Cycling in Victoria

The Great Victorian Rail Trail: Australia's Longest Rail Trail

The Great Victorian Rail Trail

Trail - The Great Victorian Rail Trail
Location - Tallarook to Mansfield, Victoria, Australia
Distance - 134 km one way
Terrain - Compacted sand and fine gravel.
Difficulty - Easy to moderate with a few long, steady climbs.
Highlights - Reaching the top of any of the long climbs.
Suitable for - Mountain bikes, touring bikes, walkers and horse riders.

Cycling in Victoria: The High Country Rail Trail

High Country Rail Trail
Trail - The High Country Rail Trail
Location - Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and Derbyshire to Shelley, Victoria, Australia
Distance - 64 km one way including the Darbyshire to Shelley section
Terrain - Mostly compacted earth with some paved sections.
Difficulty - Easy, this is a ride or walk you can take the family on. The Darbyshire to Shelley section is more challenging.
Highlights - Cycling across the beautiful Sandy Creek Rail Bridge.
Websites and maps - RailTrails Australia and High Country Rail Trail
Extension - Darbyshire to Shelley - 22 km. Not contiguous with the rest of the trail. You'll need a mountain bike for this section.

The East Gippsland Rail Trail

Location  Bairnsdale to Orbost, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Distance - 95.5 km (one way)
Terrain - Sealed between Bairnsdale and Nicholson then gravel and compacted earth to Orbost.
Difficulty - Easy to moderate.
Highlights - The views across undulating farmland along the Nicholson to Bruthen section.
Website and map - Click here (map) and here (detailed trail notes).

Falls Creek Cycling - The Historic Huts Trail.

Distance - About 40 kms return - you can easily make this longer or shorter.
Terrain - Mountain bike trails - not suitable for road bikes.
Difficulty - Moderately difficult, especially if you return via the Bogong High Plains Rd.
Highlights - The lovely scenery along the aqueducts combined with a sense of total isolation.
Map and Info - click here