Five regional sporting events to cheer about

The Grampians Peaks Trail

As the weather warms up, so too does Victoria’s sporting schedule, with a diverse range of events taking place before the end of the year.

The Regional Events Fund supports events held in regional Victoria, showcasing regional tourism and building Victoria's reputation as an events destination.

The fund has been running since 2016 and has backed more than 350 events across the state.

Here’s our guide to what’s on and where to catch the action.

Ignition Mountain Bike Festival

A person mountain biking17 to 19 November, Falls Creek

Bikes, beers, shuttles, bands. Ignition is a mountain bike festival hinged on the social features of the rider lifestyle.

This year’s event features 11km of never-before shuttled gravity trails, live entertainment, mini brewery bars scattered across the event village and local produce vendors.

Test ride the latest mountain bikes, take part in a group ride, hone your skills with a lesson, or soak up the incredible scenery in a backcountry ride.

To find out more, visit: Ignition Mountain Bike Festival.

Beach Volleyfest

Women taking a volleyball shot17 to 26 November, Geelong

Geelong’s Rippleside Beach will play host to international and national competitors when the Beach Volleyfest returns to Victoria.   

Offering spectators a variety of formats to enjoy, the festival includes elite competition in the Volleyball World Pro Beach Tour and the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour.

The Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour features the best players in the world, while the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour showcases our best players as they develop their skills and look to move onto the international circuit.

The festival will be staged in a temporary event village, featuring competition courts, training courts, spectator seating, and off-court attractions to engage with the community and provide sport development opportunities.

To find out more, visit: Beach Volleyfest.

GPT 100 Miler

Man running through trees on rocks23 to 26 November, Halls Gap

The Grampians Peaks Trail (GPT), the newest world-class trail, is 164km, with an elevation of 7,702 metres from Mt Zero in the north, to Dunkeld in the south. The GPT passes through the rugged, stunning and varied terrain the Grampians is famous for.

The running race is broken up into four chunks, each with major aid stations. Journeying through remote wilderness areas, the well-manicured GPT trail is welcoming and a source of safety.

Competing against each other, runners will have the opportunity to race the full length, 164km from north to south, continuously, or over a four-day stage race format. Team relay options are also available.

To find out more, visit: GPT 100 Miler.

Geelong Revival Motoring Festival

Race car24 to 26 November

Over 2 days, the Geelong waterfront comes alive with classic cars, vintage fashion, great food and racing action.

More than 1000 cars, motorbikes, trucks and caravans will descend on the waterfront to celebrate vintage motorsport and battle it out for a shot at glory.

The unique, family-friendly celebration of all things retro and racing provides plenty of motoring action for thrill seekers as well as families.

To find out more, visit: Geelong Revival Motoring Festival.

Renegades Big Bash League (BBL) at Geelong

Football oval at sunset10 December

Confirming their loyalty to the Geelong region, the Melbourne Renegades’ BBL season opener against the Perth Scorchers will take place at GMHBA Stadium at Kardinia Park.

With the likes of local hero Aaron Finch set to line up alongside new overseas players, the match promises to be an exciting contest against the reigning BBL champion Perth Scorchers.

Since January 2018, the Renegades have hosted 9 BBL matches at GMHBA Stadium.

To find out more, visit: Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers.