The 2017 Ride

The 2017 Chairty Ride began in Barmera, South Australia on 6th May 2017 and finished in Beechworth, Victoria on 20th May 2017.

Below we have details on the approximate route for the ride.

Check out the maps of each day's ride and if you are going to be along the route get in touch with us.

Day 1 - Saturday 6 May 2017 - Barmera to Tanunda

Day 1 Facts
Distance: 157.5km
Elevation Gain: 740m
Estimated Riding Time: 6h 21m

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The journey starts in the Barmera Garden of Memory, then heads north west to Cobdogla over and then beside the Murray River to Waikerie. Then heading south west to Blanchetown onto Truro, through Stockwell and Nuriootpa and then south into Tanunda. The day finishes at the Tanunda Garden of Rememberance.

Day 2 - Sunday 7 May 2017 - Tanunda to Adelaide

Day 2 Facts
Distance: 113.2km
Eelevation Gain: 709m
Estimated Riding Time: 5h 09m

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Day 2 starts in Tanunda.  Just outside of Tanunda we will pick up the Jack Bobridge Track that will take us through Lyndoch and then just outside of Sandy Creek. From here its on to Gawler and then west to Two Wells using the Stuart O'Grady Bikeway.  From Two Wells we then head south through Virginia and a quick stop at the National Military Vehicle Museum in Edinburgh. Then onto Salisbury and then Modbury and onto the Torrens River Linear Path for the trip into Adelaide. Finishing the day at the Adelaide War Memorial.

Day 3 - Monday 8 May 2017 - Adelaide to Murray Bridge

Day 3 Facts
Distance: 86.1km
Elevation Gain: 1286m
Estimated Riding Time: 3h 34m

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Day 3 starts at the Adelaide War Memorial then through the city streets to the Old Toll Gate at the start of the Crafers Bikeway. Travelling along the bikeway to Crafers then on to Handorf via Bridgewater. Littlehampton is next and then onto Nairne and Dawesley. We then travel along the Old Princes Highway to just outside of Murray Bridge where we take Adelaide Road into Murray Bridge. We finish the day at the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial.

Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017 - Murray Bridge to Keith

Day 4 Facts
Distance: 153.3km
Eelevation Gain: 316m
Estimated Riding Time: 6h 20m

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Day 4 starts at the Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial and heads south along the Murray River to Jervois and rides the ferry across to Tailem Bend. We then head to Coomandook, Ki Ki and onto Coonalpyn. Tintinara is our next town and then into Keith. We finish the day at the Keith Soldiers Memorial Park.

Day 5 - Wednesday 10 May 2017 - Keith to Naracoorte

Day 5 Facts
Distance: 138.9km
Elevation Gain: 243m
Estimated Riding Time: 5h 45m

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Day 5 starts at the Keith Soldiers Memorial Park and heads south on the A66 for about 12 kilometres before heading south east the east to Bordertown. After a visit to the several war memorials in town we head towards Mundulla headin south five kilometres out of Bordertown. After reaching our highest point for the day it will be heads down for the last fifty plus kilometres to Naracoorte. We will finish the day at the Lone Pine Memorial at Naracoorte.

Day 6 - Thursday 11 May 2017 - Naracoorte to Hamilton

Day 6 Facts
Distance: 183.5km
Eelevation Gain: 861m
Estimated Riding Time: 7h 36m

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Day 6 starts where we left day 5 at the Lone Pine Memorial at Naracoorte.  We will head south to Coonawarra, then Penola. We then head south east across the South Australian Victorian border and past Lake Mundi.  A quick hill climb and then roll into Casterton as the next stop. Out of Casterton it is a hill climb to Merino and then finally across to Hamilton. Finishing the day at the Hamilton War Memorial.

Day 7 - Friday 12 May 2017 - Hamilton to Warrnambool

Day 7 Facts
Distance: 103.2km
Elevation Gain: 502m
Estimated Riding Time: 4h 33m

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Day 7 we head south east out of Hamilton towards Penshurst.  Continuing south to Hawkesdale, Warrong and Kirkstall.  Just south of Kirkstall we head east around Tower Hill lake and on to Illowa and then Dennington.  From Dennington we head into Warrnambool and finish the day at the Botanic Gardens, the site of the Warrnambool Lone Pine Memorial.

