Rail Trail Multi Day 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. Just bring yourself, your clothes and a camera while we provide your bikes, maps and information, transport your luggage, book your accommodation and provide a shuttle service to return you to your starting point.
Depending on how far you prefer to ride each day, the trail can be comfortably ridden over two or three days: take a side trip on the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail to Lakes Entrance and add a fourth day. Rail Trail map.
We will tailor a package to suit your group’s size, dates of travel, style of accommodation and which of our services you need. Complete and send us a Booking Enquiry Form and we’ll send you a priced itinerary proposal and we'll tweak until it suits you perfectly.
Rail Trail Services
Summary Of Rail Trail Services
Bike Hire: good quality mountain bikes with rack and bag, basic tools and spare tube, men’s and womens seats and a breakdown replacement guarantee. - from $45 per day.
Maps and Information: Rail Trail map and locality maps, comprehensive information including emergency contacts, where to eat and sights along the trail.
Luggage Transport: From $16.50 per person per day. (One bag up to 12 kg, plus 1 closed crate or esky between 2 people)
Accommodation: Options include luxury B and B, self contained houses or cottages, basic pubs and backpacker style accommodation. Price varies with group size and accommodation type.
Return transport: From $55 per person, Orbost - Bairnsdale or Bairnsdale - Orbost. Minimum fee applies.
Booking Enquiry Form
Fill out and submit this form and we will send you a proposed itinerary and quote based on your preferences for dates, number of days and accommodation. The information provided below will help you decide what will suit you best. If you have any questions, just pick up the phone!
Distance and times
Riding Times And Distances
The trail can be ridden over 2, 3 or 4 days, depending on how far you wish riding in one day and whether you add up to 33 kilometres by riding the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail loop. Below are some possible itineraries, which can be ridden in either direction.
Three days, 99km. Day 1: Bairnsdale - Bruthen (30km); Day 2: Bruthen to Nowa Nowa/ Tostaree (27/37 km) Day 3: Nowa Nowa/ Tostaree to Orbost ( 40/30 km).
Four days, 132 km. Day 1: Bairnsdale - Bruthen (30km); Day 2: Bruthen to near Lakes Entrance via Gippslannd Lakes Discovery Trail (approx 30km); Day 3: Lakes Entrance to Nowa Nowa (approx 30km); Day 4: Nowa Nowa to Orbost (42 km).
Two days, 99 km. Day 1 Bairnsdale to Nowa Nowa/ Tostaree (57/ 65 km); Day 2 Nowa Nowa/Tostaree to Orbost (42/34 km).
Three days, 132 km. Day 1: Bairnsdale to Bruthen (30km); Day 2: Bruthen to Nowa Nowa VIA Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail loop (54); Day 3: Nowa Nowa to Orbost (42 km).
There are also several options for extending the trip by 15 - 20 km at the Orbost end of the trail, leaving the trail a little before it’s end to loop out onto roads that follow the Snowy River back into Orbost.
If you are just after a day or even half a day of cycling, consider a Day Ride from either Orbost or Bairnsdale.
Accommodation on the East Gippsland Rail Trail
There is a variety of accommodation available along the trail including luxury bed and breakfast, self contained cottages and houses, basic pubs and backpacker style accommodation. Not all accommodation types are available at each township along the route. Based on your accommodation and itinerary preferences, we will recommend the best fit to your needs. Bairnsdale and Orbost at the start and finish of the trail both have a wide array of accommodation including motels, bed and breakfast and pub accommodation. We can book your accommodation here for you as well.
Transport on the East Gippsland Rail Trail
We provide a rail trail shuttle service for return transport to your starting point in our comfortable air conditioned bus, with safe and secure transport for your bike as well.
Prices (including bikes):
Up to 4 people $220 flat rate
4 - 7 people $55 per person
8 - 13 people $45 per person
14 - 18 people $35 per person
Surcharges apply for transport on public holidays.
Orbost - Nowa Nowa: Price $35 pp Minimum $140
If your travel dates are flexible, we will try and match you with another group travelling on the same day, keeping the price down for everyone.
We are happy to provide a rider and bike shuttle service for riders travelling on the trail independantly.
Vline, the state country rail service provides several coaches each day connecting Orbost to Bairnsdale, however they will not accept bicycles. You can however pick up a hire bike from us in either Bairnsdale or Orbost and leave it at the other end, leaving you free to return to your start by the Vline coach.
Travelling by Train.
Travelling to East Gippsland by train is a comfortable, relaxing and carbon neutral way to get to the start of the Rail Trail. V- Line, the state rail service operates 2 to 3 train services per day from Melbourne to Bairnsdale. Travelling time is around 3.5 hours, similar to the time taken to drive, without the hassle!
If you start your journey in Orbost we can offer off street parking on private property at no cost, approximately 2 km from the town centre. There are businesses in Bairnsdale where you can leave your car for between $5 and $10 per day - we can advise you on these.