Snowy River Cycling

Rail Trail Three and Four Day Bike Rides

Take yourself on a journey over rivers, under trees, beside farmland and through forests on the East Gippsland Rail Trail that stretches for nearly 100 km between Bairnsdale and Orbost in Eastern Victoria, Australia. Add the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail for an extra 20 - 40 km of gorgeous riding. Just bring yourself, your clothes and a camera while we provide your bikes, maps and information, transport your luggage, book your accommodation and organise your return to your starting point.

What is a Self Guide Cycle Package?

Our tailored self guide cycle tours on the East Gippsland Rail Trail can include

  • Bike hire: bikes come with helmet, pannier bag, spare tube and tools, and breakdown back up. Ebikes also available.
  • Accommodation each night ('Standard' or 'Spoil me' options)
  • Luggage transferred daily to your accommodation
  • Return transport via Vline coach
  • Start from either Orbost or Bairnsdale: there is no advantage riding one direction over the other.

Our three and four day itineraries below include all these services, and are a starting point for you to plan your trip: we are always happy to tailor your trip so that it works perfectly for you.

See our Price Table for three and four day Self Guide Packages

East Gippsland Rail Trail Map

Three and Four Day Itineraries

Three Days or Four to Cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail?

Three days (100km) is a relaxed pace to enjoy the whole East Gippsland Rail Trail. With only a couple of towns to staying along the way a typical three day ride looks like this:

Day 1: Ride from Bairnsdale to Bruthen, 30 km of gentle undulating farmland scenery. Cross the Nicholson River over the spectacular original rail bridge, maybe visit a winery for lunch, and relish the gently downhill for 12 km as you zoom into the Tambo River Valley to the cute little town of Bruthen perched above the river.

Day 2: Bruthen to Nowa Nowa area, 27 - 37 km of cycling through the forest with just the birds, wildflowers and occasional wallaby for company. The magnificent Stony Creek Trestle Bridge tells you it's only 6 km to Nowa Nowa, a quirky little town with unexpected treasures: a lake, a gorge, unique timber collection and great food. Stop here for the night, or head on for another 10 km for farmstay accommodation.

Day 3: Nowa Nowa area to Orbost, 40 - 30 km, riding through a mix of forest and farmland, with a glorious downhill taking you to the wide and lush Snowy River farmland and long historic trestle bridge.

Four days (150 km) gives you time to take the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail as a side trip to spend a night in Lakes Entrance. The Discovery Trail is a dedicated cycle / walking trail for 17 km through the forest, with the final 8 km of ride into Lakes Entrance on road. Here is what the itinerary looks like:

Day 1: Ride from Bairnsdale to Bruthen, 30 km as above.

Day 2: Bruthen to Lakes Entrance 38 km . Taking the Rail Trail for the first 13 km, the Discovery Trail branches down through the forest, past an historic quarry and following Missisippi Creek for much of it's length.(and adjoins the Colquhoun Mountain Bike Park, for those who'd like to spice up their day with a serve of single track). The final on road section into the town of Lakes Entrance includes a glorious view of the ocean before a final downhill into town.

**Day 3: Lakes Entrance to Nowa Nowa area, 42 ** A number of forestry roads provide a range of options for returning to the rail trail, to continue on to Nowa Nowa.

Day 4: Nowa Nowa area to Orbost, 40 km. as above

You can do this trip equally enjoyably in reverse - Orbost to Bairnsdale. There is no advantage riding one direction over the other for hills or wind.

Accommodation Options

Standard or Spoil Me Accommodation?

The larger towns of Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost offer a range of different accommodation options, from friendly comfort to a touch of luxury, while the smaller towns of Bruthen and Nowa Nowa area along the trail both have cottage and cabin accommodation.

If you need a friendly, warm clean place to sleep at night you will enjoy the type of accommodation in our Standard packages.

If you need a bit of pampering and breakfast sorted, our Spoil Me packages use the best available accommodation in towns that offer a range of choices, plus breakfast each day of your trip and evening meals on at least one night.

Pricing

Package Pricing.

The table below shows typical indicative pricing for three and four day rides for different group sizes. Please note prices may vary depending on when you travel and with other factors outside our control. Send us a booking enquiry and we will provide you with a firm quote.

The packages below include bike hire, accommodation, daily luggage transfers and return transport by Vline coach. Pricing is per person, twin or double share.

Use our table below to compare pricing for each package. These prices are a guide: we can tailor the trip so that it suits you perfectly.

Three and Four day package prices:

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

Package

2 or 3 p group

4 or 5 p group

6 - 10 p group

Standard 3 day 3 night (with mountain bike hire inc))

655

559

527

   *With ebike upgrade
     *835
     *739
     *707

Spoil me 3 day 3 night (with mountain bike hire inc)

777

682

649

    *With ebike upgrade
     *957
        *862
       *829

Standard 4 day 4 night (with mountain bike hire inc)

858

715

690

*With ebike upgrade

*1098

*955

*930

Spoil me 4 day 4 night (with mountain bike hire inc)

1105

996

960

*With ebike upgrade

*1345

*1236

*1200

Fill in the details on our Booking Enquiry form, including any variations on the standard or questions you may have, and we will send you a comprehensive itinerary and booking form.

Some notes about our prices.

  • Prices are based on twin or double share rooms.
  • A single supplement is payable for guests who require their own single room.
  • We reserve the right to alter these prices without notice: sometimes our costs can change at short notice outside our control. We will always provide you with a firm current price before accepting your booking.

Tailored Packages

Tailored to suit you.

The packages above are just a starting point for us to tailor a package specifically to suit you. Some of the things you might like to amend:

  • Ebike hire instead of standard, if you need a big of extra oomph on your side.
  • No bike hire. We understand your own bike is special!
  • Dont need the daily luggage transfer? Let us know if you are happy to carry your own things.
  • Extra nights accommodation at start or finish of the trip.
  • Rest day: Lakes Entrance is a great place to spend an extra day exploring, or just taking time out of the saddle.
  • More days. Add an extra days cycling near Bairnsdale, exploring Raymond Island and the Silt Jetties, or quiet roads along the Snowy River near Orbost.
  • Less days. You can cycle the trail over two days with a 60 km / 40 km split: if you are up for a challenge, you can of course do it in one!