Cycle the Victorian High Country: Beechworth to Bright

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From 23/04/2021 to 16/05/2022

Departure dates & prices

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  • Apr Fri 23 2021 to Apr Mon 26 2021
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    $1,140*
  • May Fri 14 2021 to May Mon 17 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Aug Fri 20 2021 to Aug Mon 23 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Sep Fri 24 2021 to Sep Mon 27 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Nov Fri 12 2021 to Nov Mon 15 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Dec Fri 03 2021 to Dec Mon 06 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Dec Fri 17 2021 to Dec Mon 20 2021
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    $1,045*
  • Jan Fri 07 2022 to Jan Mon 10 2022
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    $1,045*
  • Feb Fri 18 2022 to Feb Mon 21 2022
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    $1,045*
  • Mar Fri 11 2022 to Mar Mon 14 2022
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    $1,045*

What's included

Cycle the spectacular Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, the best known and loved rail trail in Victoria, sampling the bounty of country Victoria along the way.
Ride along flat, traffic-free paths alongside some of the High Country's most stunning scenery.
Begin your journey in Beechworth, a fascinating insight into the past and home to the Beechworth Bakery, official home of the Ned Kelly pie, and end at the renowned Bright Brewery for a brewery tour and tasting paddle.
Experience firsthand the famous hospitality of local Victorians as you tackle a trail built specifically to cater to cyclists.
Breakfasts Included: 3.
Hotel/Guesthouse (3 nights).
Bicycle (e-bike available,subject to availability).
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail guided ride.
3 days Bicycle Hire.
Bright - Brewery Tour & tasting paddle.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Beechworth Welcome to historic Beechworth. Your adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm tonight. You can arrive at any time before this as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Beechworth is a character-filled and well-preserved gold rush town full of Australian history and stories, museums, heritage architecture and one of the finest bakeries in Australia. The region is also home to the legends of Ned Kelly legend and Australia's first native-born Governor-General. For those arriving early, there is a wealth of things to explore, such as the Burke Museum, Gun Powder Magazine, and what was once known as the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. For the more avid cyclist, you can book a half-day guided tour of the local (and excellent) gravel trails. If you’re feeling peckish the renowned Beechworth Bakery is always a highlight (try the ‘official’ Ned Kelly pie or famous Lemon Slice) but there are plenty of other options that all featuring that famous Beechworth hospitality. After the welcome meeting take a walk through the Historic Centre, with your tour leader pointing out the main points of interest along the way. Why not go out for an evening meal and get to know the rest of your riding group before the cycling begins tomorrow.
  • Day 2 - Myrtleford After breakfast this morning your cycling adventure begins. After getting acquainted with your bike you’ll get the chance to further explore this beautiful town on a guided ride through the town and surrounding area before joining the Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail for 33 enjoyable (and mostly slightly downhill) kilometres. You’ll then get your first taste of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, which follows the route of the former Bright railway line. The Rail Trail is a joy to ride with the surface mostly sealed, just a few compacted gravel sections and of course no traffic apart from fellow cyclists and the occasional walker. There’ll be the chance for a mid-ride treat along the way with a stop at a winery to sample a few drops of the local vintages. Today’s ride takes you along mostly flat and gently undulating terrain, past numerous vineyards and pastoral land all the way to your base for the evening, Myrtleford.
  • Day 3 - Bright After breakfast, begin cycling, following the mostly flat contours of the meandering Ovens river as the Rail Trail quietly winds its way alongside the Great Alpine Road and through the small communities of Ovens, Eurobin, and Porepunkah and past vineyards, hops producers, orchards and groves. Your cycling leader will point out all the attractions along the way including the old tobacco kilns, a unique piece of High Country history. In the near distance, the towering Mount Buffalo dominates the skyline all the way into the Alpine hub of Bright. There may be another chance to stop at a winery en route to sample some of the local’s finest. When you arrive at Bright there will be time for a quick ride around town to get acquainted, before finding a quiet and shady spot beside the river to relax and rest the legs prior to checking in to tonight’s accommodation. As the so-called capital of the High Country and base for exploring the nearby mountains the popular town of Bright has an amazing array of activities – from fishing to a pampering spa – to enjoy, as well as many local cafes and restaurants. If you’re lucky enough to be here in autumn the fall foliage is second to none. This evening experience a unique insight into the brewing of local craft beer with a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned Bright Brewery (and included tasting paddle) before settling in for an optional final night dinner with your riding companions.
  • Day 4 - Bright After an early breakfast enjoy your last ride of the trip as you leave the rail trail scenery of the last few days behind and head out on a loop ride towards (but not up!) nearby Tawonga Gap. Start out riding along the mostly flat valley floor towards the tiny hamlet of Germantown then turn back along the quiet and slightly downhill gravel road that runs past serene farmland and eucalypts then through the pine plantations that dominate the hills above Bright. Finish by dropping back down into Bright itself, all in time for a quick shower before checking out. For those wanting to stay a bit longer in Bright, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The more active may wish to ride the excellent trails at the nearby Mystic Mountain Bike Park, take the invigorating hike up to Huggins Point, or enjoy the riverside Canyon Walk. Or chill out at the Bright Splash Park or in one of our favourite local cafes like Blackbird or Sixpence Coffee. Please note that special mountain bikes are required for Mystic Mountain Bike Park and these can be hired in Bright.
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