Great Victorian Rail Trail
Great Victorian Rail Trail
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We cycled the Great Victorian Rail Trail with friends and we had a great time. We booked with Tour de Vines and their service was first class. The accommodation was very good, and the dining options at the various stops were equally fine.
This trip included four days of cycling. The first day from Mansfield to Bonnie Doon was 22km. Bonnie Doon to Alexandra 59km. The next day to Yea was about 39km and the final day to Tallapoosa was 39km. The trail is well sign posted and well maintained. This is an easy ride on an e-bike.
The countryside is stunning and the subtle changes in scenery are beautiful. Once we departed our overnight stop, there was not a lot of things to visit. This meant that we were at our overnight stop about mid afternoon, which allowed us time to explore the local township.
This was a wonderful and unhurried holiday. We would gladly book with Tour de Vines again.
Written 15 June 2023
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Scott M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Road the Tullarook to Yea return approx 80km on ebikes.

More uphill on the ride to Yea, return was not as hilly back.

Well signed the surface was compacted gravel rail trail, although you could see signs of riders riding in the wet creating furrows try to avoid if possible.

Great time of year as Autumn leaves changing color, open paddocks tree lined with Goulburn River along some sections, a few road crossings. Great Bakery at Yea the ebikes took the edge of the hills about 2 hours each way and allow an hour stop.over at Yea for lunch and a break to have a look around.

Our next section will be Yea to Alexandria about 37km each way, with the final section will be either Mansfield to Alexandra or reverse 40 to 50km.

The total ride including the Alexandria section is around 150km.

But if you consider doing it in three sections, can do as day trips rather than overnight stopovers if preferred.

Recommend ebikes as our batteries last about 90 to 100 km on the lower power cycle assistance from full charge.

A great ride enjoy.
Written 28 April 2023
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C...
Victoria, Australia82,685 contributions
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May 2022
I didn't actually ride this... I only walked part of the way... the best part of the Victorian Rail Trail is that the paths are wide and you feel safe as you walk... all you need to do is step aside for bikes passing... and if there is only one bike, you can pass one another quite easily.

The trails always take you through beautiful natural scenery with quirks, signs and points of interest along the way.

An interesting fact is that the first railway that opened in the world was in 1845...but it was 1872 that it arrived in this area. It was in 1978 that the line to Mansfield/Alexandra closes . All of these changes in our history attribute to the rail trail's existence now.
Written 7 May 2022
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Jet275
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
What a well maintained track. The landscape was stunning. A few less options to buy along the way, but packed some local produce and your set for a great few days. We picked up ebikes from Mansfield, did 86km to Yea- overnighted and 39kms into Tallarook. Nigel then bused us and our bikes back to drop off the bikes and jump in our car.
Written 5 May 2022
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bubbles135
Greater Melbourne, Australia146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We had long anticipated our visit to the Mansfield area to try out our new gravel bikes, having been thwarted once by a Covid lockdown! So with Easter approaching we made a run for it. But boy, we’re we disappointed! We did three sections between Mansfield and Merton but apart from the trail there was nothing on offer- not a cafe, produce stop, winery, nothing! Perhaps closer to Yea and Tallarook there maybe something to stop for, but this section pretty dull. We enjoyed crossing the bridge at Bonnie Doon, but apart from the pub it’s hard to know if there is anything else. There certainly weren’t any signs suggesting it! I’m hoping the Gippsland trail offers a little more.
Written 4 April 2021
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silkybantom
Melbourne, Australia64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
My review is mainly for the Bonnie Doon to Mansfield section (22k). The path has small stones (blue metal?) but there’s a smooth line for the front tyre. I rode 35” tyres on a Surly tourer, no probs. Wouldn’t recommend for a 23” roadie. Beautiful old red gums and rich pastoral land abound. Parts reminded me of the Meseta on the Camino to Santiago. Also did the section from Alexandra to Spring Creek Rd turnoff (i took this Rd to Bonnie Doon). Also a nice experience. Thanks to the track volunteers who’ve made it possible for bikers, walkers and horse riders to enjoy this part of Vic in peace.
Written 5 December 2019
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Tom B
Melbourne, Australia1,698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Tried a short section of the trail on my road bike on a rainy day. Planning to some back once the trail has dried out with my gravel bike.
Written 7 September 2019
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RobGJKnight
Adelaide, Australia68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
My wife and I rode this on our road bikes, but we were used to crushed granite/quartz sand surfaces and found this very rough and tough on our bodies & bikes. 4 punctures ensued. We planned riding from Tallarook to Bonnie Doon & back (225 km), but had to cut it short before Merton because of time & spare tubes. There are plenty of towns to stop, so I can't see water or food being a problem at any point along the way for other visitors. There were quite a few road crossings along the very busy GV road which was really the only low-light.

The countryside was very nice, even though it was distinctly brown (the region really needs a good soak), and the Goulburn River was running high which made it much nicer. I imagine the experience would be better when everything is green.
Written 29 April 2019
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John N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
we rode slowly and gently from Tallarook to Mansfield via Alexandra, Taungurung country, over 4 days. You could easily do short rides from any of the main towns. Well made gravel track, a bit loose in parts. I was on a flat bar road bike with 700 x 32 tyres and good tread, and it was easy enough riding. Couldn't do it on slick road tyres. Good toilets along the way, but no drinking water except in the main towns. There's a mix of well shaded and open stretches. It's a very peaceful ride, and absolutely beautiful country. The best bike ride I've been on. Sincere thanks to those who built the track, (and those who built the original railway)
Written 19 February 2019
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Nick D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Had a great time cycling with my sons - 8 & 12. Started overnight in Yea, Yarck and Bonnie Doon. The trail is well made and easy to follow. It really needs more places you can stop to get water. We ran out on our first day as there were no options to refill until Yea.
Written 31 December 2018
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