The Great Victorian Rail Trail

The Great Victorian Rail Trail from Tallarook to Mansfield is a gem. Its 120km long and if you divert to Alexandria, you can ride another 40km. We did it comfortably in 3 days but the tricky issue is where to stay between Yea and Mansfield. We started riding in the middle near Yarck due a car swap system we devised.

We stayed at the Bonnie Doon pub on Lake Eildon and the Yea family caravan park, both good. The Peppercorn Hotel in Yea had sensational food.

​Notes: If you only have a short time, the Tallarook to Yea section is the best and you can get to Tallarook by train from Southern Cross in Melbourne.

​For now, enjoy the pictures we took on the trail which are shown in order from Mansfield to Tallarook.

To find out more, refer to the following greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au site for more information and in particular, find out about the historic Cheviot tunnel here.

Note: One bike group had a few punctures, make sure you pack your spare tire and know how to change the back wheel.

The photos that follow begin at Mansfield and head roughly west near the Maroondah Hwy to Merton. Then you veer a little south past Yaark and through the Cheviot tunnel and down into Yea. From there you follow the picturesque Goulburn River into the township of Tallarook.

Our accommodation at Yea #biketrail #cyclevictoria #biketrailgreatv #biketrailvicbest ...

This little fella lays eggs. Its called sn echidna and we found it on the track #biketrail #railtrail #yeacycling #biketrailgreatv #biketrailvicbest ...

The breakaway bunch flashed by with the Gouldburn River in the background on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. Pictured are two Melbourne cycling professionals, Howie and Philbo.
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Imagine riding a bike a trail like this for 35 km in one day without going anywhere near a road. Well you can on the #greatvictorianrailtrail. This photo is on the cushy downhill section out of Talllaroo, 130km from Melbiurne. And then there is 110km more to go one way to Mansfield

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After 8 hours driving from Sydney and two from Melbourne, you come to the #greatvictorianrailtrail now you can ride for 150km with no cars to annoy you. #biketrailgreatv ...

If you arrive from Melbourne by train, get off at #tallarook This photo is 8km from the station on the Gouldburn river. #biketrailgreatv #cyclevictoria ...

From #tallarook on the #biketrailgreatv , first pit stop is an old house that serves #devonshiretea and scones. This #picturesque shack is next to it. #greatvictorianrailtrail ...

When I rode the #greatvictorianrailtrail this year, I hired some expensive models to make the pictures look better. Alas they took one look at us and bolted. Click #biketrailgreatv for more pictures ...

 

You can find the trail and many more on our popular Australian Regional Bike Trail Map

https://biketrail.blog/maps/