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Girl's Own Bicycle Adventure Cycle Tour!

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We are off to the seaside and a farm for a splendid cycling adventure, with loads of fresh air that will leave us rosy cheeked and ever so hungry, ready for lashings of  homemade food! More fluffy slipper than boot camp, this relaxing no pressure tour is about really enjoying yourself on your bike in a warmly supportive atmosphere, while you get a taste of both the wild corners of East Gippsland and our home made cakes. The 'Op Shop Frock Night', a glittering night of glamour and entertainment will add some class and style to our week. Guilt free, in every way. Come and join us.

 

Summary:

Total distance: Approximately 30 - 50 km each day, depending on terrain, weather and mood.
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights.
Price:  May 2016 $1745. Optional single supplement $300 ( if you are coming alone we can room with another rider)
Includes: All meals and accommodation, full support and tour guide, transport each day.
Suited to: Mountain or Hybrid bikes. Bring your own, or we can supply a mountain bike for the tour for $95.
Accommodation: Twin share, in national park lodge and farmhouse. (or opt for single supplement for your own room)
Departs and finishes: Orbost, East Gippsland, Victoria.
Tour Dates:  TBC 

  

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Anticipated route, Girl's Own Bicycle Adventure!

 

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Tour inclusions

  • Three excellent meals each day from lunch Sunday to lunch Friday, stuffed with carbs, protein and flavor!
  • Comfortable twin share room accommodation with character –a farmhouse on the banks of the Snowy River and a timber lodge set in coastal dunes.
  • 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;
  • Support vehicle: you can choose just how much of each day you want to ride, and a lift is always close at hand.
  • Full luggage transport between accommodation venues.
  • Fabulous off road cycling routes on little known and used forestry tracks and back roads. 
  • Basic bike maintenance workshop for those interested.
  • 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. 40km, forest track. After meeting in Orbost we travel a short distance out of town to the top of a hill for a glorious introductory ride through East Gippsland forests, before travelling by bus out to Cape Conran, our base for the next 3 nights.
  • Day 2. 45 km unsealed road and forest tracks. Pedalling straight out from our lodge, we explore coastal forests, heathlands and rarely visited beaches. Perhaps a refreshing drink (lemon pop, and some crisps) at the Bemm River Pub overlooking the expanse of Sydenham Inlet will complete the day, before travelling back to Cape Conran.
  • Day 3. 30 km Unsealed and forest tracks We travel into the foothills to explore the exquisite Glen Arte River rainforest reserve, and surrounding tall eucalypt forest. In the afternoon you can choose to come on a short ride from our lodge, walk on the beach or just kick back with a book.
  • Day 4. 35 - 45 km Mostly sealed road. Returning to Orbost by bus, we take to our bikes again to ride through farmland and forest to a beautiful farm hidden on the banks of the Snowy where it cuts through tall forested hills, our base for the next 2 nights. In the afternoon we'll go through the basics of how to keep your bike happy - and you on the road. You'll never be dependant on someone else to fix your flat tyre again.
  • Day 5. 45 km. Mostly sealed road. Following the road through the forest we come to the beautiful Buchan River valley reknowned for its extensive caves. Roads branch out in all directions - we may end up riding down to a river junction: maybe it will be time to relish a long uphill just for the fun of riding back down. Or perhaps we'll just visit the cafe and craft shops. We'll see how we feel on the day. Tonight is when we'll probably have our 'Op Shop Frock Night'. Maybe a special top, sparkly beads, some nearly-but -not-quite heirloom accessories - bring it with you, or pick up a choice item or 2 from Orbost's well stocked shops as we pass through. A night to be remembered!
  • Day 6. 45km It is a long, hard climb up to this historic and unusual fire spotters tower at Stringers Knob. So we won't ride up it, we'll take the bus. Once at the top a gently winding road leads past a stand of rare eucalypts and finally down the the East Gippsland Rail Trail which takes us home to Orbost.

The Map Link on our Location and Links page will show you the locations named above.

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 six weeks prior to the start of the tour.

If you cancel your booking up to six weeks prior to travel your deposit less $100 is refundable. If you cancel your booking from six 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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