Pedal along quiet tracks as you follow the trail through glorious scenery
Leisurely bike along picturesque paths with far-reaching views
And savour the wine too, of course!
Park your bike and take a diversion to sample the local flavours
Enjoy the countless opportunities to sample the lovely wines on offer
Delight your senses as you enjoy the gourmet lunches on offer as well as plentiful wine and beautiful scenery
You'll be supplied with detailed directions and a map on your self-guided trip but there's also signage along the way
Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of your surroundings and sip your way around the wineries

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Cycling Tour (Self Guided)

Duration
3 days
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$9
From
$424 USD

The Tour de Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is a gloriously fun three-day self-guided cycling tour. A combination of easy, safe and supported cycling on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, including accommodation for 2 nights, food & wine tastings, tutorials and local experiences in the increasingly popular gourmet hub of north-east Victoria.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    1 - Easy
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural
  • Distance
    45.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    22.7 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Beechworth in Northeast Victoria, Australia.

    A number of airlines fly to Albury (in NSW) from Melbourne, Sydney and now Brisbane. Albury is a 45-minute drive to Beechworth, the tour operator can arrange a pick up service from Albury airport (ABX) for a fee.

    Alternatively, there is a V/Line train service through Wangaratta from Melbourne and Sydney, from where the tour operator can arrange a collection for a fee.

    If you are driving, Beechworth is approx. 285 km (177 mi) from Melbourne, so roughly a 3-hour drive north. It is a 7-hour drive south from Sydney.

  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    The tour is 3 days long with 2 days riding.

  • What's the tour like?

    The tour uses the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail cycling trail from Beechworth to Bright over 2 cycling days, riding a total distance of 72 km (44.7 mi). Don’t be daunted by that number, the vast majority of the trail from Beechworth is flat, or downhill and with numerous food and wine stops just about anyone can complete the riding comfortably. In fact, the tour operator says they are yet to have a ‘sag wagon’ (support bus) pick up, but that’s always an option for you.

  • Can I hire a bike?

    Yes, there are new 24 gear flat bar Trek bikes available to hire, or if you’re in any doubt about your ability there are also E-bikes. These are like any normal bike but come with ‘pedal assist’ technology that gives you a little extra boost when you need it, meaning you can keep up with friends or get to your destination without any stress.

    You can also bring your own bike if you prefer.

  • Is there a minimum age?

    Yes, 18 is the minimum age for the tour.

  • If I'm travelling alone, will I have to pay more?

    If you wish to have your own room or are travelling alone then a single supplement is payable.

  • Are helmets required?

    A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.

    The tour operator does have helmets available to hire but if you have your own this is preferable so that you are comfortable with a well-fitted helmet.

  • Are bag transfers or transport included?

    Your bags will be moved between the accommodation daily and a return transfer is included back to the start point in Beechworth.

  • As the tour is self-guided, how will I know where to go?

    Your arrival information will include detailed, daily riding instructions for your tour along with the map showing your route highlighted. Riding instructions will provide thorough information and give you the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

  • What if I buy a lot of wine or other large purchases?

    The tour operator will gladly arrange to collect your purchases so you don't have to worry about that whilst you are enjoying the cycling.

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator regarding COVID-19

    Tour de Vines is open and operating tours in regions and states where travel restrictions allow.

    We are able to host you on a tour depending on the tour region and where you live. See the guidelines below for intra and interstate travel restrictions.

    Tour Operations
    Tour de Vines is an accredited COVID Safe Tour operator.

    Tour de Vines has taken the following steps to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and staff at the places and venues we visit

    • Practice social distancing at all times
    • Comply with all venue (eg restaurants) guidelines at all times
    • Provide compliant and new face masks for each and every guest and all staff
    • Provide a personal hand sanitiser to each and every guest
    • Clean and sanitise all equipment before and after each use

    Revised Terms & Conditions
    COVID Update: For any new bookings from the 1st June 2020, if government imposed travel restrictions are still in place at the time of your scheduled tour with Tour de Vines:

    1. The choice of a full refund will be made available or a tour credit without any fees or costs will be applied to reschedule for a later date, or rebook onto any other tour where restrictions may not apply. There is no expiry on your credit and the credit can be used on any tour in any destination.

    2. A deposit of $100 (normally $200 for Aus and $400 for international) is required to secure a booking for all tours (except day tours which will still require payment in full noting the above term still applies).

    3. Balance of payment is not due until 30 days (normally 60 days) before the tour starts, or your confirmed itinerary has been issued, whichever is the later.

    Travel Restrictions Information
    See the links below to each relevant State or Territory website outlining updated rules and processes depending on where you are travelling from and to. Please note these are guidelines online, and whilst updated regularly please check your local authority before booking a cycling tour with us.

    All States

    • Inbound non essential international visitors are not permitted.
    • There is a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
    • Discussions are currently being held for travel to and from New Zealand but no offical announcement has been made.
    • Any changes to the rules below assume adherence to safe distancing and hygiene practices throughout.

    Victoria
    Read more and stay up to date on the Victoria Department of Health Services website.

    New South Wales
    Stay up to date here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travel-and-transport-advice

    Queensland
    Check the Queensland government website for all updates on travel restrictions: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

    South Australia
    Go to the SA Government website for COVID recovery for more.

    The Northern Territory
    You will have to quarantine if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before you arrive in the Territory.

    Western Australia
    Stay up to date here: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-advice

    Tasmania
    More info Tas Govt COVID website

    ACT
    Find out more on ACT COVID travel rules here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel

    Stay up to Date
    Visit the offical Federal Government website to stay up to date on all current travel restrictions for both Australian inbound and outbound and for links to each of the states respective policies.

Overall Rating:
4.7/5
Awesome fun!
Diane944
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

Our 3 day mountains to Murray cycle trip was the perfect way to explore this beautiful region. We managed to dodge the worst of the weather but weren't so lucky with the magpies – all part of the adventure though and just made us ride faster. We were well looked after at every stop and delighted each night when we arrived at our accommodation. Our final dinner at Simone's was a real highlight, thanks for suggesting that Damien. If you are reading this and wondering whether it's your kind of thing, there is only one way to find out so get on your bike and go for it!

Spectacular riding in the High Country
Shelley T
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We completed the Tour de Vines Murray to Mountains Beechworth to Bright self guided bike ride in late December. Tour de Vines is a great way to see the beautiful countryside of the High Country. The first day was spectacular as the track (train line) is surrounded by paddocks, mountains, farms and vineyards. The temperature was in the mid 30s, and the tour operator checked in with us several times to make sure we were travelling well. A great itinerary over the two days with plenty of photo opportunities, lunches at the wineries were a highlight, and a very enjoyable ride. We will be back for more Tour de Vines experiences.

A weekend away to remember
Surfer662
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

Thank you Tour de Vines! I recently had a break away with friends on the 'Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Tour. The weekend flowed without a hitch, the scenery was spectacular and the food and wine was just brilliant! I can happily recommend this tour to anyone interested in a hassle free, fun weekend away with friends or family. The tour is excellent value for money, with enough food to keep you going all day.

Providing a wine purchase pick up and delivery service made the ride easy going knowing that I could buy what I liked and didn’t have to 'haul' it along with me.

Thank you again Tour de Vines, I will be back!