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Brisbane to Melbourne

Brisbane to Melbourne – Feb 2018

£2,999.00

TOUR REF: AU81
TYPE: Road Cycling
LEVEL: Moderate
DATES: 04 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018
DURATION:
 25 days / 24 nights
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Standard
 

  • Optional extras

    • 750 £

Another winter getaway ‘Down Under’. A stunning ride down Australia’s Pacific coastline. Option to join or depart in Sydney.

Planning a cycle route in Australia is a bit like eating an elephant. Where do you start? On closer inspection many choices are dictated by the daunting size and physical obstacles, and an obvious ‘must do’ route soon emerges. The 1400 miles from Brisbane to Melbourne offer sufficient challenges to qualify as a real adventure, but with manageable terrain, sensational scenery and some remarkably cycle friendly roads.

As with all Bike Adventures routes, this one has been thoroughly researched by our own staff from the saddle of a bike. Tough work!

After a day in Brisbane to acclimatise and see a little of the city we head south, along the fabulous Gold Coast. You will be amazed by the quality and number of cycle paths and, when we must take to a highway, cyclists are well catered for with their own private cycle lane in many places. We soon pass from Queensland to New South Wales and remain, more or less, on the coast all the way to Manly, from where we take a ferry into downtown Sydney, affording excellent views of the bridge and opera house.

We have a rest day in Sydney but this also creates the opportunity for those looking for a shorter trip to arrive or depart.

From Sydney we return to the coast on a second ferry, to pass the famous Bondi Beach. Between Sydney and Melbourne the terrain is more rugged with more hills and some long stretches between services. For our last few days we turn West into Victoria before finishing in Melbourne, surely the most cycle-friendly city in the Southern Hemisphere?

Daily mileage for this route is 65, though the location of towns with suitable accommodation means that individual days range from 50 to 80.

 

If you would like to read other people’s comments on our holidays then check out the Customer Comments page.

 

Itinerary: 

Day -1 – Arrive in Brisbane

We will meet you from the airport for the short transfer to a motel.

Day 0 – Acclimatisation

A day of rest to shake off the jet lag. Brisbane is a wonderful city and worth exploring.

Day 1 Brisbane to Miami – 63 miles

Day 2 Miami to Byron Bay – 62 miles

Day 3 Byron Bay to Maclean – 73 miles

Day 4 Maclean to Glenreach – 56 miles

Day 5 Glenreach to Macksville – 65 miles

Day 6 Macksville to Port Macquarie – 65 miles

Day 7 Port Macquarie to Taree – 54 miles

Day 8 Taree to Buladulah – 63 miles

Day 9 – Buladulah to Belmont – 73 miles

Day 10 Belmont to Manly (and ferry into Sydney)

Day 11 – Rest Day (Or Arrival/Departure day)

Day 12 Sydney to Shellharbour – 68 miles

Day 13 Shellharbour to Milton – 70 miles

Day 14 Milton to Moruya – 60 miles

Day 15 Moruya to Bermagui – 50 miles

Day 16 Bermagui to Eden – 58 miles

Day 17 Eden to Caan River – 69 miles

Day 18 Caan River to Lakes Entrance – 82 miles

Day 19 Lakes Entrance to Sale – 69 miles

Day 20 Sale to Welshpool – 61 miles

Day 21 Welshpool to Koo Wee Rup – 76 miles

Day 22 Koo Wee Rup to Melbourne – 50 miles

Day 23 Depart

 

Tour Price includes:
  • All accommodation within Australia in a mix of bed-only and bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Full tour leader support, typically 1 per 6-8 guests
  • Full vehicle support with tools and spares
  • Local transfers

 

Tour Price does not include:
  • Meals other than breakfast as mentioned
  • Flights or other travel to/from start/finish
  • Insurance

 

Holiday Details:

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in motels and small hotels.

Weather: Weather in the regions the holiday will visit is generally warm with long hours of sunshine. Temperatures are typically hotter nearer Brisbane, cooling slightly as we head south, and east.

Flights: Your booking excludes flights to/from Brisbane/Melbourne. 

Airport Transfers: Local airport transfers are included.

Transporting Your Bicycle: The policies of airlines vary and frequently change. Some will carry your bike in addition to the standard luggage allowance, some allow the bike as part of the standard allowance and some will charge extra. At the time of writing British Airways allows bikes as part of the overall allowance provided they are ‘properly’ boxed. You are responsible for checking with your airline that your bike can be carried.

The rules regarding how the bike must be prepared also vary widely. Regardless of what the airline will accept, we recommend that your bike is properly boxed, either in a purpose-built case/bag or a stout cardboard box (most bike shops have these and are happy to give then free or for a few pounds). For advice on exactly how to package the bike contact us. Again, you are responsible for ensuring that your packaging meets the airline’s requirements. If you plan to use a hard case please let us know so that we can ensure we have enough luggage space to carry it. 

If getting your bike boxed or transported to/from your departure airport is a concern please contact us for advice.