Getting to East Gippsland

Do consider travelling to East Gippsland by train from Melbourne! Trains depart Melbourne at around 7 am (arriving 11.15 am), 1.30 pm (ariving 5 pm) and 6.30 pm ( arriving 10 pm), and on the Sunday there is a handy return train to Melbourne at 4.30 pm.
We are offering a 50% discount on bike hire for train travellers.

Vline coaches run from Canberra and Batemans Bay through to Bairnsdale. Check out Vline's website for more information on this.

Car

Driving from Melbourne: Bairnsdale is at the western end of the trail and is just over 3 hours drive from Melbourne CBD. Bairnsdale is where the ride starts on Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon you will be transported back here, if this is where you have parked.

Driving from Canberra and NSW: Orbost is at the eastern end of the Rail Trail and is four hours drive from Canberra, and 7 1/2 hours drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cann River. Orbost is where the ride finishes on Sunday afternoon.
You can leave your car in Orbost and be transported to the ride start in Bairnsdale on the Friday morning.

Our Transport Optionspage has more details, including a handy overview map of the East Gippsland Rail Trail relative to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Click on the map diagram below to enlarge.

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.

If you have stayed in accommodation in Bairnsdale the night prior to the ride, your accommodation may allow you to keep your car parked there over the weekend.

Bairnsdale has several caravan parks which may be openn to leaving your vehicle parked there for a fee.

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.

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.

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.