This post is quite old and needs updating when time permits me to revisit however there are many ride reports online now days about this so I will simply say that along with the Oxley and the Great Ocean Road this is one of the top three rides in the country and a must do if you are an Aussie motorcyclist. If from overseas then this road is not in the same league as alpine roads in Europe, Japan or USA for height or scenery and I would suggest riding other roads either side of this that will offer you more Australian unique scenery and historic gold rush regions.
Top to bottom the Great Alpine road starts more or less at Myrtleford and runs all the way to Bairnsdale. If your heading south from Sydney or Brisbane then you may arrive on to the road just south of Bright having traveled across the excellent Tawonga Gap road. The lead in roads from the north are the excellent Murray Valley highway and even better Murray River road after the Snowy Mtns (see my other posts for further info)
Continuing south then from Bright the road is pleasant enough until Harrietville where the climb begins. You first commence a steep, very tight corner mountain climb right up to the snow gums. Once there you travel along the edge of the mountain on a longish section of road with a mix of corners that are not always well surveyed and have a special Alpine road tar that is uneven due to it being very soft to deal with the winter temperature. (read comments below) Look around for great views over to Mt Hotham before you climb up steep again up to the top in a mixture of sweepers with dramatic mountain drops either side (some loose road surface so take care). This section is perhaps unique in Australia, a true very high alpine pass road that I am sure will delight most regardless of conditions.
There are a couple of lookouts and its well worth stopping as the views are indeed spectacular, you can see for a vast distance over the series of ranges. Beyond here lies Hotham ski resort village and then you will ride the plateau for some way before you start to descend gently.
Now begins what I feel are the best sections of the road. Going down the range you will encounter most every kind of corner however mostly they are the more flowing type with excellent surveying. I really enjoyed the section that runs down into Omeo and the next descent south of Omeo, beautiful sweeping corners, this type of road is really the rarest kind in Australia and unfortunately for readers, I was enjoying it so very much I forgot to stop and photograph.
From about Ensay you will start to follow the Tambo river. The road now travels along a lovely scenic valley that twists and turns hugging the river. And just when you think its over you have one final twisty section over some final hills. What a road, what a ride! These photos simply do no justice to it at all as I was mostly too busy enjoying myself that I didnt notice the better photo spots.
Highly recommended motorcycle ride.