Murray River: Source to Sea Kosciuszko to Victor Harbor
Ride 1, 2 or 3 stages
Thursday 22 February, 2018 to Saturday 17 March, 2018
- Murray River from source to sea? Wow-wee!
- Travel some or all of Australia’s most iconic river.
- Immerse yourself in river redgums and true Australiana!
- The water can’t lie, it’s downhill all the way! Yay!
This not-to-be-missed cycle tour (featured on Bicycling Australia ‘Destinations’) will follow the full length of the famous Murray River through three Australian states. Starting with an easy hike in source country near Mt Kosciuszko, we survey all that lies before us from Australia’s highest mountain. The ride will follow the water downhill all the way through holiday and river port towns, remote regional centres and ancient redgum forests. See South Australia’s beautiful Riverland fruit bowl and wine regions and ride on to where the river meets the sea at Goolwa.
This ride has everything, can you believe it’s never been done before? Oh, the sights we’ll see and the characters we’ll meet along the way. Experience quintessential Australiana by bike with AllTrails and the mighty Murray as your constant companion.
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
Female Twin Share place available for Stage One or Two. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
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The tour at a glance
23 Feb – 17 Mar 2018
Total: 22 nights (3+10+9)
Ave. Daily :
Bike Type :
Road or hybrid bike
Bitumen roads. Big downhill from Thredbo, then undulating riverside cycling. No major climbs.
Group Size :
Holiday town motels and resorts, quality regional city hotels.
All meals included (except rest days)
Difficulty Grading :
6.5 / 10
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This stage packs a lot into a few days. Begin with the chance to walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko – Australia’s highest point. The summit walk is not an extreme hike but certainly a nice challenge. More details on the walk here. From the top of the continent there is only one way to go (down) and you cover most of that downhill the next day along with one significant climb – a truly exciting alpine experience. From there you cycle for two days along the Murray Valley, following the river along the flatter terrain to Albury. Accommodation highlights include the Thredbo Alpine Hotel and the Upper Murray Resort.
Stage 2: The Holiday Towns Tour
Albury is a great place to begin this stage as we have nine days of zig-zagging back and forth into and out of VIC and NSW, taking in both sides of the Murray and staying at some great accommodation in all of the most well-loved and often-visited riverside holiday towns. In this one ride you can tick off many of those places that you’ve always wanted to go to and also discover some new hidden gems that you never knew existed; Yarrrawonga-Mulwala, Cobram-Barooga, Echuca-Moama (rest day), Barham-Koondrook, Swan Hill, Tooleybuc, Robinvale-Euston and Mildura. Experience a bygone colonial era with paddle-steamers and horse & carriage rides alongside modern cafes, restaurants and good food and wine, set to a backdrop of watersports, fishing and other activity on the river. The final stop on this stage is Mildura; the last major Victorian outpost – it’s no wonder this place is referred to as the ‘Oasis in the Desert’. Mildura’s big blue skies, sun soaked days and welcoming locals will cast a long and lasting impression. Accommodation highlights include Club Mulwala Resort, Comfort Resort Echuca and Mildura Grand Hotel.
Stage 3: Experience The Riverland
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.
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.
Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. 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. 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 and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, 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. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.
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:
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.
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 realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to 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 part-time riders and usually non-riders as well depending on their tour plan.
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.
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid 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.
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 25mm, 28mm or 32mm width. Generally the wider the tyre the more comfortable, but check how wide a tyre your rims, forks and frame can accommodate before purchasing.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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