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Motorbike Trip to Horsham via Great Ocean Road and Daylesford

Motorbike Trip to Horsham on Suzuki GS500 ( via Great Ocean Road and Daylesford)

the route we have taken

last year in the end of june 2013 we decided to go for a two day ride  to Horsham.
We could’ve take the shortcut and get there in 3 hours via the freeway but we taken a more scenic route via the Great Ocean Road. We left city around 8am on Satturday , as I remember now the weather when we took off, was not the best. It was really cold around 5 degrees, foggy and to make it worth when we approached Geelong it started raining. At 100km/h it cools you by another 10 degrees. Even though I have waterproof suit and waterproof gloves, after riding in this weather for an hour your fingers go numb. Would have been nice to have heated grips or at least bark busters to deflect rain and wind. Another thing was a poor visibility I worried that it would be harder to ride the waterfront twisties in such conditions.

We stopped at Anglesea for 5 mins to stretch the legs. As we left Anglesea  rain stopped and sky cleared. It was a lot nicer to ride now, it didn’t feel as cold and suit started drying up. In about half an hour we got to Lorne and stopped there for a late breakfast.

The coastal twisty road continues up until Apollo Bay after it goes inland,  we  refuelled there and continued towards Warnambool.  We hit few patches of rain before we got to Warnambool but the road was still nice via inland, very green, humid and air filled with rainforest fragrance. We decided to have lunch somewhere near the waterfront and found a good spot near the Breakwater Rock Pier, the food at Pavilion Cafe & Bar was quite good and it had nice view of the little bay.


the original plan was to go to Portland next but we were running a bit late on time and the final destination for the day was Horsham so we decided to skip Portland and ride via “C184” highway to reduce the time we ride in the dark to avoid all the wildlife.

Half way between Macarthur and Hamilton we found a nice lookout with a view to the Mt Napier. We didn’t have enough time to visit the old volcano and explorer surroundings there but taken few nice

Mt Napier lookout
Mt Napier lookout

photos with some nice green paddocks at the back, which reminded me of WindowsXP desktop background.

It got dark just before we got to Horsham. We didn’t want to meet too many kangaroos as we were passing Grampians on our right, as this time of the day you see them more often . they are very active at dusk and dawn, come out to feed and could end up on the road.

We stopped overnight at relatives place in Horsham. I was a bit tired, it was my first long ride on the bike. My shoulders and wrists were sore, knees were cramped. I think Suzuki GS500 is a bit small for me for long distance touring, about 600 kms in one sitting was a bit hard but its perfect for shorter distances and commuting around town. I also think I was holding on to the handlebars bit too much too and might have been a bit stiffer then needs to be,  that could’ve also contributed to the muscle ache.

We left Horsham early morning at dawn . We headed to Grampians via Wartook and Halls Gap.  The fog was very thick that morning, you couldn’t see further then 10-20 meters. It was so thick that it was forming a droplets film on the visor, I had to wipe the visor with my hand every few minutes. It was crowded with kangaroos too, crossing the road, jumping out of nowhere, running alongside the road, so we were riding very slow on those twisties with eyes wide open.

We soon arrived at Halls Gap, where we had our morning coffee, coffee  was quite average but was enough to get us to Ararat, where we had a better coffee and a proper breakfast.

When we finished our breakfast sun was up and cleared the fog, the ride got easier and roads straighter, so we got to Daylesford via Avoca and Maryborough in no time. We searched  for natural mineral springs near Daylesford, there were few signs there but we couldn’t find any springs in the wild. We had some nice lunch at Daylesford .Taken few photoshots of Trentham Water Falls and went to Melbourne.

On the second day of riding I didn’t feel as much shoulder pain as day before , because I tried to relax the grip a little but still could feel the knee cramps so I needed to stop every couple of hours to stretch.

Overall it was a good relaxing trip, mind clearing and refreshing. Covering around 1000kms over the weekend. It was my first long road trip on the bike and Im looking forward to the next one.

Walhalla town

last Friday which  was a public holiday (Anzac day ) in Australia, we decided to do a day trip to famous Walhalla town.

Star Hotel
Star Hotel

This town is popular  for gold-mining heritage, it features buildings that were built during the gold rush, old mines, couple of camping grounds,  mountainous terrain which is popular with hikers and 4wd drivers, trees with very bright yellow and red color leaves at this time of the year, which could make you feel that you are in Europe – just a nice and relaxing place to visit.

old gold vault
old gold vault used to hold 70 tons of gold

The plan was to go for a few walks, have some meal and coffee in town and go back to Melbourne. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, with few cool drafts at the bottom of the town or when in shade. It taken us couple of hours to get there. The road to Omeo was a straight line freeway with not much to see which was quite boring, but after Omeo it transforms to a nice twisty road with wide sweeping corners and lots of green trees on both sides. This road is great for motorcycles, I have done it before on the way to camping grounds north of Thomson Dam. Saw few bikes in Walhalla,  but there were a lot more four wheel drives covered in mud passing through the town and stopping there for coffees.

We had some coffees and sandwiches there too at the cafe next to the “Star Hotel” .
Walhalla 25 april 2014 - 29Altogether i think we found three places that sell beverages and meals but they didn’t have much variety of food just sandwiches, pies, focaccia at one place. I was hoping for a more substantial meal like steak or something similar, actually a wood fire pizzas i think would well here, the smoke will lure in most of the tourists. Also not sure what you can have there for dinner if you decide to stay there overnight. Probably good idea to bring some snacks or easy to cook meal with you and cook it at the nearby camping grounds.

There are few tours you can do while there, you can go to the Extended Tunnel Mine tour which takes about 1 hour to complete  and runs every 1-1.5 hours. You can take a ride on the train which is also an hourly service I think.
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we didn’t go on any tours this time as we wanted to explorer everything by foot slowly, not rushing anywhere and not depend on any time schedule. We left it to the next time we visit town as we definitely want to return and possibly camp there for a night

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