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Great Ocean Road by Bike

Melbourne >> Geelong (train) >> Torquay >> Great Ocean Rd >> Warnambool >> Melbourne (train)

Distance: 268KM (Geelong to Warrnambool)

The Ride: Scenic but challenging - many hills to contend with! This ride is not for beginners!

Victoria's most famous stretch of coastal road is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Most come via bus, van or their own rental car...but we recommend another way! If you have the time and you're willing to do the hard work, going by bike is one of the cheapest and most thrilling ways you can do the Great Ocean Road. Make overnight stops at a number of coastal hamlets along the way and do it at your own pace. Our multi-day rental packages are perfect for this with 7-day hire for road and mountain bikes only AU$110. You can take the bikes on the Vline train from Southern Cross Station (5mins from our shop) to Geelong - here you can start your journey down to the coast. Coming back, you can ride a train from Warrnambool in Victoria's west - go to https://www.vline.com.au/ for schedule and fare details.

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Highlights:

Torquay

The first stop is also the surfing capital of Victoria. Torquay is home to the famous Bells Beach, home to the Rip Curl Pro, one of world surfing's most famous and longest running events. As one of the bigger towns found on the coast, in Torquay you'll also find many accomodation options and great restaurants and cafes.

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Lorne

Perhaps the most picturesque of towns found along the Great Ocean Road, you should definitely consider Lorne as an overnight stop. The small township is surrounded by lush forests and is protected by it's own little bay making ocean swimming much safer here compared to other places along the coast. Walk to Erskine Falls and dine out at one of the many restaurants in town.

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12 Apostles

Perhaps the crown jewel of Victoria's tourist attractions, the 12 Apostles draw hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Our recommendation is to be here either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the busses! However, no matter the number of people, these unique rock formations jutting out of the Southern Ocean are still a sight to behold. 
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Ride Albert Park Lake via South Melbourne Market

City >> South Melbourne >> Albert Park >> Southbank >> City

Distance: 11KM (loop)

The Ride: Flat, mostly riding on roads with bike lanes

A perfect DIY ride around Melbourne's inner-south, this is an easy, flat 10km ride that offers lots of variety and is very accessible from our shop. Our recommended stop-offs include the bustling South Melbourne Market, beautiful Albert Park Lake where you can ride the Formula 1 Grand Prix track and the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art at Southbank. The wide, relatively quiet streets are great for biking and most of our route includes roads with bike lanes for extra piece of mind!

Highlights:

South Melbourne Market

Open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this is one of Melbourne's busiest and trendy markets. This is the home of the famous South Melbourne Market Dim Sim - a delicious golden ball of fried (or steamed) meaty, cabbage-y goodness. A must try! The butcher and deli section is well worth a look and if you're a fan of freshly shucked oysters you've come to the right spot. Also check out SO:ME - a unique retail concept featuring some of Melbourne's most innovative young designers.

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Albert Park Lake

Formula 1 cars screech around the 5.3km circuit each March for the Australian Grand Prix, but outside this time, Albert Park Lake is a peaceful part of town, full of community sports facilities, walking tracks and of course, bike paths. There is abundant birdlife to be found here and the views of the city skyline are pretty special. Visit towards the end of Feb and early March and be lucky enough to ride on the Formula 1 track itself with the grandstands in place.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

One of Australia's leading public institutions of contemporary art, ACCA is worth a stop on your way back through Southbank to our shop. The iconic red-rust building is impressive in itself and is open from Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free! Read more at the ACCA Website.

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Biking Melbourne’s inner city

Southbank >> Shrine of Remembrance >> Sports Precinct >> Parliament House >> Royal Exhibition Building >> Queen Victoria Market

Distance: 14KM (loop)

The Ride: Bike paths and roads with bike lanes. Some hills heading to the north of the city.

Melbourne's status as a 'bike city' is improving every year. The city is constantly adding more bike lanes, and protected bike lanes. This route will take you along bike paths at Southbank, Kings Domain (Shrine of Remembrance) and the sports precinct. Heading north, you can ride up beside Fitzroy Gardens, and take the less busy city streets to Parliament, Royal Exhibition Building and the Queen Victoria Market. For further reference on Melbourne's cycling lanes and routes, click here. If you are not so sure about heading out on to the roads by yourself, why not join our City Tour and be led around by one of our knowledgeable local guides.

