Rail Trail Six-Pack
6 Trails in 5 Days - Snowy to San Remo
Wednesday 06 February, 2019 to Sunday 10 February, 2019
|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 never far away if you need a pick-up or a mechanic|
|Camaraderie:||AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community|
|The tour at a glance|
|Dates:||6-10 Feb 2019 (Wed-Sun)|
|Duration:||5 days, 4 nights. 5 ride days|
|Ave. Daily:||58 km|
|Bike Type:||Hybrid with semi off-road tyres preferred. BYO or hire.|
|Surface:||Good hard packed gravel|
|Terrain:||No major climbs but a few rolling hills|
|Group Size:||Small group tour|
|Accom:||3-4 star country motels and unique properties|
|Meals incl:||4 breakfasts 4 dinners + some morning teas|
|Price:||See PRICING tab for options|
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Six Beautiful Rail Trails in Five Spectacular Days
Victoria is truly blessed when it comes to outstanding Rail Trails. Unfortunately it is hard for cyclists to get to and from each one, arranging transportation of luggage and bikes and cyclists from one end to the other and in between. And that is where we step in…
Welcome to the Rail Trail Six-Pack.
We have combined 6 of the best rail trails into one tour where we will flit you to and from the ends of each one so that you can experience all of the wonderful highlights of Gippsland with hardly an ounce of organisational effort on your part.
Why not try out a part of Victoria that is becoming increasingly renowned for its food and wine? Discover cafes, restaurants, cellar doors and breweries serving up award-winning cool-climate wines, mouth-watering farm-fresh cheeses, small batch craft beers and gins, and menus packed with the best regional produce.
The route is off the road, meaning no vehicle traffic, and the surfaces are mostly on nice hard-packed gravel. No steep climbs, plenty of stunning scenery, native wildlife and farm animals, stylish accommodation, great local food, and the famous AllTrails home cooked goodies and top class service.
We arrange all of the logistics, luggage transfers, maps, guidance, breakfasts, dinners, vehicle support, mechanical help, transport and great camaraderie. Your only job is to turn up and enjoy yourself as you cycle through nature, experience the local townships and meet some other wonderful people in the AllTrails community.
Come with us and experience The East Gippsland Rail Trail, Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, The Grand Ridge Rail Trail, The Great Southern Rail Trail and the Bass Coast Rail Trail all in one easy package.
Five days of relaxed and beautiful cycling with some of Australia’s finest gourmet produce, great wines and craft beer.
Book it, you will love it.
- Group of 3 or more cyclists = $110 discount pp
- Families with children = substantial savings contact us for a quote.
The individual highlights of this tour are numerous, however the biggest highlight is just being able to easily enjoy the experience of six great rail trails in less than a week. You’ll be looked after by the specialist in Australian multi-day bike tours who will make your cycling holiday a breeze, and you’ll share it all with a small group of like-minded people. Come on your own, as a couple, or in a small group. Welcome to the ‘Gippsland Six-Pack’ Rail Trails Tour.
Average Low & High Temperatures Feb (deg celcius):
- Orbost: 15/26
- Bairnsdale: 14/26
- Stratford: 14/25
- Foster: 12/25
- Kilcunda: 13/24
Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed ourselves. Helpful, knowledgeable and such good company. Great cycling companions. Friendships resumed and new friends made. From the scrumptious devonshire tea in amongst a beautiful garden setting to a meandering echidna, it was all just fantastic. Looking forward to more trips.
I had a wonderful time, thank you for all your help and fantastic organisation. Such a lovely group of people also, which combined with the most perfect weather and gorgeous countryside was a lovely way to spend a few days. Thank you again for a really well run and most enjoyable bike ride.
Had a great time on the Rail Trail ride over the long weekend. Professional, friendly, helpful, fun, unflappable, and knowledgeable! Icy frozen sticks were a real treat, muffins where super yummy, and little surprise bags of treats were fun too. Thanks for a great weekend and we will look forward to riding again one day!
Arrived home yesterday – the Rail Trail experience was fabulous. Thank-you for your detailed coordination, and also for the birthday card – that was quite a surprise. We wish to thank the AllTrails team for hosting and supporting us – we couldn’t have asked for a better host.
A past AllTrails Rail Trail tour featured in the Herald Sun Weekend Travel Editorial. Read Here
You push off along the rail trail and come across a small town or a clearing in the trees for some morning tea. After a chat and refilling your water bottles you head out again for a good ride, stopping in eventually at one of the small villages dotted along the trail for a cafe lunch with some great choices of local produce, and enough sustenance and energy to take you through into the afternoon. The last leg of the day takes you through more lovely scenery and spectacular cycling while the AllTrails support vehicle is not far away with water refills, bananas, home-baked goodies and advice on the best places to go and the best places to stop.
