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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 savoring 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
- Day 1Arrival & Overnight in Beechworth
Arrive anytime on your first day, and check into your accommodation. Your tour includes a 4-star hotel or local character B&B equivalent depending on your group size and arrival day and date. There is no cycling on your arrival day; you are free to enjoy Beechworth's ambience. The first night's dinner is included in your tour with a reservation made for you at one of the tour operator's preferred local restaurants (varies depending on your group size and day of arrival).
- Accommodation in Beechworth
- Day 2Cycle to Myrtleford
A full breakfast is included on your first morning. Your tour includes an additional barista coffee if needed at the Old Beechworth Gaol (our hire bikes are here also which is super handy!). Starting from Beechworth and using the marked maps provided, today you head off on your cycling adventure on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, covering a total of approximately 43 km (26.7 mi). The Rail Trail is a wonderful fully-paved, off-road track, easy to navigate and suitable for just about any bike.
It's downhill for the first half of the day, with a (relatively) early stop at a local organic winery, Pennyweight. Cycling the Rail Trail is a joy, with beautiful rural views across the King Valley and the occasional wildlife (echidna, kangaroo, even Koala bears have been spotted, not to mention many different types of birds).
Tour de Vines guests enjoy an exclusive platter-style lunch combined with a structured wine tasting; a definite highlight of the trip. Enjoy the wines and the stunning scenery down the Alpine Valley and of Mt Buffalo from Gapsted. It's only a short 30-minute ride to Myrtleford where you will stay for the evening. Again a choice of accommodation venues are used, 4-star motel or character B&B equivalent depending on group size and arrival date. Accommodation upgrades are available upon request.
Michelini Winery on Great Alpine Rd is located en route and is well worth a visit. There is also a new cycle path around the back of Myrtleford if you're feeling energetic. A beautiful ride alongside the Ovens River, it's a great way to finish and a delightful way to see a little of this sleepy rural town. You're now in the Alpine Valley with views to match.
A restaurant dinner on your second night in Myrtleford is included in the tour.
- 26.7 miles
- Accommodation in Myrtleford
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Day 3Cycling to Bright
The cycling today is just stunning. Following the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail under the gaze of beautiful Mt Buffalo, approximately 30 km (18.6 mi) of flat and leisurely riding. We recommend a stop at the Pumpkin Seed Factory en route; this is the only pumpkin seed production site in Australia and worth a visit. Feathertop Winery, or Boynton's, is a little further along also and well worth the stop. The Rail Trail brings you to the lovely Ringer Reef Winery where a gourmet lunch will be booked for you. A stunning winery with gorgeous views down the valley to the alpine peaks.
This is a beautiful part of the Rail Trail, passing through Porepunkah, following the Ovens River into Bright. Stop at the Rail Trail Cafe just outside of Porepunkah. Great coffee and cakes can be devoured here. The trail is lined with striking poplars and pleasing vistas. Grab a photo at the big yellow 'Welcome to Bright' sign or check out the original Bright Railway Station (now a museum). Your accommodation will be centrally located in Bright, making it easy to enjoy the many cafes, boutique shops and other attractions in this gorgeous Alpine-style town.
The tour operator uses Bright on Track as one of the hotel choices. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation, for an additional premium, if desired. Visit the local institution and award-winning craft brewer, Bright Brewery, for a taste of the local ale. Or perhaps visit the many boutique shops and food outlets in this pretty alpine town. Your final evening is free to allow you to enjoy the ambience and abundance of choice in this lovely setting. Dinner is left to you tonight but the tour operator will help with recommendations.
- 18.6 miles
- Accommodation in Bright
- Breakfast and Lunch
- Day 4Transfer back to Beechworth
Enjoy another hearty breakfast. There is no included cycling or activities today, other than your transfer service, which will collect you and your bikes, together with your luggage and any purchases and drive you back to Beechworth (1 hour drive).