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Victorian Ride Advice Please

Posted on January 18, 2020 by Scratchy Exma
Posted on January 18, 2020 by Scratchy Exma (Member Score: 0)

Hi All

Riding a friend's road bike back from Melbourne to Queensland early March. I have a week or so to do that and wanted to do a day or two going from Melbourne to the Snowy Mountains and doing a loop there before going further north. As it is a friend's bike I don't want to do any dirt just tar.

I am considering part of this this loop to Omeo before making my way to say Adaminaby:

Is it affected by bushfires at the moment? Google Maps keeps trying to redirect me a longer way around from Myrtleford to Omeo or is it a dirt road? I t looks like it might take a good 9 hours so maybe that's a little to long.

From Omeo I can't see a clear route to go through Mitta Mitta to Adaminaby without it taking way too long. Advice on a route of around 5 - 6 hours would be appreciated.

Any advice on cheap and cheerful accommodation along the way would also be appreciated.

Posted on January 26, 2020 by mark_pope (Member Score: 0)

Hi Scratchy,

Caveat; I don't ride that far North and East of Melbourne so my knowledge is limited. However...

Yep, some of those areas to the South-East and East are fire affected. Only a couple of days ago I was talking to a cop that was being sent to Bairnsdale to assist. The Lakes Entrance, Orbost area was very affected, I wouldn't recommend going that way just yet. The Bright area was also affected. Be prepared to come across some closed roads and detours.

Try looking at

That should provide you with more up-to-date information.

I rode from Brisbane to Melbourne back in 1996. One thing I do recall is how strong the wind gusts were South of Sydney. I think down through the Goulburn area. Aulbry-Wodonga was pea-soup fog in the morning up until after lunch. The West of Cunningham's Gap was so cold I began to wonder what I got myself into. However, I was travelling during July.

I hope this helps and it all goes well for you.


Posted on January 26, 2020 by Scratchy Exma (Member Score: 0)

Thanks for the advice. Will look up blockages closer to the date.

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