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Nov 04 2017

Adelaide to Melbourne

1120km, Flat/Hilly, Medium, Unsealed/Sealed, One Way ride, Quiet roads, Train both ends.

Cycle from Adelaide to Melbourne on this wonderful route with a taste of the outback. Enjoy the historic ports, a cycle through the wineries, a trip across the Mallee through real Australian outback towns and love the ancient hills of Gariwerd.  The painted silos along the way loom out of the flat landscape and are a joy to see. Finish through the Brisbane Ranges National Park at the satellite  township of Bacchus Marsh and train into Melbourne to avoid the traffic.

Best Things about This Ride

  • The locals – so friendly and welcoming
  • The fantastic old towns
  • All the Mallee backroads – flat, fast and fun
  • Wonderful old pubs
  • Painted Silo Art Trail. Wow!
  • Free Camping
  • Great Accommodation in Hopetoun right by the lake. Get up for the Mallee sunrise!
  • The hills and views coming out of Adelaide
  • The Murray Towns and ferries.
  • The friendly horses
  • Genuine country
  • Great views cycling through Gariwerd National Park (the Grampians)
  • Finishing with a downhill run from Ballarat

Things to Watch out for

Cycle this route anytime but go Adelaide to Melbourne with the prevailing wind. In summer it can be very hot and you will need to carry water as there is little support during the days. Watch the weather and choose autumn, winter or spring

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Nov 02 2017

3 Rail Trails Cycle Experience 4D optional 3N

3 Rail Trails Cycle Experience

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Enjoy a cycle away from the traffic. Bring your friends, your family or your club and explore the historic southern Gippsland Rail Trails. You can choose to bring your own bikes, book your own accommodation or have Australian Cycling Holidays look after the lot! See our pricing options below.

4 days of amazing cycling with your choice of accommodation booked, bicycles supplied and/or bicycle transfers with Australian Cycling Holidays. Prices are given for Groups of 3 adults or our Family Special which includes 2 adults and upto 4 children 15 years and under. Please ask us about larger groups or families!

This cycle experience includes the Bass Coast, Great Southern and Grand Ridge Rail Trails. On the Bass Coast Rail Trail love cycling along the thunderous Bass Coast and over the century old Trestle Bridge at Kilcunda. Have some lunch and continue along to Wonthaggi and the State Coal Mine, if you like take an underground tour.

The Great Southern Rail Trail takes you through wonderful old towns full of Arts and Crafts, home grown produce, old buildings and fantastic views of the southern Strzelecki Ranges, Wilsons Promontory and emerald green countryside. Look out for wombats, Echidnas and wallabies as you cycle along. The colourful birds are a treat.

The Grand Ridge Rail Trail is a great cycle to the small town of Boolarra through the forests and trees. It is truly to be enjoyed. Boolarra is a little town full of history and great cafes. It has a huge park and playground just perfect for a picnic. Cycle return back up the hill to Mirboo North, home of the Grand Ridge Brewery. A perfect day to end your 3 Rail Trails Cycle Experience.

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Tour Details:

Starts:                     Woolamai start of Bass Coast Rail Trail .

Finishes:               Each day is a day cycle. You will return to your booked accommodation. The last day will be the Grand Ridge Rail Trail and so the cycle will finish at Mirboo North.

Duration:              4 days / 3 nights

Total Distance:   125 km

Avg Distance:      31km

When to go?        Any time.

Suitable for?       Families, Couples, Groups. We assume you will have your own car with you so that we can meet you, with bikes on board, at the start of each Rail Trail every day.

Rating:                   Easy. This is a fairly gentle cycle experience, all on Rail Trails, with plenty of time to stop and relax.

Price:  Includes up to 3 Adults. Family Special includes 2 Adults and upto 4 children 15 years and under. Ask us about groups of 4 or more adults or larger families. 

Style Bike Hire Accommodation Price*
Option 1 YES YES $2,200
Option 2 YES NO $1,490
Option 3 NO YES $1,800

*Pricing includes: 2 adults and up to 4 children family special; or up to 3 adults (1 Queen bed + 1 Single bed)
*Tour must be done on consecutive days  *Breakfast is not included *15% surcharge applies to Long Weekends and breakfast will be included due limited availability.

Included   

4-day cycle experience.

3-nights’ accommodation at Inverloch Cycle and Stay or Alkira Leongatha.

4 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

Bike delivery and pick up at start and end of each day. Car transfer.

Detailed, full colour maps and ride notes. Cyclewayz App cyclist guide with inbuilt GPS navigation.

Roadside assist.

