Murray River: Stage 3 Mildura to Victor Harbor

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Murray River: Stage 3 Mildura to Victor Harbor

Experience The Riverland

Thursday 08 March, 2018 to Saturday 17 March, 2018

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This page is for Stage Three of our 3-stage tour along the Murray River – from Source to Sea.

To see the full tour, click here. To find out more about Stage Three, read on…

Stage 1: The Alpine Adventure. Thredbo to Albury, 4 days, average 84km/day, 23 Feb – 26 Feb
Stage 2: The Holiday Towns Tour. Albury to Mildura, 11 days, average 87km/day, 26 Feb – 8 Mar
Stage 3: Experience the Riverland. Mildura to Victor Harbor, 10 days, average 86km/day, 8 Mar – 17 Mar

Why AllTrails?

Experts:

No short-cuts! Our extensive preparation and organisation creates the best tours for our clients.

Service:

Our owners are usually on tour with you. AllTrails is renowned for good old fashioned service!

Quality:

From great accom & meals, to the quality ingredients in our famous home-made muffins and biscuits!

Support:

Our support vehicle is never far away if you need a pick-up or mechanical assistance. Our crew are the best.

Camaraderie:

AllTrails cyclists are famous for fun, positivity and support. We are proud of the AllTrails community.

The tour at a glance

Date :

8 Mar – 17 Mar

Duration :

9 nights

Distance :

711 km

Ave. Daily :

89 km/day

Bike Type :

Road or hybrid bike

Terrain :

Undulating riverside cycling. No major climbs.

Group Size :

15-25

Accom  :

Holiday town motels and resorts, quality regional city hotels.

Meals  :

All meals included

Difficulty Grading :

6.5 / 10

Price :

See ‘Pricing’ tab for options

Deposit :

$ 400

Highlights

Stage 3 Highlights

  • Gorgeous Riverland holiday towns accommodation
  • ‘Classic Australia’ ride through the River Red Gums (Eucalyptus) region
  • Start in Mildura, an oasis in the desert and the fruit bowl of Australia
  • Fascinating remoteness of north-west VIC
  • Stunning Riverland region of SA
  • Lake Alexandrina and the Murray Mouth
  • Finish in Victor Harbor – SA’s favourite seaside holiday destination

As featured in Bicycling Australia

Experience The Riverland

It’s hard to pick a favourite of the three stages on this ride, however this one might just take the prize. Leaving Mildura you’ll think you will be in the desert forever, but it’s only just over a day’s ride in the outback-feel of remote north-western Victoria before you cross into South Australia and stumble upon the beautiful Riverland region. The Murray breathes life and colour into the landscape here and the settlements along this section of the Murray are bright and active with such a great water source for crops and aquatic sports. Some of the most pristine sections of the river lie along this section.

It is an exciting end as you near the sandy beach at Coorong National Park where the ‘Murray Mouth’ meets the Southern Ocean. This stage gives you a great range of experiences in just 9 days – from outback, to regional city, from holiday golf resort towns, to wineries, from rural regions, to the popular tourist town of Victor Harbor and the Murray Mouth – the final destination of our ride and the river.

This is also a great ride for cyclist’s partners (non-riders or part-time riders) as we have the opportunity for two rest days and some shorter routes in this winding section of the river. Accommodation highlights include Mildura Grand Hotel, Renmark Resort, Waikerie Hotel and Hotel Victor.

Murray River Cycling Tour

Day to Day

A typical day on the ride:

Full breakfast 7am, Depart 8am

Ride 25-30km to morning tea around 9-10am, half hour stop, usually on the side of the road. Coffee or tea with home-made biscuits, slice, and fresh fruits, served up, of course, with some entertaining banter and fun.

Ride 35-45km to lunch around 12-1pm. Half hour to an hour, often in a bakery or cafe.

Ride 20-40km to our overnight accommodation, usually arriving around 2-3pm. Check-in, make a cup of tea or have a drink by the pool, or a soak in the bath. Explore the town or visit the local attractions.

Evening briefing at 6pm with lots of laughs and stories about today’s ride and safety tips for tomorrow, followed by dinner – usually at the hotel restaurant.

Off to bed!

