The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is an iconic cycling trail. This self guided tour rolls from Beechworth to Bright and includes excellent accommodation, amazing food and wine, stunning scenery & stress free cycling. Enjoy the freedom of going at your own pace, whilst knowing you are fully supported. Best of all, this tour is great value!
You can cycle at your own pace, stop for as long as you want at the designated stops, and explore places off the beaten path if your heart desires. Having said that, Tour de Vines has ensured if you follow nothing else but your provided itinerary, you will be savouring the best of the region so you’re not missing out.
The tour starting point is the town of Beechworth, in North East Victoria.
How To Get There:
Drive: Beechworth is approx. a 285km, 3 hour drive north of Melbourne, or approx. 7 hours south from Sydney.
Flights: A number of airlines fly to Albury from Melbourne, Sydney & now Brisbane. Albury is a 45 minute drive to Beechworth.
Train: There is a VLine service through Wangaratta from Melbourne & Sydney, from where Tour de Vines can pick you up.
Day 1 – Arrival & Overnight in Beechworth
Arrive anytime on your first day, and check into your accommodation. Your tour includes 4 star hotel or local character B&B equivalent depending on your group size and arrival day and date. There is no cycling on your arrival day so enjoy Beechworth’s ambiance.
Your first night’s dinner is included in your tour, with a reservation made for you at one of our preferred local restaurants (varies depending on your group size & day of arrival).
Day 2 – Cycle to Myrtleford (43kms)
A full breakfast is included on your first morning. Your tour includes an additional barista coffee if needed at the Old Beechworth Gaol (our hire bikes are here also which is super handy!).
Starting from Beechworth, and using the marked maps provided, today you head off on your cycling adventure on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, covering a total of approx 43kms. The Rail Trail is a wonderful fully tar paved, off road track, easy to navigate and suitable for just about any bike. It’s downhill for the first half of the day, with a (relatively) early stop at local organic winery Pennyweights. Cycling the Rail Trail is a joy, with beautiful rural views across the King Valley and the occasional wildlife (echidna, kangaroo, even Koala bears have been spotted, not to mention many different types of birds).
Enjoy an exclusive platter style lunch combined with a structured wine tasting. Enjoy the wines and the stunning scenery down the Alpine Valley and of Mt Buffalo from Gapsted. It’s only a short 30 minute ride to Myrtleford where you will stay for the evening. Again a choice of accommodation venues are used, 4 star motel or character B&B equivalent depending on group size and arrival day and date.
ichelinis Winery on Great Alpine Rd is located on route and is worth a visit. There is also a new cycle path around the back of Myrtleford if you’re feeling energetic. A beautiful ride alongside the Ovens River, it’s a great way to finish and a delightful way to see a little of this sleepy rural town. Your now in the Alpine Valley with views to match.
A restaurant dinner on your second night in Myrtleford is included in your tour
Day 3 – Cycle to Bright (30kms)
The cycling today is just stunning. Following the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail under the gaze of beautiful Mt Buffalo, approx. 30kms of flat and leisurely riding. We recommend a stop at the Pumpkin Seed Factory on route, this is the only pumpkin seed production site in Australia and well worth a visit. Feathertop Winery – or Boyntons – is a little further along also well worth a visit
The Rail Trail brings you to the lovely Ringer Reef Winery – where a gourmet lunch has been booked for you. A stunning winery with gorgeous views down the valley to the Alpine peaks. The is is a beautiful part of the Rail Trail, passing through Porepunkah, following the Ovens River into Bright. Stop at the Rail Trail Café just outside Porepunkah. Great coffee & cakes. The trail is lined with striking poplars. Grab a pic at the big yellow ‘Welcome to Bright’ sign, or check out the original Bright Railway Station (now a museum).
Your accommodation will be centrally located in Bright, making it easy to enjoy the many cafes, boutique shops and other attractions in this gorgeous Alpine style town. We use Bright on Track amongst a range of properties as an example. Visit the local institution and award winning craft brewer Bright Brewery. Or perhaps visit the many boutique shops and food outlets in the pretty Alpine town. Your final evening is free to allow you to enjoy the ambience and abundance of choice in this lovely town.
Day 4 – Transfer to Beechworth
Enjoy another hearty breakfast. There is no included cycling or activities today, other than your transfer service, which will collect you and your bikes, together with your luggage and any purchases, and drive you back to Beechworth (1 hr drive).
*3 nights quality accommodation (B&B, hotel ensuite 3.5-4.5 star standard), with 3 cooked breakfasts included
*A2B Electric assist bike hire + racks, water bottle holders and panniers/bags
*2x sumptuous winery platter lunches with wine tastings
*2x 2 course dinners
*Daily luggage transfers and pick up of any purchases you have made (so you don’t have to carry any wine bottles!)
*Transfer from Bright back to Beechworth (1 hr)
*On call support throughout
*Printed itinerary, personalised marked maps & luggage tags provided
*Environmentally friendly cycling water bottle included
*Lightweight fair trade cycling t-shirt included with your tour
*Valid Until 31st May 2022
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