Supported Trail Riding Tour
Friday 05 April, 2019 to Monday 08 April, 2019
|The Tour at a Glance|
|Dates:||5-8 Apr 2019|
|Duration:||4 days / 3 nights|
|Ave. Daily:||52 km (shorter options avail)|
|Bike Type:||Mountain bike – dual suspension strongly recommended (BYO or hire)|
|Surface:||Some sealed roads, mostly gravel, dirt and forest tracks|
|Terrain:||Undulating and varied.|
|Group Size:||Approx 10-15|
|Accom:||Very high quality motels/resort|
|Food Included:||All meals and en-route snacks|
|Price:||See ‘Pricing’ tab|
|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 available if you need assistance or a mechanic|
|Camaraderie:||AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community|
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This tour is for cyclists with basic off-road cycling competencies (we have a great training guide for those who have not done a lot of trail riding). It is not an extreme trail but it will throw up constant challenges as the terrain’s lumps and bumps keep you on your toes mentally as you wind your way around or over minor obstacles.
This tour is for cyclists who love the bush AND the comforts of home. There is no DIY touring weighing you down – AllTrails takes care of all the logistics leaving you light and free to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, birdsong, and a pace that allows you to take it all in.
Have you heard about the famous AllTrails camaraderie? This tour is for those who will enjoy interacting with a ready-made group of friends on a multi-day adventure. Add to this the assurance of a cycling guide, bike mechanical assistance, back up vehicles and support crew who will help you make the most of your time on a great off-road adventure.
This tour is also a great opportunity for non-cycling partners and friends to come along and enjoy the AllTrails experience. If you have your own vehicle for transport between towns, this tour lends itself well to partners who can enjoy the many facilities of the beautiful RACV Goldfields Resort, immerse themselves in the renowned spa town of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the area that surrounds the colonial town of Castlemaine, and delve into the delights of Ballarat and Bendigo. We have added a special price for non-riders to the pricing tab.
Day to DayImagine a tour where you are cycling through the Australian bush in the morning and soaking in the bath at a beautiful resort that same afternoon. Where you are dodging boulders, rocks and logs by day and eating great meals by night. Pushing yourself through the challenge of riding bumpy dirt tracks, supported by a great crew and the camaraderie of a bunch of other cyclists sharing your journey.
This is the AllTrails experience, off-road.
Our days are broken up into small sections, defined usually by the food breaks; morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack. These breaks are at set times and locations enabling riders to plan the amount of time required to enjoy the sights and attractions along the way to each stop where they regroup, chat about their ride, re-live some of the highlights and refuel for the next section. Cyclists move off knowing the distance and terrain ahead and aiming to arrive at the overnight stop around mid afternoon.
The accommodation is excellent – you check in and have a cuppa, snack, shower or soak in the bath. Explore the surroundings, go for a walk, share a cool drink with friends or simply relax. It is your life, it’s your ride, enjoy it.
A briefing at 6pm before the evening meal is always interesting, finding out what happened that day and a run-down on the sights, special attractions and any cautions to look out for the next day. Lots of laughs and stories are shared before we settle down to a good healthy meal and a few drinks. Bedtime is not far away, where you put your head down in salubrious surroundings, remembering the day and dreaming of tomorrow.
The camaraderie developed on a bike ride like this lasts a lifetime.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
The first section of the ride is on the Wallaby Track and your opening 20km through to Ballarat is a great introduction as the easiest section of the 4 days cycling, mostly along bitumen roads. After Ballarat the dirt roads arrive as do a few steep hills as the terrain heads into the Great Dividing Range.
Please click for a more detailed description on the Wallaby Track (note that our Day 1 is from Mt Buninyong to Creswick so you only need to look at the first two sections on the link).
Tonight we have a great way to kick off our tour as we park up for the evening at the RACV Goldfields Resort where you can settle in for the afternoon and enjoy the many facilities on offer: swimming, spa, tennis, golf – or even a 4.5km mountain bike trail around the golf course if you haven’t had enough yet today. The day concludes with a team briefing, a few laughs, stories and drinks and a meal in the restaurant together.
Please click for a more detailed description on the Wallaby Track (note that our Day 2 is from Creswick to Daylesford so you only need to look at the last two sections on the link).
Tonight we end up in Victoria’s premier destination for all that is ‘spa country’ where people come from all over to bathe in the famous mineral waters, sample the award-winning restaurants, reinvigorate at a wellness retreat or day spa, or just unwind with a stroll through the township or local markets with boutique art and crafts.
We have a lovely motel central to it all where we stay tonight after enjoying ‘The Champagne Train’ – a delightful rail journey aboard a restored heritage 1970’s DRC train with finger food, drinks and wonderful service – a real highlight of our time in Daylesford.
Please click for a more detailed description on the Dry Diggings Track from Daylesford to Castlemaine.
Castlemaine is a former gold mining town situated in a valley at the junction of three creeks and a lovely spot to enjoy our final night on the tour. Over the previous few days you will have seen many of the signs of the mining history of this area and Castlemaine is a great example of this with it’s impressive historic streets lined with grand public buildings like the town hall, courthouse, and Theatre Royal.
Our motel is just a short stroll from the town centre where all of this architecture is on display and you can soak it all in this afternoon with a wander around town before our final evening briefing and dinner together to celebrate this wonderful tour.
