The Best Gran Fondos in Australia 2023

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Looking to participate in a Gran Fondo down under in Australia?

Australia is a large country with a diverse landscape, ranging from the rugged coastlines of the east to the harsh deserts of the west. As a result, Gran Fondos in Australia often features a mix of challenging climbs and scenic routes. 

Almost 90% of all the Australian Gran Fondo takes place on the east coast in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. 

Best Gran Fondos in Australia

  • Santos Festival of Cycling coincides with the week-long Tour Down Under during the Australian summer. The Challenge Tour covers a distance of 120+km over the same routes used by the men’s race.
  • Audax Alpine Classic is organized by Audax Australia. It takes place in Bright in Victoria’s alpine region. Various routes from 60 to 250km crest Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham, Buffalo, and Falls Creek.
  • Peaks Challenge Falls Creek is a 235km route with over 4,000m of climbing. Participants have 13 hours to complete this challenging route. The majority of participants finish between 10 to 12 hours.
  • Giro della Donna is organized by Cycling Tips. It’s a two-day road (Sunday) and gravel (Saturday) Gran Fondo based in Warburton, a town in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.
  • Amy’s Gran Fondo is held in memory of Amy Gillett, a track cyclist killed in 2005 while training in Germany. The 145km Gran Fondo occurs along a fully closed Great Ocean Road.
  • Around the Bay has six routes to choose from; 6 ride options from 20km to 300km. The route goes around Port Philip Bay, and participants ride along Beach Road, arguably the most-ridden road in Victoria.

