Ride With Us have proudly sponsored Jessica Baker on her quest to complete the Great Ocean Walk and raise money for the Very Special Kids Foundation. As parents and grandparents ourselves, this charity is also one which is close to our heart. We are sponsoring the Great Walk for Very Special Kids in memory of our grandson Tyler.
About Jessica and her expedition
Jessica is a Registered Nurse, Farmer's Wife and mother to two beautiful children and she has set herself a "𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥" challenge. Jessica is packing her bags, donning her hiking boots and hitting the trails. On October 9 she will be hiking the entire distance of 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔾𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕥 𝕆𝕔𝕖𝕒𝕟 ℝ𝕠𝕒𝕕 unsupported. Over 104kms along the Great Ocean Walk trails, beginning at Apollo Bay and finishing at the stunning Twelve Apostles. All for one reason.... To raise much needed funds for a very deserving charity. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Very Special Kids provides holistic palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement. Their integrated approach includes emotional, clinical and practical support to improve quality of life and create positive, lasting memories. As Victoria’s only children’s hospice, their holistic services support more than 850 families across Victoria. This will be Jessica’s very first Trail Walk for Charity and hopefully the very first of many. You can follow Jessica’s progress, leading up to and including the big event on Instagram @the_great_walk_for_kids
Donations welcome here.
Ride With Us provide a transport shuttle service for the Great Ocean Walk for solo hikers, couples/pairs and small groups of up to 8 people. Transport operates 7 days a week by advance booking. One off transfers, multi day transport and luggage service available. Pick up and drop off locations include the Great Ocean Walk trail, train stations and airports, campgrounds, accommodation and your car.
Two bridges were recently replaced on the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail which is now open again from Camperdown to Timboon.
Timber bridges 11 and 12, located on the trail between Glenfyne and Timboon have been replaced with steel bridges with higher rails to accommodate horse riders and are weight rated for the committee to be able to maintain the trail. The two original bridges were initially built by volunteers in the nineties and made of timber. There are still three timber bridges which the rail trail committee are working towards having replaced in the future.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail is pet friendly and is available for walking, cycling, ebikes and horse riders, however because of weight limits on the three bridges which need replacement, no horses are permitted between Merrett's Road and Bridge 15, about 1 km north of the Timboon Trestle Bridge. Motorbikes and trail bikes are also not permitted on the trail.
The trail meanders its way through forest and grazing paddocks and passes by historic railway trestle bridges. A lesser known regional Victorian rail trail, the trail is a hidden gem and makes for a very peaceful ride.
Feeling peckish along the way? Stop in Cobden at the Cobden Golf Club for a bite to eat in the bistro (you'll be riding right through the middle of the golf course) or detour into the main street for a pub meal at Thommo's or a quick bite to eat at one of the cafes or the local bakery. If you have more time on your hands, stroll through the op shops and locally owned clothes, gifts, homewares, lolly and sewing stores.
When you reach Timboon, reward yourself with lunch at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery or a local cafe then enjoy an ice cream at the famous Timboon Fine Ice cream(ery). Wander the shops for more lollies, gifts, clothes and homewares.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail now also connects to the Twelve Apostles Trail at Timboon. Some sections are still in progress however once complete, the trail will take cyclists right to the coast at Port Campbell. Please check weather conditions and updates about the current status of the Twelve Apostles Trail before commencing your ride.
If you're keen to enjoy the magnificent 12 Apostles Food Artisans Gourmet Trail - why drive yourself around the spectacular loop when you can indulge yourself and be chauffeured by the team from Ride with Us.
Book a tour for five passengers between now and the end of November and we'll let you fill the remaining three seats in our shuttle bus for no extra cost. As an added bonus, we'll also throw in a gourmet produce gift for everyone.
Imagine eight friends or family members enjoying six hours of amazing local beer, wine, cheese, chocolate, fudge, strawberries, ice cream, gelato, whisky and more without having to worry about finding your way or driving.
Among its extensive suite of transport services, Ride with Us also offers Crater to Coast Bicycle Hire to help people enjoy the picturesque Timboon rail trail. If you come for a ride between now and the end of November you’ll only pay half-day rates for a whole day of bike hire – no matter how many bikes you need!
Seven lucky locals became the first group to experience the region’s new 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail Shuttle Tour this week.
Ride With Us officially christened its new dedicated shuttle service, which takes small groups from stop to stop along the iconic foodies loop to enjoy the local produce.
Owner Sandra Timmins said the day was a great success and she was excited to be playing a role in the region’s burgeoning food tourism offering.
“The producers along the food loop are the real heroes when it comes to food tourism in our area - we’re just helping more and more people enjoy the experience,” she said.
“We ran an online competition and the seven ladies who won a seat on the very first tour on Thursday had a great time and gave us a lot of confidence that our new service will prove popular.
“Food tourism is becoming increasingly important to the Twelve Apostles region, especially in the non-peak season. We’re rapt to be helping our wonderful artisan producers with our new shuttle tour service.”
Ms Timmins said that while thousands of people drove themselves around the food loop each year, there were many people who couldn’t drive, or preferred not to drive.
“Obviously there are a lot of visitors to our region that don’t have vehicles, but often those who do drive are not confident navigating the route or would like to have a few drinks along the way and really let their hair down,” she said.
“Our shuttle tour will cater for these people, but it’s also ideal for a range of small groups such as workmates and even party groups like a hen’s party for example.
“It’s only about 100km, but we’ve scheduled our shuttle tour to take six hours so that people can really take their time, talk to the producers and enjoy everything there is on offer.”
Ms Timmins said the tours started and finished at the Timboon Distillery and the vehicle could seat eight passengers.
“For our first tour, we headed to Dairylicious to enjoy some fudge and a beautiful morning tea before heading to Apostle Whey Cheese for their tasting experiences,” she said.
“From there we headed to Gorge Chocolates, then down the coast to see some of the sights before a few drinks at the Sow and Piglets Brewery in Port Campbell, then the Timboon Cheesery before heading back to the distillery.
“There’s no set stops though, we are happy to work with people to make sure they visit the artisans they’d most like to get to in the available time.”
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