Great Victorian Rail Trail Ride – 3rd April 2016

goulburn-river-rail-trailSunday, 3rd April 2016, the Club will be riding The Great Victorian Rail Trail  to Yea starting from either Tallarook or Trawool and returning after lunch at Yea.

Ride Options – Note: daylight saving finishes on Sunday 3rd April.

Option 1 – Tallarook to Yea: 38k (76k round trip), departing at 9.30am from the start of the rail trail at Tallarook.

Option 2 – Trawool to Yea: 27k (54k round trip) departing at 10am from the trail at Trawool.

Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page if you are joining us on the ride.

Tallarook to Yea Rail Trail

Getting There

Driving distance to Tallarook from Kyneton or Woodend is around 60-70 minutes, and about 10 minutes longer to Trawool. There is plenty of parking at both sites. The difference in ride start times gives riders on the longer ride  time to catch up to the riders on the shorter ride before reaching Yea.


 Yea Rail Trail
The Great Victorian Rail Trail

The ride is on a part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail. We will be following the heritage- classified Goulburn River from Tallarook as it travels through the Trawool Valley to Yea. For the Trail’s website click here.

Classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty, the region was once frequented by famous artists including Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton.

Ride Information

The rail trail surface consists of compacted granitic sand and is unsuitable for road bikes, it’s fine for hybrids and other bikes with tyres wider than a road bike, e.g. a flat bar commuter with 700 x 28c tyres. It requires a little more effort  to ride on a trail surface than cycling on a sealed road.

The Cheviot Tunnel is 9 km (18 km return) past Yea and is a worthwhile add-on to the ride. The tunnel, constructed from hand-made bricks, was completed in 1889. It’s 200 metres long, dark, and has a smooth, sealed surface to ride on.
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Yea has 2 or 3 quite good lunch spots, and there is a pleasant roadside plantation with seating opposite cafes for outdoor socialising.

These rides are a lot of fun, quiet, no cars, good scenery, and good lunch choices.  We hope you can join us. Non members wishing to ride with the Club are welcome, they will be required to sign an indemnity form.

Regular Sunday rides routes will be planned for those not wanting to ride the trail.

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