Great Vic Bike Ride 2018 Accommodation Package

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Great Vic Bike Ride 2018 Accommodation Package

Bright & The High Country

Sunday 25 November, 2018 to Sunday 02 December, 2018

 At a Glance
Dates:
25 Nov – 2 Dec 2018
Duration:
8 days, 7 nights
7 ride days. 1 rest day
Distance: 
425 km approx
Ave. Daily:
75 km approx
Bike Type:
Road Bike, Hybrid, Mountain Bike
Group Size:
70 approx
Accom.:
Good quality motels, resorts or BnBs
Meals:
Daily breakfasts and afternoon tea
(lunch/dinner incl. in event fee)
Price:
$2480 pp twin share (early bird)
Deposit:
$400 

Highlights

The AllTrails Package is an accommodation and support package purchased separately to your entry on the Great Vic Bike Ride. We support your personal challenge with…

  • Accom & Breakfast: Quality accommodation to help you rest easy after your day’s ride.
  • Great Vic Made Easy: For those who prefer not to camp with the crowds or brave the weather for 8 days.
  • Luggage Transfer: Directly between motels each day. Carefully handled in of our vehicles. No extra charge.
  • Massage: Trained massage therapists included to work on those tired legs and bodies.
  • Private Bike Mechanic: Not just for repairs! Tune-ups, bike-fittings, hints and tips.
  • Small Group Intimacy: All the benefits of the big event, but part of an intimate group.
  • Good Old Fashioned Service: The AllTrails crew really do look after you! That’s why 75% of places each year are taken by past clients.

This year, the ride goes to Victoria’s home of cycling – Bright and the High Country.

  • Beautiful Bright – the state’s cycling mecca
  • Historic Beechworth (2 nights) – a magnificently preserved gold rush town
  • Rutherglen (2 nights) – one of Victoria’s ultimate wine and food destinations
  • Yarrawonga-Mulwala – an Inland Aquatic Paradise on the Murray River
  • Glenrowan – the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly

Combined with our accommodation package with luggage transfer, massage, friendship and comfy beds, you will enjoy your week even more!

Some of this year's accommodation highlights:

About the AllTrails Package: Our package has been operating successfully with the Great Vic Bike Ride since 2005. The ‘Great Vic’ is a legendary cycling holiday with two to four thousand riders who camp every night during the ride. For those who love the event but prefer not to camp and would like to be part of a more intimate group, we organise an accommodation package for around 50-100 cyclists which really becomes a ‘ride within a ride’. Such is the enjoyment that the cyclists get from being a part of the package that up to 75% of our places each year are taken by past clients.

Book now: If this sounds like you, then check out the Bicycle Network website here and, of course, if you don’t feel like pitching a tent at the end of the day and you feel that you may need to recover in a nice comfy bed each night, then that is where we step in… we have sourced some great accommodation in and around the tour towns to stay each night and why not enjoy a few massages during the week (included) or have our bike mechanic give your bike a ‘once-over’ to help get you over the line each day. So book now for the AllTrails Accommodation Package, then book your ride on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride on the Bicycle Network site (separate costs).

Day to Day

Wake up every morning in a nice comfortable bed, enjoy breakfast in your motel before heading out on the day’s ride. The AllTrails crew will transfer your luggage directly from your accommodation to your next motel or BnB. After you have completed your day’s challenge on the RACV Great Vic Bike Ride, relax upon arrival at your motel, enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps have our bike mechanic look over your bike for a few tips or minor adjustments that you could make to improve your ride. Why not take up the services of our massage therapists a few times during the week to give your body that extra support to take on the event’s challenges.

All of these services are part of this support package, not to mention the social interaction and camaraderie that is always a highlight. In the evening our bus can take you to and from the nightly dinner and entertainment at the event campsite, or we sometimes organise an optional group ‘camaraderie dinner’ where cyclists can choose to join the group for a pre-arranged meal at their own expense. Many cyclists also go out each night in smaller groups for a meal at our motel or a local restaurant with new friends. It’s then off to bed for a great night sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.

