Top Rail Trail Rides in Victoria's High Country -– swim and cycle with Pedal 'n' Dips »

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Rail Trail Cycling Tours - Riding towards Mount Buffalo

Rail Trail Cycling Tours - Riding towards Mount Buffalo [©M E Moore]

 

Pack your bathers (and your fishing rod) in your panniers and be prepared for a dip and/or a spot of relaxing fishing as you cycle your way through Victoria's North East.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail boasts almost 50 water crossings as it follows the Goulburn River and traverses a glimmering Lake Eildon, while the High Country Rail Trail hugs the shoreline of the spectacular Lake Hume including a 600m crossing at the new Sandy Creek Bridge.

Pedalling the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, you’re also never far from a refreshing dip in the Ovens or Murray River. Pack your bathers in your bike basket for the region’s Top Pedal ‘n’ Dips to make the most of the pristine mountain-fed rivers and lakes of the North East.

The region also boasts some of Victoria’s best recreational fishing in Victoria, so leave room for a rod in your backpack!

Also see links below for further information on some venues.

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

  • Bright to Porepunkah with a dip in the Ovens River at Riverside Park:
    It’s a family-friendly pedal (6km one way) past the Rail Trail Café to the Porepunkah River Pool at Riverside Park. Here, the river is dammed over the summer holidays and manned by lifeguards to provide a safe swimming hole to splash about in.

 

  • Rutherglen to Wahgunyah with a dip in the Murray River at Rowers Park:
    Ride until you reach the natural border of Victoria and NSW, the mighty Murray River (9km one way). From the historic Wahgunyah Empire Hotel, cross the bridge to Corowa’s banks to dangle your cycling legs in the water. Make tracks back to Rutherglen via Wahgunyah’s wineries for a wine tasting or refuelling lunch.

 

  • Wangaratta to Oxley with a dip in the King River at the Stan Allan Reserve:
    Tease your appetite with a gentle 9km pedal (one way) to this shady picnic and camping spot on the banks of the King River. Roll into Sam Miranda Cellar Door in Oxley for a coffee, bite or wine as you dry off.
     

Great Victorian Rail Trail

  • Mansfield to Bonnie Doon with a dip in Lake Eildon:
    Ah, the serenity! Pedal 22km (one way) and you’ll find exactly that in the cool waters of Lake Eildon. Laze away the afternoon in a shady spot at the water’s edge with a picnic collected in Mansfield, or “pedal to paddle” and hire a kayak from Lake Eildon Cruises at Kennedy’s Point.
     

High Country Rail Trail

  • Huon to Tallangatta with a dip in Lake Hume:
    When Lake Hume is brimming, park the car at Huon and pedal 12km (one way) to Tallangatta where the best family swimming is to be found at the BBQ shelter near the Lakelands Caravan Park. When the water dips below 80%, with just a few more pedal strokes you’ll find the Hospital Inlet is the place to cool off.

Regions

  • Legends, Wine and High Country (NE Victoria) (VIC)

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