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Oct 19 2017

Sydney to Melbourne Express Cycle Tour 18D 18N

Sydney to Melbourne Express Cycle Tour 18D 18N

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A wonderful 18 Day/18 Night Sydney to Melbourne Cycle Tour at a faster pace, over 1000 kms, exploring the stunning beaches, rolling countryside, historical country towns and spectacular huge forests of Gippsland and Southern NSW. Get up close to Australian native animals and birds. Love the fresh air and clear skies.

Your Tour includes bicycles, cycling equipment, accommodation,  breakfast as detailed, some dinners, luggage transfers, roadside assist, spare tubes, first aid and repair kits. It also includes an eco adventure on Jervis Bay, fully guided 3 day tour of the Errinundra Plateau cool rainforests and a visit to see the Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island

On top of all that, you can look forward to lovely accommodation each night too! You can be assured a warm welcome and a great sleep each night.

itinerary  factsheet

Starts    Waterfall Station, just south of Sydney, NSW
Finishes    Melbourne, Victoria
Duration    18 days / 18 nights incl 2 rest/off bicycle days
Total Distance            1,100 km plus optional additional kilometers.
Avg Distance     60 – 70 kms / day on quiet roads, rail trails and cycle paths
When to go?     Due to local weather, start dates are: Late Sept to late Nov; Late Feb to late April.
Suitable for?      Couples, Groups.
Rating    Medium. The route requires a reasonable level of fitness and cycling competence.
Cost    2 people $6,700 pp twin share; 4 people $4,600 pp twin share; 6 people $4,835 pp twin share
Included    The following inclusions apply.
  • 18 day cycle tour.
  • 18 nights’ accommodation at a carefully selected mix of motels, 4 star hotels, farm stays, cabins, B and B’s, pubs and guesthouses.
  • 18 days’ hire of bicycles and all cycling equipment
  • Detailed, full colour maps and ride notes. Cyclewayz App travel guide book with inbuilt GPS navigation.
  • Luggage transfer each day.
  • Breakfast every day.
  • Dinner when included with accommodation. 4 -5 nights
  • 3 day Fully guided tour of the Errinundra Plateau with Snowy River Cycling.
  • Afternoon Eco Boat tour of Jervis Bay Marine Park with Jervis Bay Wild
  • Evening Tour to the Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
  • 2 Transfers: Nowra to Canberra; Canberra to Nimmitabel
  • Roadside assistance.
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Sep 26 2017

East Timor

572 km Loop, Hard, Remote, Mountainous, Sealed/Unsealed Rough, 10 to 13 days

Cycling in East Timor is for the adventurous. The roads are a challenge, the temperature and humidity exhausting, and outside the capital city of Dili, shops are very poorly-provisioned. But for the cyclist who dares to come here, they will find themselves richly rewarded for their efforts.

Josiah’s Highlights:

Traditional village life. – Outside the capital, you will cycle through endless tiny villages. The people here are mostly farmers, living simply and in harmony with the land. You will pass traditional bamboo shacks with palm leaf roofs – if you’re lucky you will get invited to stay with a local family. You will cycle past women carrying firewood or pots of water on their head. These people live a unique and fascinating life, most likely so different from your own.

Friendly locals – So few tourists visit East Timor that the locals were very curious when they saw me. They were more shy than other countries in South East Asia, but always welcome and excited to share about their country and display their culture of hospitality. The Timorese people had to fight very hard for their independence which means they are very proud of their country.

Beautiful and varied scenery – around Maubisse, in the west, you will discover beautiful mountains which seem to stretch endlessly in every direction. In the east around Los Palos you will cycle through a grassy plateau with grazing cows and buffalo and horses. It feels a lush and peaceful place to live. The north and south coastline is dramatic, with the water displaying shades of blue, and a clarity, I never imagined possible.

Practical advice:

Ride the loop anti-clockwise. By heading towards Maubisse first, you will get the largest climb (1,900 metres) and the worst roads out of the way first, while you are fresh. The north of the country is more developed than the south.

Stock up on food in Dili. Outside the capital you will be heavily restricted by what is available in the shops. Most shops sell the essentials (cigarettes, petrol, alcohol), and in terms of food, instant noodles and biscuits. In the morning (and only in the morning), you will find fresh bread rolls, and doughnuts available in every village. I would recommend to buy rice and tinned food (vegetables, tuna etc.) in Dili for dinner.
For breakfast I would always eat fresh bread rolls or doughnuts, for lunch instant noodles or a cafe if available, and for dinner I would cook pasta/rice with tinned food. I would snack on bananas or biscuits available from village shops.

