Getting to East Gippsland

Train

Bairnsdale is serviced by three Vline trains each day from Melbourne, and is a relaxing way to arrive. To encourage riders from Melbourne to do so, we will provide a luggage pick up service from either your accommodation (if arriving the night before) or from the rail station if arriving by the Friday morning train.

Please indicate on your booking form if you plan to travel by train, to help us in our planning.

Car

Driving from Melbourne: Bairnsdale is just over 3 hours drive from Melbourne CBD.

Driving from Canberra and NSW: Orbost at the eastern end of the Rail Trail, and the end point of the ride is the closest part of the trail to drive to. You can leave your car in Orbost and be transported to the ride start in Bairnsdale on the Friday morning. See Transport Options.

Orbost is four hours drive from Canberra, and 71/2 hours drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cann River.

Parking your car.

Bairnsdale
There are several options for leaving your vehicle in Bairnsdale over the weekend:

You can simply leave your vehicle parked at Howitt Park where the ride starts, which is large and has ample space. While Bairnsdale generally has low crime rates, you do leave your vehicle here at your own risk.

Bairnsdale Riverside Holiday Park is 200 metres from Howitt Park, just across the river. They will have some spaces available for cars to be left for a modest fee: you should contact the park on 03 5152 4654 to confirm your own arrangements with the park management.

Orbost
Cars can be parked on secure private property in Orbost for the duration of the ride - more about this on the Ride Options:Transport page.

Coach

Vline operates a coach service from Narooma on the NSW South Coast to Bairnsdale throughout the week. This is called the 'Sapphire Coast Link.

The Vline service from Canberra to Bairnsdale operates two to three days per week, and is called the Capital Link service.

Regrettably, these coach services will not carry bikes unless boxed.

Vline Coach Timetables.