Sunday, March 22, 2015 (All day) - Friday, April 3, 2015 (All day)
This will be a full pannier tour —total distance about 750 km.
The dates avoid the busy holiday period, and the weather should be fine — for the Victorian climate. Start and end points utilize the public transport system, thereby avoiding the urban traffic. Read more…
The tour starts on Sunday 22 March in Cowes on Phillip Island. This gives participants time to get their bikes together and either ride or take the metro rail south along Port Phillip Bay to Stony Point and catch the ferry across to Cowes (which is what I will be doing). There are opportunities to ride Rail Trails on various sections of this tour so keep that in mind when deciding which bike or tire selection you take over.
The first night after passing through Cape Paterson is at Inverloch, a coastal community on the Anderson Inlet (around 66 km for the day). The second night is at Foster where South Gippsland's rolling hills meet the waters of the Corner Inlet Marine Park and the entry to Wilsons Promontory (58 km of rolling hills). Originally a gold mining centre, it is now better known for its National Park, along with wine and food.
Yarram is deep in the dairy country of South Gippsland, and at the heart of some of its most beautiful locales (day three is around 62 km).
Day 4 passes through the refreshingly cool atmosphere of Tarra–Bulga National Park, on our way to Rosedale (58 km). Situated on the banks of the Latrobe River in Central Gippsland, Rosedale places a premium on cafes, local produce and vintage shops.
A relaxing 55 km takes us on to Sale. Take time out to relax at the Port of Sale precinct with its selection of cafes and restaurants, or check out local artistic venues. Sale is at the western end of the extensive lake system that we follow for the next few days.
Lochsport is at the end of what I hope will be a quiet, dead end road, and 58 km for the day. The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes, fringed by the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve. We will have a rest day here as it offers a great range of activities. From here we will travel by boat to Paynesville on Australia's largest inland network of waterways, then on to Lakes Entrance around 58 km. Lakes Entrance is renowned for amazing seafood.
On the return leg we can pick up some Rails to Trails sections on our way to the small country town of Lindenow (approximately 62 km). Mitchell National Park is a possibility on our way to Maffra (54 km), which is famous for its cheese and milk industry, on the way to Moe, a further 73 km down the road, including some more Rail Trail opportunity. The last night is planed to be at Toorongo Falls (54 km). This is a stunning waterfall, in a rainforest setting.
The last day we will ride 82 km, to the end of the urban rail system. at Lillydale.
To register your interest, contact Noel
Ph. 0419 964 804
Saturday, September 12, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, September 20, 2015 (All day)
Provisional dates: Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 September 2015
With bright skies and big horizons the 27th On Your Bike tour will explore the roads and towns within the central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Starting in Merredin, we’ll chart a zig-zag course in both a northerly and southerly direction, crossing the Great Eastern Highway a number of times. Cycling on very quiet sealed back country roads you’ll enjoy the undulating landscape as we pass through vast tracts of farmland sown with swaying crops of wheat and colourful yellow canola. Overnighting in Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, Quairading, Cunderdin, Wyalkatchem, Meckering and Northam, you will also get to see some of the historic water pumping stations built by engineer C Y O’Connor more than 100 years ago along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail as we enjoy the journey back to Midland.
Contact: 2015 OYB Tour Leader, Trevor Knox on 0402 029 608 or email email@example.com