Toilets – I did not see any public toilets and had to ask people if I could use theirs. They never seemed to mind.

Water – You can buy (cold, refreshing) bottled water; 1.5 litre for $0.50. Alternatively, most villages had a well or water pump – this was was not potable so recommended to carry a filter, purification tablets, or to boil it.

Ride early, finish late. The midday heat could be very harsh. Recommended to start riding early, and take a midday nap for a few hours.

Check for Australian Government travel advice for East Timor.

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Aug 24 2017

Great Southern Getaway 2D 2N

Great Southern Getaway Cycle Tour

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This cycle, in beautiful green southern Gippsland, is perfect for a weekend getaway. This 2 night, 2 day tour allows you to escape the city and relax, at your pace.  

The Great Southern Getaway weekend lets you choose your preferred relaxation:

Great Southern Getaway Unwind  Cycle the Great Southern Rail Trail Leongatha to Fish Creek or Foster  and enjoy 2 relaxing days on the trail. Love the arty foodie towns along the way and stop for a coffee, relax over lunch and love the green scenery. 32km

Great Southern Getaway Complete Complete the rail Trail from Leongatha to Port Welshpool and enjoy the whole historical journey ending at the historic port where the views are fantastic. 72km

Great Southern Getaway Grand Ridge This is a challenging ride. Use the Rail Trail as a great way to step off into the hinterland and climb the hills to the fantastic temperate rain forests of the Grand Ridge Road. 160km.

Leave Melbourne on any day of the week and take off for your 2 day cycle. We have accommodation options too – either Luxury or Backpackers. There is some thing for everyone!

We  REDUCE the prices on the weekend because we are so keen to share this wonderful journey in beautiful Gippsland with you!

Come direct from the city and leave your car at home, we have arranged all of the transport. Or feel free to drive down – whatever suits you best. Stay your first night in Leongatha, deep in dairy country, home to the Rail Trail.  

We will collect you on Sunday in time for the return coach to Melbourne Southern Cross or to return you to your car. You just let us know where you are! No need to rush or feel pressured. We are here to make sure your weekend getaway is just as relaxing (or challenging) as you want it to be.

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Tour Details:

Starts:                     Melbourne Southern Cross for transport to Leongatha.

Finishes:               Leongatha for transport to Melbourne Southern Cross

Duration:              2 days / 2 nights

Total Distance:   From 32 km to 72 km along the Great Southern Rail trail or 160km into the hinterland beyond the Rail Trail. The choice is yours!

Avg Distance:      You choose – it can be as little or as much cycling as you like. We have short options of 15 km per day;  35 – 45 km per day; or longer 75-80 km per day challenge rides where you can take off from the Rail Trail to explore the hilly hinterland and waterfalls.

When to go?        Any time.

Suitable for?       Families, Couples, Groups.

Rating:                   Easy. This is a fairly gentle tour with plenty of time to stop and relax.

Hard. If you choose the hill climbs beyond the Rail trail up to the Grand Ridge Road.

 

Cost:  Ask us about groups of 4 or more and family bookings

Style

Number Weekday Cost

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs

Weekend Cost*

Fri/Sat/Sun

Luxury 2 persons $550pp twin share $495pp twin share
Luxury 1 person $880 pp $780 pp
Backpackers 2 Persons $470pp twin share $410pp Twin Share
Backpackers 1 Person $760pp $590pp

*Weekend prices do not apply during school holidays and long weekends.

Included   

2-day cycle tour.

2 nights’ accommodation at chosen BnBs or Backpacker style motels.

2 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

Detailed, full colour maps and ride notes. App Guide book with inbuilt GPS navigation.

Luggage transfer each day.

Roadside assist.

Your choice of luxury, BnB accommodation with breakfast or take our Backpackers option in basic, but clean, motel or backpacker accommodation.

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May 27 2017

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

164km (incl off Rail Trail section), Flat/Hilly, Medium, Unsealed, One Way ride, Rail Trail and Quiet roads.

This Rail Trail is in a class of its own! It’s a fun ride on a rough surface with lots to see along the way. The views to the ranges are great, we loved the horses and the old buildings in the towns are fantastic. Gravel grinders and those who like a challenge will love this Rail Trail. It has heaps of free camping, many motels and friendly country pubs for dinner. It’s quite a climb to Yarraman so you may prefer to start there and enjoy the downhill

Best Things about This Ride

  • The fantastic old towns
  • The run downhill through the valleys
  • Wonderful old pubs
  • The restored stations with trains, parks and picnic areas alongside.
  • Free Camping
  • Trestle bridges
  • Fun technical ride which changes all the time
  • The friendly horses
  • Cafes, crafts, markets and so much to see
  • Beautiful views of the Esk river
  • The 164 km journey

Things to Watch out for

Cycle this route anytime – in summer it can be very hot and bushfire threat will be high. So watch the weather and choose autumn, winter or spring

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May 19 2017

Sydney to Melbourne Cyclewayz app

1368km, Hilly/Mountainous, Hard, Sealed/Unsealed, One Way ride, Quiet roads/Rail Trails/Cycle Paths.

