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!).
The section between Myrtleford and Bright is the highlight of the Murray to Mountains rail trail.
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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