Great Vic Rail Trail & Yarra Valley – 3 Day Adventure

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Great Vic Rail Trail & Yarra Valley – 3 Day Adventure – Oct 2019

In late October this year Good Times Tours ran it’s first tour of the Great Vic Rail Trail in central Victoria with 5 legends who flew down from Brisbane for Ben’s 40th birthday present which was organised by his wife.

Over the last 4 year’s of running Good Times Tours I’ve been riding Victoria’s Rail Trails in my own time and have put itineraries together for the Warburton Rail Trail, Great Southern Rail Trail, O’Keefe Rail Trail and the Great Vic Rail Trail. Also in my spare time I’ve been helping Andrew Taylor from Shingleback Off Road who makes Australia’s best vertical bike racks with his digital marketing efforts, so I bought a 6 bike vertical rack off him and it worked an absolute charm on this trip.

The boys had all flown in from various parts of Australia so I organised mountain bike rentals from Cycles Galleria in Brunswick and picked the guys up from their accommodation near Melbourne Airport at 6:30am. By 8am we’d arrived at Tallarook and within 15mins they had hit the trail.

I had every intention of driving ahead to Yea and riding back along the trail to meet the guys, but due to a shortage of rental bikes, I leant them my Giant Anthem XC bike so my plan was to play photographer for the day and appreciate the landscapes of central Victoria.

Day 1 for the guys involved cycling to Yea where they had lunch in one of the local cafes, before powering ahead in some challenging weather. I drove ahead from Yea and met the guys at Cheviot Tunnel where I handed out a few extra muesli bars and then drove onto Alexandra where I cooked a few snags and bought some beers in preparation for their arrival at 4pm. After 74km’s of riding the boys were done and so we drove back to Molesworth Campground which is located next to the Goulbourn River and got the fire going and settled in for the evening. Before this trip I had actually never stayed at the campground, but the facilities were pretty good with hot showers and a clean camp kitchen complete with TV so we could watch the Australia vs. England Rugby Union World Cup match.

Arrived at the Tallarook trail head nice and early.
Arrived at the Tallarook trail head nice and early.
When I'm not cycling, I drive ahead of my guests and keep myself occupied taking photos of the locals.
When I’m not cycling, I drive ahead of my guests and keep myself occupied taking photos of the locals.
Plenty of scenes like this in central Victoria - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Plenty of scenes like this in central Victoria.
The Cheviot Tunnel - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
The Cheviot Tunnel!
Camp setup at Molesworth campground located on the Goulburn River and next to the trailhead - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Camp setup at Molesworth campground located on the Goulburn River and next to the trailhead.
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More locals
Yarck is a great little town that's only 13km from the campground so the boys had breakfast at the Giddy Goat Cafe - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Yarck is a great little town that’s only 13km from the campground so the boys had breakfast at the Giddy Goat Cafe
The rail trail is never too far away from the road which makes it easy to ensure the group has everything they need - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
The rail trail is never too far away from the road which makes it easy to ensure the group has everything they need.
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Riding east towards Mansfield from Merton - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Riding east towards Mansfield from Merton
About to cross the bridge at Bonnie Doon - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
About to cross the bridge at Bonnie Doon
Burgers and beers were enjoyed at the Bonnie Doon Hotel - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Burgers and beers were enjoyed here
The gravel roads around Mansfield are incredible! I'd happily put together a gravel ride together for my guests - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
The gravel roads around Mansfield are incredible! I’d happily put together a gravel ride together for my guests.
More gravel road goodness near Mansfield - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
More gravel road goodness near Mansfield.
Waking up at our Airbnb accommodation in Maindample, just 7km's west of Mansfield - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
Waking up at our Airbnb accommodation in Maindample, just 7km’s west of Mansfield.
Hot Air Ballooning - Great Vic Rail Trail Tour
More views from our accommodation
Excited for gin, less exited for group photos - Four Pillars Gin Distillery in Healesville.
Excited for gin, less exited for group photos.
Jono Ingram - Good Times Tours
Jono Ingram – Owner & Guide

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Jono Ingram – 0410 341 228 or @jonoingram

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