Spend the March long weekend in Nowa Nowa and cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail!
STOP PRESS! THIS WEEKEND IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
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The tiny village of Nowa Nowa has miraculously survived this terrible summer of bushfires, but was left empty of visitors over it's usual busy summer peak time.
This long weekend is a great time to come and support them while exploring the East Gippsland Rail Trail from the convenience of a fixed base. Stay 2 nights in Nowa Nowa, and we will shuttle you and your bike back each day after 3 great days cycling covering the whole East Gippsland Rail Trail plus the Discovery Trail.
The Rail Trail was largely unaffected by the fires, as were the towns along it so beautiful farmland and forest scenery awaits you as always.
Just $235 per person for twin or double share accommodation.
Three share to a room / cabin is $208 per person.
Four share is just $195 per person.
Prefer to have your space all to yourself? Still just $325.
This special one off package includes 2 nights accommodation in Nowa Nowa plus return shuttles on three days. To support the town of Nowa Nowa, we are providing our transport at a greatly reduced price so this is a fantastic time to explore the rail trail this way. The package includes route maps and notes, and if you have any difficulties along the way we won't be far away to provide some assistance.
Nowa Nowa has a range of different accommodation including en suite motel rooms which can sleep up to four, cabins and on site vans in the lovely green and quirky caravan parks.
When you book, we will assign you a room or cabin best suited to your group. If you have a particular preference, let us know by email and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We will provide the following shuttle services for this package. If you need transport at a different time or place over the weekend, contact us for a quote for an individualised transfer.
Saturday March 7th: Lakes Entrance to Nowa Nowa, departing Lakes Entrance 4.30 pm
Sunday March 8th: Bairnsdale to Nowa Nowa, departing Bairnsdale 3 pm
Monday March 9th: Orbost to Nowa Nowa, departing Orbost 2 pm
(For those not wanting to cycle the whole distance Nowa Nowa to Bairnsdale on Sunday ( 60 km) we will also provide a Nowa Nowa – Bruthen shuttle departing Nowa Nowa at 10 am)
In addition to accommodation for 2 nights and return shuttles, you can add a couple of extras when you book:
Friday night accommodation: You can choose to add an extra nights accommodation in Nowa Nowa on the Friday.
Bike hire: You can hire a bike for the weekend, both standard MTBs, childrens sizes and Ebikes available.
Lunch pack: Saturday and Monday, Pre order a lunch pack with juicy filled roll, delicious cake and fruit for the ride.
NOTE: Scroll the table below to the left for more information
Approx time to ride
Saturday March 7th
Nowa Nowa to Lakes Entrance via Rail Trail and Discovery Trail
Forest ride, Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Lakes Entrance where you can hire a kayak, SUP, eat fish and chips, take a cruise or walk to the mouth of the lakes system.
Sunday March 8th
Nowa Nowa ( or Bruthen) to Bairnsdale
57 km (30 km)
6 hours ( 3 hours)
Forest and farmland scenery, Tambo and Nicholson River rail bridges, village of Bruthen, Bairnsdale.
Monday March 9th
Nowa Nowa to Orbost via Rail Trail
Mix of forest and farmland scenery, historic Snowy Rail Bridge, and the annual ORbost Show at Newmeralla.
Bookings are now closed as we are fully booked.
Getting to Nowa Nowa
We suggest you drive yourself to Nowa Nowa, planning to arrive by 11 am at the latest to give you time to enjoy the ride through to Lakes Entrance in time for the return shuttle on Saturday afternoon. On the Monday afternoon we will plan to have you returned to Nowa Nowa by 2.30 pm.
Public Transport Option.
If you plan to travel to East Gippsland by public transport, we can make things a little easier for you.
Saturday there are several options: 1. Travel through to Lakes Entrance via Vline coach arriving at 12.45 pm, or arrive on Friday. We will set you up with your bike, and you can then ride Lakes - Nowa Nowa over the afternoon, while we transfer your luggage through to Nowa Nowa for you OR 2. travel to Bairnsdale on Friday, we can provide a transfer to Nowa Nowa on Saturday morning at 9 am.
Monday, we will again transfer your luggage from Nowa Nowa through to Bairnsdale after completing your ride to Orbost, ready to get straight onto the Vline service returning to Melbourne departin approximately 4.30 pm.
You will need to hire a bike for the weekend, as the Vline coach will not take your bike through to Lakes Entrance. However as an incentive to keep your car off the road, we will give you a 10% discount on your total price for the weekend ( package fee as well as bike hire).
What's special about Nowa Nowa?
You can whiz through Nowa Nowa on the Princes Highway and hardly notice it, but stay a little while and there are some beautiful little treasures waiting to be found:
Nowa Nowa means "the mingling of the waters", and it's best kept secrets are it's lovely lake (the end of Lake Tyers) and the walk along the freshwater creek that flows into it. Follow the path up along the little gorge for a journey into a different world. Nude sculptures, jumping fish ( at the right time) and a warm spring are probably some of the things you aren't expecting to see...
'Mingling Waters' is also the name of the cafe and caravan park. Not only do they serve up outstanding food and coffee from breakfast through to the afternoon, they do so with smiles that have been undiminished by the recent harrowing summer. You can hire a kayak from here to explore the lake too.
The cafe is also home to the Ramsdell Wood collection. The huge ( really, I mean huge) flared root mass that has been polished into exquisite detail is nothing short of extra ordinary, and is just one of a number of beautiful nature / human art collaborations.
More food: Nowa Nowa Bistro is the place to slake the end of day thirst and hunger. Country sized portions, cooked with love. What better?
More food and other good things: the Nowa Nowa General Store is where you want to go to stock up on along the ride snacks, evening snacks, breakfast snacks, not to mention pretty much everything else.
The Depot: possibly the best collection of tea cosies I've ever seen, plus numerous other crafts. You can also get a cup of tea ( served of course, with a tea cosy), coffee and huge cookie or similar here.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Nowa Nowa Long Weekend
Event Start Date
Saturday March 7th, 2020
East Gippsland Rail Trail
Cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail this weekend and help the village of Nowa Nowa recover from the bushfires!