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Watch: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Watch: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland has produced a wonderful short film on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail that features the many highlights of the trail. 
This is how they describe the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT), or BVRT, is not just a trail; it's an off-road adventure trail that takes you on a journey through time and nature. Following the disused Brisbane Valley railway line from Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich, to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy, the BVRT offers walkers, bike and horse riders a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse rural landscapes of the Brisbane Valley. This landscape is not just a backdrop; it's a living canvas mixed with heritage-listed and historical sites while passing through some of Queensland's most unique country towns. 

The BVRT, the longest rail trail in Australia at 161km, is designed with your safety and comfort as our top priority. Most of the trail has excellent compounded gravel grading, providing a relatively smooth run. While there might be the occasional rocky section, rest assured that the trail is well-maintained and safe. The trail is most rewarding when travelling from Yarraman in the north towards Wulkuraka in the south, which gradually descends into the Brisbane Valley.
What's included on Australian Cycle Tours' self-guided tours
✔️ comfortable accommodation that's full of character
✔️ daily luggage transfers
✔️ handy navigation tools
✔️ 24/7 support
✔️ mountain bike hire with helmet and lock
✔️ necessary transfers and bike return
Pedal a mountain bike on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail |  <i>Tourism and Events Queensland</i>
I cycled the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail with 8 friends on e-bikes. The trail was lovely, great surface , really well maintained and very few other cyclists. The accommodation was organised for us and was mostly good, there is not a lot of choice in some of these small outback towns. The Linwood Pub was pretty cool on a Saturday night with music and great restaurant and new motel units at Esk camping ground. We bought our own food along the way and some was fantastic -Picnic Society - Toogoolawah and Thai Takeaway -Esk. The transfers and bag transport was perfect. S. Rowe. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Are you keen to cycle the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Northern Rivers Rail Trail Sale!

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Sale!

We have slashed 10% off the cost of the popular Northern Rivers Rail Trail and Tweed Valley Cycle for new bookings until 31 August 2024 for travel in 2024.  
Take advantage of this special offer to explore the spectacular Tweed Region on a 6-day/5 nights tour from just $1773 per person, a saving of $197 per person.
Exploring the Northern Rivers Rail Trail by bike

Departing historic, artsy Murwillumbah, this cycle journey combines the timeless majesty of the Tweed Valley and Tweed Coast with Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and sections of the much-acclaimed Northern Rivers Rail Trail.   Cycle a full loop around Wollumbin along rural roads with sweeping landscapes before exploring the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, turning east to the sparkling beaches of the Tweed Coast.
Northern Rivers rail trail with Wollumbin |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

This cycle journey extends from the Tweed Valley along the river to the coast, from the rainforest to superb beaches, through dramatic landscapes embedded with a contemporary and colourful community.

Supported with e-bike rental and luggage transfers between towns, cyclists have the freedom to cycle at a relaxed pace to take in the ever-changing landscape.
Highlights include:
•    Self-guided cycling with all logistics covered
•    A cycle loop around Wollumbin (Mt Warning)
•    Experience the new Northern Rivers Rail Trail
•    Discover charming rural towns and villages of the creative Tweed Valley
•    Cycle to the superb beaches and coastline of the Tweed Coast
Tour includes:
•    5 nights in twin share accommodation (3 nights in hotel rooms with ensuite, 1 night in hotel room with shared bathroom, 1 night in a premium motel with ensuite facilities)
•    E-bike hire with panniers and phone holder and repair kit
•    Navigational app and route maps
•    Daily luggage transfers
Cycling the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Terms and Conditions
  • The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Winter Sale is only available on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail & Tweed Cycle Explorer.
  • Discounts, as denoted on our website are only eligible for new bookings made between 17 May and 31 August 2024 - inclusive.
  • Offer is subject to trip availability.
  • Discounts cannot be exchanged, refunded for cash or transferred to another date outside this offer period or another person.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers in the market current or previous by Australian Cycle Tours or the World Expeditions Travel Group of companies.
  • A deposit is required to secure the booking.
  • The offer applies to the base cost of the tour only. Supplements (including single supplements), surcharges, child prices and any other additions are not eligible for the discount.
  • Valid on tours departing in 2024 only.
  • Offers cannot be redeemed in cash.
  • Use promo code TWEED10 when completing your booking.
How Does A Self Guided Cycling Trip Work?

