Cycle Victoria, Mountain Bike Ride, Tyers Junction Rail Trail
This trail takes you along a former tramway which was used to bring timber out of the Tyers Valley. The ups and downs of this hilly area are smoothed out on this trail but there are several creek crossings, where bridges no longer exist, which will give you a bit of adventure, especially if wet. The forest and fern gullies you pass through are beautiful and peaceful.
Don’t be daunted by the terrain. Much of the surface is smooth. The first 7km, which is based on the old tramway is wide enough for a four-wheel drive and is easy enough to ride apart from the creek crossings. These have steep entries and exits and can be boggy or wet if you choose the wrong time to take the ride. They can be walked with no trouble, but be prepared for muddy shoes and bike. A dry pair of socks back in the car will be welcome if you decide to try riding through any water in the creek bottoms, as I did. Trail signs are a bit scarce, but you will have no trouble with this ride log as a guide.
Unless you are unlucky enough to encounter trail bikes you will enjoy the quiet forest, which you share with ample bird life and mammals. Don’t disappear down any of the large wombat holes beside the track. In season you will see wildflowers. You pass through a mix of open forest, rainforest environment and fern gullies. Sometimes you get glimpses of the surrounding country, but you can also be closed in by trees and undergrowth. You may at times have to negotiate a fallen tree. After turning on to Telbit Road you have a choice of riding the rest of the way on the road or detour along tracks beside the road, which are mostly single track, but are not hard to negotiate and add a bit of fun to the ride. I chose to use these tracks on the way to the scout camp, then ride back along the road.
The turn around point at Caringal Scout Camp is a beautiful spot. You can camp or get cabin accommodation there but enquire (03 5165 3210) before going as it is booked out at busy times. This large cleared area, which is on the site of a former timber camp, sits at the junction of the Eastern Tyers, Middle Tyers and Western Tyers Rivers, which are small but attractive. In the right weather, they provide great cooling off spots. There are a number of walking tracks around the camp and there is also a climbing/ abseiling tower which can be used under supervision.
Take the Moe turn off the Princes Highway about 130km east of Melbourne. Drive through the Moe township following the signs for Walhalla along Route 91. After about 28km past the roundabout at the end of Moe shopping centre look for Telbit Road on the left, signposted Caringal Scout Camp. After this road continue on past the house on the left and park in the clearing just past its fenceline.
Food and Drink
Apart from water (drawn out of the river and not treated) at the scout camp there is no food or drink on the ride. Stock up at Moe if necessary, where you will also find cafés and takeaways.
Drive further up the road to check out historic Walhalla. Take a wander past its old buildings, tour a mine or take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
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