Day 8 - Saturday 13 May 2017 - Warrnambool to Apollo Bay

Day 8 Facts
Distance: 165.3km
Eelevation Gain: 1,888m
Estimated Riding Time: 7h 36m

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Day 8 heads out of Warrnambool across the Hopkins River and then along the river to Allansford.  Shortly after we then join the Great Ocean road and head through Nullawarre, Nirranda and then the coastal town of Peterborough.  We continue on the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell then Princetown. Just after crossing the Gellibrand River is the biggest climb for the day over 18 kilometres into Lavers Hill. Its downhill then to Glenaire. We then head east through the Great Otway National Park to Apollo Bay and the war memorial.

Day 9 - Sunday 14 May 2017 - Apollo Bay to Geelong

Day 9 Facts
Distance: 145.1km
Elevation Gain: 1,393m
Estimated Riding Time: 6h 01m

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Day 9 starts on the beachfront at Apollo Bay.  Continuing our journey along the Great Ocean Road through Kennett River, Wye River and then onto Lorne. From Lorne we then head to Fairhaven and Aireys Inlet. Angelsea then starts our days biggest climb then finishing then Great Ocean Road and into Torquay. From Torquay we head along the coast to Barwon Heads and crossing the Barwon River into Ocean Grove.  Heading North to Drysdale and then along Portarlington Road to East Geelong.  We then head around Eastern Park and along the beachfront to the War Memorial in Johnstone Park, Geelong.

Day 10 Facts
Distance: 112.2km
Eelevation Gain: 1,085m
Estimated Riding Time: 4h 39m

Day 10 - Monday 15 May 2017 - Geelong to Macedon

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Day 10 we head out of Geelong around the bay to Corio, then north to Anakie. Scooting along the south eastern side of the Brisbane Ranges we then head to Bacchus Marsh via Balliang. Todays hill climb is out of Bacchus Marsh heading to Gisborne.  Another quick climb out of Gisborne and over the railway line at New Gisborne, before heading down some lovely tree lined roads to Centenary Park in Macedon.

Day 11 - Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Macedon to Seymour

Day 11 Facts
Distance: 107.3km
Elevation Gain: 973m
Estimated Riding Time: 4h 27m

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Day 11 we head north out of Macedon to Woodend.  From there we wind our way past Hanging Rock and through Newham on our way to Lancefield.  Just north of Lancefield we take a right and head past Mount William and then into Pyalong.  From Pyalong we take the Northern Highway to Tooborac.  On the road again just north of Tooborac we head towards Seymour along the south side of Puckapunyal Army Base.  A quick stop at the Army base before heading into Seymour and the days ride finishing at the Seymour RSL.

Day 12 Facts
Distance: 123.2km
Eelevation Gain: 981m
Estimated Riding Time: 5h 06m

Day 12 - Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Seymour to Mansfield

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Day 12 we head out of Seymour past the Australian Lighthorse Memorial Park towards Yea. As we head out of Seymour we travel over the Goulburn River and we pick up the Great Victorian Rail Trail. The rail trail takes us to Yea then onto Molesworth, Yarck and then Merton. From Merton we continue on the rail trail to Bonnie Doon, across Lake Eildon on the old rail bridge through Maindample to Mansfield.  The day finishing at Memorial Gates in Mansfield.

Day 13 - Thursday 18 May 2017 - Mansfield to Mt Buller to Mansfield

Day 13 Facts
Distance: 95.2km
Elevation Gain: 1,697m
Estimated Riding Time: 3h 57m

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Day 13 is slated to be one of the toughest days of the ride.  Travelling from Mansfield across to Merrijig then following the Delatite River up to Mirimbah.  The gates to Mount Buller indicate the start of the climb 16 kilomteres to the Mount Buller Village.  The best news of the day is what goes up must come down so the ride back down is going to be very interesting and well worth the climb to the top.

Day 14 Facts
Distance: 71.9km
Eelevation Gain: 872m
Estimated Riding Time: 2h 59m

Day 14 - Friday 19 May 2017 - Mansfield to King Valley

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Day 14 heads north our of Mansfield for just over ten kilometres then north east to Tolmie and then Toombullup. Our route then takes us across the ridge and down into Whitfield.  Just a few kilomtres out of town is our stop for the night at the picturesque King Valley.

Day 15 - Saturday 20 May 2017 - King Valley to Beechworth

Day 15 Facts
Distance: 66.4km
Elevation Gain: 499m
Estimated Riding Time: 2h 45m

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Day 15 is the final day of the ride. The route from King Valley heads towards Wangaratta via Edi and Moyhu. A few kilometres out of Wangaratta we head eat to Milawa then onto Everton.  Its just out of Everton that we pick up the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail for our journey into Beechworth.  
The ride finishes at Beechworth RSL.