How Does A Self Guided Cycling Trip Work?

While most people are familiar with how a guided tour works, i.e. having a professional guide lead a group of travellers around on an adventure, the concept of a self-guided tour may require some explanation.

In this article, we describe what it’s like to go on a self-guided cycling trip with Australian Cycle Tours. Hopefully, after reading this you’ll be eager to experience a self-guided bike holiday in Australia. With Australian Cycle Tour’s range of affordable and convenient tours in key cycling destinations, such as Mudgee, the Hunter Valley, and Victoria’s Rail Trails, going on a self-guided cycling tour in Australia has never been easier.

Enjoy a glass of wine at Naked Lady Wines |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

Before Your Trip

Bike Supplements

Top-quality bike and helmet hire is included with all our self-guided cycling tours. The specific bicycle description is outlined on the trip page. On certain trips it is possible to upgrade your bike if you’d like to use a tag-a-long bike or an electric bike. Learn more about electric bikes in our article: should I hire an electric bike for my trip?

Cycle between charming seaside towns |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>

Accommodation Upgrades

On certain tours, there is the option to upgrade to more luxurious accommodation. For example, in the Hunter Valley, you can choose the Deluxe versions of our cycling tours. Deluxe accommodation includes a spacious open plan bedroom, lounge room fireplace and a private spa bathtub.

On Tour


Collect your bike

Your trip notes will specify where to collect your bike from. They could be waiting for you at your accommodation or available for pick up from an accessible bike shop. Sometimes a staff member will be present to make sure your bike is right for you, do a run-through of your itinerary, and answer any questions you have before you embark on your journey.

Cycling on Maria Island |  <i>Andrew Bain</i>

Luggage transfer

Leave everything you don’t need to take on your cycling adventure at your accommodation reception. The included luggage transfer service will transport your bags to your next accommodation. 

Luggage is transferred daily on the South Coast Self Guided Cycle |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

App, GPX and Maps

Time to hit the road! One of the key benefits of self-guided cycling is the freedom to explore at your own pace. We provide you with the appropriate navigation app, maps and GPX tracks so you can easily follow the itinerary. We make recommendations for sights to visit, places to eat at, and more.

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole

Centre Based Trips

If you’re on a centre based trip, like the Mudgee Explorer, you’ll stay at the same accommodation for the duration of your tour. There are a few fantastic benefits of going on a centre based trip, such as being able to fully explore the area, the freedom of not following a strict itinerary, and, best of all, only needing to unpack once! 


At the end of a glorious day of cycling Australia’s vivid landscapes, your itinerary will lead you to your accommodation. The accommodation is handpicked for a variety of reasons: character, comfort, and closeness to local sights. At check-in you’ll find your luggage waiting for you, making it very convenient to rest and recharge for the next days’ pedalling. Read more about our accommodation.

Our standard accommodation in the Hunter Valley |  <i>Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill</i>


When you wake up you can enjoy your included breakfast which will fuel you for the day’s cycling adventures.

Support and Assistance

We provide you with a contact number if any issues arise while on tour.

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole

- View all self-guided cycling tours in Australia

- Read our Go-To Guide for preparing for a cycling tour

Have you been on a self-guided tour before? What was it like? Let us know in the comment section below.


6 Reasons to Cycle The Hunter Valley

6 Reasons to Cycle The Hunter Valley

While nobody should need convincing to take a holiday to the Hunter Valley, perhaps we need to reveal how much fun you can have on a cycling tour. 

Here we describe the many benefits of taking a self-guided cycling tour of the Hunter Valley.

1. The Hermitage Road Cycle Path

The Hermitage Road Cycle Path is a special bike trail that stretches from the New England Highway to Broke Road. This cycleway was built in 2017 and links many of the Hunter Valley’s top vineyards. Cycling from winery to winery has never been easier, and as you can see by the video the local community is very appreciative of it.

