Victoria has some spectacular roads and scenery that are
just perfect for a ride. Find out where to ride and some
tips before you set off.
And if you have a favourite ride suggestion, we'd like
to hear from you and share your riding experience.
Submit a Ride
Got a favourite ride you think is worth sharing with your fellow riders? Then we'd like to hear from you. It could be a course for cruising the cafe strips in Melbourne's CBD, or a hidden gem of a ride out in the bush.
Tell us about it in the field below, or attach a Word document of your submission. Only your name and suburb/town will be published on this site - other details will not be published.
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Before you ride
What condition is your bike in? Long touring rides can be demanding, particularly in difficult weather, so it's worthwhile giving it the once over before you depart, or getting someone in the know to do it for you.
To make it easy, here's a checklist:
• Tyre pressure
• Brake operation
• Electrics - headlight, tail light, brake light and indicators
• Oil chain (if applicable)
• Engine / gearbox oil
• Cooling water (if applicable)
• Two-stroke oil (if applicable)
• Chain wear and tension
• Tyre tread depth
• Brake pads (shoes if applicable)
• Brake cable and lever
• All nuts tightened
More tips about maintaining your bike from other riders.
The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges are some of Victoria's most popular motorcycling regions. Only an hour from Melbourne's CBD, the region includes some of our State's most attractive national parks as well as award winning restaurants and tourist attractions such as Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy.
Shire of Yarra Ranges has developed this brochure and map (PDF, 846k) highlighting a choice of scenic and enjoyable rides for all motorcyclists.
The Snowy Mountains Region is breathtakingly beautiful and an absolute joy to experience. Riders travelling through the region are welcomed by fresh mountain air and wonderful vistas - a refreshing change from riding the highways.
The number of towns throughout the region gives the discerning rider an opportunity to spend several days touring the area without travelling the same road twice.
For more information on riding in the Snowy Mountain Region, we recommend visiting mcsnowymountains.com.au
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road and Otway Region provide some of the most spectacular motorcycling routes in the country. The scenery takes your breath away, the locals are friendly and the road is challenging.
We've compiled some great tips from the Motorcycle Subcommittee of the Barwon Community Road Safety Council to make sure fellow riders get the most out of these regions.
The Great Ocean Ride DVD guides you through this magnificent ride before you hit the road. It's available for free from the VicRoads bookshop - phone 9854 2782.
How to get there
Start your Great Ocean Road ride from Geelong, a sixty minute ride from Melbourne via the Western Ring Road and Princes Freeway. From Geelong, it's a quick journey down to the Surf Coast where you can enjoy the scenery and beaches of Torquay and Angelsea and wind your way on through to Lorne and then Apollo Bay.
The map below shows alternative inland roads as well as a range of information about difficulties you may encounter - hazards specific to the Great Ocean Road - and specific advice on cornering and preparation for the ride.
Highlights of the Surf Coast
Torquay - stop and enjoy this prominent surfing beach, and visit the world famous Bells Beach on the way to Anglesea.
Lorne - one of the most popular all year round holiday resorts in Victoria. Take a break and enjoy a latte or two at one of the many coffee shops and restaurants. On the way there, stop for a breather at the Airey's Inlet Lighthouse, where the view is nothing less than spectacular, before you approach the winding mountainous roads leading into Lorne, as these roads will test your riding skills to the limit.
Apollo Bay - This picturesque fishing village is spread around a sweeping bay and nestled against the lush Otway Ranges.
Lavers Hill - the highest point in the Otways and a great spot to rest, rehydrate and review.
Port Campbell - located on a spectacular stretch of coastline known as the Shipwreck Coast, Port Campbell is a close ride from the popular tourist attraction, the Twelve Apostles.
Otway National Park - Some of Victoria's most rugged, inaccessible coastline and amazing rainforests can be found within the Otway National Park.
Care must be taken on these roads and we advise contacting an information centre for details of conditions prior to entering the Otway National Park area.
Distances and times from Geelong
Keep in mind that during special events and peak periods, Great Ocean Road travel times will increase significantly.
If you want to know more, talk to one of the locals or visit the Official Great Ocean Road web site. This site also contains details of Great Ocean Road Visitor Centres, which are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm and can be reached on 1800 620 888.
We are waiting to hear from you to tell us about your favourite rides. Submit your ride.
Barnsdale to Jindabyne - Submitted by Danny of Bligh Park
Ride Type: Sealed and unsealed mountain roads
Ride Duration: Approx 3-4 hours
Barnsdale to Jindabyne via The Barry Way. This Ride is fantastic if you have a duel purpose bike. It would be possible to ride on most bike but care must be taken as there is around 90km unsealed road. The dirt section is in fairly good condition but in spots it is narrow and steep. Watch out for other cars (very few) coming the opposite direction. This road is illustrated on most maps.
This ride is one of my personal favourites. The sealed section from Barnsdale to Seldom seen, is great. The road is mixed with some very good winding road that is in very good condition. There is some very good valley views around Buchan. also there are caves to visit and a couple of great places to eat. You may want to top up your fuel here. Seldom seen road house is well worth the stop. The dirt starts here. the road is normally well maintained and the ride is fairly easy. there is some spectacular views following the snowy river. Around 30km short of Jindabyne the road converts back to tar. this road is in very good condition and very little traffic. Watch out for farm vehicles and stock. From Melbourne, I would suggest an over night stay at Jindabyne, with a cold beverage and lake views , what a way to end a great ride!
Mt Evelyn, Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction, Noojee, Neerim, Drouin and home - Submitted by Stuart of Cranbourne
Ride Type: Day cruise
Ride Duration: Full day
Follow Canterbury Road to York Road roundabout and head towards Mt Evelyn. From Mt Evelyn head out on the Warburton Highway to Yarra Junction. Yarra Junction has a few nice coffee shops, I have not found a bad one yet. From Yarra Junction, head out on the Yarra Junction - Noojee Road. Follow into Noojee, and turn left and go over the bridge at the start of Loch Valley Rd and turn right into "The Tool Shed" for lunch. From Noojee head towards Neerim and out to Drouin. Another lovely place for a coffee before heading onto Lang Lang, out to the South Gippsland Highway and head for home.
Good combination of grippy roads, with some good bends. No need to take them fast as it is satisfying when you get the apex right.