Departure time is normally 15 minutes after advertised event time. In the case of severe weather forecasts (very hot, strong winds, thunderstorms, etc.) check with the ride leader to confirm if the ride will still be taking place.
CTAWA 2019 Victorian Goldfields Tour
Monday March 11, 2019 - Sunday March 24, 2019
Over the years, The Cycle Touring Association of WA (Inc) has periodically organised interstate tours to provide an opportunity to explore other parts of Australia by bicycle, sharing the experience and the camaraderie of fellow club members.
Cycling predominately on sealed, quiet back country roads, the CTAWA 2019 Victorian Goldfields Tour is based loosely on part of a previous Bicycle Network event, with the route being modified significantly to incorporate the riding of four (unsealed) Rail Trails within the region.
In total contrast to the harsh remoteness of the vast goldfields region of WA, the main Victorian Goldfields are within a relatively contained area, with the tour route passing through many beautiful goldrush villages, different landscapes and the vineyards of the Pyrenees wine region.
This total 14 day, unsupported tour of approximately 800km, will traverse a circular route commencing and finishing from Melbourne over twelve riding days. Two rest days in the twin historic and vibrant cities of Bendigo and Ballarat have been factored into the itinerary to allow participants time to recuperate and explore the very popular tourist attractions on offer – the arts precincts, historic buildings and museums, parks, gardens and lakes, along with great cafes and restaurants.
To celebrate the tour coming to an end, an evening dinner will be arranged at a suitable venue in Bacchus Marsh on the penultimate riding day, Saturday 23 March 2019.
The tour will start (at 9.00am Monday 11 March 2019)) and finish at Discovery Parks – Melbourne, 129 Ashley Street, Braybrook 3019. This caravan park is conveniently located in the western suburbs (adjacent to Footscray) and is only 1.5km from Tottenham Train Station on the Sunbury line. For those participants electing to stay at the caravan park pre-tour, on-site, dry storage of collapsed bike boxes will be arranged for the duration of the event.
For those participants planning to fly into Melbourne over the weekend preceding the tour’s commencement, ever endeavour will be explored to try and mitigate the expense of transporting yourself, bike box and luggage from Tullamarine Airport to Braybrook.
As this is a full pannier cycling tour, collective reservations (and payment) will only be made on behalf of those participants who are camping on their selected dates. Organisation of any other style of accommodation (cabins, villas, en-site caravans, B&Bs, motel/hotel rooms), either pre & post tour, the entire event or on any of the rest days is entirely the responsibility of individuals for arranging bookings and direct payment.
Even though this tour seems a long way off, planning ahead to ensure you have the appropriate time allocated during March 2019 to participate in this event is essential.
Details on the camping venues for the tour can be found here.
A “mud map” of the tour can be found here.
Due to unexpected demand from members to participate in the 2019 Victorian Goldfields Tour, registration in the event is now closed. However, a final assessment of the situation will be undertaken in early December. In the meantime should you wish to be considered for possible inclusion following this review, please email your details to the Tour Leader, Trevor Knox. Your name will be entered onto a ‘Wait List’ on a first come, first served basis.