You will arrive at your overnight accommodation with plenty of time to explore another interesting town, enjoy the afternoon with a cuppa & biscuit, a wine in the garden or a craft beer at the local brewery. Later on we share a few stories at the evening briefing followed by a delicious dinner, then it’s off to bed for a well-deserved slumber so that we can do it all again tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
Our ride begins in a small country town sitting on the banks of the iconic Snowy River, Orbost. We will arrive at lunchtime after a bus transfer from Southern Cross Station Melbourne (depart approx 6:30am). Orbost is at one end of the 100km East Gippsland Rail Trail which is looked after caringly by a management committee and a ‘Friends of the Trail’ group. After we have lunch, set bikes up and run through a safety briefing, you are on your way through 2km of backroads before hitting the trail. This is a beautiful section of the trail and a great way to begin the ride as you head away from civilisation, not crossing paths with any towns or communities for 38km. It’s a great opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature as you navigate along the path that takes you through the sheltered forest and over three trestle bridges. At the 38km mark we hit Nowa Nowa where we will pack up the bikes and head down the road to where the East Gippsland Rail Trail sends a branch off towards Lakes Entrance. This branch is called the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, and it is a bit more like a dirt track through the forest than the hard-packed gravel from where we came from, but the scenery is magnificent, and it is considered one of the most beautiful forest rides in Australia. With ‘seaside charm and lakeside living’, Lakes Entrance has Australia’s largest inland network of waterways and has thus been a popular holiday spot for generations. We have a great award winning motel in a central location with a pool, as well as a bistro and bar where we will gather together tonight for a fun briefing of the day’s events, what to look out for tomorrow, and a pre-arranged group meal.
This morning you can take one last look around the hamlet of Lakes Entrance and perhaps go for a quick walk along the lovely foreshore shared path, then we are into the vehicle and back to Nowa Nowa. Here you jump back on the East Gippsland Rail Trail and finish off the rest of the trail to Bairnsdale. The first section takes you through cool shady forest with the iconic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge. Make sure you stop for some great photos. At the 30km mark you will find yourself in Bruthen where the AllTrails crew will be stationed for a while to direct you to the best lunch spots, coffee outlets, picnic supplies shops, or a local brewery if you are feeling ready for that. The next part of the ride through to Nicholson and on to Bairnsdale allows you wonderful views over Slaughterhouse Creek Valley (nicer than the name suggests), another trestle bridge crossing the Nicholson River, and a final sealed section of road with wonderful lake and bushland views as you arrive into Bairnsdale. Here we park up in a well-appointed hotel complete with gym and spa – the perfect way to relax after a day on the bike. Tonight we gather again for a round-up of the day’s events, a briefing on tomorrow’s ride and a group meal.
This morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the start of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail at Stratford where you will have 67km of riding today. The trail passes through high quality dairy country and offers panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range to the north and sweeping views across the Great Gippsland Plains. Stop to investigate the towns along the route to discover some of the specialty shops, history, wineries and cafes (to which the AllTrails crew can direct you as we meet along the route). Arriving into Traralgon we are again treated to a modern 4-star motel in the heart of town, complete with pool, gym, bar & lounge. Evening briefing and plenty of laughs over dinner and drinks before retiring to bed to prepare for another great day on the trails tomorrow.
This morning after a lovely breakfast in Traralgon we head to the start of the Grand Ridge Rail Trail in Boolara. This is yet another smooth gravel track that winds its way through the forest of the Strzelecki Ranges, passing beautiful flora reserves and the large embankments that connect Boolara to the town of Mirboo North. Around the half way point you can take a little break at Darlimurla where stands an information shelter with a trail map. Look out for ‘The Big Tree’ – it’s worth the short detour off the trail to check out this natural historic remnant of the huge trees that used to grow in the area. The end of the 13km trail leads to the doorstep of the famous Grand Ridge Brewery and Restaurant which will be a great option for something to eat. Don’t linger too long though as we are off to explore the Great Southern Rail Trail from Leongatha through to Foster. This trail guides you over lush farmland, bush and wetlands offering many opportunities to view the towering gum trees, local wildlife, historic railway trestle bridges and quirky little towns along the route. Just before reaching the end of the day’s ride near Foster, look out for kangaroos and wallabies in the dense forest on the side of the track. Foster is a small regional town initially built as a gold mining town in 1871 but now better known for its rolling green hills, award winning local produce, great wineries and a handy access point to Wilsons Promontory. The vibrant main street is just around the corner from our welcoming accommodation which is set on 4 acres of Australian bush with hundreds of large gum trees and wild life traversing the property. Tonight we celebrate our last evening together on tour with our final group dinner and evening briefing.
