Autumn Rail Trails Tour

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Autumn Rail Trails Tour

Great Vic and Murray to Mountains Rail Trails Combo Tour

Wednesday 11 April, 2018 to Sunday 15 April, 2018

Tallarook, Yea, Goulburn River, Alexandra, Bonnie Doon, Mansfield, Bright, Myrtleford, Everton, Beechworth

ebike welcomeVictoria is truly blessed when it comes to outstanding Rail Trails and we have combined two of the best in this tour. ‘Sit back and roll’ on our Autumn Rail Trails tour.

The route is completely off the road, on nice hard-packed gravel or fully paved surfaces, no steep climbs, plenty of stunning scenery, native wildlife and farm animals, stylish accommodation, great local food and the famous AllTrails home cooked goodies.

We arrange all of the logistics, luggage transfers, maps, guidance, breakfasts, dinners, vehicle support, mechanical help, transport and great camaraderie. Your only job is to turn up and enjoy yourself as you cycle through nature, experience the local townships and meet some other wonderful people in the AllTrails community.

We begin on the Great Victorian Rail Trail, the longest continuous rail trail in Australia, traversing 125km through farmland, along the Goulburn River and in the foothills of the magnificent Victorian High Country.

From the end of this trail we transfer all cyclists to the cycling mecca of Bright for a rest day before starting along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Not only is Bright the cycling capital of Victoria but this is a magical time of year to be here as the trees put on a show with leaves that are aglow with Autumn colours.

Our ride on the Murray to Mountains trail is 100km in length over the next two days on a fully sealed surface, passing natural bushland, rich farmland, delightfully unexpected hidden valleys, lovely rural townships and awe-inspiring mountain ranges.

5 days of relaxed and beautiful cycling with some of Australia’s finest gourmet produce, renowned wines and handcrafted beer.

Book it, you will love it.

Discounts:

  • Group of 3 or more cyclists = 5% off.
  • Families with children = contact us for a quote.

A past AllTrails’ Great Vic Rail Trail tour featured in the Herald Sun Weekend Travel Editorial.  Read Here

Why AllTrails?
Experts: No short-cuts! Famous for extensive experience, preparation and organisation
Service: Our owners are usually on tour with you. Renowned for good old fashioned service
Quality: From great accom & meals to our lovingly prepared home-made muffins and biscuits
Support: Our awesome crew & support vehicles are never far away if you need a pick-up or a mechanic
Camaraderie: AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community
The tour a Glance
Dates: 11-15 Apr (Wed-Sun)
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights. 4 ride days
Distance: 222 km (or 269 km)
Ave. Daily: 56 km (or 67 km)
Bike Type: Hybrid with semi off-road tyres preferred
Surface: Good hard packed gravel then fully sealed
Terrain: No major climbs but a few rolling hills
Group Size: Small group tour
Difficulty Rating: 4/10
Accom: 3-4 star country motels and unique properties
Meals incl: 3 breakfasts 4 dinners + some morning teas
Price: See PRICING tab for options
Deposit: $400
  • Traffic free riding, gentle terrain, rolling hills and no major climbs
  • Longer and shorter ride options
  • Full-time support, mechanical help, cafe & picnic recommendations
  • Vehicle back-up for transferring luggage, bikes and cyclists if required
  • Great camaraderie in a small group of like-minded characters
  • Excellent accom (pools, central locations, WiFi, history)
  • All dinners included (emphasis on local gourmet produce)
  • Ride day breakfasts included fuelling you up for a day on the bike
  • Towns and settlements along the way offer great places to explore
  • Galleries, museums, bakeries, shopping and markets
  • Wineries (Gapstead, Feathertop), Craft Breweries (Bright, Bridge Road, Social Bandit)
  • Magnificent scenery, rivers, lakes, ranges and mountains
  • Farmed and native animals, birds, kangaroos & wombats
  • Cycling historic railway bridges including the 380 metre long bridge across Lake Eildon
  • Riding through the 130 year old, 200m long brick Cheviot Tunnel
  • Historical railway stations alongside the trail
  • The blissful quiet. Only the sound of your bike on the trail and the birds in the trees

The individual highlights of this tour are numerous, however the biggest highlight is just being able to easily enjoy the experience of two great rail trails in less than a week. You’ll be looked after by the specialist in Australian multi-day bike tours who will make your cycling holiday a breeze, and you’ll share it all with a small group of like-minded people. Come on your own, as a couple, or in a small group. Welcome to the Autumn Rail Trails Tour.

Enjoyed the Rail Trail ride very much. Outstanding job of organising EVERYTHING whilst always remaining calm and happy. Highlight for me was riding alongside the Goulburn River, it was so peaceful and the scenery was beautiful. Weather was sensational too. Also great to meet new cycling friends. Thanks again

Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed ourselves. Helpful, knowledgeable and such good company. Great cycling companions. Friendships resumed and new friends made. From the scrumptious devonshire tea in amongst a beautiful garden setting to an echidna meandering in the Cheviot tunnel, it was all just fantastic. Looking forward to more trips. 

