Female Only Ride - Murray River - Cycle Australia
- Wangaratta to Mildura: April 3 to April 17, 2016. 11 riding days. 800 kms. $1,400 Download itinerary
This trip is designed to give female riders an introduction to cycle touring and to explore some special parts of Victoria and NSW along and around the Murray River. The objective is to provide an all female cycle tour that is organised and run by a female - no blokes. The ride will be be doable, manageable and enjoyable = fun for all. The route has been chosen carefully so riders can build up during the ride - short legs on flat terrain. There are a number of bicycle shops along the way giving easy access to repair and adjustment services.
The tour starts in Wangaratta which is easily accessible by road and rail from Melbourne or Sydney. First up is a ride down the well known Murray River to the Mountains Rail trail to Myrtleford - and then we explore the foothills of the Victorian Alps before making our way to the Murray River at Lake Hume, the first of the big dams on the Murray. From there the tour follows the Murray River, zigzagging across the Victoria-New South Wales border. We will visit delightful small towns such as Corowa-Wahgunyah (in the wine country of Rutherglen), Barooga, Barmah, Koondrook, Moama-Echuca, Lake Boga, Swan Hill, Robinvale and ending in Mildura. This is all farming country with a mixture of wheat, rice and fruit and nut orchards. For the most part, we stay in the smaller towns and merely pass through the bigger towns. The Murray River plays a central role in Australian pastoral history and carries a million stories of bushrangers and paddle steamers and early aboriginal settlers. It is one of the essences of the Australian way.
Logistics Wangaratta can be reached by bus and by rail easily from both Sydney and from Melbourne. Bus services operate from other locations as well - e.g., Canberra. The nearest airport to Wangaratta is at Albury (domestic only) which is serviced by Qantas, Virgin and Rex with flights from Sydney. For riders coming in from overseas it will be easiest to fly into Melbourne and then travel by rail or bus to Wangaratta. The best way to travel from Mildura will be by bus or by train back to Melbourne from where flight connections can be made. There is also a bus service to Adelaide. The airport at Mildura offers flights by Qantas, Rex and Virgin to Melbourne and Adelaide (regularly) and Sydney (once daily) where international connections can be made. Cycle Across Oz are investigating running a bus back to Melbourne from Mildura at the end (extra cost shared amongst the riders)
Weather April offers stable weather conditions. You will note from the wind map that the area of the ride is in the area of least wind = the centre of the high pressure cell. It is autumn time, so we should not be surprised to see overnight temperatures dropping to around 10C with a rise to low 20's C in the days. The chances of rain are also quite low though it cannot be ruled out closer to the mountains of Victoria and less as we get closer to South Australia at Mildura.