Rutherglen & Chiltern
Famous as one of Australia's leading wine regions, Rutherglen has now caught the cycling bug. With numerous cycle tracks, cross country trails and on-road courses to choose from, there’s no better way to explore the local area than on two wheels.
Families are well catered for with relatively flat terrain and quiet country roads making it ideal for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Take your pick of eight mapped loops setting out from Rutherglen, ranging from gentle jaunts to 90-kilometre lung busters.
Pick a path
Enjoy an easy peddle along the Wahgunyah Ride from Rutherglen, stopping at farms, cafes and wineries along the way. Get tips from local winemakers, recharge with a picnic beside the Murray River, or just marvel at the magnificent 100 year old gums lining the riverbank.
Have a go at the Gooramadda Cycle Trail, a 50-kilometre loop suitable for both the recreational and serious cyclist. Head south east from Rutherglen and work up a sweat over the Cornishtown foothills. Ride past grand gold rush-era homesteads, through the fringes of the Chiltern Box Ironbark Forest, and on to the Murray River.
Step by step
Combine the gastronomic with the physical. Collect your seasonal food hamper from the Pickled Sisters Cafe and kick off an indulgent cycle holiday. Enjoy a progressive luncheon at Cofield, Pfeiffer, Stanton and Killeen, and Campbells wineries. And with a short ride between courses the entire day is guilt free.
Off road action
Get pumped up on a trip to the bush biking capital of North East Victoria. With more than twenty thousand hectares of native forest to explore and hundreds of kilometres of well-formed bush tracks to cut, thrust and peddle through, the Chiltern Box Ironbark State Forest is a must for any serious mountain biker. Keep a look out for wildflowers, kangaroos, wallabies and the rare Regent Honeyeater along the way.
Visitor information centres in Chiltern, Rutherglen and Wahgunyah offer free maps, bike hire, ride guides and cycling accessories as well as information on local attractions