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

A typical day on the ride: You wake up to the morning bird calls and are feeling good after yesterday’s invigorating ride. Step out onto the balcony to greet the day before heading to meet the rest of the group for a wholesome bike rider’s breakfast.

You push off along the rail trail and come across a small town or a clearing in the trees for some morning tea. After a chat and refilling your water bottles you head out again for a good ride, stopping in eventually at one of the small villages dotted along the trail for a cafe lunch with some great choices of local produce, and enough sustenance and energy to take you through into the afternoon. The last leg of the day takes you through more lovely scenery and spectacular cycling while the AllTrails support vehicle is never far away with water refills, bananas, home-baked goodies and advice on the best places to go and the best places to stop.

You will arrive at your overnight accommodation with plenty of time to explore another interesting town, enjoy the afternoon with a cuppa & biscuit, a wine in the garden or a craft beer at the local brewery. Later on we share a few stories at the evening briefing followed by a delicious dinner, then it’s off to bed for a well-deserved slumber so that we can do it all again tomorrow.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)

Tallarook to Cathkin/Alexandra -- 61 or 76 -- Wed 11 Apr 2018 -- - - D A
Our ride begins in the small country town of Tallarook, an easy 75min drive from Melbourne, or an even easier transfer with AllTrails (this can be booked as an optional extra). At Tallarook we collect the last luggage, set bikes up, run through a safety and welcome briefing then get you on your way through the backroads of town before hitting the trail.

It is a beautiful part of the trail to begin the ride as you follow alongside the Goulburn River as it flows past massive old gum trees on your left as the trail cuts a flat, yet bending path through the landscape. Often the trail sits high above the surrounding farms and cuts straight through the tops of hills. You may want to stop for lunch or tea at the historic old School House Tearoom that displays work from local artists, including their renowned hand-made jumpers. While enjoying your scones with home-made jam under the shade of the garden trees you might ponder upon what the hundreds of men who toiled away for many seasons over 130 years ago might be thinking about the beautiful ‘cycle path’ that they created. Onwards, you pass by a few smaller villages before hitting the bigger town of Yea where our crew will be waiting to meet you, refill water bottles and give out any advice (or bananas) required. You may want to stop in at the Peppercorn Hotel for a drink, featured on Channel Nine’s TV show ‘Postcards’, before starting the up-hill climb out of town towards and through the famous and historic Cheviot Tunnel. The tunnel is 200 metres long, built between 1887-1889 from over 600,000 handmade bricks. It’s still in great condition and a real highlight of the ride. Out of the tunnel it’s a downhill run to the small hamlet of Molesworth which doesn’t have a big town centre but does have a noteworthy coffee shop that does ‘real coffee’ which our tour leader will guide you to. From here the trail leads you through the Goulburn River flood plains and many historic bridges that afford great views – it is also the best area to spot koalas.

After crossing the Goulburn River on the dedicated cyclist bridge, it’s not far to Cathkin where the AllTrails bus will be ready to transport cyclists and bikes through to our overnight location of Alexandra (for anyone who is keen to keep the legs pumping, it’s an extra 15km ride to Alexandra). After collecting your luggage from our bus and checking in to your room you can have a swim in the pool or explore the township of Alexandra. The town began as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1866 and is now a beautiful town with wide tree-lined streets, historic colonial buildings, pottery and glassware gift shops and galleries. Tonight we gather together for a fun briefing of the day’s events, what to look out for tomorrow, and a pre-arranged group meal.

Cathkin/Alexandra to Mansfield -- 60 or 75 -- Thu 12 Apr 2018 -- B - D A
This morning after breakfast you can leave your luggage with us and decide whether you will ride the 15km back to the main trail at Cathkin, or get a ride in the support bus. From Cathkin you will have a long, gradual uphill gradient for about 20km. It’s not extreme but it’s a great work-out and will make the downhill run to the historic Merton Railway Station all the more enjoyable on the other side. Past Merton it’s not long before you run into Lake Eildon and a bit further on, hit the town of Bonnie Doon made famous in the movie ‘The Castle’. It would be remiss not to take a big breath of the fresh air while looking over the lake and…”ahhh, the serenity”. The town is well known these days as a holiday and weekend destination for bushwalkers, trail bike riders, off-road 4WD enthusiasts and fishermen and you may want to stop in the town centre for a gourmet wood-fired pizza at the ‘Bonnie Bar’ and refill the drink bottles – our leader will have other suggestions for eat-in or picnic takeaway food as well.

