Take a break from the big smoke and head to the hills or the sea for a relaxing few days immersed in nature. If that all sounds a bit too sedate for you then fear not, we have also included some bicycle tours that marry the fine art of sipping wine or beer with a jolly biking adventure. Gourmet forays, scenic sojourns, rail trails and rural hospitality all await on a bike tour of regional Victoria for those ready to explore the great Australian outdoors.
We've rounded up some suitable options here for keen novices, more seasoned riders, families, friends, lovers and everyone in between. Of course, you don't have to live in Melbourne to try out one of these beauties below, however, they are all close and compact enough to be experienced by city folk who may be seeking a brief encounter with rural climes.
1. Yarra Valley
With a collection and drop off in Melbourne included, this engaging cycle tour gives a fantastic introduction to the Yarra Valley by bike and wraps it all up in a delightful day tour. You’ll be guided along a charming rail trail, stopping off at local producers along the way, before setting off in the bus for a tour round the vineyards and then back to town.
Yarra Valley Bike Tour: Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Day Trip
Join a leisurely, fully guided, bike tour through the rolling countryside of the famous Yarra Valley wine region.
2. Strzelecki Ranges
Head further south-east to the Gippsland region for an extended weekend, or midweek break perhaps, and try this 5 day self-guided tour catering for those looking for a more active challenge. This particular offering traverses a lesser traveled part of the Gippsland region, and is pure joy for cycling enthusiasts looking for something new. You’ll ride through rolling farmland, forests, rail trails, and character-filled towns out to the superb coastline and feel a world away from the urban sprawl.
3. Southern Getaway
Staying in the wider Gippsland area, a dream destination for off-road cycle touring, try this 3 day trip taking in the Great Southern Rail Trail. Multiple options are on offer, from easy/family-friendly vacations to more arduously enjoyable rides. This tour also offers transport from/to Melbourne so makes for a super stress-free quick break for city-slickers.
Great Southern Getaway
Enjoy a 3 day self-guided cycle of a distance of your choosing along the Great Southern Rail Trail. A fantastic option for families.
4. Bikes, Beds and Beer
A truly sublime long weekend awaits in East Gippsland on this 3 day biking bonanza. You’ll be based in the heart of the action with craft breweries to sample, a rail trail to ride, and cosy lodgings to lay your head in this glorious region. Aside from the fantastic East Gippsland Rail Trail, you’ll also ride an adjoining trail that stretches down to the coastal town of Lakes Entrance. The cottage can sleep up to 8, so this tour is a great option for a group of friends to enjoy a quirky and fun getaway.
Bikes, Beds and Beer
Spend 3 relaxing days exploring East Gippsland with a lovely cottage as your base, enjoying 2 days cycling the Rail Trail with a local craft brewery within reach.
5. Coastal Cycling
Our last offering here in the Gippsland region (although there are plenty more to choose from elsewhere on our site) is this serene seaside cycle. The 4 day bike tour starts on Philip Island, close to Melbourne, and at the end of the tour you can jump on the bus back to the city. The tour is mostly on cycle paths and rail trails with a small percentage of road cycling - this can, however, be adapted/shortened for families who might like the look of it but would rather not cycle on roads.
6. Murray to Mountains
Heading north-east, cycle tour Victoria’s Murray to Mountains rail trail from Beechworth to Bright over 3 days. The tour featured here is a self-guided journey, but a guided version is also available, as well as other self-guided offerings in this region. This tour is perfect for beginners or those not looking to exert themselves, as the rail trail is mostly downhill or flat with several food and wine stops along the way. You’ll enjoy gourmet platter lunches at selected wineries and a comprehensive itinerary taking in an array of the plentiful food and wine outlets to be found in this part of the world.
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Cycling Tour (Self Guided)
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is an iconic cycling trail that takes you through stunning scenery, wineries, alpine alleys and gourmet outlets. The cycling is easy, the food and wine plentiful and the scenery endless. Join this unique three day tour.
7. Gourmet Day Escape
In the same vicinity, this delightful cycle day tour explores the Milawa/Beechworth foodie hub using off-road paths and a self-guided itinerary listing a host of recommended produce stops and cellar doors to visit. At the end of the day, you, and any purchases you make, will be collected by the tour operator meaning you can put your feet up and relax at the last winery of the day. Pure bliss on a bike!
Tour de Pedal to Produce: Day Cycling Tour
A great, fun day on the bikes. The Pedal to Produce tour is a brilliant cycling tour that captures the major highlights of Beechworth and the Milawa wine and gourmet food region.