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Gippsland Trails Tour

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Gippsland is a marvellous patchwork of tall forests, lush farms, mountain ranges and a stunning coast, and happily has a fine collection of Rail Trails that take you through the best of it from the comfort of your own bicycle seat. Our newest tour joins up five of these trails, and while we organise your accommodation, transfer your luggage and transport you from one great trail to the next you can get on with enjoying the ride. This six day tour includes the Great Southern Rail Trail, the Bass Coast Trail,  the short and sweet Grand Ridge Trail, the Gippsland Plains Trail, the East Gippsland Rail Trail and it's gorgeous sidekick, the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail.

A comfortable riding distance of around 50 km per day allows plenty of time to wander around little country towns that tend to feature classic old General Stores rather than shopping malls, and of course the riding is traffic free, and the hills are kind. We'll stay in an Art Deco pub, restored country cottages, a guesthouse with garden views to the mountains and a lakeside town. A cruise on the lovely  Gippsland Lakes  before sharing our final evening meal will complete the Gippsland experience. 

Summary: 

Dates: Sunday 22th - Friday 27th  October 2017.  Next year: March Sunday 18th - Friday 23 2018.

Price:October 2017: $1495 twin share,  (if coming alone, we'll match you with a room mate of the same gender) optional own single room supplement $200

Includes: Five nights accommodation, transport throughout tour, luggage transfers daily, support vehicle and guide, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 evening meal.

Bikes: suited to hybrid or mountain bikes. ( all trails are unsealed, loose gravel and soft sand could be encountered at times) BYO or hire one of ours. 

Starts / finishes: Orbost / Sale ( choice of either for starting / finishing point.)

 

Booking Forms

Booking forms: Gippsland Trail Booking form Word doc    Gippsland Trails Booking form PDF doc

Tour Includes:

  • Five nights accommodation in places with character - restored pubs, country cottages and guesthouses. Twin share accommodation - if travelling alone we will match you with a suitable room mate, or you can opt to pay the extra single supplement for your own room.
  • All transfers for yourself, your bike and your luggage from your pick up point ( Orbost or Sale on Day 1 of tour) throughout the tour.
  • Support vehicle with spare parts, comfortable seats ( should your bike seat let you down in that respect), corny jokes ( if you rely on the driver) and crisis coffee. (when there's no cafe in sight..)
  • Breakfast each morning on tour. Muesli, fruit, yoghurt, the best local bread and baked goods we can find. Gourmet porridge if its cold.
  • Threelunches
  • One evening meal
  • Lake cruise

You can also choose to hire one of our mountain bikes for the tour.

 

You will need to provide:

  • Your bike - hybrid or mountain bike, recently serviced and suited to unsealed surfaces.
  • Helmet and comfortable cycling clothes for both hot and cold weather.
  • A suitable level of fitness for 50 km ride each day ( or a good book to read while travelling in the support vehicle now and then.)
  • Lunches on four days of the tour: we will be stopping in little towns with lots of options for purchasing lunch
  • Dinner on four nights of the tour: the towns we stay in all have country pub meals.
  • Toiletries, personal effects, camera etc.

 Tour Itinerary

Sunday: Pick up in Orbost (handy for those from NSW or ACT) and then Sale before driving down to South Gippsland to ride the first half of the Great Southern Rail Trail from  Welshpool to Fish Creek, with stunning views to the coast and Wilsons Promontory. Art Deco Fish Creek Hotel is our home for the night, with time in town to explore some unique artists workshops and galleries.30 km ride

Monday: The Great Southern Trail continues across farmland to the town of Meeniyan (location for TV serices'Bed of Roses' for anyone interested) before winding up the Tarwin river valley,  past the foodie haven of Koonwarra ( or an on road option on back roads can be taken by anyone who isn't afraid of hills....) and on to Leongatha for lunch. Back on the bus and down to the stunning Bass Coast trail part of which runs right next to the ocean (and with the bus, we are cunningly able to ride this trail with a tail wind, no matter which way it blows...) Later in the afternoon bus takes us up into the hill town of Mirboo North where we stay in a beautifully restored cottage. 55 km

Tuesday: Just outside our door, the Grand Ridge Rail Trail starts it's glorious mostly downhill run for 13 km to the little town of Boolara, passing through native and pine forests. At Boolara we shuttle across to the start of the Gippsland Plains Trail at Traralgon, which sweeps across the rich farmland of the plains, with great vistas of the mountains to the north. Little towns along the way have kept their character - and General Stores, including Tinamba where we spend the night at our comfortable guesthouse, with gardens and views over the fields to the mountains. With some time to spare in the afternoon a visit to meander through the nearby town of Maffra may beckon: or for those after something different the Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park is only a few minutes drive away from our accommodation. 55km

Wednesday: Back on the Gippsland Plains Trail we traverse the McAlister Irrigation District which supports an substantial dairy industry, and it's key town of Maffra. All out all change at Stratford, where the bus takes us to the edge of the Gippsland Lakes where we will explore the Silt Jetties and Raymond Island before staying near Paynesville for the night. 48 km 

Thursday: A short drive back to Bairnsdale puts us at the start of the East Gippsland Rail Trail! The trails goes through rolling farming country to the Tambo River valley and athe town of Bruthen, before headaing up through the forest to the turn off onto the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail . This delightful trail winds down a lush valley, mostly on an old tramway alignment delivering us to our cottages for the night in a rural setting out of Lakes Entrance. An evening lake cruise will take us to our final dinner together at a winery. 36 km

Friday: A short bus shuttle takes us to the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, one of the iconic spots on the Trail to start our final days' ride past the little town of Nowa Nowa and on to the trails end at the Snowy River, where Orbost is perched on a hill top above the river. Along the way we take in the splendid curved trestle at Wairewa, and Victorias longest timber viaduct bridge on the Snowy floodplain. In between the trail traverses the forest, rich in birdlife and with wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and emus often spotted. Our journeys end! and for those who started the trip in Sale a final bus journey to return you to your starting point. 50 km

 Please note that both the tour route and accommodation places are subject to  change without notice. Should changes to the planned itinerary be required, alternatives as close as possible to the original itinerary will be used.

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.  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.

 

 

 

 

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