Highlights:

Southbank

Southbank is Melbourne's river promenade, stretching from the Victorian Arts Centre on St. Kilda Rd to the end of Crown Casino at Clarendon St. It's here you'll get Melbourne's 'European city' vibes, as cyclists and pedestrians share a path lined with bars, restaurants and street performers.

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Shrine of Remembrance

Located on St. Kilda Rd, and not far from the Royal Botanical Gardens, is Victoria's greatest monument. The Shrine of Remembrance was originally built to remember the 19,000 Victorian lives lost in the 1st World War. Today it stands as a memorial to all wars in which Victorians both served and died. While you're here, climb the stairs to the balcony and take in the magnificent views of Melbourne. Shrine tours are held daily at 11am and 12.45pm.

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Sports Precinct

Melbourne's magnificent sports precinct, located a stone's throw away from the Yarra River, is where you'll find our most important religious site, the Melbourne Cricket Ground! Also here is the world famous Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis every January.

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Parliament House & Royal Exhibition Building

At the top end of the Melbourne CBD there are many historical buildings worth checking out. At the intersection of Bourke and Spring St is the grand building of the Victorian Parliament, tours run daily when parliament is not sitting. Further to the north at Carlton Gardens is the Royal Exhibition Building. Built for the World Fair in 1880, this impressive building was also home to the first sitting of Australia's Federal Parliament in 1901.

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Queen Victoria Market

The 'Queen Vic' is the city's largest market. Since 1878, this bustling site has been providing Melbournians with the freshest local fruit and vegetables, as well as meat, seafood and much more. The market's Food Hall is particularly popular and for good reason, stocking an excellent range of continental cheeses, meats and fresh bread. It's also the place to go for souvenirs - the market houses vendors selling quintessential Aussie products like akubra hats, ugg boots and stubby holders! The market is closed Mondays and Wednesdays. Check opening times here.
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Freddy’s Rental vs Melbourne Bike Share

How do our bikes compare to Melbourne Bike Share? Sure, the 'blue bikes' are convienient and cost effective IF you're going from point A to point B (in an area where there are Bike Share Stations). And for just $3 a day you can have an unlimited amount of 30 minute rides.

Sounds like a great deal! And in fairness, it is, if:

1) You know exactly where you're going

2) You're riding to an area with stations (there are many in the CBD but limited as you head down the bay or along the Yarra)

3) You have a helmet (not all bikes have them, and it is the law to wear one)

4) You're patient enough to find another bike station if the one you're trying to dock at is full

If you tick all these boxes and you're heavily price conscious, then maybe the blue bikes are for you. But! If you enjoy the freedom of riding around for a few hours or a day without the need to dock your bike every 30 minutes then you might want to consider bike rental from Freddy's Bike Tours. You're also not limited to one type of bike; there's city cruisers, e-bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes and kids bikes!

Our rates are simple - for our comfy and reliable City Cruiser bikes, a minimum 4hr rental costs as low as $25, with a full day rental only $30. This comes with a helmet and lock so that you can lock it where ever you stop along the way. Actually if you were to rent a Melbourne Bike Share bike for 4hrs, without docking at a station, the amount you'd pay is $60! We've done a comparison chart so you can make an informed decision about your next rental bike in Melbourne. 

Why choose us?

  • Freedom to ride wherever for longer
  • Guaranteed helmet and lock with each bike rental
  • Choice of bike; City Cruisers, E-Bikes, Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes
  • Set 4hr and full day rates - no complicated pricing
  • Friendly service and helpful advice on bike routes in Melbourne

Comparison of Bike Rental Costs 

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Rental TimeFreddy's City Cruiser RentalMelbourne Bike Share
1hr$25$5
2hrs$25$20
3hrs$25$40
4hrs$25$60
Full Day (8.5hrs)$30$150!

FREDDY'S BIKE TOURS

20 Rebecca Walk, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
+61 490 553 673
bookings@freddysbiketours.com.au

OPEN 9.30AM - 6PM DAILY

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