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.

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). 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.

Side Trip

Combine with Eldorado or detour to the gourmet and wine centre of Milawa.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start ride over pedestrian bridge at end of Bickerton St.
  • 0.10 Turn right on to trail, signposted Rail Trail. Toilets in Apex Park on left. Alternative start point if parking in town centre is limited.
  • 0.32 Turn right on trail, signposted Rail Trail.
  • 0.45 Turn right on trail.
  • 1.1 Cross the busy Great Alpine Rd.
  • 2.6 Keep right in to Dowling Ln.
  • 3.4 Follow trail around to right, alongside road and across bridge.
  • 3.8 Keep right in to Fraser Ln signposted Rail Trail.
  • 4.5 Keep left off road on to trail.
  • 4.6 Cross road in front of Vine Hotel and take path to the left.
  • 4.9 Keep right on trail at major cross roads. Signposted Wodonga.
  • 6.7 Bowser railway station site. Toilets, water and sheltered rest area.
  • 7.1 Turn right on to sealed road signposted Rail Trail. Watch for traffic in underpass.
  • 7.4 Turn right on to trail.
  • 8.9 Cross Byawatha Rd on to trail.
  • 12.0 Straight on across road signposted Eldorado Township.
  • 15.8 Turn right off trail on to Tarrawingee Boralma Rd signposted Tarrawingee.
  • 19.9 Tarrawingee. Turn left signposted Beechworth. Meals available at Plough Inn.
  • 20.3 Turn right into River Rd signposted Milawa.
  • 20.8 Straight on across Great Alpine Rd at busy crossroads.
  • 23.3 Straight on. Road on right is to Milawa (5km). 29.7 Turn left signposted Everton.
  • 31.6 Keep left.
  • 32.2 Cross Ovens River. Picnic area on right.
  • 33.7 Turn right on to Great Alpine Rd signposted Bright. This is a busy road so use the sealed shoulder for the short ride to Everton.
  • 34.3 Everton township. Toilets and general store on left.
  • 34.6 Turn left on White Post Rd signposted Beechworth and Rail Trail.
  • 37.7 Turn right on to Boundary Rd then in 50m turn left on to Rail Trail.
  • 38.2 Everton station site. Covered rest area, toilets and tank water.
  • 39.9 Cross Beechworth Wangaratta Rd.
  • 43.7 Cross Eldorado Tarrawingee Rd.
  • 43.8 Tarrawingee station site. Covered rest area, toilets and tank water.
  • 48.6 Cross Tarrawingee Boralma Rd. You are now back where you turned off the trail (15.8km). Follow trail back to Wangaratta.
  • 56.9 Turn left on to Morrison Rd. Careful through underpass.
  • 57.2 Turn left on to trail signposted Rail Trail.
  • 57.6 Bowser station site. Covered rest area, toilets and tank water.
  • 59.7 Cross road in front of Vine Hotel and follow trail around to right.
  • 60.4 Turn left on to trail.
  • 60.8 Keep left on to road.
  • 61.6 Keep left on to trail alongside road.
  • 64.1 Turn left across bridge.
  • 64.2 End of ride at Wangaratta.
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    62.595 km / 38.895 mi

    Total Distance

    236 m / 773 ft

    Total Ascent

    236 m / 774 ft

    Total Descent

    246 m / 808 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    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: 62.9
    Elevation Gain: 380
    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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