Cycling in Victoria (Australia)

Cycling in Victoria (Australia) offers a host of group rides, as well as scenic tours to explore for the day with the family. Site of the Great Victorian Bike Ride, Victoria is a wonderful place to explore by bicycle. This year the Great Victorian Bike Ride will be held Saturday, 24 November to Sunday, 2 December, 2012. Peddling from Swan Hill to Castlemaine for 9 days, this fun event had more than 3500 riders in 2011. A crew of 500 were there just for the support of the the riders. If you can’t make this exciting event in 2012, don’t despair, as Victoria offers many opportunities for great bike rides, as well as special events for cyclists. Bupa Around the Bay and the Peaks Challenge are also part of the events sponsored by Bicycle Network Australia and Bicycle Insurance Australia.

Some of the popular trails available to the traveler or cyclist who is looking for a day trip are built along rail lines. Rail trails are popular in Victoria and are especially fun for a family outing. Paths are built along old railroad lines and provide a picturesque and fun way to view the towns, animals and native plants of the area. Originally built on flat areas, these trails are fun and offer a spacious route for enjoyable bike rides.

Ballarat- Skipton Rail Trail

A trail for cycling and walking of 53km, it is built west of Ballarat on an old railway line. Old gold mining sites, wetlands for birds, pastoral views and a ride on the Nimons Trestle Bridge, a restored wooden bridge, highlight the trail.

Capital City Trail

Ride around the inner area of Melbourne on a 30km loop that is free of cars. Views of landmarks abound, such as the Melborurne Zoo, Como Historic House and Garden, and the Melbourne Aquarium.

Coast to Crater Rail Trail

Also known as the Camperdown-Tiboon Rail Trail, this ride offers scenic vistas of rich farmland, bush and a ride on the Curdies Trestle Bridge. The volcanic plains of Corangamite are also a unique part of the ride.

There are many more wonderful opportunities for cycling in Victoria (Australia). So grab your cycle, friends and family and head to Victoria for a marvelous cycling adventure.