This morning we continue along the remainder of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Foster, past the giant wind turbines perched high on the hills, past the dairy farms and forests, through the town of Welshpool and on to the coast at the fishing village of Port Welshpool. It’s a lovely place to take a breath and have a snack with views of Snake Island, Corner Inlet and the northern end of Wilsons Prom just off into the distance. After taking in the atmosphere of it all, we board the vehicle and transfer you to the start of our final trail, The Bass Coast Rail Trail. This ride begins in Wonthaggi and is the only coastal rail trail in Victoria, providing some spectacular and dramatic scenery out to Bass Strait, the Southern Ocean, roaring surf and sandy beaches – quite a contrast to the inland scenery on the previous trails. The fresh ocean breeze will keep you cool until you pass through Kilcunda where you’ll find yourself heading away from the coast with a bit of a climb up to the tiny community of Anderson. The last leg from here, allows you to take in the panoramic views of the surrounding bush, farms and Western Port Bay as you enjoy a steady drop in elevation through to the end of our trail and indeed the end of the tour at Wollamai Rec Reserve. Congratulations all round as you tick off the last of the 6 trails on this tour. It’s quite an accomplishment, and to be able to do them all in a few days makes it all that more special. All aboard the vehicles for a transfer back to Melbourne, or feel free to spend a few more days down here – after all we are just around the corner from Phillip Island, San Remo and French Island.
|PRICES IN AUD||Before 20 Sep||Before 25 Oct||Before 6 Dec||From 6 Dec|
|TWIN SHARE PP
(double bed or two beds)
|$2190 pp||$2265 pp||$2315 pp||$2365 pp|
(one person with own room)
Families with children: Great savings on a family package. Contact us for a quote
Travelling on your own: Book the Single Room rate, or early bookers can book a Twin Share rate 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 (6 Dec) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.
Optional ExtrasTransfers from Melbourne: We are arranging a transfer from Melbourne to the start of the ride in Orbost on Wed 6 Feb then back from Woolamai to Melbourne on Sun 10 Feb. Join us if you wish or meet us in Gippsland.
- Melbourne to Orbost transfer $50
- Woolamai to Melbourne transfer $15
- Bike Hire. Let us know if you need to hire a bike and we can put you in touch with the right people
- Transfer of hard case bike box from start of ride to finish, $10/day (if space available) $40
- Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start of ride to finish $3/day $12
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
AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees (not included in merchandise kit above):
- Older stock, limited sizes $20
- New style tee $30
- Raglan style (3/4 sleeve) $35
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.
One of the great things about this ride is the safety. Cycling always has risks, however on the rail trail there is no traffic to worry about, or cars overtaking you. You cycle on the rail trail for almost the entire distance with very minimal cycling on roads. There is very little chance of getting lost, you can cycle at your own pace with your friends two or even three abreast. If you do need support, our bus is never far away.
We have a great contact who can provide hire bikes appropriate for the rail trail. Get in touch with us for more details or make a note on your booking form that you would like to hire and we will get the ball rolling.
Most surfaces on the trails of this tour are good, hard-packed gravel. Certain short sections will be on bitumen roads and there will be some sections of compacted earth track (eg. forest trail). Hybrid Bikes with semi off-road tyres or Mountain Bikes would be best suited to the terrain – a Road Bike is not recommended.
We pick the most welcoming and cycle-friendly properties for our tours. The accom on this tour is a great range of quality hotels and motels from 3.5-4 star who have won a number of tourism awards between them. The locations are great and we have always had good experiences with their lovely staff – we are sure that you will enjoy the experience at the properties on this trip.
AllTrails has organised a transfer from Melbourne to the ride start at Orbost, then back again from Woolamai to Melbourne at the end of the ride (optional extra cost). The price includes transport for you, your bike and luggage. If you want to take your own car, it is not very easy or quick to get from the end of the ride back to Orbost so leaving your car at Orbost may not be the best option for you. Contact our office to discuss possible solutions on 03 9802 4465.
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, either travel overseas or within Australia, is a good investment.
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When you consider the cost of what can sometimes go wrong when or before you travel, insurance is good protection. While people have a general understanding of what is covered, it is always a good idea to read your Product Disclosure Statement. These days they’re easier to read. To ensure you get the best out of your purchase make sure you are clear on the conditions of the Policy before you buy.
Some tips for AllTrails customers:
- Choose the level of cover that is right for you, not just the price.
- AllTrails customers should consider selection of the Add-on Benefit Pack for ‘Adventure Sports Pack’ (valid for under 70 year old travellers only). This pack provides some additional specific covers for the activity of ‘expedition bicycle touring’ which are not covered by standard travel insurance covers.
- Purchase your travel insurance once you have booked your tour and your travel. Don’t wait until just before you travel. Cover provided for cancellation expenses, whether it be for flights, accommodation or tour costs, is only active for insured events that happen after the issue date of a Policy. This applies to all products in the market. It stands to reason, i.e. you don’t get to insure your house or car after it has been damaged and expect that insurance will respond.
The Bali volcano event of 2017 is an example of where a number of people who had not purchased their travel insurance at the time of booking their travel, and before the volcano event, found that there was no cover for cancellation. You can prevent this happening to you by finalising your insurance early.
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IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself. Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. This is different to Travel Insurance.
You really need to be a reasonably fit person, however not necessarily a fast or a highly experienced ‘cyclist’. If you can sit on an average speed of 15-20 km/hr on a flat road, you will be fine. Try to build your distance in training to gradually ride about 40km a day for 2 days straight. Remember there is no rush with this ride, and there is always a backup vehicle not too far away.
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 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 non-riders and part-time riders.
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.
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.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian Domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
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.
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