Melbourne to Adelaide by bicycle will soon be possible under a Liberal Nationals government.
If elected in November, a Liberal Nationals government will commit $500,000 for a feasibility study for the Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail. This is on top of a commitment made by the South Australian Liberal Party.
The Great Southern Bike Trail will link Adelaide and Melbourne and feature a series of tourism focused loops for the novice rider, families and more experienced cyclists.
The proposed cycling route from Melbourne to Adelaide will likely to be in excess of 1,200 kilometres and will be done in partnership with an elected Steven Marshall Government in SA and the Commonwealth Government.
It is anticipated the trail could be completed in anywhere between 5 and 15 days, depending on fitness levels.
The Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail will be an economic and tourism boom for regional Victoria. There will be significant benefits to a large number of regional communities between Melbourne and Adelaide and will have significant spin-offs in food and wine, accommodation, nature based tourism and other sectors.
Recreational cyclists are a high yield, high spending market who typically stay longer and spend more.
“Cycling tourism is part of Victoria’s tourist future and a huge opportunity for our state,” said Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy. “I want to see Victoria have Australia’s first interstate bike trail and tap into an entirely new range of eco-tourism options.”
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events Heidi Victoria said eco-tourism provided a wealth of new opportunities for Victorian small businesses. “From wineries to hotels to nature-based tourist options, this project has the potential to invigorate our state,” she added.