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.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail stretches for more than 100 kilometres, meandering through the Ovens Valley. The sealed off-road trail is a spine from which interconnected trails lead from the flatlands around Wangaratta to the famous alpine town of Bright as well as to historic Beechworth, through the gourmet riches of Milawa and the hidden valley of Wandiligong. And with a separate section linking Rutherglen to Wahgunyah on the Murray River, there are plenty of trail options to fit your schedule.
There are a number of businesses in each destination offering cycle shuttle services, gourmet cycle tours following the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, bike repairs and bike hire of all kinds, including e-bikes.
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, head north to a tunnel under Wangaratta Road. Follow the levee and a brief section beside the road before you arrive at Bowser, the first of the steam train–themed rest stops.
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.
Detour to Beechworth
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.
At 800 metres above the valley floor, the climb to Beechworth is steady going, through beautiful bushland. Your reward? A gorgeous town to explore at the summit.
Beechworth is packed with fascinating history, and fabulous dining and accommodation. Order perfect plates at award-winning restaurant The Provenance, or keep it casual with gourmet pizza at Bridge Road Brewers.
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.