Great Vic Bike Ride

The hosts

As we ride from the Mountains to the Murray River in 2018 there’s so much to discover about the unique and beautiful little towns along the way that make the Great Vic so special.

From Bright to Benalla

Quirky towns

Bright – Alpine Shire 

Bright is an all-year-round destination and believed by some to be the state’s ultimate place to ride. Judge for yourself at this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride.

With Bright being the official start for this year’s #Greatvic, take day one to set yourself up, chill out and experience some of the amazing wine and produce.

You will start to feel the escape straight from the get go on the 2018 #Greatvic as you soak up the alpine area of Bright. Be amongst the mountains, the vines and the tall trees – miles away from home.

“Two-wheel action is superb around Bright, whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker.” – Visit Melbourne

Rutherglen & Beechworth – Indigo Shire 

Beechworth is the second town of this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride. The well-preserved historical town located in the north-east of Victoria, Australia, famous for its major growth during the gold rush days of the mid-1850s.

One of the golden delightes that still continues to flourish in Beechworth is the honey. Supported by the family’s 120 years of knowledge.

Rutherglen will be the host of this year’s rest day and what better location to rest the legs with an abundance of local wineries and restaurants.

“Beechworth [has] an acclaimed food and wine scene set amid stunning gold rush architecture.”” – Visit Melbourne

Tallangatta – Towong Shire 

Tallangatta marks the 3rd stop over for this year’s Great Vic Bike Ride. Tallangatta was founded in the 1870s, the Post Office opening on 15 May 1871.

The most distinctive aspect of the town’s history is that it was moved 8 kilometres to the west in the 1950s to a site known as Bolga to allow for the expansion of Lake Hume.

The sign welcoming the 3000 cyclists to the town with a population of just 1000 people will read “Tallangatta, the town that moved in the 1950s”.

” The options are endless for the avid cyclist “ – Visit Wangarratta

Glenrowan – City of Wangaratta

The end of the eighth day will see us riding into the small town of Glenrowan.

The township was settled in the late 1860s. It is famous for the bushranger Ned Kelly, who made his last stand and was eventually captured there in 1880 after a siege and shootout with police. The local railway station opened in 1874 and closed to passengers in 1981.

The town gives its name to the Glenrowan wine region which was formally defined in 2003, with the first grape vines planted in 1866.

“Yarrawonga Mulwala is the jewel in the crown of the Murray River region in Australia.” – Visit NSW

Yarrawonga – Moira Shire

A lively town located on the shores of Lake Mulwala, Yarrawonga is a popular destination for enjoying a range of water activities including boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and fishing.

Completed in 1939, the nearby Yarrawonga Weir raises the water level of the Murray River to allow the diversion of water under gravity.

Yarrawonga is also a great base for discovering the delicious food and wine on the region’s Farm Gate Trail and home to one of Australia’s top 100 golf courses.

What's on?

One of the best things about the Great Vic is the warm welcomes from the communities we visit. They’re stoked that we’re visiting and they’ve got plenty planned. Here’s a snapshot of some of the tours, cake stalls, BBQs and wineries. 

Bright (Sat 24 Nov & Sun 25 Nov)
24 November 

Bright & District Chamber of Commerce are hosting an info booth to help give you the run down on everything that Bright has planned. Plus, they have organised a treasure hunt (6.7km ride to local attractions)

25 November 

Bright College P-12 will be serving up bacon and egg rolls in the morning from the catering marquee. 

Beechworth (Sun 25 – Mon 26 Nov)
  • Lions Club of Beechworth will be cooking up a sausage sizzle as well as selling 1.5kg Christmas cakes and single portions (45g) Xmas cakes. In support of the Great Vic Bike Ride, all proceeds to provide ongoing support to the Lions Club of Beechworth’s community projects.
  • Asylum Ghost Tours are offering discounted tickets to Great Vic riders.
  • Creswick Woolen Mills is offering free Creswick Merino Socks to the first 100 customers and free shipping for all purchases (no minimum spend). Riders can take advantage of extended trading hours both days from 9:00am – 07:30pm.
  • Beechworth bakery is introducing the Great Vic Parmi Pie and salad with bottomless tea and coffee and sweets (Fruit Salad, Apple Square with Cream, or one of our mini range famous Beesting – Chocolate éclair) on Monday from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Dinner is just $15 per head and you can enjoy live music on the balcony. Only 150 spots available, book now by calling 1300 233 784
  • Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability Group’s local local expert ecologist, Dr Nicki Munr on a short walk behind the Great Vic campsite to identify local birds and butterflies. Cost is $5 per person. Meet in Mainstreet at 4pm. Don’t forget your hat and sturdy shoes. Bookings are not required but recommended (Phone Nicki on 0407 797 092).
Tallangatta (Tues 27 Nov)
What’s on?
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority will have brochures & giveaways from a stall Main Street. 
  • Movie foods at the Outdoor Cinema – Tallangatta Primary School are delighted to tease your taste buds by proving a selection of movie foods for you and your family to enjoy. Favourites like popcorn, drinks and the ever popular lollies will be available for purchase. 
  • Tallangatta Lake Community Action Group spreading the word about their work and selling merchandise

 

Street Festival (27 November 4pm – 9pm)

Be entertained at the Tallangatta two wheels street festival with street stalls, live music, activities and much more. You’ll take a glimpse into Tallangatta’s unique past and uncover the town that moved in the 50s.

