Cycling Tours - Victoria
Victorian Alps Tour
On a mostly dry and flat continent, nothing delivers a challenge like the snow-clad and mountainous Victorian Alps. This five day 400km tour incorporates challenging peaks, historic townships, the Victorian rail trail and award winning wineries. Highlights include the ascent of the magnificent granite infused Mount Buffalo and the gruelling climb up the highest peak in the region, Mt Hotham. Ride the Muscat Trail to wineries fringed by gum trees in Milawa and feast on fresh berries, cheeses, chestnuts, chutneys and trout in the Alpine Valleys. See the courthouse where Ned Kelly stood trial in the historic gold rush town of Beechworth and old cattle huts in the Bogong Plains. This tour is designed for those who love climbing!
"It was lovely to visit the Alps in the summer. The small towns are full of character and there is a real summer buzz, which we were not expecting. We also really enjoyed the challenge that this tour offered. There were some great hill climbs, mixed in with some spectacular scenery and we also managed a few nice walks in the afternoons."
Lana and James Wilford - VIC
TOUR MAP AND ITINERARY
DAY 1 Distance: 118 km Altitude gain: 1841 m
Dinner Plain to Falls Creek – Descend through beautiful scenery into Omeo; a county town rich with gold mining history. Stop for refreshments at the Blue Duck Inn, before climbing to the summit of Bogong High Plains. Follow this with an easy descent into Falls Creek.
DAY 2 Distance: 114 km Altitude gain: 907 m
Falls Creek to Beechworth – The challenge for the day is the Tawonga Gap; a short steady in
and out climb before you enjoy the undulating countryside into the township of Beechworth with its inviting tree lined streets and parks.
DAY 3 Distance: 64 km Altitude gain: 135 m
Beechworth to Myrtleford – Start the day with a short steep climb by the name of Buckland Gap to get the heart pumping. Reward yourself with a leisurely ride to the Milawa Wine Region for lunch at the Brown Brothers Winery. Finish the day with a cruisey cycle along the iconic rail trail to Myrtle-ford.
DAY 4 Distance: 95 km Altitude gain: 1624 m
Myrtle-ford to Bright – Follow the Murray to Mountains rail trail into the beautiful country town of Bright. For those who want the challenge, you can begin your ascent of Mount Buffalo with its spectacular views along the way.
DAY 5 Distance: 66 km Altitude gain: 1711 m
Bright to Dinner Plain – cycle along the rail trail to the base of Mt Hotham. Follow with a tough 30km climb to the summit. Well done: you have cycled 400 kms and ascended three of the largest peaks in the Victorian Alps!