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May 17 2019

Amazing Gippsland Cycle Tour 6D 5N

Amazing Gippsland Cycle Tour

 

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Our Amazing Gippsland Cycle Tour 6D 5N starts in Cowes Philip Island and brings you to Prom Country. This cycle tour  is one that you will never forget.  

Start your cycle in Cowes and pedal through Philip Island, vising parks and surf beaches along the way.

Visit the wild the empty, wild Bass Coast Beaches

Take a guided hiking tour to Wilsons Promontory National Park

Enjoy staying right on the cliffs over looking Bass Strait

Journey along the old Railway easements and Taste the fantastic wines and local produce

Love the vistas of lush green farmland, mountain ranges and pristine seascapes.

See the art and craft. Take time to see the galleries.

Explore Wilsons Prom by foot and get up close with wildlife and fabulous scenery. 

Enjoy the Bunurong Cliffs with the fantastic coves and beaches.

Finish at the Long Jetty which travels a kilometer into Quiet Corner

Tour Details:

Starts:                   Cowes Philip Island, easy access from Melbourne Airport

Finishes:               Port Welshpool with a transfer back to Leongatha for your VLine coach to Melbourne

Duration:             6 days / 5 nights.

Total Distance:   200 km with optional additional kilometers if desired. Off bike Day with a guided hiking tour of Wilsons Prom included.

Avg Distance:     40 km/day

When to go?        The best time is Oct to May. We operate this tour all year.

Suitable for?      Couples and Groups.

Rating:                 Medium. This is a reasonably gentle tour with plenty of time to stop and relax. It has optional extra kilometers if you’d like to do them.

Cost:                    $1,800pp twin share. $1,450pp for 4 cyclists twin share. $1,382pp for 6 cyclists twin share. E Bike option available.

 

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Included   

6-day cycle tour.

5 nights’ accommodation at chosen BnBs, Motels & Cabins. Accommodation includes all breakfasts.

5 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

1 Day Guided Walking Tour of Wilsons promontory national Park with gourmet picnic lunch and afternoon tea.

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

Luggage transfer each day. Transfer of cyclist with luggage if desired.

Roadside assist.

Sep 19 2018

Great Southern Rail Trail Self Supported Cycle

Great Southern Rail Trail Self Supported Cycle 

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This Great Southern Rail Trail, in beautiful green southern Gippsland, is perfect for a relaxing do it yourself cycle. Perfect for kids and adults alike as you can choose to stay on the Great Southern Rail Trail all the way. 

The Great Southern Rail Trail can be cycled at any time. As it is a self supported cycle you will need to bring your own bikes, carry your own equipment and be able to look after your bike yourself eg fix flat tyres etc. We includes 2 nights accommodation in our lovely Alkira Studios in Leongatha and Fish Creek and a cyclist/bike transfer back from Port Welshpool to Leongatha at the end of your ride. 

 

Tour Details:

Starts:                    Leongatha.

Finishes:              Port Welshpool transfer back to your car in Leongatha

Duration:              2 days / 2 nights

Total Distance:   72 km along the Great Southern Rail trail

Avg Distance:      36 km per day

When to go?        Any time.

Suitable for?       Families, Couples, Groups.

Rating:                   Easy. This is a fairly gentle cycle along the Great Southern Rail Trail with plenty of time to stop and relax.

 

Sep 14 2018

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail 2D 1N

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Cycle Tour

 

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The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail starts in Traralgon. We can meet you with the bikes off the train from Melbourne and you are ready to go! Its a lovely flat easy cycle perfect for beginners, families and groups. There are lots of little towns to explore along the way – Glenagrry, Cowwarr, Tinamba, Maffra and Stratford

Tour Details:

Starts:                    Traralgon Gippsland, easy access from Melbourne by train

Finishes:               Stratford, in time for the train back to Melbourne

Duration:              2 days / 1 nights.

Total Distance:   63 km with optional additional kilometers if desired.

Avg Distance:      22 km/day

When to go?        Oct – Dec; mid Feb to May.

Suitable for?       Couples, Groups, Families.

Rating:                   Easy and Flat, perfect for beginners.

Cost:                      $880 pp twin share. $990 for a family of 4. Ask us about groups of 4 or more

 

Included   

2-day cycle tour.

1 nights’ accommodation at chosen BnBs, Motels & Cabins. Accommodation includes breakfast.

2 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

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

Luggage transfer each day. Transfer of cyclist with luggage if desired.

Roadside assist.

Sep 14 2018

5 Gippsland Rail Trails Cycle Tour

5 Gippsland Rail Trails Cycle Tour

 

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The 5 Gippsland Rail Trails Cycle Tour takes in all of the Rail Trails in Gippsland. What an adventure! You your friends and your family can cycle along the coast, across the plains through the forests and into the wilds all on Rail Trails far away from the traffic. You will cycle on the Bass Coast, Great Southern, Gippsland Plains, East Gippsland, and Grand Ridge Rail Trails. Every one has a flavor of its own and each are very different

Tour Details:

Starts:                    Cowes Philip Island, easy access from Melbourne by public transport

Finishes:               Bairnsdale, in time for the train back to Melbourne

Duration:             10 days / 9 nights, Let us know if you would like a rest day.