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

Bright -- Sat 24 Nov 2017
PRE-TOUR: Today is the main arrival day. The AllTrails coach will depart Melbourne approx 9am heading to our accommodation in Bright (optional extra pre-ride accom which you can select on the booking form). On arrival our bike mechanic is on hand to assist in unpacking your bikes and tuning them up so they are ready to run smoothly for the week. Take your bike for a spin before our official registration and briefing, then head out to enjoy the area.

Bright is an all-year-round destination and believed by some to be the state’s ultimate bike terminal – Mount Buffalo, Mount Beauty, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, MTB parks and a beautiful rail trail are all on its doorstep. There’s no official riding this day, so you can do as you please, whether it’s moseying around the quirky shops and boutiques or going for a dip in the River. For those who prefer to get wet on the inside, Bright Brewery is one of the more famous craft breweries in the high country, while local wineries Feathertop and Ringer Reef also have good offerings.

Soak up the atmosphere and revel in the excitement and anticipation of your week in another world – what a place to start it all.

Bright to Beechworth -- 66km -- Sun 25 Nov 2018 -- - - - A
Some cyclists may decide to arrive this morning however most will have stayed in our pre-tour accom last night. Either way it won’t be long before you are off on the 35th edition of the Great Vic Bike Ride. Riding will begin by heading from Bright towards Myrtleford on the Great Alpine Road. Oak and pine trees will provide shade from the sun as you ride through towns with brilliant names like Porepunkah, Smoko and Eurobin. It’s not entirely flat, but the small climbs along the way aren’t too bad and the classic Australian landscape around Barwidgee and Stanley will keep your mind at ease. You’ll have the chance to take a dip in Lake Sambell before arriving for the first of two nights in Beechworth, a historic town that whose MTB scene is battling Bright for the crown of Victoria’s best.

While you are on the bike we will transfer your luggage to your accommodation in Beechworth so when you ride in you can relax and enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps a massage (most cyclists will get 3-4 massages for the week). Beechworth is a relatively small town but both of our motels are in the township itself so you will be within easy walking and cycling distance to town and the event campsite. Tonight we will arrange an optional ‘camaraderie dinner’ for our cyclists – a great opportunity to meet your fellow cyclists in the AllTrails group (optional extra on the booking form).

Beechworth Milawa Beechworth -- 75km -- Mon 26 Nov 2018 -- B - - A
Enjoy a pre-arranged breakfast in town before heading out on a fantastic loop ride to Milawa and back. This means that you don’t need to pack your bags this morning – just jump up and rip into the day’s route. There’s simply so much to see and do around Beechworth – you’ll roll past the Beechworth prison in the morning, one of the towns more historic sites, and then the less historic but almost equally as known Bridge Road Brewery. With mountains, trees and vineyards all around you on today’s ride, you will feel quite in touch with nature, and be excited to try the local gourmet delights waiting at Milawa. If you do take the opportunity to indulge during lunch at Brown Brothers winery, there’s no need to worry because the ride back to Beechworth does include a few little climbs, so you will burn it all off.

When you ride in at the end of the day you can relax and enjoy afternoon tea and perhaps a massage. Our bus will be taking transfers back to the event campsite from the motels for those who wish to have dinner there, or you may wish to source your own dinner at a local restaurant with some of the other AllTrails group.

Beechworth to Tallangatta -- 91km -- Tue 27 Nov 2018 -- B - - A
Enjoy your last breakfast in the beautiful township of Beechworth before heading out on the day’s ride to Tallangatta. One of the greatest aspects of this year’s ride is that you get to experience both the mountains and the Murray, and today is the day that you’ll approach Australia’s longest river. The ride from Beechworth to Tallangatta includes some classic Australian farm land – expect the cattle to stop chewing on their hay bales and walk up to the roadside fence to try and work out why there are more than 3,000 people riding past. Even though we’ll be riding away from the Alps, there will still be plenty of hills to make the view pleasant, and once Lake Hume comes into sight you know you’re near Tallangatta.

