Wangaratta Eldorado Loop

Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Wangaratta Eldorado Loop

This ride takes you from the busy rural city of Wangaratta to the tiny village of Eldorado, through a mix of farmland and open forest using part of the excellent Murray to Mountains Trail and also along quiet, secondary, country roads. There is a bit of history to be seen and some pleasant scenery. The ride is not challenging with the climbing, such as there is, done in the first half and then the gradual downhill back to Wangaratta to make you feel good.

Wangaratta has all the services you could need before setting out, including bike shops. It also has a network of cycle trails and bike lanes and it is pleasing to see a variety of riders using them. If you are staying for a time you would enjoy a wander around some of these trails. Leaving Wangaratta is not a problem as you use the excellent Murray to Mountains Trail. In the first 5km the trail does make use of some country lanes so follow the ride log carefully to ensure you don’t make a wrong turn. Signage is generally good.

The trail is sealed and smooth, presenting no problems for narrow tyred road bikes. In fact the whole ride has the feel of a hassle free road ride. The facilities at Bowser railway station site (toilets, tank water and covered rest area) give a further indicator of the quality of this trail. After leaving Bowser you get on to the trail proper and can enjoy really being in the countryside remote from any road traffic. When you turn on to the road to ride up to Eldorado the stress level remains fairly low as this is a quiet road with good visibility. On the way you will pass Carraragarmungee School where just being able to spell the school name would seem to be a good start for the kids. Further towards Eldorado you will see the signpost to Cocks Eldorado Dredge, now under the care of Parks Victoria, which gives an insight into the alluvial gold and tin mining carried out in the area in the middle of last century. When you get to Eldorado it is hard to believe it had a population of around 4000 in the late 1800s. There isn’t much left, but if you are looking for a diversion the museum at the old school is worth a look.

There is no more food and drink or facilities after you leave here except for the water at Tarrawingee and Bowser station sites. The ride downhill back to the trail is enjoyable with views to the Australian Alps ahead of you. The return along the trail to Wangaratta provides more of the enjoyable riding you experienced on the way out with the added advantage that the general trend is downhill.

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

Plenty of choice at Wangaratta and a tavern/sandwich bar in Eldorado. Carry your own supplies to make use of the peaceful rest stops along the trail.

Side Trip

Combine with the Everton Loop or before leaving do the Wangaratta Town. Follow the signs at about 20km to Cocks Eldorado Dredge, for a glimpse of the alluvial gold and tin mining once carried

 

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 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 oncoming traffic in underpass.
  • 7.4 Turn right on to trail.
  • 8.9 Cross Byawatha Rd on to trail.
  • 10.7 Sheltered rest stop at Reedy Creek. No other facilities.
  • 12.0 Londrigan station site. Turn left on road signposted Eldorado Township.
  • 15.9 Straight on over crossroad and past school.
  • 22.3 Eldorado township. Museum and caravan park straight ahead. Turn right at park to continue route. Toilets in park on right, general store on left.
  • 30.7 Turn right on to rail trail.
  • 30.8 Tarrawingee station site. Covered rest area, toilets and tank water.
  • 35.7 Cross Tarrawingee Boralma Rd.
  • 39.5 Cross Wangaratta Eldorado Rd. You are now at the spot where you turned off the trail at 12.0km. Follow the trail back to Wangaratta.
  • 44.1 Turn left on to Morrison Rd and be careful through underpass.
  • 44.4 Turn left on to trail signposted Rail Trail.
  • 44.8 Bowser railway station site. Toilets, water and sheltered rest area.
  • 46.9 Cross road in front of Vine Hotel and follow trail around to right.
  • 47.6 Turn left on to trail.
  • 48.0 Keep left on to road. 48.8 Keep left on to trail alongside road.
  • Follow trail around to left in to Frank Garth Reserve.
  • 51.6 Turn left across bridge.
  • 51.7 End of ride at Wangaratta.
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    50.188 km / 31.185 mi

    Total Distance

    180 m / 592 ft

    Total Ascent

    179 m / 589 ft

    Total Descent

    216 m / 708 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1/2 day
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 50.4
    Elevation Gain: 295
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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