AUSTRALIA'S rail trails​


Cycle our reborn rail corridors and enjoy the drives in-between on our comfy mini-coach. 

This is a fresh, active way to bike a big chunk of Australia and give traffic the flick. 


Possible September 2019 itinerary

1: Nambour/Noosa to Wondai, Sth Burnett RT

Meet at Nambour Station (Brisbane Rail network) or Noosaville on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Drive about 120kms to Kilkivan and ride the new South Burnett Rail Trail via Goomeri and Murgon to Wondai 60kms (45 dirt, 15 sealed).

2: Wondai to Blackbutt, Brisbane Valley RT

Ride 30km to Kingaroy (sealed). It's a short drive of 45kms to Yarraman to start the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Ride a further 20km to Blackbutt (dirt).

3: Blackbutt to Esk, Brisbane Valley RT

Ride 75km (dirt) to the pretty town of Esk via Linville, Moore and the newly opened section to Toogooloowah.

4: Esk to Guyra, Brisbane Valley RT

Ride on another 67km (dirt) to the Wulkuraka terminus on the Brisbane Rail network, near Ipswich. Drive 400kms to Guyra, Australia's highest town at 1400m and the hub of a push to develop the proposed 200+km New England Rail Trail. See some of the towns on this fabulous route: Wallangarra, Tenterfield and Glen Innes.

5: Guyra to Hunter Valley

Drive on 370kms through Armidale, Tamworth and Scone to the Hunter Valley's vineyards. The newly opened Heritage Drive Cycleway runs just 11kms (sealed) but it does have a dozen cellar doors! 

6: Hunter Valley to Sydney, Great North Road

We drive the scenic route via the colonial village of Wollombi. Options to ride (1) 35kms on the World-Heritage convict-built Great North Road, open only to hikers and cyclists; (2) or 65kms loop on quiet riversisde roads Wisemans Ferry to St Albans return. Drive on to Sydney.

7: Sydney 

A rest day to enjoy Sydney for continuing riders. Accommodation in Randwick near Centennial Park, 2 kms from beaches and 5 kms from city.

8: Sydney to Beechworth

It's a big drive of 560kms to Albury. We'll pause in Goulburn and Gundagai, future rail trail terminus towns. At Albury we collect new riders (eg from Melbourne) and drive up to the plateau gold-rush town of Beechworth, our base for 4 nights.

9: Beechworth to Bright, Murray to Mountains RT

Ride 70kms (sealed, fine gravel) on the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail to the alpine resort town of Bright and return on our bus to Beechworth.

10: High Country RT

Transfer on our bus to Shelley, Victoria's highgest rail station, for the ride downhill (-600m) to Old Tallangatta then along Lake Hume to Wodonga's outskirts, returning to Beechworth via Yackandandah. Options to ride are 35-70kms (sealed, fine gravel). 

11: Around Beechworth

Options day. For a rail trails ride of 95kms, take the HCRT west to the Wangaratta terminus, continuing onto the path tracing the narrow-gauge tram that once ran to Oxley and Milawa. 15kms of quiet roads link back to the HCRT near Everton for the ride back to Beechworth. For more rides, the area has many back roads to explore places like Mt Stanley, Eldorado and Woolpack Falls.

12: Beechworth to Alexandra Great Victoria RT

Drive 140kms via the King Valley and Tolmie Road to Mansfield. Ride via Bonnie Doon the 75kms to Alexandra (fine gravel). 

13: Alexandra to Melbourne Great Victoria RT

Ride another 75kms (fine gravel) via Yea to the Tallarook terminus. Transfer in our bus 90kms to Melbourne. 

14: Melbourne

Continuing riders stay at Bayview on the Park Hotel near Albert Park, St.Kilda and Prahran, just 3kms to city centre.

15: Melbourne to Castlemaine, O'Keefe RT

Drive 120kms to Heathcote. Ride 50kms on the O'Keefe Rail Trail (fine gravel) to the gold-rush regional city of Bendigo. Drive 40kms on to Castlemaine for the night.

16: Castlemaine to Camperdown, Skipton RT

Drive 80kms to Victoria's other gold rush city of Ballarat for a walk of the town centre. Next ride the Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail 60kms (fine gravel).

Complete the day with a 70km drive to Camperdown.