The small size of this town means that there is very limited accommodation for our group so we will be transporting some of our cyclists to the next large town where your luggage will be waiting, along with afternoon tea, massage therapists and our bike mechanic.

Tallangatta to Rutherglen -- 101km -- Wed 28 Nov 2018 -- B - - A
After breakfast at your accommodation, you mount up and begin your ride through the agricultural land which is less animal oriented and more horticulture and viticulture-focused. In simpler terms, today we’ll be riding past wineries and orchards. Most famous are the local red wines and muscat, so much so that as we approach the town we will meet its answer to Goulburn’s merino and Coffs Habour’s banana: the big wine bottle. Destination is one of Victoria’s ultimate wine and food destinations, Rutherglen, which boasts over 20 award-winning wineries, outstanding restaurants and cafes, and world-class local produce. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Rutherglen as well, because we will spending two nights and a full day here as we take a rest from riding tomorrow.

Your luggage will have again been taken ahead to your accommodation, ready for your arrival. Don’t forget to ask for your afternoon tea at reception as you check in. Have you had a massage yet this week? If not, put your hand up and jump on the table for your relaxing 10-minute rub-down. Our bus will be taking transfers back to the event campsite from all hotels for those who wish to have dinner there, or you may wish to source your own dinner at a local restaurant with some of the other AllTrails group.

Rutherglen REST DAY -- NA -- Thu 29 Nov 2018 -- B - - A
For those on the 4-night package, unfortunately your time has come to an end. We also welcome the 3-day event cyclists to our package today. For our 7-nighters, the rest day is your chance to see everything that Rutherglen has to offer or just relax and revitalise your body ready for the rest of the week. We will have massages available for a few hours in the morning at our accommodation and there are lots of activities and things to do at the event campsite to fill in your day. Take a look at some of the optional tours and activities or jump back on the bike and explore the local area.

Tonight we will organise an optional ‘camaraderie dinner’ at one of our vineyard-based motels, open to all AllTrails cyclists (optional extra on the booking form). A great chance to cement friendships and welcome the 3 night cyclists.

Rutherglen to Yarrawonga -- 55km -- Fri 30 Nov 2018 -- B - - A
We are back on the bike today – or if you have just joined us on the 3-day ride, today is Day One! Have a good breakfast at your accommodation before heading out on your way. The Great Vic is full of surprises — like when it ventures outside of Victoria. On our way to Yarrawonga, we will cross the river at Corowa NSW, a town which is famous for being the birthplace of federation. There will be a lot of riding alongside the mighty Murray today, and the giant gum trees that line the banks. Situated between the Murray and Lake Mulawa with it’s ghostly river gums, Yarrawonga offers you another chance whet your appetite or wet your legs with its local eateries, river beaches and water sports.

Here we have accommodation lined up in one of the famous Murray River Resort complexes where you will be able to enjoy all the facilities of this top class accommodation and entertainment precinct. After your afternoon tea check for a free spot at the massage table then have a look around the grounds and resort, in a prime position overlooking majestic Lake Mulwala. Our bus will be taking transfers back to the event campsite for those who wish to have dinner there, or you may wish to source your own dinner with some of the other AllTrails group at our resort or at a local restaurant in town.

Yarrawonga to Glenrowan -- 87km -- Sat 1 Dec 2018 -- B - - A
Fill up at breakfast to fuel the body for the day, then prepare for the penultimate day in the saddle heading to Glenrowan, the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. Today’s riding will be mostly flat across open plains which your legs will appreciate as we get closer to the end of nine days of riding, however there are a couple of little climbs today near the Warby-Ovens National Park and as we pull into Glenrowan. If you’re still undecided about whether Australia’s most well-known bushranger is a hero or villain you could visit the Ned Kelly Museum to get his full story and make up your mind.

