Biking

12 Apostles Trail – Getting ready to Roll

Local dairy, beef, ice cream and berries for lunch and seafood and local brews for supper. How does that sound? From the treetops of Timboon to the salty shores of Port Campbell, excitement has been mounting for some time about the extension of the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail south to Port Campbell.

Visitors can get ready to strap the basket to the bikes, oil up the chain and pump up the tyres because the 12 Apostles Trail will finally kiss the coast and be ready for riders and walkers in time for next Summer. With bike and e-bike hire opportunities setting up around the extension you won’t even have to travel with your own.

The 20km off road trail extends between Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and Timboon Ice Creamery through the village green before departing Timboon through the tall timber of Power Creek Reserve.

Just like visitors of yesteryear travelling on to coastal guesthouses in Port Campbell and Princetown, your modern-day low emission coastal adventure can begin in the gourmet hub of Timboon. And while the new trail may not be horse and carriage friendly, it will offer plenty of opportunities for riders, walkers, runners, off road skateboards and mobility scooters. Choose your ride or strap on a pair of shoes and get started.

While the first part of the trail south follows a slight uphill gradient riders and walkers only have 7km before refreshment is available at Schulz Organic Creamery and Café.

Riders continuing towards Port Campbell will traverse several bridges designed as overhangs from cattle underpasses. These structures will minimize herd disruption, showcase the local dairy industry and allow for an “uninterrupted by gate” off road journey all the way to Port Campbell.

Your first sighting of the coast will be just south of the Parratte Recreation Reserve an ideal spot for a mid-ride break and we hope in the not-too-distant future a memorable game of tennis in an amazing rural setting.

Trail users will catch glimpses of the famed limestone coastline of the 12 Apostles as they approach Port Campbell where the scent of eucalypts and pasture give way to the salty tang of the Southern Ocean.

The final descent into Port Campbell is well worth the wait offering elevated views over the village huddled around its sheltered bay and estuary. Your off-road coastal arrival is completed via a boardwalk and creek crossing that will deliver you fresh faced heavy legged and wide eyed into the heart of our wonderful little village by the sea.

Check the calendar, follow the progress, look for announcements and get ready to roll from Summer 2022 – 2023.

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