17: Camperdown to Pt Campbell, Timboon RT

Ride out of town on the Timboon RT, 40kms (fine gravel). Timboon is known for timber, cheese and the Scotch distillery at the trail terminus! Ride 20-25kms or drive on to Port Campbell, our Great Ocean Road overnight.

This afternoon/evening we can go sightseeing to Loch Ard Gorge and sunset at the 12 Apostles.

18: Pt Campbell to Pt Fairy, Warrnambool-Pt Fairy RT

Start the day with a drive of 65kms to more famed coast sights, London Bridge and Bay of Islands. Stop in at Cheese World, then browse of Warrnambool ahead of the ride to Port Fairy 40kms (fine gravel). Overnight in The World's Most Livable Community.

19: Pt Fairy to Nelson, ride options

Drive on to Portland, Bridgewater Bay and Nelson 180kms. Ride in the Glenelg NP or canoe up the Glenelg River.

20: Nelson to Robe, ride options

Travelling 200kms today. Morning option to drive or ride 34kms on quiet sealed roads to Donovans and historic Port MacDonnell. Drive on to volcanic crater Mount Schanck (hike up), the gorgeous Blue Lake, Umpherston Cave sinkhole, Mt Gambier town centre, Millicent and Beachport. Options to ride Bog Lane for the final 32kms (dirt then sealed) to Robe.

21: Robe to Meningie, Old Coorong Road

Morning drive or ride to Kingston and on to The Granites, 62kms. Ride 42kms along the Old Coorong Road. Drive on 85kms to Salt Creek and Meningie. Enjoy the sights of the Coorong Wilderness and visit Camp Coorong, a museum and educational centre of the Ngarrindjeri People.

22: Meningie to Morgan, Lakes and Murray River

Morning ride (or drive) the quiet Narrung and Poltalloch Roads alongside Lakes Albert and Alexandrina for 60kms. Follow the Murray River north, driving via Wellington, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Walker Flat, Swan Reach, Blanchetown and the old rail terminus / river port of Morgan. Some quiet sections can be ridden. Total day is 300kms.

23: Morgan to Gawler, Riesling RT / Rattler RT

Drive to Clare 130kms via the historic mining town of Burra. Ride 54kms (fine gravel) amongst the Clare Valley wineries to Auburn then east to the Riverton terminus. Drive 50kms to finish the day in Gawler. 

24: Gawler to Angaston, Barossa Trail

Ride 40kms through the heart of the Barossa Valley. Plenty of time for side-trips on quiet roads.

25: Angaston to Hahndorf, Amy Gillett RT

Drive 50kms to Mt Torrens via Birdwood Motor Museum. Ride the Amy Gillett Rail Trail to Oakbank 17kms, then an option for a further 10kms on back roads to reach the popular German-settled village of Hahndorf.

26: Hahndorf to Victor Harbor, Encounter Bikeway

Drive to Meadows 20kms. Option to ride the next 28kms gently downhill (-370m) along the beautiful and quiet Bulls Creek Road. Just 14kms of busier road takes us into the old river port of Goolwa to ride 32kms on the Encounter Bikeway to Victor Harbor and The Bluff.

27: Victor Harbor to Adelaide, Sea to Vines RT

Drive about 40kms to the top of Willunga Hill, infamous from the Tour Down Under. Blast down the old road into Willunga where we switch to the Sea to Vines Rail Trail, riding 40kms through wine country, Adelaide's outer suburbs and southern coastline. It's possible to complete the final 20kms following the shore to Glenelg and rail trail into the city. 


COSTS (provisional)

27 days, 26 nights

$4000 double or twin-share (motels, cabins 3-4 star)

Single supplement add $1300 (motels, cabins 3-4 star).

Bike hire MTB add $15 per day

Riders interested in an option with cheaper pub accommodations where available, please ask. 

All travel, gear transfers and accommodation is included.

Meals and any admissions are extra.

Shorter section examples:

Nambour to Wulkuraka 4 days, 3 nights 600 dbl/twn, 750 sgl

Sydney to Melbourne 6 days, 5 nights 1000 dbl/twn, 1250 sgl

Melb to Adelaide 13 days, 12 nights 2000 dbl/twn, 2600 sgl

Other sections possible on request.

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