Having travelled through the township, the trail passes over the Bonnie Doon Bridge which is 385 metres long and provides a great vantage spot to stop and watch the activity on the lake. The last 20km will take you through a deep natural stone cutting to Maindample where those in need of a refreshment can enjoy the country hospitality of the Maindample Whistle Stop, located right on the trail. If you are on a roll, you can head straight through towards Mansfield with clear views of Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and Timbertop as you near the town, where we will have your luggage ready for collection and keys will be ready for your room in the only 4 star motel in town. Known as an adventure sports haven, Mansfield is a great place for us to celebrate the first half of your cycling trip with a great dinner which we will pre-arrange for you, a few drinks and some wonderful memories.

REST DAY Mansfield bus transfer to Bright -- NA -- Fri 13 Apr 2018 -- - - D A

This morning you can have a little sleep-in, or get up early and find an early morning café for breakfast. Our  tour leader will give you the low-down on breakfast options in town. Today is an official lay-day where we will transport you all to the High Country township of Bright. Renowned for its beauty in every season and particularly in autumn with the natural beauty of the European trees changing colour before winter, Bright will charm you and inspire you not just from a holiday-makers perspective but also from the perspective of a cyclist. Bright is considered a cycling mecca and Victoria’s premier cycling destination. The surrounding area has many famous climbs for the avid road cyclist and multiple mountain bike tracks. You will feel the bicycle culture all around town as cycle-friendly businesses abound. If you need any bike adjustments or repairs just let our staff know and we can look over it for you. After exploring today we will meet again this evening for a pre-arranged group dinner and briefing at our unique European-chalet style accommodation.

Bright to Everton/Beechworth -- 58 or 75 -- Sat 14 Apr 2018 -- B - D A
There is plenty to look forward to as you head out along this beautifully paved cycle path, crossing the bridge over the Ovens River and starting on this first 30km section to Myrtleford – a gentle downhill all the way. Passing by the retired saw mill town of Porepunkah, it’s easy riding with Mt Buffalo National Park on the left and the trail meandering alongside the Ovens River past vineyards, hops producers and orchards. Feathertop Winery is a popular stop for cyclists on the trail – a cycle friendly business with bike racks, free water refills and bike pumps available. It may be too early for a wine (or not), but try the coffee and morning tea which is best enjoyed in the magical setting out on the lawn overlooking the vineyards. You will notice the iconic silhouettes of the region’s tobacco kilns along this section of the trail which are an interesting piece of High Country history and provide some great photo opportunities. Myrtleford has plenty of nice cafes, bakeries and restaurants and we will give cyclists recommendations for places to stop or where to pick up some food for a picnic lunch. After Myrtleford there are a few gentle ups and downs in the terrain, passing by Gapstead Winery and heading for Everton.

Everton itself is a short detour off the trail and cyclists are welcome to finish here, put their bike in the bus and enjoy one of the ‘world famous’ Everton Milkshakes. You’ll no doubt also cross the road to take a few pics of the at-least-as-famous Everton Bus Shelter. For those looking for a challenge, ride the extra 17km uphill to Beechworth. It’s worth the effort if you have the inclination to do so. Either way, we all end up at Beechworth, with restaurants, cafes, shopping, an award winning brewery, boutique wineries and of course the original Beechworth Bakery (a must). Said to be Australia’s best-preserved gold mining town, the town centre at sun-down sends you to a different era as the golden sun lights up the gold-rush town like the set of a Hollywood Western. Our accom is central and also the location of a famous Ned Kelly fight and other Kelly Gang history. Tonight we enjoy another group dinner as we celebrate our final evening on tour.

Beechworth to Wangaratta -- 43 km -- Sun 15 Apr 2018 -- B - - -

Although some cyclists may have decided against riding up to Beechworth yesterday, everyone will want to enjoy the 17km downhill this morning. It’s not steep enough to feel out of control, but plenty steep enough to get the wind in your hair and forget about pedalling for a while. With no hairpin turns or sharp corners to contend with, just sit back and enjoy it. The sights, sounds and smells of classic Australian bush, steep cuttings and heritage brick bridges makes this section a beautiful experience. Once back to the main trail you will head west for the last section of the ride through to Wangaratta where the ride will finish in Apex Park. Here we will meet up and help pack away your bikes ready to head home. We will have recommendations for lunch before we head for Melbourne (or Tallarook if you left your car there). Congratulations!

