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.
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.
Ride part of the Rail Trail.
9.059 km / 5.629 mi
55 m / 181 ft
152 m / 499 ft