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

Mildura REST DAY -- NA -- Thu 8 Mar 2018 -- - - D A

Today’s rest day in Mildura is based out of our tour hotel, the Mildura Grand Hotel, an historic landmark building with character and charm, yet with all of the modern amenities and comforts that you would expect. The hotel was originally the Mildura Coffee Palace, dating back to the earliest days of the irrigation settlement. Mildura was a planned temperance colony, part of the Chaffey brothers’ vision for Mildura as a place without an ingrained drinking culture to distract working men from their duties. In 1889 tenders were called for the building of the Coffee Palace. On the ground floor, plans revealed a billiard room, dining room, offices, smoking room, kitchen, storeroom, servants’ quarters and large underground cellars. On the first floor 21 bedrooms were to be constructed. Skeptics described the Coffee Palace as a ‘gross over-development’, however the Coffee Palace prospered and extensive additions were planned only two months after its doors opened to the public. Two sisters, Mrs Annie Yule and Miss May Williams, ran the premises from 1904 until 1915. In 1915, as the temperance movement was failing, Miss Williams applied to the Licensing Court for a Wine Licence but the application attracted great opposition from prohibitionists. Eventually a Wine License was granted and was followed by a full licence in 1919. From 1924 to 1963 the hotel continued being rebuilt and modernised and by the end of 1966 most of the rooms had private facilities, making the Mildura Grand Hotel one of the most modern in the state. A wonderful base for your rest day in Mildura, which is a stand-out among so many other great towns along the river. Set on the banks of the magnificent Murray River, Australia’s most important waterway, Mildura provides an irresistible array of water-based, nature-based, local produce and cultural holiday experiences. Enjoy. If you are arriving today to join us for stage 3, fly in any time to the airport which is 15 mins from our hotel. Most flights come from Melbourne with connections to other cities but there is one flight direct from both Sydney and Adelaide with Rex Airlines. Head to the hotel where we will meet you and welcome you to the group for this stage of magnificent and varied cycling through to Victor Harbor.

Mildura to Meringur (Renmark)-- 91km -- Fri 9 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

STAGE THREE – EXPERIENCE THE RIVERLAND: Today we head west out into the wide open spaces of north-west Victoria and head for the border. It’s a good 90km distance, plenty to get the legs working again after your day off in Mildura, or to get your legs cranked up for the first time if you have just joined us for Stage 3. We are very remote out here and there is no accommodation for our group for over 150km from Mildura so we will be stopping at Meringur and arranging a bus transfer ahead to Renmark for the night. As you sit back at The Renmark Golf Resort, our accommodation, you can see why we are now into the heart of the South Australian Riverland region – a great golf course, a nice big pool area and a steakhouse overlooking the course. Even better is that we will spend two nights here.e.

Meringur to Renmark -- 82km -- Sat 10 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

This morning we head back on the bus to Meringur for our last ride in the state of Victoria. Have you ridden with us all the way from Thredbo? If so, congratulations, as today will will probably hit the 1000km mark! You will have a great opportunity to get into your cycling rhythm, pumping out the kilometres, heading directly west towards the South Australian border. It’s a long straight road, perfect for clearing the mind and contemplating life, as many do on these long-distance rides. After crossing the border into SA the road begins to wind up northward to meet the Murray River again and as it does you will notice the greens of the landscape slowly begin to take over the browns as you draw in to the outskirts of Renmark and then into the township itself. By the time you reach the Renmark Golf Resort you will have another afternoon to enjoy all of the facilities of the resort.

Renmark to Berri -- 99km -- Sun 11 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

Today doesn’t take us far ‘as the crow flies’, but it’s a 96km ride as we cut across to Barmera, one of the most popular aquatic playgrounds in SA situated on the shores of Lake Bonney – a lake renowned for its sunsets – then track the Murray down south then back up again almost completing a full circle back to Berri. There are plenty of towns and settlements for us to stop at today, with the river providing plenty of life and sustenance for these places to survive. It’s a much contrasted ride to the last couple of days as you pass through places like Loxton, the ‘Garden Town of the Riverland’ with beautifully maintained gardens and a leader in the use of low-water sustainable landscapes. Our overnight stop is at Berri, host to some of the largest wine production facilities in Australia and one of Australia’s oldest wineries. Our accommodation is again in a great location, with great facilities such as the outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court, laundry, and a restaurant & bar.r.

