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Coastal Cliffs to Countryside
Embark on a 4 day self-guided cycle tour exploring the coast and countryside of Gippsland via rail trail and cycle paths. Starting in Cowes on Phillip Island, close to Melbourne, you'll meander your way through the charming scenery of the region before ending the tour in lovely Leongatha where you'll catch the bus back to Melbourne after 4 days of fun discovery and fantastic good times by bike.
- CategoryFor Families
- Duration4 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance95.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance23.8 miles
- Day 1Phillip Island - Wonthaggi
Meet the tour operator at Cowes Waterfront Jetty at 11am. Bikes are fitted, maps provided, routes explained, your luggage is collected, and then you’re off! This morning’s cycle takes you through original bushland where you can see birds and wallabies. Follow quiet roads with beach and headland views to cross the bridge at Newhaven. Take the cycle path to Anderson where you join the stunning Bass Coast Rail Trail. The Bass Coast Rail Trail takes you over the Kilcunda Trestle bridge and along the fantastic wild beaches of Bass Strait, all the way to Wonthaggi. Stay State Mines Hotel B&B. Originally built to service the coal miners it is now a unique B&B.
- 28.6 miles
- State Mines Hotel B&B
- Day 2Heading to Leongatha
After breakfast, follow the road to the small hamlet of Harmers Haven. Take time to stop at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi where you can go underground to get hands on at the coal face. After Harmers Haven, cycle across ship wreck coast country to Cape Paterson. Swim between the flags at the calm Safety Beach or surf the waves at First Surf. Then cycle the spectacular Bunurong Cliffs alongside the sea. There is plenty of time to explore the exquisite coves and rocky outcrops of this National Park. Arrive at the lovely hamlet, Inverloch, around mid-afternoon, cycle around the Inverloch Circuit or walk the Screw Creek Nature reserve. When you arrive in Inverloch and have had time to explore you will be collected by the tour operator for transfer to Leongatha for tonight's stay.
- 21.7 miles
- Alkira Garden Studios, Leongatha
- Day 3To Foster
Set out to Foster for your next night's stay. Your journey will take you through Koonwarra, a pretty little village known for its fresh produce and sustainable living. Then cycle through the beautiful Black Spur over the trestle bridges. Listen for the frogs. Meeniyan has craft shops, gallery and Cafes. It is a lovely spot for lunch.
Enjoy your afternoon cycle through the tee trees, past the lakes and dams to Fish Creek is an artisan hub with an historical art deco hotel. There are lots of studios and galleries for the curious to explore.
- 29.2 miles
- Prom Country Lodge, Foster
- Day 4Choice of two rides
Cycle over the Hoddle Range. Enjoy sweeping views across to Wilsons Promontory and Quiet Corner as you drop down the range to Foster. There are trees and ferns along the way. After Foster you are now onto the flats and the riding is fast especially if you have a tailwind! You quickly reach Toora, a great little town with lots of historic buildings. It is the town that time forgot with fantastic buildings and the Standard Country Pub. It has a park, cafes and is a good spot to stop for lunch or a drink. Then ride across the dairy farms with the space age windmills towering above you on the bald hills. These cows have the best view in the world. Welshpool is a laid back little place and here you start final ride to Port Welshpool. Port Welshpool is home to the Long Jetty, great views to Snake Island, Corner Inlet and Wilsons Prom. Alternatively, between Toora and Welshpool you can take a lovely little side trip uphill to Agnes Falls and enjoy spectacular views across the green hills to Wilsons Prom. You can decide to do this on the day. Today's rides are a choice between 25km or 41km.
- 15.5 miles