Wangaratta to Wahgunyah

Cycle Eastern Victoria, Sightseeing Ride, Wangaratta to Wahgunyah

This ride links the attractive regional centre of Wangaratta with the historic small towns of Chiltern, Rutherglen and Wahgunyah and takes you through an enjoyable mix of farm land and forest with great views. Each of the towns is worth an explore by bike or on foot. The combination of good quality sealed trail and quiet country roads allow you to have a relaxed and enjoyable travel experience. The wineries in the Rutherglen area may add to your contentment.

You leave Wangaratta on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, avoiding the need to get mixed up in traffic. Signage is generally good but pay attention to the ride log to ensure smooth progress. There is limited water en route and no food available until Chiltern so stock up before you leave. After the rail trail you ride a grid of flat, straight, country roads. They are very quiet but watch for any trucks or farm machinery on narrow sections.

Views over the farmlands and on your right the Australian Alps in the distance make this section enjoyable. You ride alongside the Hume Freeway as you head towards Chiltern, but this isn’t overly intrusive. Once again pay attention to the ride log to ensure you cross the freeway at the right point, which is at the site of the old Chiltern cemetery. This is just over the freeway, resulting in a disturbed rest for the interred. Chiltern’s gold mining past has left many interesting buildings which you may want to explore. There are food and drink choices in the town centre and accommodation options including motel, B&Bs and caravan park.

The visitor information centre is in Main Street. Ride out of Chiltern through the box ironbark forest of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park over rolling hills. This section makes for particularly pleasant riding. The park itself has a network of unsealed roads suitable for mountain bike touring if you want to see more. Towards Rutherglen the terrain reverts to farmland and becomes flatter. Rutherglen is another interesting, historic town with the added attraction of nearby wineries and local produce outlets. There are numerous choices for food, drink and accommodation. The Rutherglen Wine Experience includes a visitor information centre where you can get maps and local information and study them over a good coffee. They also hire bikes. This town is the pick of places to stay or spend time in on this ride.

The remaining section of the ride is over flat, sealed trail to Wahgunyah, a small town with less facilities than Rutherglen. It is located right on the Murray River, with the larger town of Corowa just over the bridge if you can’t find what you need in Wahgunyah. For a peaceful look at the mighty Murray take the River Trail.


Wangaratta can be reached 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

Plenty of choice in Wangaratta, then Chiltern, Rutherglen and Wahgunyah. Rutherglen Wine Experience is welcoming to cyclists for coffee and food and has local information. For a real fill up, try Parker’s Pies in Rutherglen main street.

Side Trip

Ride  in Wangaratta, the river trail at Wahgunyah or ask about road rides in the area at Rutherglen Wine Experience.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start over pedestrian bridge at end of Bickerton St.
  • 0.10 Turn right on 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 Great Alpine Rd. Careful crossing this busy road.
  • 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 Turn left on to Byawatha Rd.
  • 14.0 Turn left, signposted Springhurst.
  • 18.6 Turn right in to Benton Rd. Do not cross highway.
  • 24.5 Straight on at Cluggs Rd. Toilets in wayside stop on left.
  • 26.2 Cross Cemetery Rd continuing on Benton Rd.
  • 29.6 Turn left in to Gayfer Rd.
  • 30.4 Straight on Gayfer Rd.
  • 38.8 Turn left at the T-intersection.
  • 39.0 Cross divided highway with care. Traffic is travelling at 110kph.
  • 39.2 Straight on under rail bridge. Rough surface.
  • 39.6 Straight on.
  • 42.3 Keep right.
  • 43.0 Bear right at cross roads, signposted Town Centre. Chiltern town centre has a supermarket, bakery, coffee shops and hotel if required.
  • 43.5 Turn left in to Main St signposted Howlong.
  • 43.9 Straight on. Do not take left turn to Rutherglen.
  • 48.5 Bear left, signposted Indigo.
  • 50.6 Keep left, signposted Indigo PO Rd.
  • 56.3 Straight on past Great Northern Rd on right.
  • 60.7 Straight on at minor cross roads, then turn right at T-intersection, signposted Rutherglen.
  • 64.1 Rutherglen Wine Experience tourist information centre. Coffee and food available. Turn right at roundabout.
  • 64.3 Turn left on to trail after crossing rail line. Signposted Rail Trail.
  • 72.2 Turn right on to road then in 50m veer left on to trail.
  • 72.3 Cross Barkly St then keep left on trail.
  • 72.8 Turn left to Wahgunyah town centre along Foord St.
  • 72.9 End of ride.
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    72.008 km / 44.743 mi

    Total Distance

    363 m / 1,191 ft

    Total Ascent

    366 m / 1,202 ft

    Total Descent

    265 m / 869 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: High
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 73.4
    Elevation Gain: 515
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    Bike hire
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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