Glenrowan is a very small town with very limited accommodation so we have booked accommodation in a near-by town for the majority of our cyclists where your luggage will be waiting for you along with your afternoon tea. Have a swim in the pool, relax and enjoy the afternoon. Make sure you have a massage before the week is out (we expect most cyclists to get 3-4 massages during the week). Tonight you can eat at or near our accommodation (there are some of good options) or jump in our bus as it makes its last evening run back to the event campsite for cyclists who want to go down for the final night’s entertainment. Hopefully you’re ready to send the Great Vic out in style – the last night’s quite a party.

Glenrowan to Benalla -- 49km -- Sun 2 Dec 2018 -- B - - -
It’s your last day! The final riding day has arrived and the journey is coming to the end. It’s the shortest day of the week and a fantastic opportunity to reminisce on the journey you’ve gone through over the past week. After breakfast we will transfer those who stayed out of town back to Glenrowan to start the ride and there will be more views of the Murray River, vineyards and King Valley. As you pull in to town you’ll get a lovely warm welcome from the locals and come together for one last celebration before heading home with a bag full of memories.

AllTrails will meet you at the end and help you pack away your bikes ready for transport whether you are coming on our bus back to Melbourne or heading elsewhere. Thanks for joining us. Congratulations!

Pricing:

Note that your RACV Great Vic Bike Ride event entry fee is NOT included and must be purchased separately. You can book with us today then book in with Bicycle Network. Our 7 night package includes:

  • 7 nights accom
  • (3 & 4 night options available)
  • AllTrails cycling jersey
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Afternoon teas
  • Scheduled transfers between motels and Great Vic campsite
  • Massage therapists (10 min massages, 3-4 times during the week)
  • Private bike mechanic

Package Options:

  • Our 7-night package gives you accommodation from Sun-Sat. It does not include accom at Bright on Sat (pre tour) but you may book it as an optional extra if you wish (most do).
  • The 4-night package is for those cycling from Bright to Rutherglen. It does not include accom at Bright on Sat night (pre tour) but you may book it as an optional extra if you wish (most do). This package DOES include 1 night in Rutherglen.
  • The 3-night package is for those cycling Rutherglen to Benalla. Includes 1 night in Rutherglen before the ride.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit on booking ($400)
  • Progress Payment due in May 2018 (40% of package cost, less deposit paid)
  • Balance 25 Sept (2 months before the ride)

Cancel fees:

  • 90+ days = $400 cancel fee
  • 89-60 days = forfeit 25% of total entry
  • 59-30 days = forfeit 50% of total entry
  • within 29 days = forfeit 100%

Change fees: Change from full 7-night package to 4 or 3 night package (or similar down-grade of package):

  • 60+ days = no charge
  • 59-30 days = 50% of the nights no longer used
  • within 29 days = no refund on the nights no longer used

Optional Extras change fees:

  • 60+ days = no charge
  • 59-30 days = $50pp for each change
  • Within 30 days = no refund

Click the ‘Terms & Conditions’ tab for full details on cancel & change fees plus travel insurance (very important).

Before
24 Jul
Before
25 Sep
From
25 Sep
7 night package AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$2480 pp $2580 pp $2680 pp
7 night package AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
$3180 $3280 $3380
4 night package (start of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$1520 pp $1580 pp $1640 pp
4 night package (start of ride) AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$1920 $1980 $2040
3 night package (end of ride) AUD
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl bed or 2 beds)
$1115 pp $1160 pp $1205 pp
3 night package (end of ride) AUD
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room) 
$1415 $1460 $1505

Early bookers travelling on their own can book a twin share package and we will try to partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (25 Sep). After this date contact us to see if we can match you.

Note that your RACV Great Vic Bike Ride event entry fee is NOT included and must be purchased separately. You can book with us today then book in with Bicycle Network.