I had a wonderful time, thank you for all your help and fantastic organisation. Such a lovely group of people also, which combined with the most perfect weather and gorgeous countryside was a lovely way to spend a few days. Thank you again for a really well run and most enjoyable bike ride. 

Had a great time on the Rail Trail ride over the long weekend. Professional, friendly, helpful, fun, unflappable, and knowledgeable! Icy frozen sticks were a real treat, muffins where super yummy, and little surprise bags of treats were fun too. Thanks for a great weekend and we will look forward to riding again one day! 

Arrived home yesterday – the Rail Trail experience was fabulous. Thank-you for your detailed coordination, and also for the birthday card – that was quite a surprise. We wish to thank the AllTrails team for hosting and supporting us – we couldn’t have asked for a better host.

About the Great Vic Rail Trail (previously Goulburn River Rail Trail)

About the Murray to Mountains Trail

About the Murray to Mountains Trail

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.

Safe cycling on the Rail Trail?

One of the great things about this ride is the safety. Cycling always has risks, however on the rail trail there is no traffic to worry about, or cars overtaking you. You cycle on the rail trail for almost the entire distance with very minimal cycling on roads. There is very little chance of getting lost, you can cycle at your own pace with your friends two or even three abreast. If you do need support, our bus is never far away.

Bike hire for the Rail Trail

We have a great contact who can provide hire bikes appropriate for the rail trail. Get in touch with us for more details or make a note on your booking form that you would like to hire and we will get the ball rolling.

Bike type and rail trail riding surface (Gippsland 6)

Most surfaces on the trails of this tour are good, hard-packed gravel. Certain short sections will be on bitumen roads and there will be some sections of compacted earth track (eg. forest trail). Hybrid Bikes with semi off-road tyres or Mountain Bikes would be best suited to the terrain – a Road Bike is not recommended.

Accommodation on the Gippsland 6 Rail Trails Tour

We pick the most welcoming and cycle-friendly properties for our tours. The accom on this tour is a great range of quality hotels and motels from 3.5-4 star who have won a number of tourism awards between them. The locations are great and we have always had good experiences with their lovely staff – we are sure that you will enjoy the experience at the properties on this trip.

Getting to the start of the Gippsland 6 Rail Trail Tour (and back)

AllTrails has organised a transfer from Melbourne to the ride start at Orbost, then back again from Woolamai to Melbourne at the end of the ride (optional extra cost). The price includes transport for you, your bike and luggage. If you want to take your own car, it is not very easy or quick to get from the end of the ride back to Orbost so leaving your car at Orbost may not be the best option for you. Contact our office to discuss possible solutions on  03 9802 4465.

Support bus availability

Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility

IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance, either travel overseas or within Australia, is a good investment.

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When you consider the cost of what can sometimes go wrong when or before you travel, insurance is good protection. While people have a general understanding of what is covered, it is always a good idea to read your Product Disclosure Statement. These days they’re easier to read. To ensure you get the best out of your purchase make sure you are clear on the conditions of the Policy before you buy.

Some tips for AllTrails customers:

  • Choose the level of cover that is right for you, not just the price.
  • AllTrails customers should consider selection of the Add-on Benefit Pack for ‘Adventure Sports Pack’ (valid for under 70 year old travellers only). This pack provides some additional specific covers for the activity of ‘expedition bicycle touring’ which are not covered by standard travel insurance covers.

Most Importantly:

  • Purchase your travel insurance once you have booked your tour and your travel. Don’t wait until just before you travel. Cover provided for cancellation expenses, whether it be for flights, accommodation or tour costs, is only active for insured events that happen after the issue date of a Policy. This applies to all products in the market. It stands to reason, i.e. you don’t get to insure your house or car after it has been damaged and expect that insurance will respond.

The Bali volcano event of 2017 is an example of where a number of people who had not purchased their travel insurance at the time of booking their travel, and before the volcano event, found that there was no cover for cancellation. You can prevent this happening to you by finalising your insurance early.

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Over 69 years old? Try: tid.com.au

IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:

Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself. Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. This is different to Travel Insurance.

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Training for the Rail Trail

You really need to be a reasonably fit person, however not necessarily a fast or a highly experienced ‘cyclist’. If you can sit on an average speed of 15-20 km/hr on a flat road, you will be fine. Try to build your distance in training to gradually ride about 40km a day for 2 days straight. Remember there is no rush with this ride, and there is always a backup vehicle not too far away.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.

Travelling alone?

Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.

Meals and food

Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.

Non-riding partners and part-time cyclists

We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for non-riders and part-time riders.

Safety

We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.

Speak to a past client

We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.

Group info session

Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.

Changing or cancelling a tour

Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.

If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian Domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.

Packing tips

We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.

Airport transport to Southern Cross Station

The Skybus goes from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport and goes to Southern Cross Station. You can take your bike on the Skybus and it also has free shuttles to CBD hotels.  More info at www.skybus.com.au.

Why book with us?

We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride.  The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.

Conditions of contract : Please read carefully

Agreement: 

I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.

I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.

I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.

AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.

I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.

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Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.

To find the terms & conditions of this ride:

  • Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
  • Enter at least 1 participant on any package, then scroll down and click ‘BOOK NOW’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink