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Victoria

Thu
19
Nov
Bec Caskey's picture

The best of Victoria bicycle touring route

Mount Bogong, Australia's second highest mountain, as seen from Tawonga Gap. Cycle Traveller

We host many international cycle tourists from the warmshowers.org network and wanted to come up with an itinerary to showcase our state, taking in as many rail trails and quiet country roads as was possible in around 1000km. This trip was ridden in April 2015 over a period of two weeks, and was designed to take in the Alpine areas of Victoria and loop back through Gippsland, across Phillip Island and home via the Mornington Peninsula and along Beach Road to St Kilda. In addition, if you had more time, you could catch the ferry across the Port Phillip Heads from Sorrento to Queenscliff and venture along the Great Ocean Road.

Tue
21
Apr
Alia Parker's picture

Sea to summit: A bike route loop of NSW and Victoria

View over the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road. Source: Shutterstock. Cycle Traveller

Cycling between Melbourne and Sydney is one of the most popular rides for cycle travellers in Australia, especially for those visiting from overseas. And for most, the tricky question is: should I cycle inland via the Great Dividing Range, or along the NSW and Victorian coast? I find this difficult to answer; both routes are lovely and offer very different experiences. As a local who grew up on the coast, I tend to gravitate away from the traffic and toward the mountains – I love the quiet roads, tiny towns and views across the rolling ranges. But the Australian coastline is divine, especially for those who haven't been spoilt with its beauty all their lives. So, for an independent point of view, I asked bicycle traveller Hans Vanhöfen from Germany, who conveniently cycled both routes in 2015. 

Thu
29
Jan
Alia Parker's picture

A cycling trip on the Great Victorian Rail Trail

Cycling across the rail trail bridge at Lake Eildon, Bonnie Doon, Victoria. Cycle Traveller

We're gravel grinding along the start of the rail trail in Mansfield, making our way along a narrow corridor lined by spindly eucalypts that shoot up from the sidelines like a barrier between us and the rolling farmland beyond. It's early morning and all is quiet and peaceful as Simon and I cycle along greeting other contented folk who have entered this enchanted little rail-trail world. At 134km, the Great Victorian Rail Trail (previously known as the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail) is the longest rail trail in Australia. It stretches 121km from Mansfield, Victoria, westward along the Great Dividing Range past Yea to Tallarook, with a 13km side trip section into Alexandra.

Tue
29
Oct
Graham Smith's picture

Canberra to Melbourne via Snowy River touring route

Cycle touring Buchan to Orbost, Victoria, Australia on the Canberra to Melbourne route. Cycle Traveller

This scenic backroad route runs between Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra and Alfred Lake, Melbourne via the entire length of the Snowy River while also making the best use of rail trails in Victoria. The Lake-to-Lake ride will be a similar distance to rides from London to Zurich; from Portland to Sacramento; from Bangkok to Saigon; from Manhattan to Quebec City or from Edinburgh to Plymouth. This ride crosses two state borders: the ACT-NSW border and the NSW-Victoria border, and passes through two large, distinctive geographic regions of south east Australia known as The Snowy-Monaro and Gippsland.

Tue
19
Feb
David Lloyd's picture

Adelaide Oval to the MCG via the Great Ocean Road

Giant Lobster, Kingston. Cycle touring on the Great Ocean Road. Cycle Traveller.

Every day on this ride was my best day. It’s hard to explain, but you don’t look back to the previous day and you don’t look to the next day, you just ride the day you are in and every day is your best. You get a piece of everything, for every rainy day there is a sunny day; every uphill has a downhill and you really come to appreciate and enjoy all conditions. I loved it.

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