Optional Extras

The riding starts on Sun 25 Nov however we will be travelling to Bright on Sat 24 Nov. Our coach departs from Melbourne at approx 9am on Sat morning. Pre-tour accom is available at Bright on Sat night as an optional extra. Most cyclists on our package travel in our coach and book the pre-tour accom however this is optional – you can arrive on Sunday if you wish.

An AllTrails cycling jersey is included in the price of entry however you can also purchase other merchandise items as per the link here. Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF

Pre tour (Bright) accom Sat 24 Nov
$110 pp twin share
$200 single – own room
AllTrails Coach Transfer Melbourne to Bright – cyclist, luggage & bike
Sat 24 Nov only. Depart approx 9am
$100 pp
AllTrails Coach Transfer from end of ride back to Melbourne – cyclist, luggage & bike
Sun 2 Dec. Depart approx noon.
$80pp
Camaraderie Dinner #1 Beechworth Sun 25 Nov
$40
Camaraderie Dinner #2 Rutherglen Thu 29 Nov
$55
AllTrails t-shirt. Raglan style (3/4 sleeve)
$35
AllTrails t-shirt. New style tee
$30
AllTrails t-shirt. Older stock, limited sizes
$20
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. Great for use as day bag on tour
$5
Soft foldable bike bag carriage $3/day
$24
Hard case & unfoldable bike box carriage $10/day
$80
Premium Package Option (per person cost)
Upgraded accom where possible
$700

What people have said about previous years:

Thank you all so much for AllTrails adding such value to my GVBRide. It was good to meet you and finally taste the AllTrails experience after all these years. As a ‘senior citizen’ I was delighted to be able to access the AllTrails Luxury package…the package you put together was varied and most enjoyable. Having my own bedroom, toilet and shower (without queuing) was sublime. And where a bath was available it was truly luxurious. Each arvo I would crank up the aircon and, having washed my cycling kit, leave it to dry in my snug nest..I don’t believe that I could do that in a tent….So thank you for your fine blend of administrative and organisational skills combined with plain old hard work and cycling smarts. It gave me a seamless worry free tour knowing that all the details would be taken care of by All Trails, whether it be the bus pick ups from the end of the ride to my motel and vice versa, the AllTrails bike corral, the afternoon teas, massages…and friendly personal support. I have already booked my place on the AllTrails Luxury package for the GVBR so that is a fine endorsement…a returning client who received service beyond expectations! Jeremy T

Frank and I enjoyed the GVBR and really appreciated the support you provided to us. I thought we had booked an accommodation package but it was much more. The fact this was not the case gave me the confidence I could complete the ride as I had only started cycling this year and this was the first time I had participated on any cycling event. From day 1 it was great to know that we were going to be well supported by massages, good healthy food, cycling expertise and organisational skills. JB’s skilful care of our bicycles was an added bonus. Thank-you again. Jane B

Congratulations to all the AllTrails staff for handling such a big contingent of riders so well and still giving us individual attention: as usual we had a really enjoyable tour. Jumping into a dry bus and heading for a warm room surely beats camping after a cold, wet day in the saddle. Thought Ben and JB did a super job with the bikes. Robyn & John

Hi All, Thanks for the Great Alltrails experience. You all make our ride a pleasure…! [and] run the warmest and friendliest and comfort-ablest! package and make the ride a real treat for us. Count us in for next year. — Mike and Wendy

Thank you so much for the wonderful support you provided for the Great Vic Bike Ride. I love doing the ride and there is no way I could manage the camping option – so the motel option is terrific. But better than that is knowing your support and the support of your team is there whenever we need it. I really appreciated it. Many thanks to you both and also to the other members of the team. I would like to put my name down for the next Great Vic Bike Ride. — Joan C

Thank you for another great experience with the GVBR, and the excellent professional services you provide. It makes the whole thing so much more enjoyable and painless. Everything went smoothly, which is a credit to yourselves, your planning and active involvement. — Bruce R

Thank you so much for making our bike experience so wonderful. As you are aware, I enjoyed every minute of it and was so relieved to be with you and not under canvas. The motels were good, the breakfasts made life so easy and to have the mechanic and the massages each day were the icing on the cake. — Pat T

