Bike Ride Ararat to Warrnambool. Total distance
Train Southern Cross to Ararat and ride to Halls Gap via Moyston. Lunch
along the way
and made own dinner at Halls Gap. Overnight in Takaru Bush Retreat in
hike tent. 65km.
Halls Gap to Cavendish via Glenelg Creek Road and other back roads. Lunch at
Boreang Camp and dinner at Bunyip Hotel in Cavendish. Overnight in Cavendish
Recreation Reserve in hike tent. 95km.
Cavendish to Mt Eccles National Park via Hamilton and Macarthur. Lunch at
Byaduk Caves and made own dinner at Mt Eccles. Overnight at Mt Eccles camping
ground in hike tent. 85km.
Mt Eccles to Port Fairy. Lunch in Port Fairy and dinner at Chinese in Port
Fairy. Overnight at Port Fairy camping ground in hike tent. 70km.
Rode Port Fairy to Warrnambool then train to Southern Cross. 35Km.
Two mountain bikes each with two panniers loaded with provisions and sleeping
gear. One touring bike with 4 panniers loaded with provisions and sleeping gear.
Grampians along the Glenelg River Road.
Noel and Kevin.
Biggest Show Off
Kevin. Whilst riding along the Glenelg River Road we passed a National Park
ranger sitting in his car just off the road. Kevin waved to the guy as we passed
and then he crashed his bike just in front of the car. The ranger raced out to
help. Luckily, Kevin only grazed his leg below the knee. See
this photo of Kevin and Noel talking to the ranger.
Some people may think from
this photo that the three of us slept in the one tent and the other tent
held our provisions. However, both tents were hike tents with room for two
persons only. Noel & Rick slept in one tent and Kevin in the other (at a good
distance because he snores).
Chinese Restaurant at Port Fairy.
No section was particularly difficult except that we either had a head or
side wind every day. In some places we rode in single file to ease the wind
On day 2 from Halls Gap to Cavendish we did not go through any towns and
Rick & Kevin ran out of water. We stopped at a few sheds but were unable to
obtain any water. We eventually found a farmhouse close to the road and the
elderly lady who came to the door was very obliging. She wanted to have a chit
chat but we were running late.
Everyone wants to talk to you when you are on bikes loaded with all your
gear. Met some interesting people.
Cavendish. We were there on a Friday night and the place was buzzing. The
population was listed as 120 and everyone must have been in town that night.
Admittedly, there were a few functions on that night.
Best Firewood Pile
At Warrnambool station. See
this photo. Kevin has an open fire and is always on the lookout for
firewood. This was the best pile he saw.
All of the places we camped at were very good. Mt Eccles National Park camping ground
and Takaru Bush Retreat in Halls Gap had lots of wildlife.
The guy in the general store in Macarthur who would not fill up our drink
bottles with water. We did buy some drinks there first so we gave him some
business. We found water in the Public Toilets in the main street. Kevin was not
very happy with this guy.
About 10km from Port Fairy, Noel and Kevin stopped briefly and Rick went on
ahead. Rick decided to try to beat them to Port Fairy. Took them a while to
realise what was happening and then they began the chase in single file (peloton).
Caught Rick about 3 Km from Port Fairy.
18 to 20 Km/hr.
Macarthur. The town has lavish facilities in the main street. Pool, Tennis,
Bowls. Did not see one person using these facilities on the Sunday morning we
Low 20's every day. Drizzly rain for periods on most days. Head or side wind
The Silliest Thing We Did
We took the advice of Kevin's friend and rode from Ararat to Warrnambool. He
claimed the prevailing winds would be in our favour. He was completely wrong
unless the winds decided to blow in the opposite direction for the 5 days we
rode. Our ride was based on one detailed in the Bicycle Victoria magazine and
they rode from Warrnambool to Ararat.
How Difficult Was The Ride
Easy to moderate.