CYCLE TOURING IN GIPPSLAND
Gippsland is a great place to have a cycling holiday. With ever-changing scenery, cycle touring is a great way to explore Gippsland, especially in spring, summer and autumn.
Cycle along country roads to wineries, bakeries, craft shops and small towns, or thunder downhill on the decent from the Strezlecki to the coast or the Great Divide, Gippsland has it all.
Great destinations await cycling visitors to Gippsland. Yarragon, so easily accessed on the Princes Hwy, mountain biking around Walhalla, not too far from Traralgon or Moe or the scenic green countryside around Warragul. Port Albert with its historic Port precinct or the serenity of the Tarra Bulga National Park all awaits the cyclist.
Distances between major centres are manageable and accommodation and camping facilities are relatively easy to find in Gippsland. There is an excellent train service to Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Sale. You can find 100 different trips from industrial landscapes of Loy Yang to the tree ferns of the Grand Ridge Road around Boolarra. Gippsland is the host for the 2003 Great Victorian Bike Ride.
Sale, Seaspray, Golden Beach
Starting at Sale, this 85-kilometre triangle of flat terrain provides the cyclist with the opportunity to explore the famous 90-mile beach. With free serviced camping areas along the beach and communities at Seaspray and Golden Beach, the journey takes the cyclist through the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park as well as offering views of the Sale area from the Longford hinterland. Suggested time 2-3 days.
Yarram - Port Albert
This flat ride of 32 kilometres return from Yarram takes the cyclist to the historic village of Port Albert. The Port precinct, with spectacular backdrop views of Wilson's Promontory provides the rider with a taste of Gippsland history and the opportunity to visit the many historic buildings of the Yarram - Port Albert area, as well as sample delightful seafood and bakers delights at local eateries. The opportunity also exists for a visit to Tarra/Bulga National Park, located 22 kilometres from Yarram. Suggested time 1-3 days.
Picnic Point / Robin Hood
Taking in the picturesque rolling green countryside of what is known as "Gourmet Deli Country" cyclists can ride from either the historic Robin Hood Hotel in Drouin or from the Picnic Point Reserve to wineries, a farm gate fruit and berry farm, a smokehouse, a trout farm, galleries and more. Neerim South and Noojee can be easily reached or the summit of Mt Baw Baw beckons for those who enjoy a serious challenge! Picnic Point Reserve is an open reserve along the lazy Tarago River. It has a BBQ shelter and public toilets and ample parking area. There are several ride options - from flat rides to a challenging uphill ride north to Jindivick, Neerim South and beyond. For the easier option head west along the Old Princes Highway turning right into Labertouche Road and take the right folk into Jackson Track to the foothills of Jindivick and return (approx 24km). Fitter and more resilient cyclist may decide to continue uphill to Jindivick then downhill to the Tarago Reservoir. Neerim South is only 6km from the Tarago Reservoir however a short but steep climb will confront the rider before reaching Neerim South.
Traralgon, East and Return
Start your trip at Victory Park. Cycle along the bike path over Traralgon Creek, under the railway bridge to Whittakers Road, or through the showgrounds to Shakespeare Street (Hyland Highway). Turn left and head east towards Gormandale, turn left again in Gormandale Township. This takes you along the Gormandale to Willung Road towards Rosedale. Head straight on along the Princes Highway and cross the Latrobe River bridge. Turn left at the top of the hill onto the Heyfield Road. After a short ride turn left onto the Cairnbrook Road which takes you to Glengarry. At Glengarry make another left turn onto the Traralgon to Maffra Road. Continue along this road to the Princes Highway and turn right. Cycle back to Victory Park.
Description: The landscape consists mainly of grazing properties with sheep and cattle and dairying, some tree plantations and nice views from the Hyland Highway, Gormandale, Willung Road, Cairnbrook and Maffra Roads.
Road Surface and Terrain: All roads are sealed with a bitumen surface, but care should be taken on the Hyland Highway, as the road width is limited. It is mainly undulating for first half then flattens out with a slight climb back into Traralgon.
For Information on these rides or to obtain a copy of the "Journeys to Paradise" booklet please contact 5174 64470 or (03) 51174 96004.
Traralgon and Morwell Peddlers Inc chater for social cycling for families of all ages. Rides are held fortnightly on Sunday with varying distances of 50 to 70 km. Rides start at various Latrobe Valley and Central Gippsland towns. A support vehicle accompanies the ride and refreshments are provided. Ride calendars are available from local bike shops. For further information contact (03) 5174 64470 or (03) 51174 96004. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available at the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre is a descriptive booklet of seven cycling tours around the Latrobe Valley called: "Journeys Through Paradise"
Yarragon can easily be accessed on the Princes Hwy via Warragul or an pleasant 90 minute train journey from Melbourne. Yarragon Village provides cyclists with a scenic meeting place, well serviced with interesting shopping, great coffee, bakeries and fresh local gourmet produce. Yarragon has a public BBQ and public toilets and offers several riding options. For those who rather an easier flat ride head south to the Cloverlea and Gainsborough flats on quiet picturesque country roads before returning to Yarragon (approx 18km). You may decide on an even easier course by riding out to the Cloverlea flats before returning to Yarragon (14km). Alternatively ride to Darnum for a coffee break or lunch at the General Store or sip a few at the Pub and back track to Yarragon (approx 12km). Those wanting something more challenging, ride north towards Shady Creek then south to Darnum for refreshments or a toilet stop and then return to Yarragon (approx 36km round trip)
Traralgon, North East and Return
Start the ride at the Bert Thompson Reserve on Argyle Street and cycle east along Argyle Street to the Maffra Road. Travel along the Maffra Road into Glengarry. At Glengarry the alternative routes are via Cairnbrook Road and River Road in Toongabbie or straight on to the Heyfield Road, then to Rosedale. At Toongabbie turn left at the general store in Victoria Street. Take the Toongabbie to Cowwarr Road and turn left onto Weir Road to the Cowwarr Weir. Return along Weir Road and turn left to go to Cowwarr. Turn right at the Heyfield to Rosedale Road and right again to enter the Princes Highway. This leaves only a short ride to Rosedale.
Description: The landscape consists of cattle grazing properties, dairying on irrigation and some sheep properties.
Road surface and Terrain: All roads have bitumen surfaces, but care is needed on the Traralgon to Maffra Road, as soon sections are narrow. This is an easy ride with slight hills near the Cowwarr Weir and on the Heyfield Road. The Princes Highway from Rosedale to Traralgon is flat to undulating.