The great Victorian Coastline challenge ran in 2016. Our mission was to cover all of Victoria’s 2500km of coastline by any non-motorised means, and we hiked, biked, ran and even sailed around the south and east of the state between us. Read our Victorian Coastline blogs to see how we worked our way around the state.
The challenge was logistically difficult. With no pre-existing information about traversing the coast we had to pull out the maps and link up many different trails, plus make up a few ourselves. There were one or two areas that we couldn’t access on land because of private or protected property and military bases, however, Ed sailed these areas by yacht!
Working our way from west (the border with South Australia) to east (the border with New South Wales), our sections along with their respective blogs and additional information, are:
- South Australian border to Allestree: a four-day hike along the Great South West Walk
- Allestree to the 12 Apostles: a three-day road cycle
- 12 Apostles to Apollo Bay: a five-day hike along the Great Ocean Walk
- Apollo Bay to Lorne: a mixture of half marathons and cycling along the Great Ocean Road.
- Lorne to Torquay: a two-day hike along the Surf Coast Walk
- Torquay to Queenscliff: a potential road cycle
- Queenscliff to Geelong: a one-day cycle along the Bellarine rail trail, plus two sailing trips, one from Point Lonsdale to St. Leonards and one from Portarlington to Geelong
- Geelong to Altona: a one-day sailing trip in the passage race before the Festival of Sails
- Altona to Sandringham: a one-day road cycle
- Sandringham to Fort Nepean: a two-day road cycle
- Fort Nepean to San Remo: a road cycle and shorter coastal walks
- Phillip Island circuit: a potential hike
- San Remo to Inverloch: a potential road cycle
- Inverloch to Foster: a potential road cycle
- Wilsons Prom Northern Circuit: a three-day hike
- Wilsons Prom Southern Circuit: a three-day hike
- Wilsons Prom/Foster to The Honeysuckles: a potential road cycle
- The Honeysuckles to Lakes Entrance: a three-day hike
- Lakes Entrance to Marlo
- Marlo to Bemm River: a one-day hike and a one-day road cycle through Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Bemm River to Mallacoota/the New South Wales border: a 5-day hike along the Wilderness Coast Walk