GREAT VIC BIKE RIDE

9 DAY RIDE

Sat 24 Nov – Sun 02 Dec 2018

Bright to Benalla (541km)

Starting from $1029

 

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9 day ride

The Route

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The full Great Victorian Bike Ride – nine days of riding, camping and exploring with new and old friends.

You’ll see some of Victoria’s greatest sights on this adventure. Starting in Bright and finishing in Benalla, you will see both the peaks of the Alps and the flats near the Murray River, and everything in between.

Victoria’s countryside is rich with natural beauty and there’s no better way to see it than on the full Great Victorian Bike Ride.

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Route details

Day by day

Sat 24 Nov

Day 1 | Bright

Bright is an all-year-round destination and believed by some to be the state’s ultimate bike terminal – Mount Buffalo, Mount Beauty, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, MTB parks and a beautiful rail trail are all on its doorstep.

When you arrive on Day 1, you’ll set up camp with all of this surrounding you. There’s no official riding this day, so you can do as you please, whether it’s moseying around the quirky shops and boutiques or going for a dip in the Bright River.

For those who prefer to get wet on the inside, Bright Brewery is one of the more famous craft breweries in the high country, while local wineries Feathertop and Ringer Reef also have good offerings.

Bright - Great Vic Bike Ride

Sun 25 Nov

Day 2 | Bright – Beechworth (67km)

Beechworth - Great Vic Bike Ride

Riding will begin by heading from Bright towards Myrtleford on the Great Alpine Road. Oak and pine trees will provide shade from the sun as you ride through towns with brilliant names like Porepunkah, Smoko and Eurobin.

It’s not entirely flat, but the small climbs along the way aren’t too bad and the classic Australian landscape around Barwidgee and Stanley will keep your mind at ease.

You’ll have the chance to take a dip in Lake Sambell before finishing the first of two nights in Beechworth, a historic town that whose MTB scene is battling Bright for the crown of Victoria’s best.

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Mon 26 Nov

Day 3 | Beechworth – Milawa loop (85km)

There’s simply too much to see and do around Beechworth, so instead of proceeding to a new town straight away, the second ride day will be a loop to Milawa and back.

You’ll roll past the Beechworth prison in the morning, one of the towns more historic sites, and then the less historic but almost equally as known Bridge Road Brewery.

With mountains, trees and vineyards all around you on today’s ride, you will feel quite in touch with nature, and be excited to try the local gourmet delights waiting at Milawa.

If you do take the opportunity to indulge during lunch at Brown Brothers winery, there’s no need to worry because the ride back to Beechworth does include a few little climbs, so you will burn it all off.

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Beechworth - Great Vic Bike Ride

Tue 27 Nov

Day 4 | Beechworth – Tallangatta (85km)

Tallangatta - Great Vic Bike Ride

One of the greatest aspects of this year’s ride is that you get to experience both the mountains and the Murray, and today is the day that you’ll approach Australia’s longest river.

The ride from Beechworth to Tallangatta includes some classic Australian farm land – expect the cattle to stop chewing on their hay bales and walk up to the roadside fence to try and work out why there are more than 3,000 people riding past.

Even though we’ll be riding away from the Alps, there will still be plenty of hills to make the view pleasant, and once Lake Hume comes into sight you know you’re near Tallangatta. Check out what’s on in Tallangatta once you arrive in town.

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Wed 28 Nov

Day 5 | Tallangatta – Rutherglen (102km)

The agricultural land we will travel through today is less animal oriented and more horticulture and viticulture-focused. In simpler terms, today we’ll be riding past wineries and orchards.

Most famous are the local red wines and muscat, so much so that as we approach the town we will meet its answer to Goulburn’s merino and Coffs Habour’s banana: the big wine bottle.

You’ll have plenty of time to explore Rutherglen as well, because we will spending two nights and a full day here as we take a rest from riding.

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Rutherglen - Great Vic Bike Ride

Thu 29 Nov

Day 6 | Rutherglen (Rest Day)

Rutherglen - Great Vic Bike Ride

Rutherglen has plenty of offerings, many focusing on the region’s rich wine and produce. If you haven’t had enough of riding yet, you could also venture out and take a look at the local rail trails.

Otherwise, this is your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a well earned break as you take a wander through town sampling one of the many local eateries or wineries.

Fri 30 Nov

Day 7 | Rutherglen – Yarrawonga (55km)

The Great Vic is full of surprises — like when it ventures outside of Victoria. On our way to Yarrawonga, we will cross the river at Corowa NSW, a town which is famous for being the birthplace of federation.

There will be a lot of riding alongside the mighty Murray today, and the giant gum trees that line the banks.

Situated between the Murray and Lake Mulawa with it’s ghostly river gums, Yarrawonga offers you another chance whet your appetite or wet your legs with its local eateries, river beaches and water sports. 

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Yarrawonga - Great Vic Bike Ride

Sat 01 Dec

Day 8 | Yarrawonga – Glenrowan (95km)

Glenrowan - Great Vic Bike Ride

Today’s riding will be mostly flat across open plains which your legs will appreciate as we get closer to the end of nine days of riding.

However, there are a couple of little climbs today near the Warby-Ovens National Park and as we pull into Glenrowan, a town which is of course famous for being the location of Ned Kelly’s last stand.

If you’re still undecided about whether Australia’s most well-known bushranger is a hero or villain you could visit the Ned Kelly Museum to get his full story and make up your mind.

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Sun 02 Dec

Day 9 | Glenrowan – Benalla (52km)

It’s time for the 2018 Great Victorian Bike Ride’s last stand as we travel from Glenrowan to Benalla.

There will be more views of the vineyards and King Valley.

As we pull in to town we will get a lovely warm welcome from the locals and come together for one last celebration before heading home with a bag full of memories.

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Benalla - Great Vic Bike Ride

9 day ride

2018 Entry Prices

Members only

Adult
$1029
Concession
$969
Youth (12 – 17 years)
$759
Child (12 & under)
$399
Infant (5 & under)
FREE

Presale ended

Early bird

Adult
$1029
Concession
$969
Youth (12 – 17 years)
$759
Child (12 & under)
$399
Infant (5 & under)
FREE

Presale ended

Standard

Until Friday 23rd November, 5pm

Adult
$1129
Concession
$1069
Youth (12 – 17 years)
$859
Child (12 & under)
$499
Infant (5 & under)
FREE
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