Bike Riding

Evening rainbow over the countryside near Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia
Evening rainbow over the countryside near Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia

This Page is devoted to information about some highly enjoyable Australian Cycling tours I have helped organise and undertaken with friends in recent years. The information is provided to give other people ideas for their own tours of approx one week duration (300-700km total).

Several one week rides are based loosely on similar rides suggested in the Lonely Planet Cycling Australia (2009). We have chosen the (relatively) easy way: not carrying a tent and staying in pre-booked accommodation along the way. For interstate trips (using Melbourne as a starting point) we have typically flown, packing our bikes and panniers in a cardboard bike box which becomes our standard airline baggage. The distances shown below include side trips to interesting places along the way. All trips have been out of the busiest times (typically November) and wherever possible on relatively quiet, back roads or roads with a decent shoulder.

2016 Karri Forest and Coast, South Western Australia (640km)

  • Fly to Perth, bus to Bunbury
  • 119km Bunbury to Wyadup Brook (just past Dunsborough picking up supplies for overnight)
  • 103km Wyadup Brook to Augusta via Margaret River
  • 88km Augusta to Nannup
  • 77km Nannup to Pemberton
  • 123km Pemberton to Walpole
  • 73km Walpole to Denmark via the Tree Top Walk.
  • 57km Denmark to Albany
  • Bus back to Perth and airport.

2015 Border Loop, Queensland-NSW Border area via Gold Coast (500km plus lots of walking): 

  • Fly to the Gold Coast
  • 114km Ride to Mt Warning (overnight at Mt Warning Tourist Retreat).
  • Morning ride, then walk up Mt Warning (9km), then 41km to Nimbin (overnight Black Sheep Farm)
  • Ride 130km Nimbin to Mt Barney Lodge  via Kyogle, Border Gate and Rathdowney
  • Ride 70km Mt Barney to Beaudesert
  • Ride 67km to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, plus a rest day to walk and explore
  • Ride 72km back to Gold Coast airport.

2014 West Coast of Tasmania via Devonport (584km)

  • Overnight ferry from Melbourne to Devonport
  • 85km Devonport to Cradle Mountain
  • 141km Cradle Mountain to Strahan via Rosebury & Zeehan
  • Lower Gordon Boat trip next morning, then ride 41km up to Queenstown
  • 93km Queenstown to Lake St Clair
  • 120km Lake St Clair to Deloraine via the Marlborough Highway (not recommended when wet … ) Great Lake and Miena.
  • Rest day with local rides, then Deloraine to Devonport and ferry to Melbourne .

2013 Goolwa, South Australia

Based in a house on nearby Hindmarsh Island, our week was spent riding parts of the stunning coast, small towns, historic ports, wineries  and hinterland of Fleurieu Peninsula. Rides to Normanville, Victor Harbour, Langhorne Creek, Mclaren Vale including up the iconic Willunga Hill.

2012 Victorian Alps (384km)

  • Train to Wangaratta for overnight
  • 41km Wangaratta to Beechworth on Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
  •  89km Beechworth to Bright
  • 65km Bright to Dinner Plain
  • 85km Dinner Plan to Swifts Creek with Omeo side trip
  • 104km Swifts Creek Bairnsdale
  • Train back to Melbourne from Bairnsdale.

Other extended trips in previous years have included:

  • Hobart to Port Arthur return, & Hobart to Adventure Bay, Bruny Island return (Tasmania).
  • Wangaratta to Canberra (on back roads via Beechworth, Yackandandah, Tangambalanga, Jingellic, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Wee Jasper)
  • Fly to Hobart, then to Richmond, Ross, St Helens,  Orford to Sorell and return to Hobart.
  • Bairnsdale to Wangaratta via the Victorian Alps (as for 2012 trip, but in reverse direction), with train connections at the start and end.

Possible Future rides

Launceston to Hobart via West Coast, Tasmania

  • Fly to Launceston, overnight Evandale
  • 81km Evandale to Deloraine
  • 99 km Deloraine to Sheffield then Cradle Mountain
  • 69km Cradle Mountain to Rosebery
  • 55km Rosebery to Queenstown
  • 93km Queenstown to Lake St Clair
  • 87km Lake St Clair to Ouse
  • 88km Ouse to Hobart
  • Fly Hobart to Melbourne.

Below: ‘Cyclists in Paradise’ (NW Victoria south of St Arnaud ( L to R: John McDonald, Greg Malcher & Stephen Carey)

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