Bond with your bike, the landscape and the local area as you blissfully cycle this short but interesting tour
You'll be given extensive detailed directions by the tour operator but the signage along the way will also be handy to see
Feel the breeze in your hair as you cycle on leisurely and safe paths along the route
Roll into the country towns along the route, enjoying the pleasing ambience and picturesque scenes
Bike through tranquil settings stopping at suggested attractions, vineyards and other diversions along the way
Admire the lovely towns picked as stops on your itinerary
The tour includes some lunches, dinners and wine tasting along the route

Tour de Bright: Cycling Tour Beechworth to Bright

Duration
4 days
Site savings
$11
From
$513 USD

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 savoring the best of the region so you will not be missing out.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    4 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 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 traveling on my own, do I have to pay more?

    If you wish to have your own room or are traveling 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.

  • 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 traveling 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/organization/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:
4.8/5
Sudee 133
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We had the most fabulous time on this self-guided bicycle tour.

We started in Beechworth after Bernard collected us from the airport in Albury. He got us sorted with our bikes and were then on our way.

We did have a puncture on day 2 in Myrtleford so we rang Bernard who came out to us and fixed the tyre and we were on our way in no time!!!!

Great accommo, great food and choice of wineries.

I will do this again!

A fun way to see the scenery from Beechworth to Bright
529Carolyn
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We are a fairly fit middle aged couple who have just completed the 4 day Beechworth to Bright self guided cycling tour. While we were not blessed with nice weather we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Beechworth to Milawa is about 10km of fairly steep downhill and the other 20km is relatively flat. If going in the cooler months be sure to dress warmly on this section as our hands were frightfully cold after hurtling downhill in drizzle and 4 degrees temp. For the Milawa to Myrtleford section we chose to go via Wangaratta which gave us a lovely diverse range of scenery. That section is the only one with a noticeable uphill ride (over Taylor's Gap) and it was not overly difficult. The final section of Mrytleford to Bright has a number of excellent stop off points. Our favorite lunch spot was Gapsted Winery (between Milawa and Myrtleford) but every stop was fun and the food excellent. As the Rail Trail is fully sealed, if you are a road bike cyclist you may want to take your own bike - simply because a bike you are used to is always the most comfortable option.
The tour operator obviously has a number of people cycling this route as each lunch spot was expecting us and knew exactly what was included in our meal.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this tour and are keen to do more cycling tours.

Self guided tour from Beechworth to Bright
Param47620
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

Overall the tour was well organized. The accommodation at Beechworth, Myrtleford and Bright was decent. Outstanding food at the Motel at Myrtleford. The scenery along the route varies from dry pastures from Beechworth to green mountain on either side nearing Bright. Overall I enjoyed the tour. Would recommend this tour for those who enjoy a slow and lazy ride and savor the food along the way.