles)
Ride north of the Little Desert into Wheatfield plains.
Stay Warrack Motel, 2 Lyle Street, Warracknabeal.
1 twin room and 1 single.
Tel 03 5398 1633. No Web

Weds 24 Jan Warracknabeal to Ouyen (95 miles)
Early start today with probably high temperatures and a strong prevailing headwind.
Take backroads north across the plains.
Stay Malle Motel, Hughes Street, Ouyen. Twin room and single room.
Tel 03 5092 2195. No Web.


Thurs 25 Jan Ouyen to Mildura (63 miles)
Head further north across Hattah Kulkyhe National Park home to a large wild Kangaroo population and more outback to the Murray River Valley
Stay 7th Street Motel, 153 7th Street, Mildura. 1 room 3 beds
Tel 61 3 5023 1796.

Fri 26 Jan Mildura – Rest Day
Explore the town. Possibly a short ride north across the border into New South Wales or a River Boat Trip.

Sat 27 Jan Mildura to Renmark (87 miles)
Some back-roads and then main road due West across the border into South Australia. Early start.
Stay Renmark Hotel, Murrey Avenue, Renmark.
2 room suite with 3 beds.
Tel 08 8586 6755

Sun 28 Jan Renmark to Swan Reach (78 miles)
Head south alongside the Murray River National Park and then west on a byroad to Swan Reach. Early start.
Stay Swan Reach Hotel, Swan Reach.
I twin room and 1 single.
Tel 08 8570 2003

Mon 29 Jan Swan Reach to Adelaide (87 miles)
Take backroads and then a main road to the City. Early start
Stay Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. 2 twin rooms.
Tel 08 8407 8888
 

Tues 30 Jan Adelaide (Rest Day)
Time to explore the City which is very bike friendly with lots of Bike paths


Weds 31 Jan Adelaide to McLaren Vale (26 miles)
Head south out of the City on a bike path and then further south into the scenic Fleurieu Peninsular. Time for a beach stop in the afternoon. Note we stop short of our originally planned destination of Willunga due to a lack of hotels.
Stay McLaren Vale Motel, Main Road, McLaren Vale.
2 room unit, 4 beds.


Thurs 1 Feb McLaren Vale to Victor Harbor (47 miles)
South on a coastal backroad to Normanville and then SE across the peninsular along the Inman Valley to Victor Harbor.
Stay Anchorage Seafront Hotel, Victor Harbor.
2 Twin bedded rooms
Tel 08 8552 5970

Fri 2 Feb Victor Harbor to Tailem Bend (67 miles)
Follow a Cycle trail along the coast to Goolwa and then north to Tailem Bend. Note we have to go much further than first planned due to a lack of accommodation at the original destination of Strathalbyn. Shorter distance tomorrow
Stay Motel River Bend, Princes Highway, Tailem Bend.
2 twin bedded rooms.
Tel 08 8572 3633. No Web


Sat 3 Feb Strathalbyn to Magrath Flats (48 miles)
Head SE on the Princes Highway down to the Coorong National Park a series of lagoons next to the coast. Stay at the Coorong Wilderness Lodge which is run by the local Aboriginal Community. 1 room, 2 bunk beds and 2 singles.
Tel 08 8575 6001
 

Sun 4 Feb Magrath Flat to Kingston SE (69 miles)
Follow the main road alongside the Coorong National Park lagoons. Stay at Lacepede Bay Motel, Kingston SE.
2 twin bedded rooms
Tel 08 8767 2444

Mon 5 Feb Kingston SE to Beachport (54 miles)
Follow the Southern Ports Highway down the coast to the quiet seaside resort of Beachport.
Stay Beachport Motor Inn, Railway Terrace, Beachport.
2 Twin bedded rooms.
Tel 08 8735 8070

Tues 6 Feb Beachport to Mt Gambia (47 miles)
Follow the main road south east to the town of Mt Gambia built on the slopes of an extinct Volcano. Note we stay here 2 nights instead of at Portland as originally planned as this looks to be a more interesting town than Portland.
Stay at Avalon Motel, 93 Gray Street, Mt Gambia.
Stay in a 4 bedroom apartment.
Tel (08) 8725 7200

Weds 7 Feb Mt Gambia (Rest Day)
Visit points of interest round the town including thermal lakes and Caves.


Thurs 8 Feb Mt Gambia to Portland (67 miles)
Cross the border back into Victoria and follow a B road near the Coast and through National Parks.
Stay Victoria Lodge Motor Inn, 155 Percy Street, Portland.
One 2 bedroom Apartment. Queen bed in 1 room, 2 beds in the other room and Sofa bed in the lounge. Note - Washing machine and Dryer in the Apartment.
Tel 03 5523 5966

Fri 9 Feb Portland to Warnambool (62 miles).
Follow the main road around Portland Bay.
Stay at Redwood Manor Motel Apartments, 251 - 253 Koroit Street, Warrnambool. 2 Twin bedded rooms.
Tel 03 5562 3939

Sat 10 Feb Warnambool to Port Campbell (38 miles)
On this day we turn off the main road for the start of the Great Ocean Road. We spend 5 days riding this road which is famed for its spectacular clifftop views, fine bays and coves and eroded rocks. With a lot of accommodation available, mileages can be kept low to give time for side trips and to view the scenery.
Today we get the first coast views halfway into the ride.
Stay Best Western Great Ocean Road Inn, 10 Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell. 2 room suite, 4 beds
Tel 03 5598 6522

Sun 11 Feb Port Campbell to Lavers Hill (31 miles)
Cliff road through Port Campbell National Park. View the eroded outcropping of the 12 Apostles offshore rocks. In the afternoon a long climb to Lavers Hill at 1500ft
Stay at Fauna Australia a small private wildlife reserve a mile from Lavers Hill. Stay at the Kangaroo Unit which has a double bed 2 singles and a sofa bed and bunk bed. Take a special look at the Website on this. The chance to see a lot of wild animals could make this a highlight of the trip.
Tel 03 5237 3234

Mon 12 Feb Lavers Hill to Apollo Bay (30 miles)
A long descent from Lavers Hill followed by the flat floodplain of the Calder River and then a long climb through the Otway National Park. Stop at the Maits Rest Boardwalk rainforest walk. Then a long descent to Apollo Bay. There are no shops or cafes on the route today so we will need to carry food.
Stay at Comfort Inn The International, 37 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay. 3 bed family unit and 1 single room.
Tel 03 5237 6100

Tues 13 Feb Apollo Bay to Lorne (28 miles)
This is the most spectacular section of the Great Ocean Road, where the route is carved into the cliffs as they plunge into the sea.
Stay at the Sandridge Motel, 128 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne.
Two twin bedded rooms
Tel 03 5289 2180

Weds 14 Feb Lorne to Geelong and train to Melbourne (44 miles)
Along the coast to Torquay and then north to Geelong. Catch a late afternoon train to Melbourne. There are frequent VLine suburban trains which take bikes.
Stay Miami Hotel, 13 Hawke Street, Melbourne.
Web - www.themiami.com.au
1 room with 4 beds

Thurs 15 Feb Melbourne (Rest Day)
Possibly take the bikes on a train to explore one of the National Parks to the East.


Fri 16 Feb Melbourne (Rest Day)
Pack the bikes and explore the City. Note- This night is booked so we can have use of the room as long as possible before leaving to get the flight


Sat 17 Feb 3 of the group Fly back. 00.50

Edwin stays on for another 3 and a half weeks



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Updated: Saturday, 13 January 2007 1:56 AM EADT
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