One you have to do! Good mix of twisties, open flowing sections as well. Fuel available at Scottsdale & St Helens.
They call it 99 Bends for good reason.
Whether you are on a sports bike, tourer or cruiser, you will love this amazing section of road.
Located on the Lyell Hwy between Queenstown and Gormanston, you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery and a fantastic session of approx 48 kms of curves on a mostly smooth road with a high grip surface.
You can take it slowly and enjoy the scenery or drop your knee onto the tarmac. Whichever you take it be careful of on coming vehicles who can encroach onto the wrong side of the white line on the tighter corners. The good news is most of the time there is little traffic to be seen.
To find the 99 Bends, plot a route between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge and you'll find the 99 Bends not far out from Queenstown.
The ride in/out of Queenstown will take you up and down a very steep rise that will surely challenge you in places with some very tight corners. The Derwent Bridge Hotel is a great start/end point and worth a visit for a refreshing beverage.
Recommendation: If you are riding Tasmania, then this ride has to be on the list.
Here is a full day of riding that will reward you but not wear you out.
You can create lots of variations, "add ons" and "sidetracks",
but here is a good route that's fairly easy to navigate.
If you miss a turn or get lost don't worry, you'll still be in some of the best riding
areas of Victoria and will be sure to enjoy it regardless.
Starting at The Gurdies you will quickly be heading inland and away from the flat lands of the highway. Plenty of hills and curves to keep you alert as you head to the Kernot Pub. Nice spot for an ale.
Turn left and head up to Loch. For a small township you'll be surprised at the number of eateries and quality food available. There's even a craft brewery to wet your whistle.
Refreshed you can head back south to the tiny town of Archies Creek. Keep an eye out for the spectaular lookout on your right - worth taking in the view. If a pub meal isn't for you then continue through Archies Creek to Wonthaggi for a "big town" rest spot.
The best part of the ride is still ahead as you travel inland to Warragul. The roads are good quality but narrowish and the views get better as you climb into the hills.
Once you go through Korumburra things only get better... the roads soon get windier and narrower with few opportunities to pass slow moving traffic. Watch out for oncoming cars that go wide on corners. The views on either side are spectacular and the roadscape constantly changes.
The only down side will be your return trip as that will most likely be back along open freeway.
Here's a great ride for those looking to experience some of the glorious Great Ocean Road but not the full palava.
Accompanied by my ride partner we started off at Torquay and headed to Lorne via the Great Ocean Road. It's not a long ride but you will experience one glorious coastal view after another as you enjoy those twisties.
A quick bevvie and a bite to eat at Lorne and it was time to hit the road again. Instead of returning via the route we came, we headed inland to Deans Marsh & Winchelsea. We were rewarded with all you could ask for; twisties, bush scenery, some open straights and very little traffic.
A short squirt on and we are at Geelong ready to head back to the big smoke.
If you are in the area with an hour or two spare, mount up and enjoy.
Note: Our ride was done on Sunday 12 July 2015 and it was a very cold and very wet day. Despite the conditions we enjoyed every moment of this ride and looking forward to returning on a fine and warm day.
Not a challenging ride but an enjoyable one non-the-less.
The route has plenty of open roads, fresh air and scenery to enjoy along the way. Most of the ride is on good quality roads but you may experience a few short rough sections between Cockatoo and Woori Yallock.
The Warburton Bakery offers good food, coffee, easy parking and ample seating; making it a popular stopping point for riders.
If you have a few hours to spare, try wandering the shops or some of the other attractions in and about the township. Hint, don't let your \"Mrs\" roam the shops unattended or it could be an expensive day for you.
Plenty of route options open for your return trip.
All up, nice relaxing ride to blow off the cobwebs on a pleasant Sunday morning / arvo. Beats mowing the lawns!