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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. What could be better than a snug cottage with verandahs and open fire, in a charming village surrounded by rolling farmlands? A rail trail passing through the village of course! Come and spend a weekend (or escape mid-week) in Bruthen, which sits on the East Gippsland Rail Trail 30 km east of Bairnsdale, just 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Spend part (or all) of each day exploring the rail trail, return to your cottage to relax on the verandah or by the fire, before visiting the excellent Bullant Brewery to sample their beer and superb food.
- CategoryEasy-going & Leisurely
- Duration3 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance43.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.7 miles
Bruthen is a small town on the East Gippsland Rail Trail that has a truly ‘village’ feel, with a wide park down the main street, a brewery and set on the Tambo River amongst rolling green hills.A renovated timber cottage close to the town centre, with views, a rustic garden and wood fire is a perfect base for exploring the rail trail in each direction. To the west, the trail passes through farmland, while cycling east the trail heads into forest. The side branch ‘Discovery Trail’ leads from the rail trail to the coastal town of Lakes Entrance.
This tour is available year-round and is on demand. However, beer tasting at the Bullant Brewery is included and note that the brewery open hours are Weds –Sun, closing at 5 pm except Friday and Saturday nights when they are open until late.
The cottage can sleep up to 8 so grab some friends and enjoy a unique and fun weekend, or perhaps take your other half on a romantic getaway!
*For travel between December 24 and January 1, and over the Easter period a 10% surcharge applies.