Accomodation and luggage

Your ride fee covers some accommodation options and a full luggage service for the duration of the event.

You can camp …

Camp sites in a local caravan park are included in your ride entry fee. Riders need to provide their own tents and camping equipment.

Camping equipment is dropped off and picked up from the designated camping ground each day at a nominated spot. Riders are responsible for ensuring that their camping equipment is left at the nominated pick up spot by the specified time each morning.

As there are no suitable camping sites at Grafton, campers will be accommodated at the Crown Hotel on a shared room basis which is included in the Ride Entry price.

Riders who are not otherwise camping must arrange their own accommodation at Grafton (and other stops).

… or opt for a little more comfort

Riders who do not wish to camp may elect to arrange their own hotel/ motel accommodation (including Grafton) at their own cost.

A list of accommodation close to the dinner/breakfast venue in each stop is provided below. These locations will be serviced by the luggage drop off/pick up collection and dinner mini bus service. Please do not book other accommodation without first consulting ride organisers: Contact us.

If you have a spare bed in accommodation you have booked on any day of the ride, you can offer to share your roof (and cost) with other ride participants on our ShareMarket. If you’re in need of a roof, you can post a ‘share wanted’ here too.

… and on Day 7

Your ride fee includes accommodation at Watermark Gold Coast Resort on day 7 for all participants on a twin share basis. There will be an opportunity for additional guests to join participants at Watermark (at an additional cost); in addition, Watermark will provide discounted prices for those who wish to stay for up to 3 days prior to and 3 days after the Celebration Dinner.

Luggage service

The Rotary volunteer team will transport riders’ luggage to and from their accommodation each day.

Prior to the commencement of the ride, all riders will be required to provide details of their accommodation for each day of the ride. Accommodation Luggage Tags will be prepared by the Rotary organisers and given to riders at the start on Day 1. With the Accommodation Luggage Tags in place, riders will have their luggage dropped off at their nominated accommodation each afternoon and collected again the following morning for transport to the next location.

Riders must ensure that their luggage is placed at the collection point at each venue prior to going to breakfast.

For those who plan to stay in Hornsby the night before the ride, we suggest Ascot Motel Inn or Blue Gum Hotel – our volunteers will collect luggage from these locations (only) on the morning of the ride so that you can ride your bike to the start point unencumbered.

If you’re not riding back to Sydney …

For Sydney-based riders, Rotary can transport participants’ bikes back to Sydney. The fee for this service will be advised and collected during the ride.

Bikes are packed together with as much care as possible however, riders may prefer to pack their bike in a cardboard bike box which can often be sourced from local bike shops prior to the ride.  Riders should ensure that their bike box (flat packed) is labeled with their name and contact details. Flat packed bike boxes will be loaded on one of the support trucks at the start on Day 1.

As there is limited space available in the trucks hard bike cases are not encouraged.

The trucks transporting the bikes will return to Sydney on Saturday 12 May 2018 and bikes can be collected either at Hornsby or Engadine. The truck will make one stop only in Hornsby on Saturday afternoon 12 May 2018. You or your representative must be there to collect the bike at the nominated time. After that, the only pick up point will be Engadine. One or two days will be designated for Engadine pickups and riders will be advised during the ride of the dates and times.

Clubs, camp sites and serviced accommodation

Note: only the locations identified below will be serviced by the luggage drop off/pick up collection and dinner mini bus service.

Day Club Camping Approved hotels/ motels
The Day before


4 May

Ascot Motel Inn or Blue Gum Hotel
Day 1


5 May

Swansea RSL (5 Bridge St Swansea) Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park Black Swan Waterfront Motel (02) 4971 1392;
Lake Macquarie Motor Inn (02) 4945 8622;
Aquarius Motel (02) 4945 9899;
Lakeview Motor Inn (02) 4945 2847;
Swansea Hotel(02) 4971 1227;
Belmont Palms Motel (02) 4041 2164;
Squid’s Ink Belmont (02) 4947 7223
Day 2


6 May

Bulahdelah Bowling Club (Jackson Street Bulahdelah) Bulahdelah Bowling Club Bulahdelah Cabin & Van Park (Cabins available) (02)4887 4565;
Myall Motel (02) 4997 4533;
Lady Jane Motel (02) 4997 4274;
Bulahdelah Motor Inn (02) 4997 4520;
Mount View Motel (02) 4997 4292;
The Plough Inn Hotel (02) 4997 4285;
Myall Shores Holiday Park 1300 769 566
Day 3

North Haven

7 May

North Haven Bowling Club (1 Woodford Rd North Haven) Brigadoon Holiday Park Brigadoon Holiday Park (Cabins available) (02) 6559 9172;
Jacaranda Caravan Park (02) 6559 9470;
Haven Waters Motel (02) 6559 9303;
Woongarra Motel (02) 6559 9088;
North Haven Motel (02) 6559 9604;
Pelican h2o Apartments (02) 6559 9580;
Day 4

Nambucca Heads

8 May

Nambucca RSL (3 Nelson St Nambucca Heads) White Albatross Holiday Resort White Albatross Holiday Resort (Cabins available) (02) 6568 6468;
Mirimar Motel (02) 6568 7899;
Riverview Boutique Motel (02) 6568 6386;
Marcel Towers (02) 6568 7041;
Day 5


9 May

Grafton District Services Club (105-107 Mary St Grafton) Campers accommodated at Crown Hotel Crown Hotel (02) 6642 4000;
Quality Inn (02) 6640 9100;
Fitzroy Motor Inn (02) 6642 4477;
Econo Lodge (02) 6642 1944;
Abbey Motel (02) 6642 6122;
Roches Hotel (02) 6642 2866;
Day 6


10 May

Ballina RSL Bowling Club (Canal Road, Ballina) Ballina Central Holiday Park Ballina Central Holiday Park (Cabins available) (02) 6686 2220;
Ballina Heritage Inn (02) 6686 0505;
Comfort Inn All Seasons (02) 6686 2922;
Coast Inn Motel (02)6686 3300;
Ballina Centrepoint Motel (02) 6686 6877;
Ballina Hi-Craft Motel (02) 6686 8868;
Day 7

Sea World

11 May

Watermark Gold Coast Hotel (3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard,
Surfers Paradise)
All participants and volunteers will be accommodated at Watermark Gold Coast Hotel

For those who plan to stay in Hornsby the night before the ride, we suggest Ascot Motor Inn or Blue Gum Hotel – our volunteers will collect luggage from these locations (only) on the morning of the ride so that you can ride your bike to the start point unencumbered.

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