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2019 EVENT OVERVIEW
Please bear in mind that the proposed route is subject to weather and other outside influences and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the event organiser.
((for a look at the 2019 Drive 4x4 The Doc Road Book (in low resolution) - click HERE))
Wednesday November 14th – Registrations, welcome drinks & dinner.
N.B. - Accommodation for the Wednesday night - to ensure that we have plenty of beds available for our group, I have block booked our accommodation at the Riverside Ocean Grove Motel, web site http://www.riversideoceangrove.com.au/ located at 64 Wallington Rd Ocean Grove. The motel has been recently refurbished and contains a mixture of motel rooms and 2-bedroom cabins.
I have booked a coach to get us all to and from the dinner and our accommodation, so people can relax in the knowledge that they can enjoy welcome drinks and the hospitality of our hosts without worrying about drinking and driving.
For simplicity I will coordinate all bookings - please let me know if you want to stay at Riverside and I will make sure you have a room - all you will need to do is turn up and pay.
The Drive 4x4 The Doc event will commence with participant registrations, welcome drinks and dinner at Merne at Lighthouse, located at 650 Andersons Rd, Drysdale, Victoria, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evening 13th November 2019. (Please refer the note above regarding accommodation.)
I have booked a coach to get us all to and from Merne and our accommodation at Ocean Grove, so people can relax in the knowledge that they can enjoy welcome drinks and the hospitality of our hosts without worrying about drinking and driving.
Please note your drinks with tonight’s dinner are included in your disbursements fee.
Thursday November 15th – Bellarine Peninsula to Apollo Bay – 220 kms approx.
We will leave the Bellarine Peninsula after a leisurely breakfast and participant’s briefing, and head out past Barwon Heads and up into the Great Otway National Park, where we will follow several dirt roads and fire trails to our overnight town of Apollo Bay.
Dinner tonight is at the Apollo Bay Golf Club, approximately 600 metres of level walking from the centre of the town. There are motels within an easy walk of the Golf Club. There is a huge range of accommodation in Apollo Bay to choose from, and I suggest you use Google to find a motel.
(We decided to stay Best Western in Moore St, (03) 5237 7577, if that helps.)
Friday November 15th – Apollo Bay to Horsham– 375 kms approx.
A mixture of driving today, taking in the Redwood Forests, the Otway Ranges, and the Grampians National Park, before we arrive at our overnight town of Horsham.
The day will provide plenty of time to pull over and smell the roses – perhaps do a little Christmas shopping at some of the quaint shops along the way?
N.B. - Accommodation for the Friday night - as luck would have it, there is a regional basketball competition booked into Horsham on the Saturday and the Sunday, putting pressure on motel rooms on the Friday night. I have taken the liberty of placing a hold on 20 rooms across 3 motels – let me know your needs and I will make sure you have a room - all you will need to do is turn up and pay.
Saturday November 16th – Horsham to Ouyen – 400 kms approx.
We will spend some time today in the Little Desert National Park, and we will have time to also take in some of the Big Desert Wilderness Area, and part of the Murray-Sunset National Park.
We decided that dinner tonight will be in the (only) pub in town, where we can take some time meeting the locals.
My recommendations for accommodation are:
The Hilltop Motel (03) 5092 1410, a 600-metre walk from the pub (tell Pat you are with the RFDS group), or
The Ouyen Motel (03) 5092 1397, across the road from the pub, or
The Victoria Hotel (03) 5092 1550, orTry Google Maps
(We decided to stay at the Hilltop Motel, if that helps.)
N.B – book your accommodation in Ouyen ASAP – there is not much there, and it can fill up very quickly
Sunday November 17th – Ouyen to Rupanyup (lunch) – 275 kms approx.
After a leisurely breakfast we will enjoy a drive through the Bronzewing Flora & Fauna Reserve, before we join the world famous Silo Art Trail at Patchewollock, working our way along the 200 km trail before we finish with an early lunch at Rupanyup. This leaves the Melbourne based people plenty of time to be home for dinner.