Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Wangaratta Tarrawingee Everton Loop
For the distance this is an easy ride with many reasons to stop and admire where you are. The rail trail is a delight to ride, with the good, sealed and wide surface making cycling easy, even on a skinny tyred road bike. The roads on the route are generally quiet and flat. The scenery is a mix of farmland and open bush with the attraction of the Australian Alps on the horizon where you can admire them but not have to climb them.
Before leaving Wangaratta make sure you stock up on any requirements as the only place you can get any food en route is Everton. Tank water is available at several of the rest areas.
The first leg on the Murray to Mountains RailTrail is based on part of the rail network which supported the north eastern rural communities until the middle of last century when road transport took over. It forms the spine for a number of enjoyable rides in the area, including this one. Apart from crossings you are separated from the busy network of roads around Wangaratta. The rest areas are relaxing places to take a break, so even if you intend buying lunch at Everton carry some snacks to enjoy at these stops. Take time to admire and smell the magnificent lemon scented gum at the Tarrawingee site.
After turning off the trail you ride along quiet flat roads down to Tarrawingee which boasts a pub and a B&B and a cluster of houses. Three kilometres past Tarrawingee you will see a signposted road to Milawa which isn’t much bigger but has more to offer, being the central base for the Milawa Gourmet Region. There is Brown Brothers winery and places where you can get a meal, from gourmet to more everyday.
Continuing on the ride you will arrive at Everton which has a general store offering take away style food and a pub. On my ride through the bus stop opposite the general store boasted a couch, so with some luck you might find this a comfortable rest point to enjoy a milk shake from the store. A short, gradual climb takes you to the rail trail at Everton station site at Upper Everton. In terms of the Australian prosperity meter this place must have shrunk as it once boasted two hotels. From here the gradual downhill on the trail can kid you that you are fitter than you thought as you steam along. The trail delivers you back to the centre of Wangaratta without any traffic . If you are staying you will find the city is bicycle friendly with a network of multi use paths.
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). Start at the footbridge on Bickerton Street near Faithfull Street or park at Apex Park across the Ovens River bridge . V/Line trains stop at Wangaratta Station. From the station ride along Docker Street towards town, turn left at Baker Street, right into Templeton Street the left into Bickerton Street.
Food and Drink
Abundant choice in Wangaratta. On the trail the only place is Everton where the general store has takeaway style food. I can recommend the milkshakes. Carry some of your own supplies to enjoy the tranquility of the rest areas on the trail.
Combine with Eldorado or detour to the gourmet and wine centre of Milawa.
62.595 km / 38.895 mi
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