2. Short Distances

Scenic view of Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, Pokolbin |  <i>Destination NSW</i>
Given the relatively close proximity of the Hunter Valley wineries, you can enjoy a comfortable short ride between vineyard stops. By following our recommended itinerary you’ll ride between 2-4 hours each day over a distance of 25km to 35km. An ideal length that won’t leave you exhausted!

3. Earn Your Food and Wine!

Enjoy beer tastings at IronBark Hill Brewhouse in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley |  <i>Destination NSW</i>
The Hunter Valley is famous for its indulgent food and wine, and we daresay that’s what you’ll find yourself in the thick of while you explore the region. While we’re not sure of the exact science behind it, we find that the best way to experience the Hunter Valley’s delicacies is to earn it. Stretching the legs on a ride is a great way to work up an appetite and allow you to enjoy guilt-free tasting of all the divine cheeses, wines, olives you can handle.

4. Self-Guided Cycling

Follow the Hunter Valley's dedicated cycle route |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>
Explore the Hunter Valley at your own pace on our self-guided tour. We provide you with a recommended itinerary for each day, but ultimately you have complete freedom with where you decide to ride to.

5. Electric Bike Options

A picturesque stop on the way from Brunico to Dobbiaco |  <i>Rob Mills</i>
If you’re looking to boost your confidence on a bike, let an electric bicycle do the work. An e-bike contains a built-in motor that provides extra oompf to your cycling. This allows you to easily keep up with stronger cyclists and cover further distance than you normally could. If you’re curious as to how an electric bike works and are interested in using one on a longer journey in the future, the Hunter Valley is the perfect opportunity to take one for a spin. Find out more about electric bikes here.

6. Become Immersed in the Gorgeous Scenery

Hang out with the locals at Hermitage Road Cellars |  <i>Destination NSW</i>
Sure, pedalling a bike between vineyards will always be a slower option than a car, but with views like these, what’s the rush!?
Ready to hop on a bike and explore the Hunter Valley? Great. These self-guided cycling tours are the perfect escape to the Hunter Valley.
Have you been on bike trip in the Hunter Valley before? How did it go? Let us know in the comment section below!
Watch: Explore Mudgee by Bike

Watch: Explore Mudgee by Bike

World-class vineyards, cosy restaurants, historic streets - Mudgee is the perfect destination for a cycling holiday. And at just a few hours drive from Sydney, Mudgee makes for a dream long weekend away to experience the countryside by bike.
Watch this short video on the self-guided Mudgee Cycle Tour and see some of the exciting cycling adventures to be had in Mudgee.

About the Mudgee Self-Guided Cycle Tour

What better way to enjoy the wines, food and countryside of Mudgee, than by bike. On this self guided cycle you are free to set your own pace, with time to enjoy a long lunch, sample local cheeses or stop for a wine tasting en route. The choice is yours. 
In the vines in Mudgee |  <i>Ross Baker</i>
We have a number of routes for you mapped out, each of which gives you ample time to appreciate the produce of this region. You'll stay in Mudgee for 4 nights, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the delights of the town. 
With countless wineries, renowned restaurants and lovely cafes, you'll be spoiled for choice for a well-earned gourmet treat after spending the day cycling through the countryside.
Cycling around Mudgee on a bike tour


Have you explored Mudgee? What did you think of this wonderful town? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Watch: Explore Australia's Central West by Bike

Watch: Explore Australia's Central West by Bike

Learn all about cycling the Central West region of NSW in Australia and how going on a self-guided or supported trip with Australian Cycle Tours will enhance your experience.
This extended film includes 4amazing areas within the Central West that are well worth exploring by bike. Discover the Central West Cycle Trail, the Capertee Valley, Rylstone and the Wollemi National Park, and the lovely town of Mudgee.

Discover the Central West on a Cycling Holiday

There are multiple top-rated bike tours to explore the Central West. 

Central West Cycle Trail

A self-guided or supported cycling trip along the Central West Cycle Trail is the best way to take in the rural views, lonely roads and charming towns packed with local character.

