With over 250km of safe, scenic, off-road rail trails in the High Country coupled with some of the most delicious feasts and treats why not get out on your bike knowing that when hunger strikes you can refuel at one of the many cafes, restaurants, farms gates and food producers along the way. Here are some of our favourite foodie rides.
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
Rutherglen to Wahgunyah ride with lunch at All Saints Estate’s Terrace Restaurant:
A leisurely pedal (approx. 9 km one way from Rutherglen) will see you peddling down the majestic Elm-lined driveway to this historic castle winery. Wine and dine on contemporary dishes at their hatted restaurant overlooking the vines. On your way home, take a slight detour of the trail drop into welcoming cellar doors at Valhalla Wines, Cofield Wines or Pfeiffer Wines.
Wangaratta to Milawa via Oxley:
Pedal 15km (one way) from Wangaratta into the heart of the Milawa Gourmet Region, hopping from cellar door to farmgate to provedore to work the tastebuds as well as your legs! Collect a picnic as you go, or pull up the bike for a luscious lunch at Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre, The Milawa Cheese Factory or Sam Miranda.
Bright to Gapsted ride with a leisurely lunch among the vines:
Pedal through the fertile Ovens Valley to lunch-with-a-view at Boynton’s Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah (10km one way from Bright) or Gapsted Winery (38 km one way from Bright). En route to Gapsted, pop into Ringer Reef Winery or Bright Berry Farm to taste delicious drops and morsels to take home.
Great Victorian Rail Trail
Mansfield to Bonnie Doon ride with a packed lunch from The Produce Store:
Fuel your summer adventures in Mansfield with a picnic from local hub The Produce Store, packed with house-made goodies and regional produce. Hampers include items such as pork and pistachio terrine and cold cuts, Locheilan and Yea cheeses, salads, crusty baguette and the legendary chocolate brownie. To give your legs that extra boost before you hit the trail, why not stop past the local's favourite, Mansfield Coffee Merchant, and grab one of their house roasted coffees. Then time this 22km pedal (one way from Mansfield) for a lunch and a swim on the shores of Lake Eildon.