This was a trip suggested by my good friend Rebecca. 165 km / 3h 40min according to Google Maps.
The C425 from Korumburra to Warragul.
This was actually the best part of the ride. Nice roads with some moderate bends, not that many other motorcyclists on the roads, a bit windy at times.
The C425 from Warragul to Noojee
More bikes. Boring-ish road. Best part of the ride was visiting the Noojee Trestle Bridge. The bridge was rebuilt in 1939 following the Black Friday Bush Fires. Bec tells me that public toilets at Neerim South are probably the best ones on the ride.
The C426 from Noojee to the South Face Road.
Winding. On a sports bike it would be a hoot. On a oversized super moto, less so. But I still had fun ripping though the corners. I remember getting to Tanjil Bend and thinking “Shit! I’m lost.” A check of the map and away I went. Parts of this road would be very slippery in the wet, with all the leaf matter and all. Most dangerous part of the trip was clueless riders using the whole road to corner.
You’ll eventually get to the Mt Baw Baw turnoff. Not being a snow bunny, I continued onto the South Face Road.
The South Face Road
26kms of unsealed winding road, with a bike running road tires and road tire pressures, what could possibly go wrong?!? As it turns out, nothing. But I wish I noticed on the map that it was dirt before I got to it. As far as dirt roads go, it was smooth, and I wouldn’t want to go speeding into the bends. My average speed was amount 50 km/h. At the end of the South Face Road, I turned left towards the Thomson Dam.
Thomson Dam via C466
Why??? Well it’s Victoria’s largest water reservoir, and I’ve never seen it. It’s about a 20km ride up there. Saw a speed camera car parked on the side of the road, which was a surprise.
South Face Road to Walhalla (C466 to C461)
The township of Rawson is a pleasant little place to stop and have a look around. The road from Rawson to Walhalla becomes narrow in sections, slippery, and occasionally there is roadkill. Nothing like a dead wombat to make you change your line, mid-corner.
Very much the tourist town, you could spend the day walking around looking at things. The Long Tunnel Mine is worth a look if you’ve never been in a mine before.
Google maps link to the route here