Rail Trails are made for families: no cars, small hills and regular ice cream stops. We've put together a tour just for families, covering three rail trails over four days. Manageable distances each day ( 30 -40 km), family friendly accommodation, a support vehicle to jump aboard whenever little legs get tired and all your gear carried for you. Fuss free breakfasts and lunches each day are provided, with pubs to eat at each night so everyone can relax.
The 2018 (2019 dates below) tour starts and finishes just one hour out of Melbourne at Leongatha on the Saturday of the Melbourne Cup "long weekend", where we return to early afternoon on Tuesday. In between we will ride the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, the short but sweet Yarram to Alberton trail, and the Great Southern Rail Trail. There are lots of places to discover near the trail so if there is energy to burn at the end of the day we'll go exploring!
Dates: 2018 Saturday November 3rd to Tuesday November 6th . (Melbourne Cup Weekend) 2019: Sunday April 14 - Weds April 17th 2019
Price: $780 adults (17 years and over at time of booking), $670 youth (4 - 16 years at time of booking) $550 infant ( under 4 years at time of booking).
Includes: Three nights accommodation, transport throughout tour, luggage transfers daily, support vehicle and guide, all breakfasts and lunches .
Bikes: suited to hybrid or mountain bikes. ( all trails are unsealed, loose gravel and soft sand could be encountered at times) BYO or hire one of ours for $180 (standard mountain bike - tagalong, trailer or small childs MTB $120) for the 4 days.
To book a place on the tour, download our booking form either as a Word document (to send by email) or a pdf ( to print and post). Complete your details on the form and send it to us with your payment (details on the form).
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What we will provide:
You need to provide:
Three nights accommodation in a guesthouse, and motels. (Family rooms where available)
Your bike - hybrid or mountain bike, recently serviced and suited to unsealed surfaces. (Or you can hire one from us for the weekend)
All transfers for yourself, your bike and your luggage throughout the tour.
Helmet and comfortable cycling clothes for both hot and cold weather
Support vehicle with spare parts, comfortable seats ( should your bike seat let you down in that respect), corny jokes ( if you rely on the driver)
A suitable level of fitness for 30 -40 km ride each day ( or a good book to read while travelling in the support vehicle now and then.)
Breakfast each morning on tour. Muesli, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Gourmet porridge if its cold.
Dinner each night of the tour: the towns we stay in all have country pub meals.
Lunches each day: trail side lunches, with make your own rolls or wraps from a range of delicious fillings, fruit and something sweet and indulgent.
Toiletries, personal effects, camera etc.
We meet up in Leongatha, and load up the bikes for the drive (just over one hour) to Glengarry to the Gippsland Plains Trail. With a back drop of the mountains, the trail traverses flat farming land, passing a tiny town every 10 km (Ice cream stop?). Todays ride is a total of 40 km, through to little Tinamba to a guesthouse set amongst the cows.
Back onto the Gippsland Plains Trail for another 18 km, taking us through the bustling country town of Maffra to Stratford, which sits on the Avon River. Rest time in the bus as we drive to Yarram, with a stop for lunch along the way. Yarram is the start of the tiny Tarra Trail, which goes just 7 km on to Alberton, from there it is possible to ride another 7 km on road through to Port Albert itself. Tarra Bulga National Park up in the lush hills above us is another place we might explore with some time on our hands in the afternoon.
A short drive to Port Welshpool, and we start the Great Southern Rail Trail next to the sea. The little towns of Welshpool, Toora and Foster sit amongst lush farmland along the trail: our destination for the night is Fish Creek, with glorious views to Wilsons Promontory along the way. The total days ride is 37 km.
Rolling out from Fish Creek on the last day of riding, with 37 km back to Leongatha to go. Meeniyan with it's scarecrows ( and great cafes), the bridges across the Tarwin River and foodie heaven Koonwarra are all on the way today. We will ride back into Leongatha early in afternoon - just in time for The Race!
Snowy River Cycling
Phone: 0428 556 088
Address: 7 Forest Rd, Orbost , Victoria 3888, Australia