On top of all that, you can look forward to a mix of lovely accommodation where you are assured of a warm welcome, your luggage and a great sleep each night.
Grand Gippsland Cycle Tour
A wonderful 19 Day/18 Night Grand Gippsland Cycle Tour, that takes you right out of Melbourne to the beautiful green countryside of Gippsland, exploring the stunning beaches, rolling countryside, historical country towns and temperate rainforests. It finishes in far East Gippsland in the small town of Marlo where the Snowy River meets the sea. On this tour you will get up close to Australian native animals and birds. Love the fresh air and clear skies and friendly locals!
Your Tour includes bicycles, cycling equipment, accommodation, hearty breakfast, two dinners, luggage transfers, roadside assist, spare tubes, first aid and repair kits. It also includes a visit to see the Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island and a guided tour of Raymond Island to see the native Koala population.
|Starts||Southern Cross Station or your hotel Melbourne City, Victoria|
|Finishes||Marlo is your last night. Transfer to Bairnsdale Railway Station on final day.|
|Duration||19 days / 18 nights incl 3 rest/off bicycle days|
|Total Distance||760 km plus optional additional kilometers.|
|Avg Distance||40 – 50 kms / day on quiet roads, rail trails and cycle paths|
|When to go?||All year. No start date bookings from Dec 18 to Jan 15 due to holiday accommodation shortages.|
|Suitable for?||Couples, Groups.|
|Rating||Medium. The route requires a reasonable level of fitness and cycling competence.|
|Cost||Prices start from $4,910 pp twin share. Discounts groups of 4 or more. Single pricing available|
|Included||The following inclusions apply:|
Your Grand Gippsland Cycle Tour starts right in the heart of Melbourne and takes you through the stunning scenery of Gippsland to the beautiful remote hamlet of Marlo where the Snowy River meets the sea.
Sector 1 Start your Grand Gippsland cycle tour along iconic Beach Road, the premier cycle route in Australia. Enjoy the Brighton beach bathing boxes, the art and the wonderful European inlet of Mordialloc where all the small wooden boats are moored. Then its off through the Mornington peninsula, past the RAMSAR listed wetlands, through the farmlands and over the southernmost mangroves in the world to the jetty at Crib Point. There you will catch the ferry to Cowes on Phillip island in time to see the Fairy Penguin Parade.
Sector 2 This morning you cycle through Phillip Island and enjoy the beaches and bush of one of Melbourne’s favorite surfing locations. In the afternoon you will join the Bass Coast Rail Trail and stay the night right on the cliff tops. Next day is your rest day. you can either just relax in this peaceful paradise or explore the magnificent, wild, George Bass Coastal Walk. From Kilcunda you cycle the stunning Bunurong cliffs with all of the little coves and beaches to explore. Then its off to the Southern Strzelecki Ranges through wonderful arty crafty country towns and the Great Southern Rail Trail. You finish this sector with great coastal views to Wilsons promontory.
Sector 3 This sector is the most challenging with a few, optional, hill climbs. You will love this green rolling ride through the emerald green countryside that Gippsland is famous for. Stay the night in Yarram a town that is tucked away and has kept all of it’s old buildings. Then its time to climb upto the Grand Ridge. Along the way you will have time to explore the Tarra-Bulga National Park, hidden within the Strzelecki Ranges, featuring lush fern-filled gullies, giant Mountain Ash and ancient Myrtle Beech. Stay the night high on the ridge at the Tarra Bulga Guest house, dinner provided. Next morning cruise down to Rosedale enjoying the views.
Sector 4 After Rosedale you will have a fantastic mix of open plains, country towns each with its own historical flavour, museums, art and big rivers. We will meet you at Meerlieu for lunch at the MCG, Meerlieu Cricket Ground. Hopefully we will spot one of the Roulettes, the Australian Airforce Acrobatic aircraft, which train in this area. You will finish this sector in beautiful Bairnsdale where you can visit the historic mural church painted during the 1930’s depression.
Sector 5 In the morning you will be collected by Snowy River Cycling for a guided tour of Raymond Island, home to a wild koala population. Your next 4 days will see you cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail with its immense trestle bridges and Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail that takes you into the heart of Lakes Entrance right on the beach. At the end of your self guided tour you will stay the night at relaxing Marlo where the Snowy River meets the sea. What a place to celebrate and reflect on your achievement!
On your final morning Snowy River Cycling will transport you to Bairnsdale for ongoing travel or return to Melbourne.