Geelong Ride Report, 20 June  “Little River”

Home of the 1952 Australian TT, 1954 & 1955 Victorian TT

Rod Dutton offered to lead ride for the day, Rod never disappoints with an interesting ride on some of those local roads less travelled even by us between Staughton Vale and Little River.

We headed out though our usual route, Barrabool Hills, Teesdale, Bannockburn, Maude, Anakie, Staughton Vale and on to the tiny Little River township.

A phone call the night confirmed the service station/post office general store sold coffee and a variety of hot food and cakes and had some seating available.

A few interesting points about little river:

The travelers rest Hotel was opened in 1839, and people traveled from Melbourne to Geelong through Little River over the bridge and the railway line was opened in 1857.

The Little River band was named after Little River after seeing the road sign.

The town has been the location for filming a number of films and Australian dramas, We can be heroes: Finding the Australian of The Year and Angry Boys. and “Blue Healers”

Home of The 1952 Australian TT, 1954 & 1955 Victorian TT

It was also featured in the Film Mad Max.

Thank you to Graeme Wilson for Tail End Charlie duties.  (Great to have you back Graeme after you Lockdown in Melbourne)


Author: Ron Study.

Ride Participants

Rider Bike Year model
Mark Mensch Triumph 1972 TR6
Rod Dutton Kawasaki 1978 Z650 (Ride Lead)
Mal Loone BMW 1982 R65 (G)
Noel Wills BMW 1983 Le Mans
Graeme Wilson BMW 1985 K750 (TEC)
John Palmer BMW 1986 R80
Nick Oakley BMW 1989 K100RS
Ron Study Harley Davidson 1991 Heritage Softail
Bernie Hollander BMW 1992 R100RT
David MacInnis Royal Enfeild 2020 Interceptor 650
Kathy Liffermas Pillion (G)