The Great Ocean Road – Trip Notes

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The Great Ocean Road – A Wonderful Three Wheeled Adventure……..

Melbourne Tours on Trike

As our Full Day All Time Premium Three Wheeled Adventure, the Great Ocean Road can be  the Journey of a Lifetime for some.

We get out and about early in the day, with our preference being to start at Trike HQ so we get the right size helmets, jackets scarves and gloves before we embark.  (A toilet break for some……) and then we are away.

Our Big Blue Three Wheeled Excitement Machines glisten in the daylight, they certainly catch everybody’s attention as we power over the WestGate Bridge on our way down the Freeway to Geelong.  Travelling at speed through Melbourne’s Western suburbs, we share the journey with several busloads of visitors, so its not surprising that many of the buses (big & small) pull alongside our Trikes for that famous Photographic moment……..some on these people on the buses look like they would gladly swap seats…….

We slip off the freeway and head into Geelong, stopping at Eastern Beach for a quick leg stretch, check out the waterfront there…Geelong is a wonderful place to visit with the waterfront there being a favourite spot for this TrikeMan but today it is all about the Great Ocean Road, the history, the water, the wildlife plus that wonderful fresh sea air and wind in your face is calling… we are about an hour into our journey…..

As we approach Torquay, the air changes, it’s fresher and we get some glimpses of the ocean as just a tempter of what is to come……..the houses, the people, you can feel the closeness to the ocean, no wonder it is a haven for both visitors, retirees and that special holiday location for many.  Our famous Icon, Bells Beach is our first stop…the waves are a joy to watch, the car park can be crowded with surfers however the viewing platform is spectacular and if the surf is up, even if you are not a surfer you will understand why this is a such a world class place for surfing………(sometimes a kangaroo or two are about as well….)

We move away from the water just a little as we make our way down to Airey’s Inlet and stop at the Split Point Lighthouse where the view is just spectacular plus the Tea rooms make a wonderful coffee (the cakes are to die for…) just an easy place to stop at……..its about morning tea time so a good time for a stretch.

We are now right alongside the ocean, it’s rugged, spectacular and for this TrikeMan,  as you are sitting behind him, he will be shaking his head and smiling  (How lucky am I….he says…)        make no mistake this journey is quite an experience.   As we pass by the entrance Archway it is easy to wonder about the history of the Great ocean Road, how it employed 3000 Returned Soldiers, mostly pick shovels and some explosives, it must have been a most grueling job… I always marvel at the engineering by hand….amazing……

This part of the journey is what this day is all about, the wonder and the ruggedness of where we are, the water, the waves, the twists, turns, the ups and downs of the road plus the freshness of the sea air, the trees, the ferns and the creeks we cross.  We eventually wind our way into Kennet River to see the Koalas there…..There is an opportunity to feed the birds there, as a number of different birds have made this part of the Great Ocean Road their home and are very very friendly…(always make it a point NOT to rev the trikes here, it is a special place………

(as a side note …would love to charge a $1 for every photo taken of the trikes here….they are such a headturner…)

Again onwards we go towards Apollo Bay, it’s starting to feel like lunchtime, so while we have different options based on what you the passenger likes to eat, our preference is fish and chips on the Harbour.  Your choice of fish, it’s cooked fresh for you…absolutely YUMMY…it is a special moment here, I always enjoy this break…..you sit back enjoying the view inland of the surrounding hills, the noise of the water and the bobbing of the boats in and around the harbour.

The Great Ocean Road can be a busy place, most visitors to Victoria come here in assorted vehicles, so in terms of people it can be a big crowd like the footy, or like today just the odd couples, families and the occasional small group, making the experience even more personal.

Over the time, most of our guests had this experience on their bucket list, some just to wanted to travel the road, others use the journey as recognition of beating serious illness while a couple of special people I met used this wonderful journey as a move to their new life after the death of a precious loved one.  This TrikeMan always feels most fortunate firstly that our guests choose to spend their valuable leisure time with us, but also quite blessed that we are able to lighten the mental load of those who have major tragedy affecting their lives.

If you have read our other blogs you will know that this TrikeMan loves his job, he also enjoys the experience, with the occasional guest comment “I think you are having more fun than we are TrikeMan”………truly blessed I am…truly blessed.

