Murray to Mountains is a high quality sealed rail trail that is also one of Australia’s longest. The challenge CyclingGravel considered was: where best to stay so as to cycle significant parts, whilst also enjoying some quiet backroads. We chose Myrtleford, and this proved to be an excellent base – not only for these rides but also for a cycle up the valley to Lake Buffalo one quiet afternoon.
The routes and recommendations below are based upon a trip in February 2022. I have cycled to and from Bright as part of a bikepacking trip – that trip included cycling from Omeo to Hotham to Bright and then to Mount Beauty – areas that are well worth exploring if you have time (and the desire for some climbing!).
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: Myrtleford to Bright return
The section between Myrtleford and Bright is the highlight of the Murray to Mountains rail trail.
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: Myrtleford to Beechworth (on road out, rail trail back)
Combine an on-road section with the Rail Trail to cycle between Myrtleford and Beechworth.
Other recommendations to go with the cycling
Brewery – Bridge Road Brewers
Hidden behind an on-street facade, Bridge Road Brewers offers a peaceful courtyard for a lunch stop. Focussing on one food offering pays dividends: the pizzas are great. Of course there are plenty of beers for all tastes (make sure you can carry some away!), and the brewery also offers some neat cycling kit – road and MTB style!
Restaurant – Tu Vietnamese Street Food
Offering a tremendous selection of food, Tu Vietnamese is a great lunch or dinner stop. Tasty Banh Mi and Pho as well as excellent other options make this place stand out. And yes, I also have a soft spot for places that have Dr Pepper….
Treat – Buffalo Berry Farm
There is nothing like an excellent sweet treat whilst cycling, and Buffalo Berry Farm does excellent pies and berry “sundaes” – as well as coffee. Well worth a stop and relax in the garden midway between Myrtleford and Bright.
Brewery – Bright Brewery
Offering a food menu that is a cut above most breweries as well as heaps of outside seating, Bright Brewery is one of my favourite larger-scale independent Australian breweries.
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