Included

  • 5 days of full time support, advice, assistance
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • 4 days cycling, rest day in Bright
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 dinners, some morning teas
  • On road snacks, fruit, water refills
  • Transport from Mansfield to Bright
  • Support bus for tired bikes & their riders
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Bike mechanical assistance and spare parts
  • Maps and ride guide
  • Transfers from/to Melbourne (Optional Extra)

We really look after you to make your ride as enjoyable as possible and help you make the most of a truly wonderful cycling experience.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit ($400)
  • Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (40% of package cost less deposit)
  • Balance 12 Feb 2018 (2 months before the ride)

For bookings made after 12 Feb full balance is due upon booking.

PRICES IN AUD Before
12 Dec
Before
13 Feb
From
13 Feb
TWIN SHARE PP
(double bed or two beds)
$2265 pp $2315 pp $2365 pp
SINGLE ROOM
(one person with own room)
$2720 $2770 $2820
Group discounts: 5% discount each off the entry price for 3 or more cyclists

Families with children: Contact us for a quote

Travelling on your own: Book the Single Room rate, or early bookers can book a Twin Share rate and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (12 Feb) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.

Optional Extras

Transfers from Melbourne: We will be taking a bus from Melbourne to the start of the ride in Tallarook on Wed 11 Apr then driving back from Wangaratta to Melbourne on Sun 15 Apr. The alternative is to drive up yourself, then catch our bus from Wangaratta to Tallarook at the end of the tour to collect your car. Book these optional extras on the booking form:

  • Melbourne to Tallarook $30
  • Wangaratta to Tallarook (to collect your car) $35
  • Wangaratta to Melbourne $55

Other extras:

  • AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. $20
  • AllTrails cycling jersey. Brand new stock and new style/fit/design. Choose from two colours: “The Classic” famous AllTrails orange, or the new light blue “Stripes” design. $65
  • AllTrails cycling cap. Matching the light blue “Stripes” design. $20
  • AllTrails water bottle. Classic AllTrails orange colour, BPA free, made in Australia. $10
  • AllTrails draw-string day-bag. Ideal for keeping your things together in the tour vehicle. $5

Link to AllTrails merchandise PDF

  • Bike Hire. Let us know if you need to hire a bike and we can put you in touch with the right people.
  • Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available). $40
  • Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day. $12
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.

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. 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 but are not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest day(s), 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. 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.

Insurance – IMPORTANT

Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility – even if you live in Australia.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
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Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip – even if you live in Australia. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride – injury, health or other. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the ‘Terms & Conditions’ button to see the ride’s cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).
Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.
*** Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical ***
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This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner store. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.
Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.

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

For those who want to get a lift from Melbourne you can book our optional extra transport to the ride start at Tallarook, then back again from Wangaratta to Melbourne at the end of the ride. The price includes your bike and luggage. Cyclists can also drive themselves to Tallarook and leave their car there for the weekend. At the end of the ride on Sunday, you can book our optional extra transport from Wangaratta to Tallarook and we will take you back to your car.

Bike type and rail trail riding surface

The primary riding surface for the first half of the tour is a really good, hard-packed gravel. It is best suited to Mountain Bikes though Hybrids are also fine – a Road Bike would be a struggle. The second half is even better – pretty much sealed bitumen all the way and suits all bike types.

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.

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.

Accommodation on the Autumn 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 motels from 3-4 star, with great locations and some interesting history. Alexandra: nice pool and lovely lawned area outside every room. Mansfield: the only 4-star property in town. Bright: Very unique European-chalet style accommodation. Beechworth: great location, 2 chef hat restaurant and the location of a famous Ned Kelly fight and other Kelly gang history.

Sharing rooms – how does it work?

On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that 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 in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, Single Supplement 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 and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. 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 suggest booking your own room. 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 traveller, 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 4 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 if it’s threatening, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, day packs, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.

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 as keen on the bike as they are themselves – we are happy to accommodate those non-riding partners and part-time riders who want to only 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 comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment. You can also help by immediately stopping or slowing on-coming traffic if a fellow cyclist does have a fall. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.

Bike hire for the Rail Trail

We do not have a fleet of hire bikes ourselves however 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.

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

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. 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.
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.

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

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’
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