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Great Southern Getaway
Enjoy a 3-day self-guided cycle of a distance of your choosing along the Great Southern Rail Trail. This 3-day tour is the perfect weekend or midweek getaway. Explore all, or part of, the historic 72 km (45 mi) long Great Southern Rail Trail. The towns are easily accessible and offer many options for the length you may prefer to cycle. This route is all on cycle paths unless you choose the challenging rides on quiet roads. The Rail Trail only options of this tour are well suited to families. The tour includes return coach fares to/from Melbourne.
- CategoryFor Families
- Duration3 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance46.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance20.5 miles
This cycle tour can be adapted to your preference with 3 different options to choose from including:
Unwind Option: 16 km/day (100% Cycle Paths/Rail Trail) - Suitable for families.
Complete Option: 35 to 45 km/day (100% Cycle Paths/Rail Trail) - Also suitable for families.
Grand Ridge Option: 75km per day (mix of Road and Paths).
Each option's route and detail can be seen on the itinerary page.
Start and end the tour in Melbourne with a coach ride to your accommodation in Leongatha for your first night of relaxation. Learn some of the very interesting history and local stories of the Gippsland region as you discover the panoramic vistas of Wilsons Prom and Quiet Corner. Journey through history along the old Railway easements which have been converted to a rail trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Visit Fish Creek described as 'Unusually Arty' and enjoy the delightful cafes of the region. Cruise over the century-old Trestle bridge and taste the fantastic wines and local produce that Gippsland is famous for. See the arts and crafts of the region as you cycle tour Gippsland. Take time to see the galleries and explore the town of Koonwarra, home to the slow food movement. Fall in love with the old country towns, pubs and buildings of yesteryear. Get up close to the dairy cows and look out for wallabies, wombats or lyre bird as you bike the natural surrounds of this special corner of Australia.