Casual cyclists and active foodies will find a range of day rides and weekend packages on offer in Victoria's High Country this cycling season, in destinations including Beechworth, Rutherglen, Bright, Myrtleford and Mansfield. From spring through autumn, North East Victoria's ever-changing, panoramic landscapes offer an inspiring backdrop for recreational cycling, while the region's culinary villages offer food and wine worth pedalling for.
|Cycling the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail|
Explore Rutherglen's food-friendly wines and regional produce on the SEASONAL FOOD FORAY, a progressive lunch by bike. The Pickled Sisters Café will wave you off with a seasonal hamper of four dishes to be paired with a glass of wine at four iconic wineries, on a 20km cycling route via the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and quiet country roads. Cost: $55pp for matched food and wine. Bookings: www.pickledsisters.com.au (24hrs notice required). Bike hire available from Rutherglen Wine Experience.
Myrtleford's Cycle Centre will host a series of COOK-CYCLE-FEAST day rides over summer, including 15 - 20km of cycling along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Choose from the Bread & Butter Bicycle Tour (featuring hands-on bread making and lunch at Delize Café Deli), Coffee Bean Roast 'n' Ride (featuring a roasting session at Coffee Chakra and lunch at Happy Valley Hotel) or Gnocchi on Wheels (featuring hands-on pasta making and lunch at Delize Café Deli). Cost: $95pp, includes local guide, food and wine tastings, morning tea and lunch. Bike hire available. Various dates in November & January; Private tours bookable, min. 6 cyclists. Bookings: www.myrtlefordcycle.com
Gather your girlfriends for PEDALS, PILATES & LATTES, a boutique two-night getaway at Bright's Leader Reef accommodation. Get invigorated with a pilates session by the pool or fire, before a gentle 20km bike ride along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to Feathertop Wines, then reflect on your active day over dinner prepared for you in-house by a local chef. Cost: Two-night package from $260pp weekdays/$285pp weekends. Min. 4 - 8 guests. Bookings:www.leaderreef.com.au
Base yourself in Beechworth to pedal the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail down to the Milawa Gourmet Region on Riding High's signature GOLDEN GOURMET self-guided day tour. This intermediate 45km ride includes a private lunch at the historic Ladson's Store in Tarrawingee, now the home of the Correll family, before more food and wine stops finishing at Sam Miranda Winery. Cost: $150pp (includes lunch, coffee, tasting plate with glass of Prosecco and transfers). Bike hire $30pp. Bookings: www.ridinghigh.com.au
At All Terrain Cycles in Mansfield, book in a self-guided 22km BIKE TO BRIDGE ride along the Great Victorian Rail Trail to Bonnie Doon. Pedal alongside scenic farmland, through shady tree tunnels and finish your ride crossing the historic 385m Bonnie Doon bridge. Have one of Mansfield's cafes/providores pack you a picnic to enjoy on the shores of Lake Eildon or lunch at family-friendly Bonnie Bar. Cost $55pp adults/$50 children for bike hire and return shuttle, Standard pick-up from Bonnie Doon 2.00pm. Bookings: www.allterraincycles.com.au
For more information on Victoria's High Country, Australia's premier cycling destination: www.victoriashighcountry.com.au