Cycle Eastern Victoria, Sightseeing Ride, Wangaratta Town Ride

Wangaratta is a regional city with a population of nearly 20,000 and all the services that this brings. It is a welcoming town, with its ambience benefiting from no longer having the Hume Highway thundering through its middle and the series of waterways on which it is situated. There is a network of bike trails following these waterways and linking various parts of the city. They are popular for recreation and commuting with fellow users including school kids, walkers, runners and dog walkers.

As well as a variety of accommodation and places to eat and drink Wangaratta can occupy you with a cinema, a performing arts centre, a gallery and an indoor aquatic centre. It is also a good base for visiting the north east of Victoria with a good network of roads spanning out from it and rail access on the Sydney to Melbourne line. For cyclists part of its appeal is that it is at the start of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. With almost 100km of excellent sealed trail out to Beechworth and Bright, a road/trail ride to Rutherglen and a number of supporting rides this is certainly a mecca for cyclists. It is an excellent trail to ride because of its quality and the country and towns it passes through.

This particular ride loops around the town centre of Wangaratta. At various points it has other trails spreading out from it allowing you to explore the town with ease. The first part of the ride is along the banks of the Ovens River which rises in the alps and travels down its own valley through Bright and Myrtleford. The last part of the ride follows the inspirationally named One Mile Creek which flows into the Ovens downstream from Wangaratta. Despite being in a regional city you ride in park like conditions in the narrow waterway corridors. In a number of places the trail offers you a choice of riding through an underpass or taking another branch up to a road which you then cross to get back on the trail. The underpasses are close to water level and have gates on them which are closed if the water level rises.

My advice is to choose the underpasses unless they have water in them but be careful on some of the blind corners as you ride out of them. The end of the trail comes to an abrupt stop at a street which has no particular attraction but the journey is worth it. You will find this ride is more for exploring and recreation than hard riding which makes it particularly suitable for family groups.

Access

Reach Wangaratta from the Hume Freeway at RACV VicRoads State Directory map reference 34 G7. Information and maps are available at the tourist information office in the main street (Murphy Street). From Murphy Street take Rowan Street (signposted Yarrawonga, turn right after the rail underpass at Gray Street. V/Line trains stop at Wangaratta Station. From the station ride along Docker Street towards town, turn left at Mackay Street, left at Rowan Street, then right at Gray Street.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options around Wangaratta town centre including bakeries, cafés, pubs and clubs.

Side Trip

Ride part of the Rail Trail.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start the ride next to the showgrounds at the corner of Gray St and Evans St.
  • 1.3 Continue alongside College St.
  • 1.5 Cross over to other side of College St, cross Park Ln at crossroads and continue on path.
  • 1.9 Cross Phillipson St.
  • 2.5 Continue alongside road after College St merges into Wangaratta Yarrawonga Rd.
  • 2.9 Take a U-turn right on to trail signposted Appin St.
  • 3.5 Keep left on trail.
  • 3.6 Keep right on trail.
  • 3.7 Keep left on trail.
  • 4.1 Keep left on trail then follow it through underpass.
  • 4.8 Follow trail through underpass.
  • 5.2 Continue to follow trail under series of underpasses.
  • 5.5 Turn right across bridge at corner of Cusack St and Clark St, then keep left on trail.
  • 5.8 Follow trail through underpass. Playground and toilets on other side of oval.
  • 6.3 Follow trail through underpass.Toilets and picnic area on right.
  • 6.5 Keep left through underpass. Careful, at tight corner after underpass.
  • 6.8 Cross Perry St.
  • 7.2 Straight on past bridge.
  • 7.5 Cross Vincent Rd.
  • 7.6 Toilets on right.
  • 8.3 Cross White St.
  • 8.6 Straight on past bridge.
  • 9.1 End of trail at Cribbes Rd
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    9.059 km / 5.629 mi

    Total Distance

    41 m / 135 ft

    Total Ascent

    37 m / 122 ft

    Total Descent

    152 m / 499 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 9.1
    Elevation Gain: 58
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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