Bike riders are in for a treat on this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride. The iconic event is set to showcase the best of Gippsland’s rivers, lakes and beaches.
From 25 November to 3 December 2023, the nine-day bike ride will travel almost 540km from Orbost to Wonthaggi and wend its way through the region with visits to Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Port Albert and Fish Creek.
Riders will marvel at the majesty of the landscape as they traverse Krauatungalung Country near Buchan, Tatungalung Country along the Mitchell River, Brayakaaulung Country near Sale and the lands of the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation in Wonthaggi.
“The 2023 Great Vic is a fun, friendly and challenging holiday where you’ll join new and old friends riding through Victoria’s beautiful countryside,” says Bicycle Network General Manager of Events, Caitlin Borchers.
Three thousand riders from Victoria, interstate and overseas are expected to join this year’s Great Vic. At each campsite there’s heaps to enjoy including live music, food trucks, bars, yoga and outdoor cinema.
“Gippsland has some of the best bike riding in Australia: gentle gradients, quiet country backroads and scenery to die for – making it ideal for bike riders of all levels,” says Borchers.
Those who can’t get away for the week but still want to be part of the fun can join the first five days from Orbost to Sale, or a long weekend for the last three days from Sale to Wonthaggi.
The ride starts in Orbost on 25 November. Overnight stops are in Buchan (26 November), Lakes Entrance (27 November), Paynesville (28 November), Sale (2 nights 29 and 30 November), Port Albert (1 December), Fish Creek (2 December) and finishes after nearly 540kms in Wonthaggi on 3 December.
The ride is a rolling bike festival with tent-based accommodation. There is comprehensive on-route support, luggage transfers, entertainment, a medical team, bicycle repair facilities and much more.
For more event information visit: greatvic.com.au