Murray to Mountains 6-Day Autumn Bike Tour
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Autumn Colours
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- Day 1: Wangaratta to Beechworth - 43km
- Day 2: Beechworth to Bright - 69km
- Day 3: Bright
- Day 4: Bright to Milawa - 73km
- Day 5: Milawa to Whitfield - 44km
- Day 6: Whitfield to Wangaratta - 48km
About This Tour
Australia’s North East Victoria is known for its incredible natural beauty, fantastic produce and rich history, and what better way to immerse yourself in this increasingly popular region than with our easy-does-it autumn cycling tour.
With small groups, expert support and an unwavering commitment to safety - the Mulga difference - you’ll see Victoria’s high country in a whole new way.
Each of the four seasons provides its own distinctive mix of visual delights but it is in autumn that North East Victoria especially shines. Journey with us on this autumn tour and pedal beneath grand old trees heavy with striking leaves of red and gold.
On this tour we’ll ride the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail with beautiful views of Mt Buffalo. Later we’ll join quiet country back roads to explore the Milawa gourmet region and the King Valley.
What is included:
- 6 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star properties, including pre-tour accommodation at Wangaratta (Sunday 2 May 2021)
- All meals starting from breakfast on day 1 (but not lunch and dinner in Bright on Day 3)
- End of tour lunch
- Hot/cold drinks and snacks from the support vehicle
- Daily photos to capture your memories
- Daily maps and elevation profiles
- Support vehicles provided every day - ride as much or as little as you please
- Custom built support trailer for careful and safe carriage of your bike and luggage
- Luggage transfer between your accommodation
- UHF radio link between yourself and the support vehicle
- Mechanical assistance and support (limited spares)
- Tour guides - the owners of Mulga Bicycle Tours are with you every day
Beautiful autumn and sub-alpine views, fascinating local history and geography.
Ranges from 43km to 73km per day, with one rest day.
For an understanding of the weather experienced in May review the weather statistics recorded at Wangaratta.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Answers to our most commonly asked questions can be found here - Multi day tours – FAQ
Accommodation, all meals (except for lunch and dinner on Day 3 in Bright) starting with breakfast on Day 1 in Wangaratta; drinks and snacks from the tour support vehicle, tour guides, daily maps and itineraries; use of support vehicles as required.
Alcoholic drinks, food, beverages, and other personal items you purchase; room service and mini bar charges; telephone calls made from the telephone provided in your accommodation; laundry costs; parts required to repair your personal bicycle and repairs to your personal bicycle undertaken by Mulga Bicycle Tours or in a third party’s bicycle shop.
We'll meet in Wangaratta where we'll start riding tomorrow. You'll be welcomed by Mulga Bicycle Tours guides at our accommodation and shown the best places for dinner tonight.
Today we'll join the famous Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail and ride to Beechworth. Along the way we’ll pass through serene natural bush and striking tall gums with abundant birdlife cheering us as we pass.
This afternoon you'll be free to explore the many interesting aspects of Beechworth from historical buildings and gardens to the local brewery and famous Pennyweight Winery. Tonight we’ll stay in the historic Mayday Hills Village - a refurbished art deco building with exceptional gardens and a fascinating story to tell.
Today’s Beechworth to Bright cycling route takes us through a mix of settled land and impressive areas of natural beauty with striking views. We begin with a short climb to Stanley through magnificent countryside before the long scenic downhill run through Mount Stanley Scenic Reserve. We then journey alongside picturesque Barwidgee Creek all the way into Myrtleford.
After lunch and within view of several alpine peaks, we’ll cycle up the scenic Ovens Valley, close to the Ovens River, on the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. We’ll stop at the Australian Pumpkin Seed Company, visit the delightful towns of Everton and Porepunkah, and then make our way into Bright, one of Victoria’s most charming and bike-friendly villages.
Bright has so much to offer that we’ll be spending the entire day here. Enjoy the chance to wander through town, indulge in the local café and food culture, visit the boutique brewery, and immerse yourself in the town’s fascinating mining history.
If the group is feeling energetic, we’ll be on hand to offer support for a cycle either to the top of Mt Buffalo, one of Australia’s most satisfying alpine climbs, or an easier ride along the gorgeous Buckland Valley.
From Mt Buffalo you can take in the incredible rock formations of the magnificent Gorge with views over the Ovens Valley. There are also other shorter rides which may appeal.
This morning we return to the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail to enjoy the mostly downhill run into Myrtleford where we'll stop for lunch. Continuing on the rail trail we will pass through Gapsted before turning onto peaceful country back roads at Everton, which will take us to the Milawa Gourmet Region.
After a short break in Mohyu we will arrive in Whitfield for a late lunch. Prepare your palate for introduction to prosecco with Dal Zotto Wines, then enjoy a late afternoon visit to Powers Lookout, the hideout of Ned Kelly’s mentor Harry Power.
After breakfast we'll follow the Wangaratta-Whitfield Road back to Oxley and then join the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail for our final leg back to Wangaratta. We'll celebrate with an end of tour lunch before saying our farewells.