Berri to Waikerie -- 71km -- Mon 12 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

Today we stray away from the river then draw back close again on a few occasions. Often you won’t be able to see the river but you’ll probably sense it by the amount of vegetation and its colour. As soon as you are away from the water source out here in the remote inland areas of the country, everything turns dry and brown pretty quickly. Much of our day is spent on the quieter small roads of the region however some of it will be on the Goyder Highway, named after George Goyder, a government surveyor in the mid-late 1800’s who first identified and mapped ‘Goyder’s Line’ which indicates the northern limit of climatic suitability for intensive agriculture in South Australia which over time has proven to be impressively accurate. It’s an interesting story – look it up when you can. Overnight tonight is at the Waikerie Hotel, which after undergoing a rebuild after a fire in 2011, is proud to have some of the best hotel accommodation in the Riverland region. More good news is that we are staying here again tomorrow night so no need to pack your bags in the morning!

Waikerie to Blanchetown (Waikerie) -- 79km -- Tue 13 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

We are on the bike again today but don’t worry about packing your bags as the winding river will bring us back close enough to stay in Waikerie again tonight. It’s a lovely ride this morning north-west through farming fields and small settlements on the way to Morgan where we will take a punt ferry across the river into the town centre for lunch. Morgan was the home port of hundreds of paddle steamers during the 1800’s which carried cargo and passengers up the Murray-Darling River system. Morgan, therefore, is one of the truly historic Australian towns which is a must see by those who are interested in this great Australian history. It is also at Morgan where the river turns south and heads for the ocean nearly 300kms away. The second half of the ride brings a much more remote feel which is truly stunning. You never feel lonely however as not too far away, over to your right, is the Murray which ebbs and flows away from the road and back again many times over the course of the journey keeping the cycling interesting. It’s not until Blanchetown that you hit civilisation again, where, due to its small size and limited accommodation, we will transfer cyclists the short distance back to Waikerie for the night

Blanchetown to Mannum -- 92km -- Wed 14 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

This morning we head back to Blanchetown in our vehicles and begin our ride along this stretch of the Murray which is claimed to be one of the most pristine in all of its length and the towns along its banks make the most of it. Swan Reach is a favourite stop for travellers to enjoy some good old-fashioned Murraylands hospitality when driving between the Barossa and the Riverland. A visit to the hotel is a must, with sweeping views of the mighty Murray River from its prominent location perched on top of golden cliffs. Down the road at Nildottie make sure you stop at the rest area for a great elevated view of this spectacular part of the river and again at the turn-off to Kroehns Landing and at Len Kroehn Lookout. We stray from the river for a brief period then take the turn off to Forster where we will cross the river by punt. As you swing back towards the water you are treated with truly inspiring riverscapes. If you have time, stop off at Forster Lookout which is not very well sign-posted but worth the effort to find. Over the punt and it’s one more stretch across the fields before we hit the river again and trace its path through small settlements and gatherings of homes hugging the water’s edge, until the larger town of Mannum, our overnight stay, which enjoys some of the best cruising waters on the entire Murray system explaining the many houseboat operations that are based in the town.

Mannum to Strathalbyn -- 117km -- Thu 15 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

We are getting near our destination and although we are now on a parallel with Adelaide, approximately 100km to the west, it still feels like we are much further away as we take the quiet back-roads south following the flow of the river through to Murray Bridge (deriving its name unsurprisingly from the road and railway crossings over the Murray River), where we indeed cross the bridge at Murray Bridge then head south cycling through the scattered dwellings of Jervois and Wellington – a long thin village of houses and a small town centre which sits along a considerable length of the riverfront. It’s here that we say goodbye to the river as we know it – just a couple of kilometres downstream the river enters the huge Lake Alexandrina. We skirt across the top of the lake and head west to Strathalbyn, one of the prettiest towns in SA. It has maintained its charm and village-like setting whilst still managing to become a thriving country town with a great location on the banks of the River Angas, situated on the cusp of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu regions. We are nearly there! Tonight you will be ready for a good night’s sleep after the longest day on the tour, ready for tomorrow’s final ride to the ocean.

