Get a glimpse of the sights, sounds and flavours of Victoria's High Country on a journey along the 134-kilometre Great Victorian Rail Trail, the longest continuous rail trail in Australia. Load up the bikes and drive to any number of kick off points or take the train to Tallarook and hit the trail from there.
On the trail
Make your way across the rivers and lakes of the Goulburn River flood plains, ride past rolling hills, rich farmland, historic towns and quaint villages, before heading on into the vast Victorian High Country, home of magnificent Lake Eildon. With plenty of Australian wildlife out and about it's your chance to get up close to echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and native birds in their natural surroundings.
Stop at markets in Yea, Tallarook, Yarck and Mansfield to stock up on local goodies, finish your ride with a beer and a counter meal at a historic country pub, or get a taste of the good life at local wineries along the way. For those making the side trip to Alexandra, time your trip for the second and fourth Sunday of every month to catch the Alexandra Timber Tramway – the kids will love it.
What to expect
The trail is suitable for riders of all fitness levels and, as there's no traffic to contend with, it's the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with the kids. Gradients are mostly gentle with a few longer climbs to keep things interesting. The steepest climb is from Alexandra to Eglington Cutting, though the view from the top is well worth the effort.
The surface is best suited to mountain bikes, hybrid and touring cycles and is made up of chert (bitumen-like compacted black stone) or granitic sand.
Location: Tallarook, Yea, Cathkin, Bonnie Doon, Mansfield, Alexandra
Grade: Mostly flat
Start: Optional starting points available
Content: Tourism Victoria