Great Victoria Rail Trail, Yea, North Eastern Victoria
 

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Victorian Tours and Rides:
 


Autumn 2018 -  Fantastic Victorian Rail Trails Tour - includes The High Country Rail Trail, Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and the new 'Great Victorian Rail Trail'.  Plus the lure of Ned Kelly, Wine & Produce - Gourmet Adventures and Cycling in the Victorian High Country!


Autumn - The 3 Rail Trails Tour - Awesome!!!!

2018 dates still to be finalised. The three Rail Trails Tour - Fantastic cycling, produce, wine and heaps of fun!

This itinerary was introduced in 2013 and is fantastic!  It includes three of the great Victorian Rail Trails - the High Country RT (Lake Hume), the Murray To Mountains RT (Bright, Beechworth and across to Milawa) and the newly completed Great Victorian Rail Trail (formerly the Goulburn River High Country RT) from Mansfield to Tallarook.  This trip has been a couple of years in the planning and is absolutely fantastic, sampling everything that makes this region of Australia perfect for adventure cycle touring -  Ned Kelly history, award winning local wine and produce, and diverse breath-taking scenery - this is real back country cycling adventure - rated a leisurely Grade 2 - easy to intermediate, Category is bike path/road - with some gravel.

Enquiries and early bookings are being taken now.   Other dates are available  E-mail info@bushrangerbikes.com.au 
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On the High Line - Mansfield, North Eastern Victoria.

Victoria's High Country Rail Trails - Alpine Scenery, the lure of Ned Kelly, Wine & Produce - Gourmet Adventures and Brilliant Cycling!  May 2018.

Tour Details:

Join Bushranger Bikes for 8 nights/9 days of some 'Awesome Autumn' cycling on the High Country Rail Trail, Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and the new High Line in the North Eastern Victoria in May 2016.  These trails are marketed as Australia’s Premier Rail Trails, for many reasons, and live up to them all.

You can expect crisp clear skies, clean fresh air, unbelievable Autumn colours, views and scenery unmatched anywhere else in Australia, all to be enjoyed from your bike.  Remote, rural, thriving regional towns and fun communities - the region is steeped in the history of Australian Bushranger folk law and the beautiful towns alone are worth a visit to this region. Today this region of Victoria is also famous for its fresh local produce, including numerous vineyards and their award winning wines, and you will have the opportunity to sample these delights as you ‘cycle the trail’. 

This tour commences out of Wangaratta with the first night in Rutherglen and a chance to ride a section of the rail trail that runs to Wahgunyah on the Murray River and the NSW boarder.  This includes some great cycling on the trails on both sides of the Murray River around the boarder town of Corowa and back over Federation Bridge to the very impressive All Saints vineyard - approx. 25kms. We jump back on the bikes at Lake Hume Dam and take a cruisy cycle on the High Country Rail Trail which connects Wodonga and Old Tallangatta, following the shore of Lake Hume for approximately 35kms. A highlight will be a ride across the Dam wall and the new bridge across Sandy Inlet.

We will relocate to Bright at the top of the Alpine Valley, there should be a chance for a quick look around town in the afternoon/evening, before we are on the bikes the next morning to tackle the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail.  We will ride through to the Everton Station site (approx. 55kms), and then divert up the branch line (16kms) to Beechworth on the range.

Beechworth which has retained all of its historical buildings and landmarks including the Courthouse and Jail, made famous by Ned Kelly.  The scenery and shopping are great and there is plenty to see both walking and cycling around town.  We spend two nights in Beechworth as everyone from previous tours felt one night just wasn't enough to see the sights and check out the shops!  There will also be some local cycling options to explore including riding the Beechworth Gorge road and taking in some of the local history.

Back down the trail for some gravity assisted fun to Everton where we will take the next section of the Murray to Mountains and some back roads and cycle our way to gourmet Milawa for a night.  This section of the ride might include a loop through Wangaratta if time and energy levels are okay - up to 65kms. There will be time to check out some of the local produce and maybe a visit to iconic Brown Brothers winery. 

Then it's a fantastic transfer through to Mansfield with some awesome alpine scenery along the way, more vineyards and onto the Great Victorian Rail Trail - 130kms plus of great backcountry rail trail and some magic cycling.  Highlights are the alpine scenery, Lake Eildon, the remote feeling of the trail, bridges & tunnels, interesting rural towns and vibrant communities.

The tour is a Grade 2 (easy to intermediate) and runs over nine easily paced days commencing with a pickup at Wangaratta.

The tour finishes in Tallarook/Seymour and Bushranger Bikes can arrange a train transfer from Melbourne to Wangaratta for the tour start and back to Melbourne from Seymour if required.  Alternative arrangements can be discussed.

For those travelling from Brisbane, Bushranger may be able to transport your bike and some of your gear to and from Victoria in the van and trailer to make your trip just a little easier.


Station site - Mansfield

Itinerary:

The full itinerary including accommodation, meals and distances between accommodation points is available upon request.  If you would like more details please e-mail Bushranger Bikes (info@bushrangerbikes.com.au) and I will send you the information pack for this brilliant trip.
 

What is included?

·         Accommodation – 8 nights – share basis, quality accommodation;

·         Most meals - some lunches, and morning afternoon tea, coffee drinks etc. are at own expense;

·         Train transfers within Victoria - Melbourne/Wangaratta and Seymour/Melbourne as required;

·         All guiding and support including mechanical advice/assistance etc.;

·         Vehicle support – including the option to carry the wine and other goods purchased along the way!

·         Advice on packing and what to bring;

·         Advice on training and some preparation rides;

·        Good company and lots of fun!

·         Bikes and equipment can be provided – contact for options and cost.

What you need to organise?

  • Airfares or transport to and from Melbourne (airport/railway station) to meet the start of the tour and finish of the tour as required (other options can be discussed);
  • Some lunches, morning and afternoon tea etc. as above;
  • Bike and cycling gear (or hire from Bushranger Bikes);
  • All your gear, clothing etc.
  • Travel insurance.

What’s it cost?

The cost of this tour is from A$2915* (incl. GST) per person with inclusions as detailed above. Single supplement is $535.

What do I need to do to book my place on the tour?

Places on this tour are usually limited to six to ten people.  Please contact Bushranger Bikes (info@bushrangerbikes.com.au) to arrange for a booking form to be sent to you.


The 'girls' cycling the High Line
 

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FACT FILE:

Bushranger Bikes runs fully supported tours to the ‘Mountains to Murray' Rail Trail, and North Eastern Victoria Wine and Gold in October each year.

Cost: From A$2915 per person*  Single supplement is $535.

There are limited places on these tours (maximum of 6 to 10 cyclists) so if you are interested e-mail Bushranger NOW! - info@bushrangerbikes.com.au

* Prices are subject to change and can be impacted by rising fuel costs and fluctuating exchange rates.

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