With yummy fish & chips complete, it’s back on to the Great Ocean Road again, this time back the way we came….going back to where we started, the road gives you a different perspective again.  This time our Three Wheeled Excitement Machines are hard up against the cliffside on our left with the water now on the other side of the road.  It is normally around this time that our guests get a little spooked by the “Drive on the LEFT” road signs dotted all the way along the road.  The “Falling Rocks” signs have a little more significance when you are almost close enough to touch the cliffs as we continue the journey.

So while we are retracing our steps….the perspective of this wonderful road is no less spectacular than before, it really is a special part of our wonderful state of Victoria…..(you will note I am biased just a little but I first traveled this road as a young boy and still love the experience).  With the motorcycle helmets wired for sound, all the way on this journey the guests chat to the rider, the conversations can range from being informative, funny, sometimes deep and meaningful plus occasionally political (not often though) but there is always lots of laughter, albeit at some of this TrikeMan’s unfunny jokes…..While we all enjoy the Great Ocean Road, it’s all about the Experience.

The afternoon is now getting longer, usually we stop in Anglesea for another coffee or cool drink, stretching the legs again, a toilet visit…(too much information TrikeMan…) and then back on the Trike again as we make our way back towards Melbourne.   When we move inland again away from the water, we travel at speed again this time going around Geelong on the new Bypass Road and when we are in convoy (more than one trike) there is a bit of passing goes on, guests cameras and phones working overtime with photos, more laughter and as we continue on the freeway, cars continually pull alongside, passengers using their own camera or just giving us all the “Thumbs Up” acknowledgment to us. It’s been a long day, lots of Kilometres covered, its all about the experience.

By this time the (Mandatory) “Royal Wave” has worked overtime after all day usage, the World’s Most Liveable City beckoning in the ever shortening distance, the traffic increases, the hustle bustle of Suburbia surrounds us. Looking to the left and right of the Trike,  this TrikeMan often sees the blank expressions of the drivers, most likely on their way home from work, completing their daily grind into Melbourne’s Peak Hour.  While it is busy and occasionally hectic most of this peak hour stuff is going in the opposite direction, as we approach the WestGate Bridge, we are close to home, this experience nearly complete.

I still marvel at the city views from the top of the WestGate Bridge, you certainly feel on top of the world up there, even in heavy traffic.

So here we are back in Docklands, it’s the end of the Corporate Day so suits, briefcases for the men, high heels and handbags for the ladies and many laptops strapped over the shoulder for most…..(Our day today is a much better option….).

For the ladies, the helmet hair comes for FREE, (we don’t charge extra for that…haha) and for our Male Guests, by now thoughts of how to impress his “Financial Controller” about buying  a trike can be prevalent, so a good day had by all. Smiles, handshakes, hugs from some,  complete the experience.  As a rule, everybody sleeps well after this full day Trike Tour, possibly caused by all the Oxygen pushed up your nose by the journey, I know I always go home “Tired but Wired” absolutely exhausted, but exhilarated at the same time.

Now this is a Full Day Adventure, we do travel lots of Kilometres, for most we go to places as a first time visit, you are on our Trikes for most of the day so it really is a unique and exciting experience. The Great Ocean Road is Victoria’s Prime Tourist Attraction for good reason.  There are many ways to get there, with our Three Wheeled Excitement Machines a “Look at Me” option. It is possibly not for everyone due to budget or health reasons, however if this is on your Bucket List to do, for whatever the reason, make sure you do it. we are always available to discuss the possibilities on the telephone, and for those who know this TrikeMan (me)….if we can’t meet your expectations and make it an enjoyable experience for you, we will tell you….in saying that, we do have different options on other shorter tours if that is the solution, you just have to ask.

Our Business will be 8 years young in November 2015, we always try to look after our customers plus we value our reputation in the Tourism Marketplace.

As always, if you need any information about who we are, where we go and what’s this all about, we are always available for a chat on the telephone.  (The TrikeMan is always up for a chat….haha), so thank you for reading my Blog and finally ……….at least once in your life……..

Experience the Freedom of a Three Wheeled Adventure”

 

Thanks again,

 

Alan M…..(sometimes called the TrikeMan…)

 

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  1. As a motorcyclist of nearly 30 years, and veteran of several Great Ocean Road motorcycle tours end to end and both directions, I can safely say that riding The Great Ocean Road is just THE most incredible experience and not to be missed. Riding as a passenger by trike provides all the same feel as motorcycling on two wheels, but in comfort and security, plus you can share the experience with a friend or significant other. Brisbane might have mild winters, but we don’t have The Great Ocean Road! Just do it. It’s one of our country’s best experiences.

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