Day rides around Orbost.

   Tuesday January 15th, 2019

From my home town of Orbost, where Snowy River Cycling is based, we are spoiled for choice for excellent short rides on our door step. From shortest to longest here is a sample:

  1. Riverside trail: Straight out the door from my office / bike shed in the butter factory, along the riverside path and back, 2 km, just. Flat, winding through the replanted strip of forest next to the Snowy River.

  2. Grandview lookout via the Old Coach Road. Across the river and along the cycle path to the start of the rail trail, cycling next to the looonnng Snowy Rail Bridge then up the delightful Old Coach Road trail that leads to Grandview Lookout.Soak up the sweeping views to the mountains and then decide: back down the same way, or via the old highway, now Burn Rd, which offers a GREAT ride back down the hill to the rail trail. Barely 10 km in total, return ride.

  3. Riverside: Over the river from the town again, but this time heading out along Lochend Road, and quiet, sealed riverside road that leads to a good spot for a swim, or just a shady picnic in the remnant rainforest. Back by the same way, or put a little effort into the short hill to return via Lake Road and Newmeralla? Usually the latter (18 km return trip), for a little bit of cardio work out, but mainly the views across to the sea one way, and the mountains the other to make a total ride length of around 20 km.

  4. A taste of rail trail. Sometimes I head out of town on the East Gippsland Rail Trail for 10 km, then turn off onto the quiet sealed Simpsons Creek Road. Lush farmland, some stunning mountain vistas, a great downhill and back along next to the river ( handy for cooling off...) 30 km as a loop.

There is more information about getting a bike from us to do one of these rides over on our Day Rides page.

North of Orbost lie literally 100's of kilometres of forestry roads, with the only limit to how far to ride being your energy and navigation skills: not much mobile phone coverage out there! Talk to us if you'd like to take some of these roads less travelled.