Please click for a more detailed description on the Leanganook Track from Castlemaine to Bendigo.
Arriving in Bendigo it’s congratulations all round for a great effort in covering 210km of rugged, challenging, but stunning off-road cycling. We finish in Bendigo where you can hang around for a day or two, or take our transfer back to Melbourne from where you can head straight to the airport, home to the family, or check in to a local Melbourne hotel.
|4 day tour package
TWIN SHARE PER PERSON (dbl or 2 beds)
|4 day tour package
SINGLE SUPP (one person with own room)
|NON-RIDER PRICES (must have own vehicle):|
|Sharing room with cyclist||$1450|
|Friend of cyclist with own room||$1770|
Group Discount: It just takes 3 people to make a group! Get $50 pp off your entry price if three people book together – call our office for more details.
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 2 months before tour departure (5 Feb) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.
Bring a friend or non-cycling partner? You sure can. We have a special rate for non-cycling friends on this tour as it is a great tour for non-riders too. You just need to have your own vehicle for transport between towns and you can enjoy all of the delights of RACV Resort, Daylesford, Castlemaine and the surrounding region.
OPTIONAL EXTRASPre tour accom. Coming from overseas, interstate or outside Melbourne? Our transfer departs early on the Friday morning at the start of the tour from Southern Cross Station so we suggest arriving on Thursday if possible. Southern Cross Station is approx 30 minutes from the airport via the Skybus or taxi. We have a couple of good hotel suggestions close to the train station for the Wednesday night – just ask us and we will send through the information. You may also wish to travel to Ballarat early to explore the area.
Post tour accom. You can stay a couple of days in Bendigo after the tour if you wish or catch our transfer back to Melbourne which will land you in the CBD on Monday by late afternoon, so you could book a hotel room that night or fly home sometime after 7:30 pm. Southern Cross Station is approx 30 minutes from the airport via the Skybus or taxi.
AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees:
- Older stock, limited sizes. $20
- New style tee. $30
- Raglan style (3/4 sleeve). $35
A merchandise rider pack is included in the tour price (cycling jersey, cap, bottle, bag). Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF
Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available). $30
Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day. $9
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.
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility
IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance – even for trips within Australia
- When you consider the cost of cancelling your tour if something goes wrong before or during your travel, insurance is good protection.
- Domestic travel insurance is usually considerably cheaper than international.
- Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your tour and your travel – don’t wait until just before you go.
- Some credit card travel insurances do not apply to domestic Australian travel – check with your provider.
- There are lots of travel insurance providers – cyclists should do their own research to ensure they are covered adequately.
- Here are two options as an example:
- International travellers should always have a comprehensive travel insurance.
IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cyclist Insurance is different to Travel Insurance and is often included as part of cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland or can be bought separately. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you should be prepared for the worst. If you have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself cyclist insurance can help with medical, income protection and third party coverage. Check out the benefits here:
You will need a mountain bike to join this tour (hire or bring your own). We strongly suggest a dual-suspension bike. It is not a technically extreme trail but it will throw up constant challenges as the terrain’s lumps and bumps keep you on your toes mentally as you wind your way around or over rocks, logs, debris, gravel, dips, holes and tree roots so dual suspension will make your ride much more enjoyable.
If you haven’t done much MTB cycling in the past (or even if you have) – here are a few places you can go to get in some practice before coming along on our tour.
Canberra: Mt Majura
Brisbane: Mt Coot-tha (and more)
Adelaide: Belair NP (and more)
Perth: Goat Farm (and more)
Our vehicles are there to provide food and water, carry luggage, mechanical supplies and transport cyclists if required. Note however that due to the remote bush location that the Goldfields track often traverses, our vehicles will only be available at strategic locations. We will have a cycling guide acting as a ‘Tail-end Charlie’ at the rear of the group and to assist you in getting through to the next vehicle meeting point if required. 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.
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-riders (or even part time riders). This tour in particular lends itself well to non-cycling partners as the local region is a great holiday spot – between the RACV Creswick Resort, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs region and Colonial Castlemaine, it’s a great region to explore.
We have provided a separate costing for non-cyclists who have their own vehicle transport. Contact us if you have a non-cyclist with no transport or a part-time cyclist.
- Smart Phone with battery in good working order, GPS navigation, google maps and knowledge of how these features work; and or
- Garmin (or similar) GPS bike navigation computer. Both phone & Garmin preferred.
- Competent level of bush orientation, problem solving and self-sufficiency.
- Competent off-road bike handling skills – this ride is not technically extreme; however, it is not suitable for off-road novices.
- Above average fitness, strength and stamina
- Basic bicycle repair & maintenance skills
Feel free to contact us in the office if you are not sure about any of the above.
You need to have done some recent mountain biking to be prepared for this tour – the fitness of a road cyclist is great, but the awareness of cycling uneven terrain is something that comes with practice, and you often need a different kind of strength on a MTB vs a road bike. This is not to say that you need to be a vastly experienced, regular MTB’er, but we suggest that you take a few local day trips on MTB tracks in your area in the lead-up to the tour so that you get a feel for what you are in for. Build up to a ride of around 50km or more. If you can do this without being absolutely exhausted for days, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.
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.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
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.
Bring your friends and save some money! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.
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.
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
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 other trip related issues.
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.
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.
If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.
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.
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 carefullyAgreement:
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.
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