10D8N Melbourne & Great Victorian Rail Trail Cycling Holidays

PLUS $200 OFF per Couple
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Sale period: Till 30 September 2022
Travel period: Till 31st March 2023

fr. SGD 3388

Highlights

Inclusions: 

  • Return economy airfare
  • Return private airport transfer
  • 1 way coach transfer from Melbourne Southern Cross station to Mansfield  Station 
  • 1 way train transfer from Tallrook Railway Station to Melbourne Southern Cross Station
  • 4 night accommodation with daily breakfast  in Mebourne 
  • 4 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with private facilities on most nights (No Breakfast)
  • Hybrid Bicycle hire including a helmet, pannier and a specialized bike fitting service (electric bikes and tag-along bikes can be hired for an additional supplement)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route notes & maps available to download and use on your phone
  • GPS information
Meals on board

Check in for your flight to Melbourne.

Upon arrival, make your own way from the airport to the city centre.

Breakfast

Today, a great way to hop on to he train and explore to visit attractions across the city and reach the surrounding suburbs, with services running daily from early morning to late at night. Major stations in the city include Central, Flinders and Southern Cross Station. Catch the train to reach attractions including Melbourne Aquarium, Marvel Stadium, and a range of destinations including South Yarra and Brighton via the Sandringham Line, Richmond and St Kilda via the South Morang and Hurstbridge Line.

This morning, check out of your hotel and make your own way to Mansfield. The easiest way to do this is to take the bus from Melbourne. Mansfield is nestled in the foothills of the Victorian Alps and surrounded by grazing land and mountain forests. The city has a number of interesting historical buildings dating back to its time as a stock route camp and gold mining town.

Today  meet with our bike provider who will conduct a specialised bike fitting and provide you with your bike, helmet and pannier. They will also collect your luggage and transfer it to your next hotel. Your journey starts with a nice easy ride into Bonnie Doon today. Heading into Bonnie Doon you cross the impressive 385 metre bridge over Lake Eildon. Bonnie Doon was immortalised in the hilarious Australian classic movie "The Castle" This afternoon you can explore and feel the serenity for yourself! Overnight in Bonnie Doon.

Today you set off through farming country, cycling past rock outcrops, livestock and open farmlands. You will pass by the Merton service-station, where you may wish to get a cold drink or ice-cream before the gentle ascent to Merton Gap. This is the highest point on the trail, and the spectacular views from the top are well worth the climb. From here it's a nice, long gentle descent all the way to Yarck, where you can stop for a lunch break.  We recommend visiting Grant Street Grocer (100 Grant Street) if you're after a well deserved treat, or there are a number of pubs worth a visit. Overnight in Alexandra.

Today you head to the historic and thriving town of Yea. This area is rich pastoral and dairying area with the Yea River flowing around the town. There are a couple of small climbs this morning out of Alexandra for which you are rewarded at Eglington Gap, which has outstanding views back over Alexandra and the hinterland. From here you have a nice long gentle descent to Molesworth. Further along you will come to the 201 metre long Cheviote Tunnel, the longest trail tunnel in Victoria. It was made from 675,000 bricks which were handcrafted on site with local clay in 1889. We stay at the quaint and beautiful Peppercorn Hotel in Yea. Dinner is recommended in the hotel (Wednesday-Sunday only).

For your final day of cycling you may wish to fuel up at Marmalades Café, which serves great breakfasts and coffees. Today you will ride next to the heritage-classified Goulburn River, passing through the Trawool valley. This is a region which was painted by many of the famous Australian painters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in particular Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin. Towards the end of the route there are particularly fine views, and it is worthy of a stop to enjoy the beautiful Goulburn River. You will ride into the quiet town of Tallarok, nestled at the foot of the magnificent Tallarook Ranges. The trip ends on your arrival in Tallarook. Here you can leave your bike for collection, pick up your luggage and catch the train back to Melbourne. Alternatively we can organise a return transfer to Mansfield (complimentary except when using own bike).

Breakfast

Today, you may wish to visit the Yarra valley or Great Ocean Road at your own expense.  

Breakfast

If time permits, you can do some last-minute shopping before you proceed to the airport and catch your flight home.

NOTE: Prices exclude airport taxes & surcharges. All hotel & seats reservations are subject to availability. Any increase in room rates arising from the events and conventions shall be borne by customers.