Three Mini Bicycle Tours In Victoria, Australia

Bicycle Touring in Gippsland, Victoria

In March 2019 I returned to home to Melbourne, Australia for a much needed visit to catch up with family and friends. I tend to go to Australia once every three years and usually only stay for 10 to 14 days. For this trip I decided to stay longer, with no flight out and I took my bicycle with me. I planned to do a few mini bicycle tours.

Tour 1: Skye to Yarrawonga

To my surprise my brother Daniel said he would like to ride with me for a few days and we decided to go from his place in Skye to our mum’s new house in Yarrawonga. It would be my first tour in Australia and Daniel’s first ever bicycle tour.

My brother leaving home on his first ever bicycle tour
My brother leaving home on his first ever bicycle tour
Our first rest stop on our mini bicycle tour just outside Dandenong
Our first rest stop just outside Dandenong
Bicycle Touring in Victoria
A well deserved refreshment after his first day of bicycle touring.
Bicycle Touring in Victoria 2
Setting up for our first night of camping just outside Yarra Glen
Mini Bicycle Touring in Victoria 1
And so it goes, I was faster on paved roads and he sped off on the gravel.
Exiting the Cheviot Tunnel on the Great Victorian Rail Trail
Exiting the Cheviot Tunnel on the Great Victorian Rail Trail
Another night of stealth camping
Another night of stealth camping

Tour 1: Map of our bicycle tour from Skye to Yarrawonga


Tour 2: Yarrawonga to Shepparton via Echuca

Part of my original plan to do some mini bicycle tours in Australia was to include part of the Murray River. I would like to have gone all the way from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill but time is limited so I only rode along the Murray as far as Echuca.

Daniel decided to join me for the second part of the trip and we agreed to end in Shepparton and get the train back to his house.

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Setting off from mum’s place for part 2 of our bicycle tour together
Mini Bicycle Tours Along The Murray River in Victoria, Australia
A nice little rest stop along the Murray River.
It could get a bit chilly with the early morning starts along the Murray River
It could get a bit chilly with the early morning starts along the Murray River

Tour 3: Stratford/Sale to Grantville

For my third mini bicycle tour in Australia my brother would drive me to a family friend’s place in Stratford and I would ride to Grantville, near Phillip Island, and stay at my mum’s old house. It was expected that this trip would take 4 days and include both hills and some coastal riding.

Mini Bicycle Touring in Gippsland, Victoria
A lovely lakeside rest stop in Sale
Bicycle Tour 3 Stratford to Grantville
Bicycle Tour 3 Route from Stratford to Grantville
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Lee Fritze

Lee Fritze

I'm an expat with the opportunity to travel. I use this blog to share my thoughts on the places I visit and to keep in touch with family, friends and travellers I meet.