Snowy River Cycling

Services on the East Gippsland Rail Trail

The East Gippsland Rail Trail is book ended by Bairnsdale in the west and Orbost in the east, both of which offer a fairly wide range of services. In between on the rail trail itself are just 3 towns: Nicholson, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa. These are all small towns with limited services. In addition there are some locations essentially in the middle of nowhere but offer some welcome services.

Lakes Entrance is 25 km off the rail trail, but is joined to the rail trail by the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail and it's on road continuation.

Details for bike repair and transport services can be found below the table.

Distances and population sizes below are indicative only!

Services East Gippsland Rail Trail

NOTE: Scroll the table below to the left for more information

Location

km W

km E

Popn.

Accommodation

Food

Water

Toilet

Car Park

Bairnsdale

0

97

13,000

Wide range: guesthouse, motels, caravan parks

Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes.

Howitt Park

Howitt Park

Howitt Park

Nicholson

10

87

500

Small motel, caravan park

General store, pub.

On trail ( trailer), riverside park

Riverside park

Riverside park

Bruthen

30

67

600

Cottages, pub.

Pub, cafes, general store.

Main street

Main street

Main street

Colquhoun Forest (locality)

45

52

nil

nil

nil

Water drum (check status with us)

nil

forestry roadsides

Nowa Nowa

60

37

300

Motel, caravan parks, cabins.

Pub, cafe, general store

Main street

Main street

Main street

Partellis Crossing Rd (locality)

75

22

nil

nil

nil

Water drum (check status with us)

Pit toilet

Limited

Orbost

97

0

2000

Motels, pubs.

Supermarkets, cafes, pubs.

Forest Park

Forest Park

Forest Park

Lakes Entrance (via Discovery Trail)

65

80

4500

Wide range of styles and standards

Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes.

Esplanade

Esplanade

Esplanade

Bike Repairs

Bike Repairs and parts

Bairnsdale: Riviera Cycles has a full workshop and range of spare parts - they are the only bike shop in East Gippsland. Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.30; Saturday mornings only (because they want to go riding on the weekend too).

Lakes Entrance. Venture Out is a bike and kayak hire business that stocks standard spare parts for bikes and has some repairs capacity. Contact them for opening hours as they also run tours.

Orbost. Snowy River Cycling ( that's us) has limited spare parts and some repairs capacity. We are often out and about so contact us if you need some help.

Transport

Transport Services

Snowy River Cycling provides a shuttle service for riders and their bikes along the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Our equipment includes a 11 seat minibus and 18 bike trailer: we can organise larger buses for bigger groups. We can provide this for cyclists as part of a self guided package that includes other services, or as a standalone service as required.

Venture Out provide shuttle services for cyclists and bikes out of Lakes Entrance.

Vline Coach Services transport passengers only, but will not transfer your bike.