Snowy River Cycling

Day Rides

If you are looking to spend a day or just a few hours on a bike, we can set you up for your own mini cycle adventure either from our main base in Orbost, or with our partners Town Central Motel in Bairnsdale. Cycle along quiet riverside roads or explore a section of the East Gippsland Rail Trail for the day at your own pace.

Summary

Tour type: Self guided day ride.

Start and finish: Orbost Or Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, Victoria AUS. (Show me a map!)

Includes: Bike, helmet: bike equipped with rack and bag, basic tools, drink bottle holder, route maps and notes.

Prices: $40 per person. Tagalong or childs mountain bike: $25 /day. Family rate: $140 family of four, extra children $30.

Booking: Just phone or email us to make a booking.

Several days notice is very much appreciated to ensure that we can organise a wonderful day of cycling for you.

Orbost Day Rides

Orbost Day Rides

Cycle along quiet country roads and discover broad sweeps of a quiet river and pockets of rainforest set between hidden expanses of lakes and rich farmland. The lower reaches of the Snowy River, where it’s floodplain wraps around the country town of Orbost is perfect for exploring by bike. Quiet, mostly flat country roads and trails follow along the edge of the river and wind into the surrounding farmland.

Suggested Rides

Lochend Rainforest and return. 16 km, all sealed. Ride along the banks of the Snowy River with the river on one side and rich dairy farms on the other. The ‘Devils Backbone’ shelters a remnant of the rainforest that once covered the floodplain: revegetation works along the riverside now rely on birds to carry seeds from the Lochend Rainforest to replanted areas.

Lochend and Lake Road. 25 km, most sealed 4 km of dirt.The ride to Lochend is extended by riding up and along the ridge line above the farmland, with views to the sea on one side and mountains on the other, returning to Orbost via Grandview Lookout at Newmeralla.

Rail Trail Loop. 30 km, 7 km unsealed rail trail. Ride the rail trail as it threads through bushland, hidden from view from the nearby highway before turning off onto a quiet country backroad leading back to the riverflats. A skimming downhill run with stunning views across farmland to the mountains finishes back at a riverside road, leading back to town. Combine Lochend and Lake Road with the Rail Trail loop for a more challenging ride of 45 kilometres.

Rail Trail Day Orbost - Nowa Nowa

Ride on the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Orbost to Nowa Nowa, through forest and farmland and past historic timber bridges. Collect your bike with helmet and maps in Orbost, and we’ll pick you up in Nowa Nowa at the end of your ride and return you to Orbost.

Price: $75 per person. Includes bike hire, route maps, return transport to Orbost from Nowa Nowa.

Bairnsdale Day Rides

Bairnsdale Day Rides

Just over three and a half hours from Melbourne by car or train, Bairnsdale offers quiet rides on cycle paths next to the Mitchell River as well as a great base for a day ride on western end of the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Feeling adventurous? Head out to the Silt Jetties, Eagle Point, Paynesville and Raymond Island.

Suggested Rides

Rail Trail to Nicholson and return: 20 km, cycle path partly paved. A flat ride to the riverside town of Nicholson to ride across the towering bridge over the Nicholson River. Make sure you get an outstanding pie from the General Store: or ride another couple of kilometres out to Nicholson River Winery.

Rail Trail to Bruthen and return: 60 km, cycle path mostly unpaved. The East Gippsland Rail Trail passes through gently rolling hills to the cute little town of Bruthen on the Tambo River. A vintage goods store, galleries and a range of excellent cafes, not to mention the Bullant Brewery are all excellent reasons to visit.

Mitchell River Loop: 6 km, paved cycle path. A gentle easy ride next to the river: or extend your ride a bit further to Picnic Point Farm for the freshest of in season fruit.

Silt Jetties, Paynesville and Raymond Island: 45 - 60 km, on road. Explore the shores of the vast Gippsland Lakes system on this network of roads and paths along the lake edge and villages. The Silt Jetties is an extraordinary natural feature, with a road extending along the length of this narrow natural formation. Raymond Island, reached by the car ferry that shuttles continuously across little McMillan Strait, offers flat riding with very little traffic and almost guaranteed koala sightings.