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Tour de Bright: Cycling Tour Beechworth to Bright
Explore brilliant, beautiful and bountiful north-east Victoria. The four-day Tour de Bright is a fully-supported, self-guided, all-inclusive cycling tour from Beechworth to Bright, taking all the stress out of your adventure, but giving you all the freedom you crave. 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, the tour operator has ensured if you follow nothing else but your provided itinerary you will be savouring the best of the region so you will not be missing out.
- CategoryEasy-going & Leisurely
- Duration4 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance45.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance22.7 miles
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 approximately 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 4 days long with 2 days riding.
What's the tour like?
The cycling is relatively easy, in fact, it is easy! Riding along the well paved, well signposted Murray to Mountains Rail Trail – it’s off-road, safe and stress-free. The rail trail runs all the way from Beechworth to Bright making navigation simple.
The cycling distances are around 30-40 km (19-25 mi) per day with the majority downhill or flat. There are E-bike (pedal-assisted bikes) available to hire if you're worried you may not be able to manage the daily ride.
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 on my own, do I have to pay more?
If you wish to have your own room or are travelling alone then a single supplement is payable.
Are there any group discounts?
For groups of 6 or more, booking altogether, there is a small discount given per person. Please contact us if you wish to book for a small group.
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?
Yes. 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.
Are accommodation upgrades available?
Your tour accommodation is comfortable, central ensuite 3.5-4 star, but if you'd like that little extra bit of luxury then the tour operator knows the places. On each of the 3 nights you can be upgraded to the best in each of the towns you are staying, for example (subject to availability): Beechworth - stay at the stunning Provenance. Myrtleford - experience Alpine scenery and Moroccan style decor at Panoramia Villas. In Bright - smooth edges and sleek design at beautiful Next to Bliss in central Bright.
Can I leave my car somewhere during the trip?
Yes. You can leave your vehicle at the accommodation (street parking) and at the end of the cycling there is a free transfer back to your accommodation/car.