Strathalbyn to Victor Harbor (via Murray Mouth) -- 80km -- Fri 16 Mar 2018 -- B L D A

What an exciting day today! We are truly into the green rolling hills and pastures of the peninsula today after so many days being out where the river was the only water source. Here the rainfall and climate is much more conducive to growing crops and creating sustainable settlements. It’s a beautiful ride down to Goolwa and as we pull in you will see that the Murray has exited the big lake and created it’s last snaking course into the sea – the end of the Murray River’s long journey. Passing through Goolwa we will head out to Hindmarsh Island to view the point where the river finally meets the sea. The mouth of the Murray today is now a small gap between the sand hills, a direct result of the numerous locks and weirs which control the water flow along its length. In its heyday Goolwa was a thriving port which catered not only for riverboats but also for boats entering the river system from the ocean in the days when the mouth of the Murray was wide enough and deep enough to allow such passage. Seawater is prevented from entering Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert and the Murray River by a series of 5 barrages. Congratulations, you did it! But it’s not over yet…we have a final 30km ride along the Encounter Bikeway though the pretty ocean townships of Middleton, Port Elliot and Hayborough on the way to Victor Harbor, which is probably South Australia’s favourite seaside holiday destination. Our accommodation is right down in the heart of the township, opposite the beachfront, Granite Island, Warland Reserve, the famous Causeway Horsedrawn Tram and the Visitor Information Centre. A wonderful place for our final overnight and a great place for our group farewell dinner. What a ride and what an experience!

Victor Harbor -- NA -- Sat 17 Mar 2018 -- B - - -

After breakfast this morning the tour officially finishes. Stick around Victor Harbor for a while or check out the many other great places in and around Adelaide. For those flying home today there are direct flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth with connections to other locations. We will arrange a shuttle transfer this morning to Adelaide Airport which is approximately 1 hr 15 mins drive from our hotel (book this as an optional extra on the booking form). We are planning a 9:30am departure from the hotel so we suggest booking flights home after 1pm.

Pricing

Included:

  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily morning & afternoon teas on the road
  • Tour guides & support/safety vehicles
  • Bike mechanical assistance
  • Merchandise / kit (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, day bag)
  • Maps & Ride Guide

Plus the famous AllTrails:

  • Camaraderie
  • Organisation
  • Tour leaders
  • Good old fashioned service

Pricing Schedule

Deposit: $400 upon booking
Progress Payment: 30 days after deposit (40% of your package cost, less deposit paid)
Balance: due 18 Dec 2017

For bookings made after 18 Dec, full balance is due upon booking.

Pricing

Packages (all in AUD)
Before
18 Dec
From
18 Dec
Stage One, 4 day/3 nt, Thredbo to Albury  $1840  $1890
Stage 1 Single room supplement  $320  $320
Stage Two, 11 day/10 nt, Albury to Mildura  $4000 $4050
Stage 2 Single room supplement  $700  $700
Stage Three, 10 day/9 nt, Mildura to Victor Harbor  $4000  $4050
Stage 3 Single room supplement  $700  $700
Multi-tour discount: Book more than one stage: $50 off Stage 1, $200 off Stage 2, $200 off Stage 3.

Group discount: Bring a group of 3 or more cyclists and save 5% each.

Travelling on your own? Early bookers can book a twin share package and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes on 18 Dec – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Pre and post tour accom:

Stage 3. The entry price includes one night of ‘pre tour’ accom in Mildura on Thu 8 Mar. The entry price also includes one night ‘post tour’ accom in Victor Harbor on Fri 16 Mar.

Start and End of Stages Transport:

Mildura: Airport is just 15 mins from our accom – an easy taxi ride or we will do a shuttle run in our bus on the rest day (Thu 8 Mar). There are lots of flights out – most flights go to Melbourne with connections to other cities but there is one flight direct to both Sydney and Adelaide with Rex Airlines. If you are arriving for stage 3, fly in any time on Thu 8 Mar and head to the hotel where we will meet you. We may even be able to pick you up from the airport.

Victor Harbor/Adelaide: We will arrange a shuttle transfer on Sat 17 Mar to Adelaide Airport. Cost: $66 pp includes person, luggage and bike. Adelaide Airport is approximately 1 hr 15 mins drive from our hotel. We are planning a 9:30am departure from the hotel so we suggest booking flights home after 12 noon.

Contact us about your travel plans and we will help you with your options.

Other:

AllTrails t-shirt. Good quality tee. Subsidised significantly by AllTrails. $20.

Bike freight/transfer from Victor Harbor to Melbourne. To save you carrying your bike home to Melbourne at the end of Stage Three. $50.