There are multiple ways to cycle the Central West Cycle Trail. The classic 7-day route includes stays in Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Mendooran, Ballimore, Dubbo and Wellington, and can be cycled on a self-guided trip or with the camaraderie of a supported tour. Or if you’re on limited time, the itinerary of the self-guided Central West Cycle Trail Highlights holiday bypasses Dubbo and takes just 5-days.
Crossing a small bridge on the route between Mendooran and Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>

Capertee Valley in Comfort Cycle Tour

Surrounded by World Heritage listed wilderness such as the Wollemi and the Gardens of Stone National Parks, the Capertee Valley is the world's widest and longest enclosed valley - 1km wider than the Grand Canyon.
Cyclists viewing the Capertee Valley walls |  <i>Katy Taylor</i>

Rylstone & Wollemi National Park Cycle Tour

Over four days of cycling you’ll cover much of what defines this region including cycling though native bushland, along quiet backroads though pastoral sheep country, and along ridge lines with amazing views to the peaks in the distance. You will also cycle through areas renowned for bird sightings and pass by koala habitat.
The first two days of the trip are spent in Rylstone before you spend two nights in the Ganguddy region of the Wollemi National Park staying in a unique cottage. While in the Ganguddy region there are opportunities to add kayaking and an Indigenous immersion walk. In Rylstone you can discover museums, art galleries and vineyards, and dine on superb international cuisine to compliment the cycling experience.
Looking out at the pagoda rocks by Dunn's Swamp |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

Mudgee Self-Guided Cycle Tour

What better way to enjoy the wines, food and countryside of Mudgee, than by bike. On this self guided cycle you are free to set your own pace, with time to enjoy a long lunch, sample local cheeses or stop for a wine tasting en route. The choice is yours. 
We have a number of routes for you mapped out, each of which gives you ample time to appreciate the produce of this region. You'll stay in Mudgee for 4 nights, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the delights of the town. With countless wineries, renowned restaurants and lovely cafes, you'll be spoiled for choice for a well-earned gourmet treat after spending the day cycling through the countryside.
Moothi Vineyard near Mudgee is bike-friendly |  <i>Tim Charody</i>


Have you visited the Central West? What did you think of this beautiful region? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Watch: Cycling in the Capertee Valley

Watch: Cycling in the Capertee Valley

One of the best hidden gems of New South Wales has to be the Capertee Valley. Home to the world's largest canyon (yes, even bigger than the Grand Canyon!), the Capertee Valley is just a couple of hours drive from Sydney. And the greatest way to explore the area is - of course - by bike.
Watch this short video on the Capertee Valley in Comfort Cycle Tour to get a better understanding of what this fantastic Australian bike route is all about. 

About the Capertee Valley in Comfort Self-Guided Cycle Tour

Surrounded by World Heritage listed wilderness such as the Wollemi and the Gardens of Stone National Parks, the Capertee Valley is the world's widest and longest enclosed valley - 1km wider than the Grand Canyon. Entering the canyon by bike, the spectacular views of the impressive Pantoneys Crown, standing proudly alone, and the rocky escarpment framing the canyon are ample reward for your pedalling efforts. This view inspired Henry Lawson who wrote about the valley in his poem, “Song of the Old Bullock Driver”. 
View over the Capertee Valley
Along with the escarpment, the timeless beauty of the valley is punctuated by interesting rock formations including conical volcanic peaks like Tyan Pic. The area is recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and a habitat of the endangered Regent Honeyeater. Capertee is within the traditional country of the Wirrdjuri people. It was discovered by Europeans seeking fortunes in the mining of shale oil. The former shale mining town of Glen Davis paints the history of that time and is a worthy diversion on the cycle route.