What a varied ride and all away from the traffic! You will explore stunning beaches, rolling countryside, high plains, historical country towns and spectacular temperate rain forests. Get up close to Australian native animals, reptiles and birds. Love the fresh air, great food and clear skies. This ride has some challenging sectors and you will need to plan using the information given in the app. There is so much to love about this ride especially the pubs in the middle of nowhere!

Best Things about This Ride

  • The variety of cycling with so many different experiences
  • Friendly people along the way.
  • Jervis Bay home to the whitest sand in the world.
  • Stunning temperate rain forests of East and Central Gippsland
  • The old towns that time forgot – each with their own particular character
  • Funny letter boxes!
  • Great camping, restaurants and cafes
  • Amazing back country pubs
  • Cycling into Melbourne along the beaches
  • Bunurong Cliffs and its wild stunning beaches
  • Fairy Penguin Parade at Philip Island
  • The native animals

Things to Watch out for

Best Time to cycle this route is Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec and Mar/Apr/May. Winter the high plains around Canberra and Eden Monaro are very cold and in summer there can be very hot bushfire weather. Check your forecasts before you go.

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May 19 2017

Tarra Valley Giants

120km, Hilly/Mountainous, Hard, Sealed/Unsealed, One Way ride, Quiet roads.

This is a ride for those who like a hill. Its a fun cycle up 700 m of climbing to the highest point of the Grand Ridge Road where you can enjoy the forests and the views from the top of the world! A most amazing cycle back down through the Tarra Bulga forests and then into the farmlands of the hilly Southern Strzelecki Ranges. This is a challenging, but beautiful, cycle with nightly food, water and the lovely township of Yarram.

Best Things about This Ride

  • The great views as you climb to the top of the Grand Ridge Road
  • Staying in the cool heights of the Grand Ridge Road at Tarra Bulga
  • Beautiful temperate Rain forests
  • Funny letter boxes!
  • Lovely town of Yarram and its great camping, restaurants and cafes
  • The wonderful southern Strzeleckis
  • The pub that welcomes as you arrive into Welshpool

Things to Watch out for

Cycle this route anytime – in winter pick a sunny week and you will love it! Watch out for hot, bushfire weather in summer

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May 19 2017

Cooma to Orbost

250km, Flat/Hilly, Medium/Hard, Sealed/Unsealed, One way ride, Quiet roads.

Cycle the amazing views of the Eden Monero and follow it up with a journey through the rainforests of Eastern Gippsland. This 250 km ride is truly amazing and you will love it. .

Best Things about This Ride

  • The old church and cemetery as you leave Cooma.
  • The Brothers and views across the countryside
  • Letter boxes! From bushrangers to old cars and everything in between!
  • Amazing wide open Eden Monaro plains – you feel on top of the world.
  • The cool temperate rainforests of East Gippsland
  • Great old towns
  • Indecision Corner
  • Big trees and great campsite right by the river
  • Swim in the rivers
  • Ferns, birds, lizards and native animals

Things to Watch out for

Cycle this route anytime – in winter watch for the cold and be very careful about bushfires in summer.

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May 19 2017

Victorian Riviera

163km, Flat, Easy, Sealed/Unsealed, One Way, Quiet roads/Rail Trails.

This is a great ride through a slice of Australia that is so wonderfully country. The towns are small and each has its own flavor and history, the rivers are big and Lake Glenmaggie an oasis, the veggie farms mean that there is lots of fresh tasty food and the wineries are well worth a visit. On top of that it is a relaxing ride on flat easy surfaces!

Best Things about This Ride

  • The painted Catholic Cathedral in Bairnsdale
  • The memories of times gone by in the old piano, halls and churches
  • Fantastic Museums and Art Galleries
  • Great old homes and buildings that are still as they were.
  • The rivers and weirs
  • Fantastic fresh food
  • Stratford on Avon home to the Shakespeare Festival Australian Style.
  • The views to the Great Divide Range
  • Wetlands and bridges
  • Cafes and restaurants – even in really small towns
  • Welcoming accommodation.

Things to Watch out for

Cycle this route anytime – in winter pick a sunny day and you will love it!