Tour de Great Southern Rail Trail – Self Guided E-Bike Tour
Ride the historic Great Southern Rail Trail in beautiful South Gippsland.
Enjoy the best parts of this wonderful rail trail on this self guided, fully supported 2 day/2 night getaway, the perfect weekend getaway or mid-week escape. The cycling is easy, especially with your included E-Assist bikes. With on call support, drop off transfers enable you to cycle the entire rail trail one way, you can enjoy this great ride stress free.
What is the Great Southern Rail Trail?
The Great Southern Rail Trail is a hidden gem. Enjoy views of the peaks of Wilsons Promontory and "Quiet Corner". Spot wildlife throughout your ride including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, abundant birdlife and more, as you glide through the dense forest sections. Ride age old (refurbished) trestle bridges and admire the views down below. Laze at the many cafes in the towns along the way, or relive your riding at a classic Aussie Pub or a local restaurant. Visit quirky Fish Creek with its street art, seaside Port Welshpool with the famous long jetty and other smaller towns dotting the trail.
The Great Southern Rail Trail is also being extended, with the new section of the rail trail now starting at Nyora and running to Leongatha, adding another 16kms to this already wonderful ride. This addition makes for a total of 108kms of fantastic cycling, scenery, charming country towns and great food.
Get away from it all, breath the clean country air and enjoy the outdoors on this fun, easy escape.
Start: Meeniyan (self drive with plenty of parking)
Total Distance: 108km riding over 2 days cycling including the new rail trail section from Nyora.
Track: Compacted gravel surface
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What We Love About this Cycling Tour on the Great Southern Rail Trail:
Riding the easy, safe Great Southern Rail Trail, hear the sounds of dense forest, ride over trestle bridges and enjoy river and ocean views
Visiting the cute rural towns along the way
Wildlife spotting including koalas and birdlife
The scenic views, clean country air and sense of escape
What's Included in your Great Southern Rail Trail package?
- 2 x nights accommodation in Meeniyan
- 2 x full breakfasts
- Quality E-bikes are included in your tour booking.
- Drop off transfers of you & bikes to Nyora (Day 1) and Port Welshpool (Day 2) with ride back to Meeniyan.
- Marked maps and ride notes for the 2 day ride.
- Environmentally friendly cycling water bottle
- Lightweight fair-trade cycling t-shirt ideal for cycling
- On call support, purchase pick ups
Pricing and availability is up to date (and bookable online) via the calendar below. Prices can vary depending on dates and group sizes but start at:
- Double $799 per person
- Single (own room) $1099
Self guided cycling tours do require participants to be adaptable and able to solve issues whilst on tour. On call support is included in your tour, but it is expected that you will know how to repair punctures and make minor adjustments to gears, handlebars and seats if required, and if bringing your own bike then this is expected. For anything more serious, we will be able to assist with a call to our 1300 665 330 number at any time during your trip. You should be able to read a map and follows directions, either on a device or a printed map (supplied) and that you have a good sense of direction. Getting a little bit lost, or having to ask locals for directions is all part of choosing to travel on a self guided basis. The maps and directions provided to you is updated regularly and tailored to your specific trip (hotels, restaurants are noted, and marked). If this is something that makes your nervous or uncertain, or if you know for sure that you can’t fix a puncture or aren’t confident reading a map, then we do recommend our extensive range of small group fully guided tours where all the stress of navigation, bike maintenance and logistics are all done for you. However, if comfortable with this then the freedom of a self guided cycling trip is wonderful, and once confident can be the preferred choice across our range of cycling tours.
COVID Safe Practices apply to this tour, specifically:
- All guests are provided with face masks to be worn when in common areas and on any bus transfers
- All guests are provided with personal hand sanitiser for usage during the tour
- All equipment is sanitised pre and post every use including bikes and bus surfaces
We book for you comfortable hotels, mostly 3.5*, with en-suite shower/bath facilities. Where possible, we choose hotels well located to enable you the freedom to explore the local area without a vehicle. Large groups can be catered for but may require additional transport from the trail.
Meals are included where indicated, and we carefully select the restaurants for cuisine and ambience. Most venues cater for specific dietary requirements.
Bikes & Support
Bikes are available for hire. Choose from well-maintained hybrids, kids or ebikes, perfect for this style of cycling. Comfortable, easy to use, puncture resistant tyres, rear rack, water bottle holders and light saddle bags and comfortable seats. Or BYO bikes are welcomed.
Why Travel with Tour de Vines?
Award Winning Operator Tour de Vines has been operating cycling tours in Australia for over 15 years and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 and awarded Hall of Fame status for outstanding customer service. Tour de Vines is also an ongoing contributor to World Bicycle Relief. We are an ethical, caring small business.
"A scenic, well groomed and well signposted trail which isn't particularly difficult. It's approx 80 ks from Leongatha to Port Welshpool. The trail passes through a number of small towns and has regular toilet and drinking stations. We did it over two days and stayed at the midpoint (Fish Creek)".
Itinerary at a Glance
Make your way to Meeniyan, located in Gippsland's famous dairy country and in the foothills of the Strzelecki Range. Check in to your booked accommodation and explore this gorgeous small town. No cycling. Overnight.