Leaving the valley behind the route takes you through Kandos, whose limestone became the basis for a booming cement factory in the 20th Century. Continuing on to Rylstone, the pretty main street has gourmet food options, while the nearby vineyards offer opportunities for the tasting of premium wines. 
Take a break at Naked Lady Wines in Rylstone |  <i>Tim Charody</i>
The last leg of the cycle is along a quiet, undulating road through classic rural scenes all the way to Mudgee where the trip concludes. At night stay in hand picked premium B&B's for two nights, and a boutique hotel in Mudgee. The accommodation is a highlight of the trip with friendly hosts and great views, ensuring cyclists are well looked after. With your luggage transferred, all you need to do is pedal your e-bike, listen to the birdsong in the air and take in the outstanding scenery.
Cycling out of Glen Davis |  <i>Ross Baker</i>


Have you explored the Capertee Valley? What did you think of this wonderful area? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Megan Cycles the Great Victorian Rail Trail

Megan Cycles the Great Victorian Rail Trail

We love receiving in-depth reviews of a cycling adventure! It's always so great to live vicariously through another person's exciting cycling trip. As you can imagine, we were thrilled to get this top account of Megan and her mate cycling the Great Victorian Rail Trail on a self-guided cycling tour. Over to you, Megan.
Victoria's High Country is pretty to cycle in autumn |  <i>Ride High Country</i>
My friend and I cycled the Great Victorian Rail Trail in September 2023.

It was SO much fun!! Even with sleet and magpies swooping (for any fellow Queenslanders - it's still cold at that time of the year in Victoria).  We had the trail basically to ourselves and on the one really bad day of weather (our 60km day too, the joys) the only people we saw were those at the servo and bakeries that kept us warm along the way. 
Bonnie Doon and riding across Lake Eildon on Day 1 was incredible.  We wished we'd left earlier as there was a great walk recommended to us halfway between Mansfield and Bonnie Doon, but we only got to the base and had to turn around to make sure we got in before dark.  The Bonnie Doon Hotel had excellent food and atmosphere, and let us dry our clothes in front of their fireplace.  
Cyclists on the Bonnie Doon Bridge over Lake Eildon |  <i>Rail Trails Australia</i>
The 60km day itself - let me tell you as someone with very basic fitness and not a lot of training gone into this - was actually fine.  Don't get in your head about it.  It's a steady climb and you will feel it in your thighs, but not in the I-can't-go-on way you might imagine.  Plus, the downhill run was SO worth it!! As was Yarck's bakery - Buck's Bakehouse was full of delicious delights.  Wish they could supply goods the whole way - I would've paid extra for this.  
Great Victorian Rail Trail |  <i>Kate Baker</i>
Alexandria has a laundromat so we were able to give our clothes a wash. Then back out the way you came in, and you'll start to think that downhill run yesterday was SO NOT worth it, but you will overcome that too.
You will.  And then suddenly you'll be in Yea for your last night with another wonderful pub and plenty of shops to look at.  The secondhand bookshop was one of the best I've seen and run by a fabulous woman.
Riding past Yea Station on the Great Victorian Rail Trail |  <i>Ride High Country</i>

Our final morning, we had plans to dilly dally and try breakfast at another place in Yea but had to meet the bike handlers in Tallarook at the finish line by 12.30pm.  So, no more dillying or dallying and away we rode.  There is a marker that says Trawool is 5km on and if you've been keeping track of the 1km markers along the way (brilliant, btw), then you know it should only be 1km.  This messed with our minds and we stopped for a snack and whine and then got on our bikes (no e-bike, no padded bike shorts here...just a few regrets on that front) and Trawool Estate appeared before our eyes in 1km...bloody signs!  
The Great Victorian Rail Trail passes through the Trawool Valley where it runs parallel with the Goulburn River |  <i>Rail Trails Australia</i>
They were closed but we must have looked wrecked so they offered to make us a drink.  Espresso martinis in hand, we suddenly thought we can do this and with the swoop of one more magpie, we were on our way - Tallarook, here we come!!! We rolled into town just after 12.30pm (and after one impressive stack on my part), and our trip was suddenly over and we were relieved of our bikes and reunited with our luggage.  We moseyed on over to the pub to finish our trip with a celebratory beer and well-deserved lunch.  
Start your ride in the historical town of Tallarook |  <i>Robert Blackburn</i>
Then, the train back to Melbourne.  It was so much fun, and I intended this to be short yet how could I not include some of our best memories?! Australian Cycle Tours made it so easy and not one partner on the trip - from the bike shop in Mansfield to our luggage transport service crew - were anything but warm and kind.  If you've been on the fence about this trip, I say book it!
Cyclists on the Great Victorian Rail Trail |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>
Final advice from Megan: Get yourself some padded shorts, pack your raincoat, and consider an e-bike if you want to cruise and aren't at the level of fitness of a greyhound!

