Day 1 2018

Bairnsdale – Bruthen, 30 km

Option of transport before the ride from Orbost to Bairnsdale for riders and bikes. This will suit riders from ACT / NSW as Orbost is the closest end of the trail for you.

Ride start 11.00 am after 10.30 briefing. ( time to be confirmed)

Lunch: Picnic at Nicholson River Winery

Dinner: Bruthen Inn Hotel.

Camping: Bruthen Caravan Park, on the banks of the Tambo River.

Extra Sweat: Head up the hill to explore the network of little trails just outside Bruthen Great for riders who like a bit of adrenalin!


  • Riding over the Nicholson River on the original rail bridge.
  • Lunch at Nicholson River Winery
  • Gorgeous views over the Tambo River Valley farmland.
  • Bullant Brewery, Bruthen, for fluid replenishment.

Friday night in Bruthen

Bruthen Arts and Festival Council, the local entertainment experts are putting on a evening of entertainment for us.

Day 2: 2018

Bruthen – Nowa Nowa, 27 km

Breakfast: Provided by (f)route, a community enterprise bringing together creative artists, fruit, conversation and slow travel.

Lunch: at Nowa Nowa, by the lake and at the rides end.
Dinner: Nowa Nowa Hotel.
Camping: Mingling Waters and Nowa Nowa Camp Parks.
Extra Sweat: The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, meandering along Mississippi Creek, back to the Rail Trail via quiet forestry roads. Add 17 km. You can also explore the Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park.

Ride Highlights:

  • Stony Creek Trestle Bridge – 200 m long
  • Nowa Nowa walking tracks to a gorge lookout and along the lake
  • The Discovery Trail Extra Sweat – a total gem of a ride
  • Reaching Bruces Rd crossing at the top of a (gentle) but consistent 5 km climb!

There is so much happening on Saturday afternoon in Nowa Nowa that we will have a whole page to tell you what's on!

Day 3: 2018

Nowa Nowa – Orbost 43 km

Breakfast: by Mingling Waters Café.
Lunch: in Orbost, in the park at the rides end.
Extra Sweat: Short and sweet but guaranteed to raise a sweat. From the official start of the Rail Trail 3 km out of Orbost, take the Old Coach Road up the hill and then along to Grandview lookout for knockout views across the floodplain, over the town to the mountains behind.The come and explore the short path to the start of the long timber former rail bridge. Add up to 4 km.

Ride finish: Transport for bikes and riders back to Bairnsdale, departs 2.30 pm, arrives Bairnsdale 4.00 pm.


  • The curving rail bridge in Wairewa valley
  • Ride over the Snowy River, after crossing its super fertile floodplain.
  • The long, long timber viaduct stretching across the floodplain.

I just filled out the survey but I wanted to write as well just to say how much I LOVED the trip. I wasn’t able to express this fully in the survey! It was just the best holiday! So relaxing and invigorating. I loved the location (stunning scenery), the food was delicious and the townships were delightfully quirky. But best of all the trip was so well organised - I really appreciated the sensible morning briefings and the management style of your team is exceptional. I also really appreciated how knowledgeable your team and the volunteers were: the bike maintenance session was fantastic and the incidental learning provided by Liz, Bec, Barbara, Nell and Caz was invaluable. You managed to create a friendly intimate environment for 86 people! Amazing. Thank you so much. I’ll definitely be back. Great East 2015