Victorian High Country

Victorian High Country

Do you love hill climbs and a new challenge? Our latest recruit Anna and her partner Christo together with their road bikes and the family dog, traipsed into the Victorian High Country for a Christmas bike ride. Their challenge, attempting to combine the two challenges of the Rapha Festive500 and the Ride High Country 7 Peaks challenge to conquer at least 500km over the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, whilst also conquering the 7 peaks of Mt Buller, Lake Mountain, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plains, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek. Oh, and they threw in an extra climb, just because it was (kind-of) on the route and the second rated haute route climb in Australia.

They combined their love of hill climbing by road bike with their love of healthy, nutritious Christmas ‘real food’ and discovered the best protein recovery drink along the way! If you have no other reason to ride a bike at Christmas time, you might want to consider cycling just to use the excuse to rejuvenate with Anna’s Australian eggnog recipe below!

Their trip also demonstrates the power of #BicycleTourism - by using the most of a 10-day break to tour further afield from their hometown of Canberra. The challenges themselves, particularly the 7 Peaks, inspired them to stay longer in the area than originally intended to complete the challenge.

Here is a suggested itinerary of their ride which includes places to eat and drink and some accommodation options. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some places Anna stopped at along her adventure. To see the whole story, you can visit the full photo library and narrative. They obviously had an amazing time and will no doubt be back for more in their quest for new and inspiring challenges!

If you would like to know how you can undertake a similar trip of this area, please contact and visit our Victoria High Country Destination page to discover more.  Bright and Surrounds have gone out of their way to make cyclists welcome. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed – mountain biking, road cycling or sightseeing and sampling amazing local produce by rail trail – they’ve got it all covered!

Victorian High Country Itinerary

DAY 1 – 23 December

Drive Canberra to Dinner Plains, via Jugiong, Albury and Bright

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Long Track Pantry, Jugiong, Electra cafe, Albury, River Deck, Bright, Sir George Hotel, Jugiong

There are many excellent cafes, breweries, and meal options in Bright, Beechworth, Myrtleford and all cater exceptionally well to cyclists.

Don’t forget to pop into the Bright Visitor Information Centre


While there are numerous accommodations options to cater for everyone, Anna chose to stay at Triggerplant 2, a self-contained apartment for 4 nights

DAY 2 – 24 December

Drive to Harrietville.

Ride Harrietville - Tawonga Gap - Mt Beauty - Falls Creek - Mt Beauty - Tawonga Gap - Harrietville - Mt Hotham - Dinner Plain

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Anna stopped for a mid-ride lunch at Mt Beauty Take-out - good take away; coffee; fish and chips, burgers, friendly staff; and generous serving sizes.

DAY 3 – 25 December

self-supported ride to Omeo and return. And the promised protein recovery egg-nog specialty: of raw egg; milk; cream; brandy; banana; @athealthaustralia vanilla protein powder and nutmeg.

DAY 4 – 26 December

Drive to Bright

Ride Bright – Mt Buffalo – Bright


Food Wine Friends


Ramada Hotel

DAY 5 – 27 December


Dargo Hut: Cassinia

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Dargo General Store

DAY 6 – 28 December

Rest day at Dargo

DAY 7 – 29 Dec

Ride Dargo to top of Dargo hill and return to Dargo

Drive Dargo to Erica.

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Badger and Hare

DAY 8 – 30 December

Ride from Tangil Bren to Mt Baw Baw

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Another fun activity is to stop off at Berry Hill fruit farm at Erica. Pick your own and pay for what you pick!

DAY 9 – 31 Dec

Drive from Erica to Mansfield

Food and refreshments along the journey:

Habituel sourdough bakers and coffee roasters, Healesville Victoria.

Koala Cherries – fresh cherries, liqueur and ice cream

Delatite Hotel, Mansfield: pub meals and dogs welcome!

DAY 10 - the long drive home!

Coffee: Mansfield Coffee Merchant

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