Gravel Grind around Forrest and Otways Ranges

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to riding gravel around Forrest and the Otway Ranges. Gravel roads head off in all directions from town giving you flatter options in the paddocks to the north or lungbusting climbs through the Otway ranges.

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Gravel Grind Forrest & The Otway Ranges

Click the table headings to sort by route name, distance, elevation and whether the route is a loop or point to point.

Route Distance Elevation (M) Loop/Point to Point
Thompsons Loop31830Loop
Pipeline Track Loop25646Loop
EC Loop39870Loop
Kawarren Loop AC48850Loop
Forrest to Apollo Bay - Sunnyside Down50880Point to Point
Barramunga Loop20430Loop
Dewings Bridge Loop26320Loop

Forrest to Lorne Return

Forrest to Lorne Return I first completed this ride on 2 Aug 2020. That morning we began to hear rumours we were going into another lockdown so instead of waiting for the doom and gloom to be announced, I got onto my bike and rode over to Lorne for my final long distance ride for … Read more

Pipeline Track Loop

Pipeline Track Loop The Pipeline Track loop is an easy introduction into gravel grinds in the Otways (when it’s dry). Stats Just shy of 25km, 646 elevation, this loop will take about 1.5 hr at an average speed of 17kmph. Most of the climbing is at the start on Roadknight Creek rd. Course Terrain You … Read more

The EC Loop

The EC Loop I’ve named the EC Loop after the local legend who rides this loop regularly for training. She can smash this out in under 2 hours… as of Sep 2020, my best time is 2:20 so still a way to go to catch her! Stats The course has 870 vert metres and my … Read more

Thompsons Loop

Thomson’s Loop Stats The route is 31km long and has 830 vert metres. At an average speed of 14kmph, it will take approximately 2.5 hours. Course Terrain This loop track will take you right up into the Otway ranges, through the tall gum forests, overlooking steep mountain valleys. The first 13km is a steady climb … Read more

Kawarren Loop AC

Kawarren Loop AC The Kawarren Loop AC takes in a variety of views as you wind out of town through paddocks. Following a section of the Old Beechy Rail Trail, you will find yourself rolling down green gullies and past points of historical interest. From Kawarren East, you head back up into the dry Eucalypt … Read more

Forrest to Apollo Bay Sunnyside Down

Forrest to Apollo Bay – Sunnyside Down This is one of my favourite ways to get to Apollo Bay…. if you haven’t ridden Sunnyside Rd, you need to pop it on the list. The section leaving the Forrest-Apollo Bay Rd is just stunning forest with tall slender gums and ferns everywhere. Once Sunnyside intersects with … Read more

Barramunga Loop

Barramunga Loop This loop takes you out up Roadknight Creek Rd, but from there you head South West on Barramunga-Roadknight Rd till you reach Upper Gellibrand Road. This road would take you to Stevensons Falls if you want, but for the 20km loop, turn left which takes you back to the Forrest-Apollo Bay Rd. From … Read more

Dewings Bridge Rd Loop

Dewings Bridge Rd Loop This loop heads north of Forrest to Barwon Downs and beyond. This loop takes you out into green rolling hills and is a great loop for those seeking less vert. There is one short section on bitumen between the end of the Tiger Rail Trail and Barwon Downs so be mindful … Read more