Total Distance:   354 km with optional additional kilometers if desired.

Avg Distance:      35 km/day

When to go?        Oct – May. We operate this tour all year.

Suitable for?       Couples, Groups, Families.

Rating:                  Easy / Medium. This is a fairly gentle tour with plenty of time to stop and relax. It has some hilly sections through the Strzelecki ranges – but they are not too hard.

Cost:                      $2,700pp twin share. $6,930 for a family of 4. Ask us about groups of 4 or more. E bikes available.

Included   

10-day cycle tour.

9 nights’ accommodation at chosen BnBs, Motels & Cabins. Accommodation includes all breakfasts and one dinner.

10 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

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

Luggage transfer each day. Transfer of cyclist with luggage if desired.

Roadside assist.

Apr 18 2018

Melbourne Breakout Cycle Tour 8D 7N

Melbourne Breakout Cycle Tour

The Melbourne Breakout Cycle Tour starts right in Melbourne at the iconic Princes Pier. You cycle out along Beach Road, the local Melbourne cycling Mecca, on cycle paths and enjoy the view of Port Phillip Bay. Your cycle will take you across the Mornington Peninsula, over the bay on the ferry and right into the heart of Phillip Island at Cowes.  Then its off to cycle through Gippsland, along the wild coasts, through the farming country, the old country towns and the fabulous back country, sealed roads that are perfect for cycling.  The old township of Loch features a whisky distillery and craft brewery, amongst the old buildings. A day on the rail trail will be a journey through history with beaut little villages, each with their own distinct flavor. The hamlet of Inverloch is set right on the beach with lots of spots to watch the sunset. Your final day will take you along the Bunurong cliffs with many bays and coves to explore. The scenery is truly magic! 

Tour Details:

Starts:                    Princes Pier Port Melbourne

Finishes:               Kilcunda, in time for the coach back to Melbourne

Duration:              8 days / 7 nights, Let us know if you would like a rest day.

Total Distance:   332 km with optional additional kilometers if desired.

Avg Distance:      41.5 km/day

When to go?        Oct – Dec; mid Feb to May.

Suitable for?       Couples, Groups.

Rating:                   Medium. This is a fairly gentle tour with plenty of time to stop and relax. It has some hilly sections through the Strzelecki ranges – but they are not too hard.

Cost:                      $2,450pp twin share. Ask us about groups of 4 or more

 

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Included   

8-day cycle tour.

7 nights’ accommodation at chosen BnBs, Motels & Cabins. Accommodation includes breakfast.

8 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

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

Luggage transfer each day. Transfer of cyclist with luggage if desired.

Roadside assist.

Visit to the Penguins, Ferry Transfer to Phillip Island, Coach Tickets return to Melbourne.

Feb 05 2018

Hub and Spoke Cycling Leongatha

Hub and Spoke Cycling Leongatha

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Stay in our beautiful Alkira accommodation and choose from a wonderful selection of rides.

There are so many options we just cannot list them all.

We assure you that this will be Country cycling at its best!  Just ask us for some ideas for you or your group:

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Great Southern Rail Trail, as far as you like upto 72km

Grand Ridge Brewery and great forests                      95km all on road

Grand Ridge Rail Trail                                                   13km, all on path

Loch Distillery and fabulous cafes                              40km all on road

Inverloch a beautiful hamlet by the beach                40km all on road some unsealed

Cape Paterson and the Bunurong Cliffs                    60km all on road and some unsealed

Bass Coast Rail Trail                                                      26km, all on path.

 

 

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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

Nov 02 2017

3 Rail Trails Cycle Experience 4D optional 3N

3 Rail Trails Cycle Experience

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. Use our bikes and equipment or use your own.

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 Alkira Leongatha.

4 days’ hire of bikes and all cycling equipment.

Bike delivery and pick up at start and end of each day. Transfers when required.

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

Roadside assist.

Oct 19 2017

Sydney to Melbourne Express Cycle Tour 19D 18N

Sydney to Melbourne Express Cycle Tour 19D 18N

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

Starts    Waterfall Station, just south of Sydney, NSW
Finishes    Melbourne, Victoria
Duration    19 days / 18 nights incl 2 optional 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 $8,990 pp twin share; 4 people $6,490 pp twin share; 6 people $5,550 pp twin share
Included    The following inclusions apply.
  • 19 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.
  • 19 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
  • 3 Transfers: Nowra to Canberra; Canberra to Nimmitabel; Ferry Cowes to
  • Roadside assistance.
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.