Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 47 VIEW US ONLINE FOR FUTURE EDITIONS MOTORCYCLING Ride into the hills of the Great Alpine Road for a memorable experience. Relish the Great Alpine curves can be found. The descent towards Omeo is on tarmac that is very enjoyable with long flowing corners. Just short of Omeo is the Cassilis Road. Turn off to the right and follow it through to Swifts Creek. The road introduces a narrow and interesting surface to the ride. Follow the Great Alpine Road from Swifts Creek back to Bairnsdale to complete the circuit. Experience one of East Gippsland’s most notable motorbike riding experiences, enjoying dazzling views and taking in a good chunk of the Great Alpine Road. This ride starts at Bairnsdale, heading over the mountains to Falls Creek and Bright before the return run. It is best conducted over two days to really get a good feel for the area with a night’s stay in Bright where there are numerous accommodation options to choose from. The second day can be a return to Bairnsdale or alternatively head towards Melbourne via Mansfield. It can be completed in a day if needed, with the round trip, returning to Bairnsdale, approximately 490 kilometres in length. Ideally, leave Bairnsdale around 9am and head to Bruthen, turning towards Omeo and the mountains. You’ll follow the Tambo River for much of the time and encounter many interesting tight turning-in corners that can catch out the inexperienced before reaching Swift’s Creek, a regular stopover for riders. After a break, head on to Omeo and turn right onto the Omeo Highway and through to Anglers Rest and the Blue Duck Inn, well known for its fine food, for a lunchtime break. The history of the Blue Duck is an interesting one and your hosts will be happy to tell it. From there it is a short distance before turning left and heading up the Bogong High Plains Road and on to Falls Creek. This road has been sealed in recent times and while it is narrow it does provide interesting scenery. It’s a short trip from Falls Creek to Mount Beauty before the Tawonga Gap Road, a delightful encounter before arriving at Bright mid-afternoon for the stopover and a meal and an ale at one of the town’s many fine restaurants, takeaway stores and breweries. On leaving Bright head back up the Great Alpine Road to Omeo, a road that brings joy to riders on the long uphill climb to Mt Hotham, where a stunning view of the surrounding area