Thanks for another fabulous ride this year and thanks to your team as well. I hope you have booked us for the next tour!!! — Michael R

I want to thank you both and your team very much for taking great care of me and aiding me in completing this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride…thank you for your support! — Peter J

Thank you so much for your fantastic work on the tour. Your approach was professional, friendly and clearly illustrated a love for bike riding in all its many forms. Yes please can I sign up for next year — Mary-Anne C

Please book me in for next year. Thank you for this year’s ride it was your usual impeccable organization I really enjoyed the ride and look forward to next year with you all — Joan G

Had a great time on the ride, and will be booking in advance for the package for the Great Vic Bike Ride next year. — Peter H

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.

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.

Click here to quote and buy online (under 70 years old)

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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.

bicyclenetwork.com.au/membership/

bq.org.au/join-us/member-benefits/

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.

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.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.

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.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.

Accommodation on the support package

We try to obtain the best accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, resort, B and B, cabins or similar. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs, usually 3½ – 4 star, or perhaps 3 star on occasions when we travel through some very small towns and villages where accommodation is extremely limited. Accommodation is in same town as the main ride campsite, otherwise in the nearest town where accommodation is available. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share with one other single twin share traveller, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or B&B with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or 4 single twin share travellers together.

Luggage transfer and day packs

We suggest you carry your own personal goods, like camera, wallet, perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We carry your main luggage to your accommodation each morning once you have departed. Our vehicles are not allowed on the event cycle route so you will not have access to your luggage during the day so you will need to take everything that you need for the day with you in the morning. Your luggage will be available to you once you check into your accommodation or shortly after.

Bike Hire

We do not have a fleet of our own hire bikes however we can usually help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people where possible. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.

Getting to your motel after the day’s ride

Cyclists will be given specific maps, detailing where their overnight motel is situated and how best to ride there from the finish. In the case that your accommodation is not nearby the finish you have the option to leave your bike in our AllTrails compound near front gate of the campsite. We will take you to motel, bring you back for dinner at the campsite if you wish and return you to motel then bring you back to collect your bike the next morning.

Bike Security

If your accommodation isn’t near the day’s ride finish point, AllTrails will set up a compound with a storage rack at the main entrance gate to the camping area. Although security guards are present all night, we suggest you carry a lock as your bike is your responsibility. From the compound we will transfer you to your motel and back.

Luggage delivery

After breakfast, your luggage will be collected from your motel and delivered to your next allocated motel.  It will be left in the foyer or safe storage area and this is usually where you will leave it again in the morning for collection. Day Sheets will have collection times stated for each day.

Massage therapist on the AllTrails package

The massage therapist is complimentary and will be available most afternoons. To be fair to everyone, we have limited the massage time to ten minutes for each person which allows most people a massage on most days – it is not designed to provide a massage every day to every person. We ask that riders be fair and share this luxury around, allowing the late arrivals to get their fair share of massage time. In some towns where we are using three or four motels, the massage therapist will usually be at the motel where the most cyclists are accommodated – massage locations will be listed in your Day Sheets. Bookings can only be made on the day after your arrival at the motel by writing your name in an available 10-minute time slot. We try to allow everyone 4-5 massages during the week, sometimes more. Names will be ticked off, but please speak up if you are somehow missing out.

Training for the bike ride

The great thing about going on a mass ride such as this one is that there are many cyclists with a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. You can pretty much go at your own pace and enjoy the ride at your own speed. More details on training and preparation are on the ride event website.

Evening meals at the main ride campsite

You can choose to have your evening meal at the main ride campsite/HQ, your motel, a local restaurant, hotel or wherever. If you wish, our bus will pick up motel cyclists around 5-6pm to take them to the campsite for dinner and return to motels usually at 8pm. Special times will be arranged for motels that may be further out – your Day Sheets will have specific information for each individual day.

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.

Terms & Conditions

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