Transfer of hard case bike box from start to finish in our vehicle (only if space available). $10/day, pay for your longest stage only

Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start to finish in our vehicle. $3/day, pay for your longest stage only

A ‘Merchandise Kit’ is included in the cost of this tour, including an AllTrails cycling jersey, cycling cap, drink bottle and day bag. Check the merchandise PDF link for jersey colour options and sizing: Link to AllTrails merchandise PDF

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 and from the Murray River Tours

Canberra/Thredbo: We will have a bus leaving Canberra Airport on Fri 23 Feb to Thredbo approx 9:30 am. Cost: $110 pp includes person, luggage and bike transport. Book the optional extra on the online form. There are flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that arrive around or before 8:30am. Alternatively you can fly to Canberra anytime on Thu 22 Feb and stay overnight (we suggest the Vibe Canberra Airport Hotel). The bus trip is approx 2.5 hrs and will get the group into Thredbo by lunchtime. 

Albury: The airport is just a 10 minute drive from our motel – an easy taxi ride or book the local airport shuttle. There are flights out of Albury on Mon 26 Feb to Melbourne and Sydney with connections to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and others, or stay an extra night and fly home at your leisure on Tue 27 Feb. If you are arriving for stage 2, catch a flight to Albury anytime on Mon 26 Feb and head to our tour hotel – just 10 minutes drive from the airport. Albury is also on the train line between Sydney and Melbourne.

Mildura: Airport is just 15 mins from our accom – an easy taxi ride or we will do a shuttle run in our bus on the rest day (Thu 8 Mar). There are lots of flights out – most flights go to Melbourne with connections to other cities but there is one flight direct to both Sydney and Adelaide with Rex Airlines. If you are arriving for stage 3, fly in any time on Thu 8 Mar and head to the hotel where we will meet you. We may even be able to pick you up from the airport.

Victor Harbor/Adelaide: We will arrange a shuttle transfer on Sat 17 Mar to Adelaide Airport. Cost: $66 pp includes person, luggage and bike. Adelaide Airport is approximately 1 hr 15 mins drive from our hotel. We are planning a 9:30am departure from the hotel so we suggest booking flights home after 12 noon.

Contact us about your travel plans and we will help you with your options.

Bike mechanical assistance provided

A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion.  Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.

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.

Accommodation on our rides

We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. 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.

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.

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 discounts

Bring your friends and save some money! For all groups of 3 or more entrants you will receive 5% discount off your respective entry fees. This excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.

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.

Weather

Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall and the prevailing winds. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.bom.gov.au or for our international tours visit www.worldweather.org

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.

What sorts of people join our rides?

People from all parts of Australia and overseas.  Ages generally range from 30 – 70 with the average age about 50 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 with slick or near-slick tread. 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.

Training for AllTrails tours

You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist – not necessarily fast, but consistent.  Try to sit on an average speed of at least 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to be out on the bike for a number of hours for two days straight. Aim to ride close to the average daily distance of your chosen tour on each of the days if you can. This will usually put you in a good position to be ready for your tour. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.

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’.

Buying a new bike – what to consider

If you are purchasing a new bike for this ride or wanting to make some upgrades here a few points to consider:

Bike set up: Unless you are accustomed to riding long distances or are very flexible set your bike up for comfort rather than optimum aerodynamics. A more comfortable upright position is most easily achieved by raising the handle bar and moving the seat forward.

Wheels: Do not go too light. High-end road bikes often allow you to choose different wheel sets or if you are considering upgrading, the lightest wheels might be the fastest, but they are not always the strongest. The heavier you are the more important this is. Cheaper wheels are heavier and generally have more spokes, but are also quite robust and easy to repair, so if this is your price bracket then there is not too much to worry about. If you looking at getting some fast wheels and you are over 90kg ask your bike shop for advice and even do some research online or within your bike community.

Tyres: Durability is the most important feature for long distance rides. When choosing your tyres look for features like anti-puncture and Kevlar lining. A harder rubber also allows you to get more kilometres out of each tyre. A popular choice amongst our cyclists are the Continental Ultra Gatorskins in either the 23mm or 25mm width.

Gearing: As a rule; the more gears you have the easier it is to climb hills. The standard configuration of gears found on road bikes does not suit everyone. If you find yourself running out of gears while climbing, needing to get out of the saddle to get over a hill or ride with a high cadence it might be worth considering one or both of these options. Replace the cassette with a larger one (more teeth)and/or get a compact crank. A compact crack tries to do what the triple chain ring crank does in just two chain rings. If you already have a triple, this is not for you. The compact crank slightly reduces your big chain ring size and significantly reduces your small chain ring size making it much easier to climb hills and spin your legs faster rather than harder.

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.

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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’
  • Click the ‘SKIP’ button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink