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South Gippsland Rail Trail Cycle Tour near Melbourne

13 The Esplanade, Cowes, Victoria, 3922

This four day, three night self-guided, fully supported cycle tour lets you experience the Bass Coast and Great Southern Rail Trails at your own pace. Stop whenever you want. You will start on Phillip Island and cycle through the hidden bush and beaches to the amazing Bass Coast Rail Trail with its huge trestle bridge, wild coastal scenery and then join the Great Southern Rail Trail as it travels through the arty, foodie towns with rolling dairy country and views to Wilson's Promontory.

You have four days of cycling averaging around 32 kilometres each day with an option to do all or some of the George Bass Coastal walk, which starts at Kilcunda with its fantastic views, amazing headlands and protected coves. You have plenty of time to swim, play on the sand, stop in cafes, enjoy the parks, take in the Art Galleries, sample the local produce, explore old time country towns, have fun at Amaze'n'things, enjoy the museums or simply relax. Every day is different and you will love it.

On top of all that you can look forward to great accommodation each night, a warm welcome and a good sleep.

Days of operation:
  • This tour runs all year round. Even in winter when it can be sunny and clear. For dates in January or school holiday periods you will need to book early.

Tour highlights:
  • The Wild Deserted Beaches of Bass Coast
    There are spectacular beaches with thundering surf surrounded by rock cliffs and platforms. The scenery is never still and ever changing. Take a swim between the flags or watch the birds dive and swoop. There is much to love about these beaches, they take your breath away.
  • Century Old Bourne Trestle Bridge
    The views from the Bourne trestle bridge along the wild Bass Coast are just amazing. You can cycle over the bridge or explore below to see the engineering that made this such a wonderful structure. This is the only rail trail that travels along the coast in Australia. Take some time to enjoy Kilcunda with its cafes. Take a picnic and enjoy it all from outside.
  • Koonwarra - Home to the Slow Food Movement
    Koonwarra is well known for its fine food and wine. Like most of Gippsland, there is lots of fresh local produce, fine food and wine. Koonwarra is the home to the slow food movement and it is here that regional Farmers Markets were conceived. It is also home to Green Fleet Australia. Take some time to explore and talk to the locals who are keen to promote health and well being, environmental awareness and sustainable living.
  • Fish Creek
    Fish Creek is a happy, quirky town in Southern Gippsland said to be unusually arty. Have lunch or dinner inside the iconic Fish Creek Hotel an amazing Art Deco building which hosts art shows by local artists. On the roof is a giant stunned mullet - and yes it is meant to be lying down. There are four Art Galleries in town and numerous cafes so take your time and enjoy the arty, crafty Fish Creek.

Australian Cycling Holidays specialises in self-guided, fully supported, cycling holidays close by Melbourne in the beautiful Bass Coast and Gippsland.

Cycle at your pace. Start and stop when you like. Accommodation, luggage transfers, Trek Bicycles, roadside assist included. Enjoy fabulous country scenery and quiet roads and paths. Cyclewayz app and maps for Navigation.

Australian Cycling Holidays offer cycling journeys, suitable for families, single cyclists, couples or groups, including:

Bass Coast and Beyond is a popular tour with a mix of coastal and country scenery, towns and tastes.

During the Great Southern Getaway, pedal the Great Southern Rail Trail or explore the hills. Weekend markets abound. Family friendly.

The Wild Coast Rolling Country is a great mix of hills, valleys, trails and roads.

South Gippsland Rail Trails, enjoy the scenic journey through little old country towns with great cafes, all on cycle paths and rail trails.

At Melbourne Breakout, start in Melbourne and pedal to the rolling hills of Gippsland. Past distilleries, breweries and markets.

The Grand Gippsland starts in Melbourne and travels through Gippsland to Marlo where the Snowy River meets the sea.

13 The Esplanade, Cowes, Victoria, 3922

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