Snowy River Cycling

Gippsland Trails Tour

   5 days ago

Gippsland is a marvellous patchwork of tall forests, lush farms, mountain ranges and a stunning coast, and happily has a fine collection of Rail Trails that take you through the best of it from the comfort of your own bicycle seat. This tour joins up five of these trails, and while we organise your accommodation, transfer your luggage and transport you from one great trail to the next you can get on with enjoying the ride. This six day tour includes the Great Southern Rail Trail, the Bass Coast Trail, the short and sweet Grand Ridge Trail, the Gippsland Plains Trail, the East Gippsland Rail Trail and it's gorgeous sidekick, the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail.

A comfortable riding distance of around 50 km per day allows plenty of time to wander around little country towns that feature classic old General Stores rather than shopping malls, and of course the riding is traffic free, and the hills are kind. We'll stay in an Art Deco pub, restored country cottages, a guesthouse with garden views to the mountains and a lakeside town. A cruise on the lovely Gippsland Lakes before sharing our final evening meal will complete the Gippsland experience.

Summary:

Dates: Sunday 22th - Friday 27th October 2017. Next year: March Sunday 18th - Friday 23 2018.

Price:October 2017: $1495 twin share, (if coming alone, we'll match you with a room mate of the same gender) optional own single room supplement $200

Includes: Five nights accommodation, transport throughout tour, luggage transfers daily, support vehicle and guide, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 evening meal.

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.

Starts / finishes: Orbost / Sale ( choice of either for starting / finishing point.)

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The Nuts and Bolts

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We will provide

You need to bring

Five nights accommodation in places with character - restored pubs, country cottages and guesthouses.

Your bike - hybrid or mountain bike, recently serviced and suited to unsealed surfaces.

All transfers for yourself, your bike and your luggage from your pick up point ( Orbost or Sale on Day 1 of tour) 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) and crisis coffee. (when there's no cafe in sight..)

A suitable level of fitness for 50 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, the best local bread and baked goods we can find. Gourmet porridge if its cold.

Lunches on four days of the tour: we will be stopping in little towns with lots of options for purchasing lunch

Two lunches

Dinner on four nights of the tour: the towns we stay in all have country pub meals.

One evening meal

Toiletries, personal effects, camera etc.

Lake cruise

Tour Itinerary

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Sunday.

Pick up in Orbost (handy for those from NSW or ACT) and then Sale before driving down to South Gippsland to ride the first half of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Welshpool to Fish Creek, with stunning views to the coast and Wilsons Promontory. Art Deco Fish Creek Hotel is our home for the night, with time in town to explore some unique artists workshops and galleries.30 km ride

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Monday:

The Great Southern Trail continues across farmland to the town of Meeniyan (location for TV serices'Bed of Roses' for anyone interested) before winding up the Tarwin river valley, past the foodie haven of Koonwarra ( or an on road option on back roads can be taken by anyone who isn't afraid of hills....) and on to Leongatha for lunch. Back on the bus and down to the stunning Bass Coast trail part of which runs right next to the ocean (and with the bus, we are cunningly able to ride this trail with a tail wind, no matter which way it blows...) Later in the afternoon bus takes us up into the hill town of Mirboo North where we stay in a beautifully restored cottage. 55 km

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Tuesday

Just outside our door, the Grand Ridge Rail Trail starts it's glorious mostly downhill run for 13 km to the little town of Boolara, passing through native and pine forests. At Boolara we shuttle across to the start of the Gippsland Plains Trail at Traralgon, which sweeps across the rich farmland of the plains, with great vistas of the mountains to the north. Little towns along the way have kept their character - and General Stores, including Tinamba where we spend the night at our comfortable guesthouse, with gardens and views over the fields to the mountains. With some time to spare in the afternoon a visit to meander through the nearby town of Maffra may beckon: or for those after something different the Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park is only a few minutes drive away from our accommodation. 55km

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Wednesday

Back on the Gippsland Plains Trail we traverse the McAlister Irrigation District which supports an substantial dairy industry, and it's key town of Maffra. All out all change at Stratford, where the bus takes us to the edge of the Gippsland Lakes where we will explore the Silt Jetties and Raymond Island before staying near Paynesville for the night. 48 km

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Thursday

A short drive back to Bairnsdale puts us at the start of the East Gippsland Rail Trail! The trails goes through rolling farming country to the Tambo River valley and athe town of Bruthen, before headaing up through the forest to the turn off onto the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail . This delightful trail winds down a lush valley, mostly on an old tramway alignment delivering us to our cottages for the night in a rural setting out of Lakes Entrance. An evening lake cruise will take us to our final dinner together at a winery. 36 km

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Friday

A short bus shuttle takes us to the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, one of the iconic spots on the Trail to start our final days' ride past the little town of Nowa Nowa and on to the trails end at the Snowy River, where Orbost is perched on a hill top above the river. Along the way we take in the splendid curved trestle at Wairewa, and Victorias longest timber viaduct bridge on the Snowy floodplain. In between the trail traverses the forest, rich in birdlife and with wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and emus often spotted. Our journeys end! and for those who started the trip in Sale a final bus journey to return you to your starting point. 50 km