Rail Trail – Self Guided East Gippsland

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Rail Trail – Self Guided East Gippsland

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This 3 day, 3 night package from Bairnsdale to Orbost is all pre-planned and arranged for you – all you need to do is turn up and ride.

100km of beautiful cycling ridden at your own pace, with your own company. The route can be ridden Bairnsdale to Orbost or the other way if you wish. Includes bike hire, 3 nts accom, 1 dinner, 2 breakfast, luggage transfers, return transport at the end of the ride, maps, and emergency backup support.

Self Guided Rail Trail Tour
East Gippsland, VIC
Dates:
Choose your own dates
Duration:
3 nights accom
3 or 4 days cycling
Distance:
100km (or more)
Ave. Daily:
33km (or more)
Bike Type:
Mountain Bike is best (included)
Terrain:
Rail Trails, firm crushed gravel and natural surface
Accom.:
Lovely rural cottages & farmstay
Meals:
2 breakfast, 1 dinner included
Price:
Depending on group size – see pricing tab

Discover the serenity of farmland, forest and country villages on this rail trail that connects the Gippsland Lakes to the Snowy River. Gentle gradients, no traffic and some of Victorias best kept cycling secrets await your discovery on this outstanding rail trail journey.

  • Welcoming cottage accommodation in small country towns.
  • Magnificent timber trestle bridges.
  • East Gippsland forests with abundant wildlife.
  • Cycle at your own pace, with peace of mind of emergency back up and support.

“I Just wanted to say thanks for all your help with my solo trip along the rail and discovery trail. I had a really refreshing time and whilst there were moments I did question my sanity in the thick of the heat wave I never once thought of work and as a result I came back feeling like I’d had a rest! I loved the townships of Orbost, Nowa Nowa and the Bullant Brewery at Bruthren especially. I loved a lot of the countryside I saw along the way and would love to come back with a Winnebago or equivalent and park next to a spot along the riverside and just be. You run a really great business in true style, you’ve thought of everything and more (so I didn’t have to) and I thank you for providing all the links that made these trails doable for me. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with average fitness, a sense of adventure and a desire to see some more of the Australian countryside.” Silla, Feb 2014

This spectacular self-guided tour includes the essentials but has all the flexibility that you need to go at your own pace with your own people.

Contact us today to check availability for your chosen dates.

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

Bairnsdale to Bruthen -- 30km -- Day One -- - - - A
The ride suits starting after lunch time (or after the 11am train from Melbourne arrives). Riders from ACT or NSW may prefer to drive to Orbost rather than Bairnsdale. If so, you can be picked up from Orbost and driven to Bairnsdale on the morning of the ride, or alternatively start your ride from the Orbost end.
There are several wineries en route to Bruthen and plenty of options to extend the days ride via local signposted tracks in Bruthen. Your luggage will be transferred to your Bruthen accommodation which is at a lovely country cottage, just a stroll away from the local pub which has good meals 7 nights a week, or if you are here on a Friday or Saturday try the local Boutique Brewery for dinner and an excellent beer.
Bruthen to Tostaree -- 37km -- Day Two -- - - D A
Leaving picturesque Bruthen perched above the river, the trail winds up through the Colquhoun State Forest through stands of stringybark, blue gum and casurinas. A huge trestle bridge and old weir are reminders of the trail’s original purpose. Nowa Nowa is a great place for lunch – if you have time, explore the walks around the lake and to the gorge, discover art and treasures in unexpected places, before continuing on the trail to spend the night on a farm at Tostaree, originally a staging post for coaches, then a rail stop, now a welcoming home for cyclists. Your luggage will be transferred here while you ride. A roaring log fire accompanies wonderful 2 course home cooked dinner in the ‘Tavern’ on the farm. Option to extend ride by 20 km cycling Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail side branch, returning to Rail Trail on quiet forest roads.
Tostaree to Orbost -- 34km -- Day Three -- B - - A
Your luggage will be transferred to Orbost as you cycle your last day of this short self-guided ride. From Tostaree patches of farmland are far between as the trail heads into the forests of East Gippsland, with a wealth of bird, plant and animal life. You might like the option to extend today’s ride by 20 km on back roads around the Snowy River – cycle through farmland with stunning views over Lake Corringle, before riding into Orbost along the banks of the Snowy River. You have a lovely homestead B&B accommodation tonight with an optional dinner option by prior arrangement. Dinner can also be enjoyed down at the local pub 7 nights a week.
Orbost -- 0km -- Day Four -- B - - -
Today you may choose to do a morning ride in the Orbost area or just take it easy. Return to Bairnsdale by vehicle today at a pre-arranged time.
Tour Inclusions:

  • 3 nights comfortable twin/double share accom in cottages & lodges in lovely rural locations.
  • 3 days wonderful cycling days.
  • Maps and route info with full directions to accom, rail trail, points of interest etc.
  • Luggage transport between accommodation venues (1 bag per person).
  • Return minibus transport to Bairnsdale at the end of the tour.
  • Mountain bike hire (mens, womens, children), helmet, rack, day pannier, spare tube, pump.
  • 1 home-cooked dinner, 2 hearty breakfasts.
  • Emergency back-up support in the event of a hire bike breakdown.

Bookings:

This is a self-guided ride package arranged by an AllTrails’ local partner based in Gippsland. Contact us today to find out more or check dates for availability.

Group Size Price per person
3 night package for 1 person * $985
3 night package for 2-3 cyclists * $605 pp
3 night package for 4-5 cyclists $495 pp
3 night package for 6-7 cyclists $480 pp
3 night package for 8-14 cyclists ** $475 pp

Prices are valid from July 2016 – June 2017. Please contact us for pricing outside of these dates.

* Prices for groups of 1, 2 or 3 riders are relatively higher due to ‘flagfall’ minimum fees for some services. If clients have flexibility with their travel dates to coincide with other groups a lower fee may be negotiable.
** Large groups may require some changes to the standard itinerary depending on availability of accommodation.

Notes:

  • Peak times add 10% (summer holidays, long weekends).
  • Riders with a group who choose not to share twin accom with other group members can pay a single room supplement of $150 (total for 3 nights).
  • A maximum of 14 clients, based on available beds in twin share accommodation of this standard can be catered for on this tour.
  • Group prices are based on clients being part of a group of friends or club members as accommodation is in shared cottages.

Availability:

This tour can be offered 52 weeks of the year, with starting dates to suit clients, subject to availability of accommodation etc. Note that the pricing shown is off peak. Travel during summer holidays or on public holidays will add 10% to the total price shown.

This ride is operated by our trusted partner local to the Gippsland area. AllTrails are not involved in the planning, preparation, booking or operation of the ride. Please make sure you check the terms and conditions of the ride operator when you receive further information.