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Activities
  • 2 day self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel/motel accommodation

Price

4 daysfrom

$725AUD

Trip Code: MVB

Murray to the Mountains Short Break Trip highlights


  • Enjoy the independence of self-guided cycling with all logistics taken care of for you
  • Cycle on the Murray to the Mountains rail trail and surrounds
  • Take in the historical, well preserved town of Beechworth
  • Appreciate the views of hidden valleys and spectacular mountains
  • Sample world class local produce and wines
  • Explore the charming town of Bright
  • Cycle through farmlands along Eucalyptus lined trails

Victoria's North East region is a beautiful destination, featuring stunning scenery, world class local produce, beautiful wineries and charming towns. This area is perfect to be explored by bike, as the scenic Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail links the beautiful tourist towns together. Starting in the historical town of Beechworth you will cycle past shaded forests and verdant farmland to charming Myrtleford, enjoying a long lunch stop at a winery along the way. You'll then spend a day experiencing incredible local produce such as pumpkins, berries and wines while you cycle your way to Bright, a beautiful town nestled in the Victorian Alps. On a self guided cycle you get to chose your own adventure each day, you can stop for a coffee, sample wines or produce, or linger at beautiful view points, the choice is yours!

Itinerary

Today make your own way to the historical town of Beechworth located in the North East of Victoria. After checking into your hotel you are then free to explore this charming town, set in one of Victoria’s ultimate wine and food destinations. Beechworth was a popular gold mining town in the mid 19th century and has many well preserved buildings to explore. You may wish to take a tour of the fascinating Beechworth Gaol, where the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly was incarcerated or sample the wonderful local produce at one of the local cafes or restaurants. Overnight in Beechworth.

Meals:  Nil

Today's ride starts with a short downhill cycle along quiet roads before rejoining the Rail Trail. The countryside is classic Australian bushlands with Gum Trees lining the trail and rows of vines lining up to the hills, We cycle onwards past Brookfield and Bowman Stations as the trail gently climbs to Taylors Gap, before evening off for a nice easy ride to Gapsted winery. The Victorian Alps create a wonderful backdrop for a tasting and relaxing lunch at this cool climate award winning winery. After lunch it’s a short, gentle ride into picturesque Myrtleford town. Overnight in Myrtleford. Cycling distance: 43km, ascent: 205m, descent: 544m

Meals:  Nil

Today is an easy ride into Bright, with many opportunities along the way to stop and sample the world class local produce. Starting this mornings cycle along the rail trail the first stop is The Pumpkin Seed and Oil Store, which do all sorts of amazing things with pumpkin seeds. Further along the track you will come to the Buffalo Berry Farm, who sell ice cream as well jam, coffee and berry pie. After a gentle cycle through bushland you can stop for lunch at Ringer Reef winery, along with a wine tasting of course. Then it’s onwards to the beautiful town of Bright, where you can explore its many great cafes and restaurants along with the nearby National Parks. Overnight in Bright. Your bike and gear will be picked up from your hotel this afternoon. Cycling distance: 31km, ascent: 153m, descent: 48m

Meals:  Nil

This morning concludes your cycling adventure along the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail! You are then free to explore beautiful Bright at your own pace.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation in hotels/motels on a twinshare basis
  • Hybrid bike hire including helmet, lock, repair kit, front handlebar bag, drink bottle holder, rear carrier and a waterproof pannier (electric bikes and tandem bikes can be hired for an additional supplement)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • GPS information

  • Travel to Beechworth and from Bright
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, car parking, towel etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Wine tastings and produce sampling
  • Phone handlebar mount

Bike information


Accommodation


Grading

Introductory  
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This self guided trip involves 2 days of cycling on a sealed trail surface with some gentle ascents and descents. The first day of cycling is 43 km and the second day is 31 km. Being a self guided trip you determine the pace and schedule. You will need to be in good health and be a confident and capable cyclist. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions which can also add to the timing and comfort of a trip, for example riding into a head wind will take more effort than when the wind is behind you.


Departure dates

Daily departing from mid September to late May

Notes

DN1
Please note, when we book your accommodation some hotels may request a deposit/full payment to secure your booking. This amount will be payable, in addition to the World Expeditions deposit. Any extra payments, along with the $400 deposit, are non-refundable.
DN2
We can upgrade the night in Beechworth to the historic 1860 cabin. A supplement applies. If staying on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday a 2 night stay is required. Please contact us for further details.

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Total Priceper person from

$725AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount to remove bike hireAUD$-96
  • Extra day bike hireAUD$50
  • Electric Bike SupplementAUD$100
  • Single SupplementAUD$340
  • child under 12 sharing with 2 adults and one other childAUD$380
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Murray to the Mountains Short Break trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

You can drive to Beechworth. Parking will be available at the first accommodation. Or you can catch a train from Melbourne to Wangaratta and then a connecting bus to Beechworth. The total journey time will be around 4 hours.

At the end of the trip we can arrange a transfer from Bright to Beechworth, or you can take the bus (around 40 minutes).

The transfer is a shuttle that departs Bright at 5.30pm.

To return to Melbourne you can take the bus. You will need to catch a bus from Bright to Wangaratta, then a connecting bus back to Melbourne. A train also runs between Wangaratta and Melbourne, usually departing in the mid afternoon.

The buses in the area are operated by V-Line and if you a travelling with your own bike, they require that bikes are boxed.

Yes. You will cover up to 43km in a day, and although most of the cycling is on a dedicated cycling path you do still need to be a capable cyclist.

Yes, you can use your own bike if you prefer. Let us know at the time of booking and a small discount will be applied.


Murray to the Mountains Short Break Trip reviews


Why cycle with us

SELF GUIDED EXPERTS

As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.

TRUSTED LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.


Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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