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Official routes posted!! South Gippsland Explorer Ride! Nov 2-5 Melbourne Cup Long Weekend!

Event Details

Official routes posted!! South Gippsland Explorer Ride! Nov 2-5 Melbourne Cup Long Weekend!

Time: November 2, 2019 at 9am to November 5, 2019 at 3pm
Location: Meeniyan Motel (home base!)
Street: 119-129 Whitelaw St
City/Town: Meeniyan VIC 3956
Website or Map: http://www.meeniyanmotel.com.…
Phone: 0412818487
Event Type: long, weekend, away, loop, rides
Organized By: Jo Wilson
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2019

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Event Description

Get set for a wonderful long weekend exploring South Gippsland! This ride is over four days, basing ourselves in Meeniyan. Spectacular views of Wilson’s Promontory and great company....... what more could we want?

Meeniyan, a Gippsland Tourism award winning town, is approximately 135kms south east of Melbourne. The name Meeniyan translates in the local indigenous language to “moonlight”. Meeniyan has a strong arts community, with fine art and craft shops, antiques and a vibrant live music scene.

This ride is suitable for intermediate to advanced riders, however if you are just starting out now, there’s plenty of time to join in other club rides and get your skills up! There will be no gravel roads on this ride.


See events page for posted route - departing Mitcham!

Depart Melbourne for Meeniyan, stopping at Garfield for lunch at 11.30 - 12. Try Cannibal Creek Bakehouse or Magpie and Stump Bakery! Here you’ll meet Gippsland riders before heading to Mirboo North, for a comfort stop/ coffee. We should arrive at Meeniyan by 3pm, with time to relax before dinner at one of the local restaurants. 

Route from Garfield to Meeniyan



Our first loop ride will take us via Fish Creek and winding roads to Inverloch for coffee. Then it’s on to Bassine Specialty Cheeses for a relaxing lunch on the verandah, followed by our obligatory photo outside the retro garage at Kongwak! Then it’s a leisurely ride back to Meeniyan for a well earned tipple, and dinner.



Our second loop ride takes us to the east, via Tarra Bulga National Park, Yarram, Toora Wind Farm, and Agnes Falls. We will grab lunch at Balook, before riding through the pristine rain forest, taking in the waterfalls along the way. Then we’re taking more winding roads via Yarram for a refreshment stop, and back to Toora for a photo shoot outside the old bank building, and back to Meeniyan for R&R.



Time to make our way home, stopping on the way at Bayles for coffee, before Gippsland riders and Melbourne riders go their separate ways!

If you would like to join us on this epic Vespa trip, please indicate your attendance by RSVP as soon as possible, as well as the type of rooms you would like.

All participants will be asked to confirm attendance and will be invoiced for accommodation 3 months prior to the ride (August 2019).

Let’s ride those rolling green hills!

Photo: Cow Train #3 by David Atkinson.

Comment Wall

Comment by Lisa L on November 6, 2019 at 20:56

Thank you Jo and Noel for sharing your neck of the woods with us.

Great planning , riding and company xxx

Comment by Tufan on November 6, 2019 at 6:25

Same here, a great weekend. The rain didn't dampen our spirits. Great riding and so well organised. Thanks to Jo and Noel, and fellow riders.

Comment by Jo Wilson on November 5, 2019 at 17:16

Thanks guys! So glad everyone enjoyed the weekend! It was our pleasure to organise this event!

Comment by Julie Pond on November 5, 2019 at 17:13

I concur David, it was a fabulous weekend, wet wet wet, green greener greenest, especially Kim's celebratory drinks, lots of laughs with great company and a huge thank you to Jo and Noel for all the planning.

Cheers Julie

Comment by David Atkinson on November 5, 2019 at 16:51

Hi Noel and Jo, thank you for a wonderful long weekend in your part of the world. Impeccable planning and those glorious green hills. A bit of rain hardly dampened our enjoyment. Let’s do it all again one day, David 

Comment by Pam Williams on November 1, 2019 at 17:51
Have a safe ride everyone.

Comment by Jo Wilson on October 29, 2019 at 21:25

Gippsland Riders! Jo and Noel will leave from BP cnr John Field and Narracan Dve Moe at 10.30am to ride to Garfield, meeting the Melbourne and Geelong riders at 11.30am for lunch.

Those joining us in Meeniyan for day riding on Sunday and Monday, we will be departing Meeniyan Motel at 9am sharp both mornings. Please arrive with a full fuel tank.

Any questions? Post them here!

Comment by Jo Wilson on October 29, 2019 at 21:11

Hi everyone! Meal details:

Saturday - Lunch Garfield, choose your cafe!

Afternoon comfort stop at Mirboo North.

Dinner is booked at the Meeniyan Hotel (next door to our motel) for 6.30pm.

Sunday - Breakfast - your choice of cafe/ bakery in Meeniyan. Motel rooms have toaster, kettle if you prefer a light breakfast in your room and IGA is close by.

Morning Tea/ Coffee - Inverloch.

Lunch - Bassine Specialty Cheeses - complimentary meal from your club!

Dinner - Nothing officially booked, Trulli Pizzeria are open however bookings of more than 10 must have the set menu for $35pp. Nothing stopping us having small group tables , or takeaway pizza. Pub is open with live music, or Moo’s @ Meeniyan Cafe. Menus can be seen on facebook.

Monday - Breakfast - your choice.

Morning Tea/ Coffee - Mirboo North

Lunch - Tarra Bulga Guest House, Balook. Menu on facebook.

Afternoon Comfort stop - Yarram

Dinner - the Meeniyan Pub has been booked.

Tuesday - Breakfast - your choice!

Comment by Julie Pond on October 25, 2019 at 19:35

There is now a place for another lady member to share a twin room and Pammie has had a little run in with a van in Bali and now has a very swollen foot...  Please let Jo know a.s.a.p. if you want to come along.

Comment by David Atkinson on October 25, 2019 at 12:25

Details - Ride from Melbourne

If you are booked in for the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend ride through South Gippsland, then this is the official ride down from Melbourne to meet with our Gippsland friends in Garfield. The route is about 80kms consisting of enjoyable riding along some very pleasant secondary roads. Taken at a leisurely pace, we should arrive in Garfield around 11:30pm in time for lunch.

The Route


Ride Departure Point and Time

Our usual departure point in the east, Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham (pull into the north side service road at the start of Mitcham shopping centre). Several cafes in this mall will cater for our needs. The ride will leave at 9:30 am sharp so arrive at 8:00 am if you need breakfast and coffee beforehand.

No fuels stops have been planned so please arrive at the departure point with a full tank of fuel.

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