JAN 2024

Cadel Road Race Weekend Planner

With an action-packed schedule of cycling ahead in Geelong, the Bellarine and the Surf Coast regions, here’s what you need to know when planning your long weekend on the coast.


Geelong and the Bellarine combine charming coastal villages with a lively and evolving waterfront precinct. The must-see region transforms into a cycling mecca this January.

Here you can dine at award-winning restaurants, explore hip laneways, head out to nearby vineyards and breweries and enjoy the best family water play experiences in the state.

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The Great Ocean Road

Home to the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest, gourmet food trails and an abundance of native wildlife.

In this part of the world, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures – from cycling, bushwalking, surfing, mountain biking and much more.

Visit The Great Ocean Road

Barwon Heads and the Bellarine

Cadel’s Australian home base, Barwon Heads, famously painted itself yellow when he won the 2011 Tour de France! Here, you can soak up the coastal scenery all year round, there’s a beach for every occasion and three of Australia’s Top 50 public access courses.

When it comes to exploring the nearby Bellarine Peninsula, there’s no better way than riding the Bellarine Rail Trail from South Geelong to Queenscliff.

Visit Barwon Heads and the Bellarine

Torquay and Bells Beach

This is the surfing capital of Australia and home to the longest running surf competition in the world, the Rip Curl Pro.

Whether you’re chasing big swell or splashing about with the family at the more protected front beach, there’s water activities aplenty in Torquay. 

Visit Torquay & Bells Beach

Bells Beach

Proudly presented by Visit Victoria

Visit Victoria is proud to support the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as part of our renewed commitment to building the state’s renowned calendar of major sporting and cultural events. 

By curating the depth and diversity of Victoria’s inspiring experiences, we help maximise yield from intrastate, interstate and international visitors. For more tips, guides and information about Victoria and our regions click here. 

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