Phillip Island MotoGP question

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Walt, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. Walt

    Walt Guest

    Hey all,

    My friend and I are riding down for the Moto GP and I was wondering how much
    of a hassle would it be to stay in Melbourne (City) for the Saturday night
    and get to the Island in time before the big race?

    What are the roads like, how often do the ferries run and all that sort of
    thing. Pricing on the ferries is also a question. Some insightful knowledge
    would be much appreciated.

    '00 Ducati 748
    Walt, Sep 25, 2003
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  2. Walt

    Fwoar Guest

    PI - Ferries??

    If you want to go that way - go for it.
    I usually take the road through Cranbourne & San Remo

    Fwoar, Sep 25, 2003
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  3. Walt

    sharkey Guest

    The roads are flat and boring if you go the obvious way, twisty
    and magnifcent if you go the stupid way. The ferry is disappointing,
    because it goes the wrong way entirely.

    (unless you're coming from Tasmania, I guess ...)

    sharkey, Sep 25, 2003
  4. Walt

    Nev.. Guest

    You can easily make the track from the CBD in 2 hrs. Probably much less
    because it's freeway/highway almost the entire length now.
    There's just one stationary ferry which runs continually called "The Bridge"

    '02 CBR1100XX #2

    Important note for all people attending the Grand Prix who are from interstate
    or don't regularly travel to the South Eastern Suburbs. The Hallam Bypass has
    been completed which means that now where previously you had to look out for 1
    Phillip Island turnoff, you must now take 2 turnoffs. After passing Stud Rd
    and Heatherton Rd stick in the left lanes and follow the signs to the South
    Gippsland Freeway, which will keep you going down the old freeway and then
    take the South Gippy Highway exit as before.
    Nev.., Sep 25, 2003
  5. Does not take all that long from Melb.City CBD to P/Isd. depends on the traffic
    though,perhaps <2Hrs.

    First year i went i slept on somebodys nature-strip (with permission of
    course),that was a real hoot and saw Garner stick it right up doohan,also saw
    for the last time a 500cc called Cagiva.....
    Roads are good and basic country hwy style once you leave Dandenong

    Ferry,what fucken ferry?? You want to go to Port Lonsdale or something?U are on
    the wrong side of P/P/Bay.

    Get a map out and study it pronto,it is a no-brainer from Melb. to P/Isd

    Dott.Ing.HatzOlah®, Sep 25, 2003
  6. Walt

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Shoulda' come up to the Creek!
    It got a podium in '91 and won in '93!
    (I think)
    Knobdoodle, Sep 25, 2003
  7. Walt

    Knobdoodle Guest

    [quick check] DAMN!!
    '93 was the podium; Doug Chandler (lead half the race then tailed off).
    '94 was the win from Little-John.
    Knobdoodle, Sep 25, 2003
  8. You are correct it was that young Seppo in 93' (forgot his name a loud mouth of sorts) a fine day
    really Italy cleaned up in all classes

    Alas it never lasted and the flame went out,till now of course and Loris/Bayliss WILL carry the torch
    so to speak,all things been equal Ducati have arrived now to carry on ,its Aprilia and of course the
    BIG gun MvAgusta that i am waiting for....

    Thanks for the memory,oh BTW Mr.Cagiva, Cladio Castiglione sent me a autographed yearbook that
    year,mighty fine guy really hope he sorts out the mess they are in currently

    Dott.Ing.HatzOlah®, Sep 25, 2003
  9. Walt

    sharkey Guest

    Come on, Knobbo, at least give me time to find the damn book!

    sharkey, Sep 25, 2003
  10. Walt

    Mick GS1000S Guest

    Walt the Ferry has dirt road on it mate keep away from it with your duke

    Mick GS1000S, Sep 25, 2003
  11. Walt

    Knobdoodle Guest
    (you probably can't see that unless you're signed in but that's the source. I only bought the Michael Scott
    "Motorcycle Grand Prix Year" annuals ['cause I was too cheap to buy Motocourse] but after his 4th book he
    became editor of Motocourse and stopped doing his own so I can answer any '86-89 question but after that I've
    gotta' use the website!)
    Knobdoodle, Sep 25, 2003
  12. Walt

    paulh Guest

    They're bitumen and slope towards the edges... what did you think they
    were like.
    Not as frequently as the fucking great bridge we all use....

    paulh, Sep 25, 2003
  13. Errrmmm, about half the riders in Melbourne seem to do exactly
    that - its no big deal, its only - what 2 hours from the city ti
    the track, and there's no ferries involved either...

    Theres usually a big organised run from Cranbourne into the
    island on Sunday morning too, I seem to remember...

    Iain Chalmers, Sep 26, 2003
  14. Walt

    Johno Guest

    Good to see the New Suds at work again Paul ;0
    Johno, Sep 26, 2003
  15. Here are some quick answers:

    1. There is plenty of accommodation at all price levels to be found in

    2. PI is connected to the mainland via a bridge, so most people drive (or
    ride) there. There will also be shuttle buses oveperating over the GP

    3. Melbourne CBD is about 3 hours from PI (2 hours from SE suburbs).

    Hope this helps.

    Mark Micallef, Sep 26, 2003
  16. Walt

    Dale Porter Guest

    Waaaaay out on the times there.

    We live in Narre Warren South and it takes us just under an hour to get to PI. Takes about half an
    hour from the CBD to our house.

    It's all freeways now so nice and quick.

    Dale Porter
    Dale Porter, Sep 26, 2003
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