Have you cycled a rail trail in Australia? What was your experience like? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Villages of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Villages of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Thanks to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail team for this great article.

Located on the New South Wales Far North Coast, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is in the heart of a thriving region that offers visitors a kaleidoscope of activities. The main start of the Rail Trail at Murwillumbah is 36 km from Gold Coast Airport and 74 km from Ballina airport, with daily flights from all capital cities.

Starting at the heritage-listed Murwillumbah Railway Station, the open 24km Tweed section of the Rail Trail meanders gently southwards through the Tweed Valley, connecting the villages of the Tweed Valley through the rolling hills and spectacular scenery of the region.

The Tweed section features 26 bridges and 2 tunnels, including the 500m Burringbar Range tunnel which features micro-bats and glow worms. It is the first completed stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, which will eventually stretch 132 km to Casino, traversing through Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley.
You can cycle the Northern Rivers Rail Trail as part of our self-guided tour that also explores the greater Tweed Valley.
Wollumbin lookout on Rail Trail |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

The Tweed

Boasting 37 km of pristine coastline, verdant wetlands and forests, expansive pastoral and farmland, and the entire Tweed River basin, Tweed is a nature lover’s paradise. The mountainous regions of the area contain 3 of Australia’s World Heritage-listed national parks, adding to the region’s natural charm. It is a truly stunning region that showcases the first rays of sunshine to touch the Australian continent, centered around the breathtaking Wollumbin / Mount Warning.

Tweed is situated in one of the world’s largest natural erosion calderas, making it a truly unique destination. The area is renowned for its rich biodiversity, which is the highest in New South Wales, making it an internationally significant environment that’s perfect for exploration and discovery.
Enjoy remarkable views of Mount Warning while cycling along the Tweed Valley region.


In the local Bundjalung dialect, Murwillumbah is thought to mean the place of the bleeding big nose.

In the 1880s, Tumbulgum was the principal town in the Tweed Valley with an active commercial sector. After the rail line to Lismore opened in 1894, followed by the Murwillumbah Bridge in 1901, Murwillumbah became the major centre on the Tweed.
Today over 9,000 people call Murwillumbah home and enjoy its art deco architecture, the vibrant arts community,cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. Murwillumbah remains the centre for dairying, sugarcane and banana growing.
Murwillumbah is also home to the Tweed Regional Museum in town, and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre which you can travel to via the rail trail.
Visit Murwillumbah on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail


Dunbible means the black apple tree in the local Bundjalung dialect. In the late 1880s, the area was home to a very small community, predominantly farmland for dairy, pigs and cattle.

Dunbible was quite isolated, and before the railway, travel was done on horseback. The railway brought prosperous new opportunities to the area, particularly in agriculture. Cream gathered from cows in Dunbible in the morning could now arrive at the NORCO butter factory in Murwillumbah in the blink of an eye.

Today there are almost 400 community members of Dunbible and the small town features the beautiful heritage Dunbible Creek Bridge.
Cycle the beautiful Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Stokers Siding

When the railway was constructed in 1894, Stokers Siding was known as part of Dunbible Creek. In 1903 it was renamed Stokers Siding after local landholder Joseph Stokers.
The once predominant farmland has evolved and Stokers Siding is now home to over 600 people and boasts a thriving arts community.

Stokers village has a number of popular attractions including the Community Printmakers Murwillumbah. Housed in the historic Stokers Siding Pottery Building, the community organisation is a working print studio with art gallery. The General Store/Post Office with a verandah tearoom is located in the old railway station.

The village also has a vibrant public school and is known to host regular events at the community hall known as the Stokers Siding Dunbible Memorial Hall.
Cycling the Northern Rivers Rail Trail


Burringbar is thought to mean the place of the non-returning fighting boomerang in the local Bundjalung dialect.John Ewing purchased the land that is now Burringbar Village in 1888 and erected the first built structure just off the main street.

