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Snowgums to Seaweed

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From high alpine meadows and yawning mountain valleys to lush rainforest and a wild coastline, this tour will have you riding some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery. The tour is about having a cycling holiday - good food, company, stunning scenery and refreshment for body and mind, rather than being a sporting event. We have the freedom to start and finish each days ride in the best spots, with our bus returning us to snug roofed accommodation at the day’s end. Wildflowers make this a particularly spectacular ride in spring, from scarlet waratahs in the mountains to a profusion of heathland flowers on the coast.

 

Summary:

Total distance: Approximately 30 - 50 km each day.

Difficulty: Moderate to hard, with frequent hills. But remember there is a support vehicle!
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights.
Cost: $1795. Optional single room supplement of $200, if coming alone we will otherwise pair you in twin share rooms with a compatible room mate.
Includes: All meals and accommodation, full support and tour guide, transport each day.
Suited to: Mountain or robust hybrid bikes. Bring your own, or we can supply a mountain bike for the tour for $95.
Accommodation: Simple but comfortable Lodges, cottages and pub.
Departs and finishes: Orbost, East Gippsland, Victoria.
Tour Dates: Sunday 12th  - Friday 17th November 2017

 Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to run. Booking forms are taken as an Expression of Interest: if minimum numbers are not reached 6 weeks prior to departure, the tour will be cancelled and all monies paid refunded.

Download Booking forms:

Booking form in Word (for emailing)

Booking form in pdf (for mail or fax)

Waiver .... ( See Things You Should Know)
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Map

Anticipated route, Snowgums to Seaweed November 2017

Tour inclusions

  • Three excellent meals each day from lunch Sunday to lunch Friday, stuffed with carbs, protein and flavor!
  • Comfortable twin or four share room accommodation with character – high country farmstay lodge, cottages in a remote valley and a timber lodge set in coastal dunes. All accommodation is twin or occasionally four share; if you are coming alone we will match you with a suitable room mate/s of the same gender.
  • Fresh brewed tea and coffee, high energy snacks, water and seats at rest stops in stunning locations during the day.
  • All transport throughout the ride with our friendly experienced local driver; a 'pick up' service during the day so you can choose just how much of each day you want to ride.
  • Full luggage transport between accommodation venues.
  • Choice routes through remote country: a bus trip from our accommodation to and from start and finish of most days rides gives us the freedom to explore some of the very best the area has to offer, from wild mountains to deep rainforest and empty windswept beaches! Bikes are transported on a custom built bike trailer.
  • Knowledgeable local tour leader with extensive cycle tour experience.
  • Meet and talk to local people: learn about the landscape you are riding through.
  • First aid and mechanical back up, communications system for safety in remote areas.

You will need to provide:

  • Mountain or hybrid bike in good condition.OR hire one from us for $75 for the 6 days.
  • Helmet and suitable cycling clothes (list provided on booking)
  • A suitable level of fitness How fit do I need to be?
  • Toiletries and personal effects.
  • Camera, definitely. Don’t miss the shots of a lifetime!
  • A sense of adventure!

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Itinerary

(See below for definitions of road surfaces. Distances are approximate – start and finish points may be varied to suit the conditions and the group)

  • Day 1. 35 km, 40% forest, 60% unsealed. Our bus takes us to our home for the next 2 nights, Karoonda Park, Gelantipy. Leaving from the lodge, we ride out to the edge of the escarpment of the Snowy River Valley with stunning vistas, before winding through the magnificent tall forest along its edge.
  • Day 2. 32km. 40% forest 60% unsealed. Snowgums, billy tea and an alpine meadow reward the ride up into the Alpine National Park where both Snowy and Murray Rivers have their source.
  • Day 3. Up to 55km, 100% unsealed. Gently rolling farming country abruptly ends at the drop into the magnificent Snowy River Valley. Cross the river at McKillops Bridge before winding up the Deddick River Valley. Our bus takes us to the country town of Delegate where the friendly country pub is our base for 2 nights.
  • Day 4. 50 km, 70% forest 30% unsealed. After driving back to the plateau, we ride through the towering Shining Gums, cool temperate rainforest and hidden murmuring creeks characteristic of Errinundra National Park.
  • Day 5. 55 km, 40% forest 60% unsealed. A short trip back to the edge of the plateau takes us to the start of over 20 km of gentle downhill descending through everchanging forest to the valley below. After riding along the forested valley, the bus does the hard work of climbing back up to a stunning and little known lookout, before another 15 km descent through tall eucalypts and treeferns. We finish the day at our lodge right next to the sea at Cape Conran.
  • Day 6. 30 km, 50% forest 50% unsealed. After waking up to the sound of the surf we set out to explore coastal tracks beside tea coloured waters of an inlet to the ocean, and through the extraordinary diversity of plants and birds in the coastal heathland and forest, finishing the tour back at the ocean.

Road surface definitions
Forest Track: Formed but unsurfaced, could include sections with sand, loose rocky surface or forest litter; occasional sections only passable by 4WD.
Unsealed: Formed road with gravel surface, generally well maintained.
Sealed: Surfaced with asphalt or concrete; all sealed roads used in these tours are extremely quiet.
Snowy River Cycling reserves the right to alter the routes at any time without notice, including accommodation which may be altered to alternative accommodation of as close to an equivalent standard as possible.

Before and After Your Tour

Go to our Location and Links page for information on getting to Orbost by car or train, and accommodation in the area. Return to top of page

Things You Should Know:

Payments and Cancellations
Booking forms must be accompanied by a minimum deposit of $300 per person to secure a place on the tour. The balance is due four weeks prior to the start of the tour.

If you cancel your booking up to four weeks prior to travel your deposit less $100 is refundable. If you cancel your booking from four weeks to seven days prior to travel 50% of fees owing are forfeit. If you cancel seven days or less prior to travel 100% of fees owing are forfeit. Cancellations must be made in writing. Fees paid may be transferred to another Snowy River Cycling tour subject to a $100 fee and availability of places on other tours.

 If we are unable to substantially provide the tour as advertised you will be offered a full refund or a transfer to an alternate tour date.

Insurance.
We strongly recommend that as a minimum you have Ambulance cover. Should you require evacuation by ambulance during our tour, it is quite possible that this would be by helicopter, at your expense.
We also strongly recommend personal accident cover such as provided by membership of major cycling groups such as Bicycle Victoria, and some travel insurance policies.
You may also wish to take out Travel Insurance for cover of cancellation costs.

Conditions and Waiver.
Our conditions for participating in our tours are listed on our booking form, with a space where you must sign to show you have read and accept these conditions.
In addition we require you to sign an ‘Exclusion of Rights to Sue’ waiver form, which can be downloaded just below the entry forms. Have a look at our 'FAQ' page for more information about why we ask you to sign this waiver.

Group Needs
Traveling as a group in remote areas means that decisions must be made in the interests of the safety and well being of the group as a whole. Your safety is our highest priority.Return to top of page

 

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