List of Australia Gran Fondos

DateGran FondoLocationStateDistancesType
8 Jan 2023Tumut Cycle ClassicTumutNSW32, 64, 120, 160kmGranfondo
14 Jan 2023Gran Fondo AustraliaBallaratVIC58kmGranfondo
20 Jan 20232023 Santos Festival of CyclingAdelaideSA6 stagesRoadrace
27 Jan 2023Audax Alpine ClassicBrightVIC70, 140, 200, 250, 320kmUltra
23 Feb 2023Red Sky RidePerthWA1000kmTour
26 Feb 2023Great Otway Gravel GrindOtway ParkVIC49, 97kmGravel
28 Feb 2023Cadel Evans Swisse People’s RideGeelongVIC35, 50, 125kmGranfondo
3 Mar 2023Bathurst Cycling ClassicBathurstNSW50, 100kmGranfondo
10 Mar 2023zoo2zoo Canberra to Dubbo RideCanberraNSW437kmTour
12 Mar 2023Peaks Challenge Falls CreekVictoriaVIC234kmGranfondo
12 Mar 2023Lake Hume Cycle ChallengeWodongaVIC15, 40, 65, 80kmFestival
17 Mar 2023L’Etape AustraliaTBDNSW130km, 160kmGranfondo
21 Mar 2023Ride for YouthAlbany-PerthWA700kmTour
26 Mar 2023Bobbin Head Cycle ClassicTurramurraNSW27, 57, 80, 104kmCentury
26 Mar 2023Ipswich 100 Bike RideIpswichQLD5, 25, 50, 100, 160kmLeisure
1 Apr 2023Giro della DonnaWarburtonVIC125kmGravel
1 Apr 2023Snowy ClassicBanjo Paterson ParkNSW110, 170kmGranfondo
2 Apr 2023Dams ChallengeBentleyWA54, 134, 205kmGranfondo
7 Apr 2023Girls Go Gravel 2PomonaQLDTBCGravel
15 Apr 2023Glen Innes Gravel FondoGlen InnesNSW35, 75, 135kmGravel
16 Apr 2023The MailrunSingletonNSW20,40, 65, 100kmCentury
23 Apr 2023Ride the Ranges-EuroaEuroaVIC30, 85, 130kmLeisure
23 Apr 2023Five Peaks ChallengeCanberraACT88, 120kmSportive
29 Apr 2023Great Ocean and Otway ClassicTorquayVIC60, 145, 204kmCentury
29 Apr 2023Ravenswood Gran FondoRavenswoodQLD50, 100, 163kmGranfondo
30 Apr 2023Mudgee ClassicMudgeeNSW35, 120, 170kmGranfondo
6 May 2023Grafton to Inverell Cycle ClassicGraftonNSW228kmSportive
13 May 2023SEVEN – UCI Gravel World SeriesNannupWA50, 85, 125kmGravel
20 May 2023Fraser Coast Gran FondoHervey BayQLD87, 130kmGranfondo
20 May 2023Dirty Pig & WhistleCreswickVIC8, 38, 78kmGravel
20 May 2023Banish the Black Dog Bike RideTownsvilleQLD260kmTour
21 May 2023Century ChallengeKariongNSW18, 50, 100kmCentury
11 Jun 2023City to Coast Community RideBundabergQLD20kmTour
11 Jun 2023MS Brissie to the Bay Bike RideSouth BrisbaneQLD10, 25, 50, 100, 130kmFestival
17 Jun 2023Mogo Gravel FondoMogoNSW75, 130kmGravel
7 Jul 2023Tour of the TropicsMillaa MillaaQLD3 daysGranfondo
23 Jul 2023Sunbuild Top End Gran FondoDarwinNT3, 10, 25, 60, 109kmGranfondo
27 Jul 2023Townsville to Cairns Bike RideTownsvilleQLD358kmTour
5 Aug 2023Mount Isa Border RideMt IsaQLD202kmUltra
20 Aug 2023Noosa ClassicNoosaQLD65, 120, 160kmGranfondo
8 Sep 2023Port Douglas Gran Fondo FestivalPort DouglasQLD48, 60, 100, 136kmGranfondo
9 Sep 2023Amys Gravel FondoLorneVIC45kmGravel
10 Sep 2023Newcrest Orange ChallengeOrangeNSW70, 100, 170kmGranfondo
10 Sep 2023Amys Gran FondoLorneVIC14, 45, 130kmGranfondo
16 Sep 2023Robbie McEwen Gran FondoGold CoastQLD65, 100, 130kmGranfondo
16 Sep 2023Cardiac ChallengeCairnsQLD333kmTour
19 Sep 2023Outback Century CycleWintonQLD100, 160kmCentury
29 Sep 2023Dungog PedalfestDungogNSW40, 70kmTour
30 Sep 2023Gears and Beers FestivalWagga WaggaNSW9, 30, 50, 105, 130kmFestival
30 Sep 2023Arapiles Cycling EventNatimukVIC20, 50, 100kmLeisure
4 Oct 2023Tour of Western AustraliaNannupWA660kmGranfondo
8 Oct 2023Around the BayMelbourneVIC20, 50, 100, 135, 160, 210, 250kmTour
8 Oct 2023Noosa Strade BiancheNoosaQLD33, 89, 133kmGravel
8 Oct 2023Ride the RangeToowoombaQLD50, 85, 112kmTour
15 Oct 2023Spring CycleSydneyNSW12, 50, 105kmLeisure
15 Oct 2023Spring CycleSydneyNSW15km, 50km, 100kmFestival
21 Oct 2023Bowral ClassicBowralNSW35, 90, 120, 175kmGranfondo
22 Oct 2023Tour de ValleyCurrumbinQLD36, 72kmCentury
24 Oct 20237 Peaks Alpine Ascent ChallengeHigh CountryVIC446kmUltra
28 Oct 2023GravelistaBeechworthVIC75, 115kmGravel
29 Oct 2023Fitzs ChallengeCanberraACT50, 105, 130, 165, 185, 210, 255kmFestival
4 Nov 2023Bass Coast Cycle ChallengeInverlochVIC40, 53, 85, 121kmGranfondo
18 Nov 2023Jervis Bay Gran FondoCallala BeachNSW30, 60, 90kmGranfondo
2 Dec 2023Grinduro AustraliaFalls CreekVIC80kmGravel
3 Dec 2023Gundy Gravel FondoGundyNSW75, 135kmGravel
18 Dec 2022Buderim 9 ChallengeBuderimQLD75kmTour
List of Gran Fondos in Australia
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He has been riding road bikes actively for the past 12 years and started racing competitively in the senior category during the summer recently.