Highlights
  • Live music featuring local artists
  • Barefoot bowls
  • Mitta valley morsels and craft beer
  • and so much more…

 

Rutherglen (Wed 28 Nov – Thur 29 Nov)
  • Wineries – See the full list of activities.
  • Hot breakfast of pancakes, hashbrowns, egg and bacon rolls thanks to Rutherglen Lions Club & Rutherglen Rotary Club
  • Outdoor movie snacks with donations to the 1st Rutherglen Scout Group who are raising donations
  • Murray river canoe hire – Take a leisurely guided paddle for approx three hours along the Murray River and finish at St Leonards Winery where you can return with the winery loop bus if you’d like to stay and taste delicious St Leonards wine. Cost approx $70 and please register for bookings at www.explorerutherglen.com.au from mid October or please ring Rutherglen Wine Experience on 1800 622 871
  • Rutherglen Bakery – For those early birds, stroll down to the Rutherglen bakery for a full breakfast option whether that’s a monster breakfast or a healthier muesli option.
  • Eastern Palace Chinese Restaurant – Lunch special: One plate with 3 options and rice, $15 per person. Dinner special – One plate with 4 options and rice including steak black bean, honey chicken, sweet and sour pork, curry chicken, special fried rice or steamed rice
  • Scouts Tug of war – Teams of six can participate in a Tug of War. $2 entry fee per person with donations going to the local scouts group.
  • A race to tread grapes in barrels – Apex Rutherglen are seasoned at running the famous and fun ‘Grape Stomp.’ Using Rutherglen wine grapes from last year’s vintage, there are two treaders per race. How fast can you tread on grapes in a barrel?
  • Rutherglen Landcare Group tours – Drive to a Brolga breeding site, have a short walk in a River Redgum forest at Lake Moodemere and experience our wonderful natural environment. Bookings will be available mid October or ring the Rutherglen Wine Experience on 1800 622 871. There will be a max of 20 passengers per tour and the cost is $10 per adult and $5 per person under 18 yrs
  • Common School museum – $2 per entry. The Common School Museum currently houses a fascinating collection of historical artifacts from Rutherglen and surrounds.
  • Rutherglen Gold Battery – See the Gold Battery in operation which crushed quartz to extract gold
  • Rutherglen Historical Society tours – Explore the local cemetery and old wineries. Please ring the Rutherglen Wine Experience on 1800 622 871 or book from mid October at www.explorerutherglen.com.au
  • Laundry services – Drop off your own named mesh bag in Mainstreet at designated times of 3pm and 6pm on the arrival day. For $10 per bag with a maximum of 8 small items (including t’shirt, shorts and smalls) it will be washed and then dried at low heat and returned to you
  • Arts Rutherglen and Rutherglen Xmas Decorations Committee – Have a leisurely wander around town and see tyres/wheels decorated to welcome you and our Main St full of Christmas decorations.
  • Rutherglen Swimming Club 
  • Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club – Hire out tennis courts. All necessary equipment supplied. Cost of $20 per court per hour
  • Rutherglen Kindergarten Inc – Cake stall and icy-poles
Yarrawonga (Fri 30 Nov & Sat 1 Dec)
30 November
  • Nov Murray Darling Basin Authority – Brochures & giveaways
  • Yarrawonga Tennis Club
1 December
  • Yarrawonga Lions Club BBQ – egg and bacon rolls
Glenrowan (Sat 1 Dec)
  • Booths Taminick Cellars/Black Dog Brewery tastings
  • Friends of the Great Vic Rail Trail – It is a popular starting point as it allows you to explore the trail in both directions. The trail is suitable for riders of all fitness levels and is perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Visit the ‘Friends of the GVRT’ booth to find out more. The Great Victorian Rail Trail at 134kms is the longest rail trail in Victoria and features the only tunnel on a trail. The trail runs East from Tallarook through the township of Yea to Mansfield. The Alexandra spur line is 13kms long and joins the main trail at Cathkin.
On route
27 November
  • Kiewa Valley Tennis Club selling soft drink, sports drinks, flavoured milk, choc bars, chips, cakes, icy poles. Kiewa Valley Tennis Club is fundraising to purchase new club uniforms for all our junior players for the upcoming tennis season. Please stop by and support our kids in this fundraising effort.
28 November 
  •  Kiewa Valley Primary School stalls selling cold drinks, icy poles, local Kiewa Valley flavoured milk, local Gundoring ice-cream, home cooked cakes and slices, bacon and egg rolls

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