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Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Cycling Tour (Self Guided)
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.
- CategoryEasy-going & Leisurely
- Duration3 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 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 traveling alone, will I have to pay more?
If you wish to have your own room or are traveling 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.
The price on the ‘Dates and Price’ page serves as a guide since the rate can vary depending on your chosen dates. Please let us know your preferred dates and we can let you know the total price and availability.