Whisk yourself away to the best-developed rail trail in Victoria, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and dive into the heart of the Victorian alpine region. Savour delightful hidden valleys with views, spectacular mountain scenery and the bounty of gourmet producers, renowned cellar doors, cafes and craft brewers. Cool down in rivers and streams along the way.
Meandering through the Ovens Valley, the 100-kilometre sealed off-road trail is a spine from which a web of interconnected trails take you from the flatlands around Wangaratta to the famous alpine town of Bright, or Beechworth, Milawa, Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and Wandiligong.
No matter your age or riding ability, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail offers sections to suit cycling adventurers or casual cyclists and families of all ages and abilities.
Along the old railway line
Easily accessible via V/Line train from Melbourne, Wangaratta is a convenient place to begin. Starting from the Old Wangaratta Station in the middle of Apex Park and follow the path taken by the old railway line – first north to a tunnel under Wangaratta Roadd, following the levee and a brief section beside the road before you arrive at Bowser, the first of the steam locomotive–themed rest areas.
Take care as you proceed from Bowser through the narrow tunnel under the highway, and don’t miss the sharp right-hand turn on the other side. Once through you are greeted by flat farmland and soon you arrive at the junction at Old Everton station.
Beechworth or Bright? You decide
At Old Everton station you have two options: break away and take the trail uphill to the historic town of Beechworth; or continue on the main trail through the valley and on towards Bright.
While not arduous, the climb to Beechworth is steady going through beautiful bushland and birdsong, and the reward is the gorgeous town at the summit. Beechworth offers visitors many excellent history, dining and accommodation options.
Back on the main trail
The main trail pushes on through farm and pasture that gives way to bushland at the crest of Taylors Gap – an impressive cutting in its time – and descends gently into tranquil Myrtleford. Discover local history, including the historic tobacco-drying shed and the Big Tree. Myrtleford makes the perfect place to spend the night if you have a leisurely schedule.