Burringbar became an overnight stay for Cobb & Co coaches, bringing mail, newspapers, and supplies from Murwillumbah and Brunswick Heads. With the railway and road development, the village became a thriving district centre and is now home to over 1,100 people.

Burringbar still retains its small village charm and is a great stop-off point with a general store and craft, along with roadside fruit stalls. A pretty park with a historic monument marks the centre of the town.

The Burringbar Range tunnel connects the villages of Stokers Siding and Burringbar. The tunnel closed to rail services in 2004 and since this time, bats and glow worms have claimed their habitat inside.
Discover the Northern Rivers Rail Trail


Mooball (pronounced Mow-ball) is thought to mean big swamp, big lake, or the cane of a lawyer vine in the local Bundjalung dialect.
After European settlement, the town grew into a small farming community and now has over 190 residents. The town features the original 1930s pub and post office buildings. Mooball is a great place to stop for a coffee to rest and recharge.

You can’t move through town without missing the black and white cow prints painted on the electricity poles throughout the village.
Discover the Tweed and the Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Crabbes Creek

Crabbes Creek runs from Yelgun ridge down to Wooyung. This is a very significant area for local Bundjalung who acknowledge it as the pathway of the sun. It is where the Ancestral beings created some of the first ceremonies for all of the Bundjalung.

Crabbes Creek got its name after landholder Robert Crabbe, in the late 1800s. Before this, the local area was known as “Pimble” by the local Aboriginal people of the Moorung Moobar Clan of the Bundjalung Nation.
Sand mining, cane and dairy farming, and growing bananas were common at Crabbes Creek. The area has the distinction of having the first Macedonian Orthodox Church in Australia, built in 1949, which is still standing and is now the community hall.

Today Crabbes Creek is home to almost 300 people who form a vibrant community.
Cyclists at the end of the first stage of the Rail trail at Crabbes Creek |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Thanks to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail team for this great article.

Is cycling the Northern Rivers Rail Trail on your travel wish list yet? Which town are you most excited to explore? Let us know in the comment section below.
Meet the Team: Greg, Operations & Expert Bike Mechanic

Meet the Team: Greg, Operations & Expert Bike Mechanic 

Get to know the team behind Australian Cycle Tours. Today you'll meet Greg, who handles the operations of our tours, assembles our electric bikes and also does escort duties on some of our supported tours.
Over to you, Greg.

I trained at the Bicycle Mechanic Training Institute in the first class they had ever run. Qualified top of the class but you probably don't need to know that (editor: yes we do!).
Winx silo art |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

My favourite cycling story was meeting a group of young boys for a mountain biking trip and discovering that one of these 15 year olds had never ridden a bike before. 
I spent an hour teaching him how to pedal, change gears and how to stop (very important) before taking the group cycling along a challenging fire trail to Faulconbridge Point, with this young man successfully completing the ride and learning a new skill. 

I later sourced a good-condition second-hand bike and donated it to him so he could further his newly discovered skills and ride with his friends.
Greg is also a trained equine therapist
The tour I'd most like to do is the Kosciuszko to the Sea cycle
I've spent a lot of time hiking the Snowy Mountains in the summer months and I love the country around there. 
Visiting Tathra has also been on my bucket list for many years so to have a trip that starts in one of my favourite places, and then goes cycling through beautiful countryside, visiting towns that I've always wanted to experience, before finishing at Tathra - that just sounds like the perfect tour.
The wonderful short but sweet Tathra Headland walk offers some great views of the Pacific Ocean. |  <i>David Rogers</i>

I'm based in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW which is near Sydney. My best tip for exploring the Blue Mountains is to get up early and get on the trails. Keep exploring and look for the next amazing spot because there is always something else to see that gives new appreciation for the Mountains.

If you're ever there, I can't recommend a better breakfast than the Pomegranate Cafe in Katoomba. There are also great pizza places in town, and you can't miss having a local beer at the Mountain Culture Brewery.
Cycling in the Blue Mountains |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

One last piece of cycling advice: I have never found a perfect way to deter magpies but the zip ties poking up from your helmet seems to be most effective.
We really need to get more photos of Greg with bikes instead of horses!

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