The humble bicycle meets rolling countryside… hop on for one of these luxury cycle tours through some of the finest scenery and fecund food baskets in all of Australia.
1. Gourmet Cycling for Softies, Victorian High Country
If you’re inspired by our experience, the aptly named ‘gourmet cycling for softies’ just might also appeal. This five-day fully guided tour through Victoria’s High Country will have you pedalling from Milawa to Myrtleford, indulging in fine produce along the way. $1950 per person, twin-share including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
2. Best of Tasmania
From white sandy beaches to rugged mountains, Tasmania has the full package when it comes to natural wilderness. Explore it all on a Best of Tasmania tour, an eight-day odyssey that takes in the island’s plentiful World Heritage sites and Hobart’s MONA. From $3450 per person.
3. Be-spoke Hunter Valley
This two-day tour around NSW’s popular winemaking region will get you from vineyard to vineyard with relative ease. With a support vehicle for back-up, this is a great way to experience the Hunter while sampling some of its fine produce and wine. The tour starts from $245 per person, twin-share, mid-week. See huntervalleycycling.com.au
4. In your bike in Noosa & the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Bike On offers a range of tours around the Sunshine Coast for riders of all levels, from self-guided tours to more intense road-riding weekends. Start simple with a self-guided trip around Noosa from $35 per person or challenge yourself to the seven-night Noosa road-riding holiday from $1620 per person.
5. All trails lead to the Great Ocean Road
More commonly explored by four wheels, the spectacular scenic views of Victoria’s southern coastline could arguably be better savoured on two. Check out the Twelve (now eight) Apostles, Port Campbell and Lorne on the way down to Queenscliff on a three-day tour, before catching the ferry across to Sorrento to join in the annual Bupa Around The Bay In A Day cycling event. Full tour costs $1695 per person, twin-share and includes all meals and entry into the Bupa event. See alltrails.com.au
6. Self ride around the NSW South Coast
Pedal with your family at your own pace on a self-guided ride along the NSW South Coast with Australian Cycling Holidays. Catering to all riding abilities, all you have to do is choose the destinations, like Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven and Kiama, and accommodation (budget or luxury). A three-day, Jervis Bay return tour starts from $665 per person.
7. Clare Valley Riesling Trail
Pedal and quaff your way around one of Australia’s best-known wine regions, enjoying the view of rolling vineyards, the signature grape variety riesling, and some mighty fine local produce too. And don’t worry about the wobbly ride home – if you have one too many wines, there’s a support vehicle on hand. Full-day tours start from $675 per person and include all meals and wine tasting. See tastesa.com.au
8. Mudgee’s Tour de Vine
Ride all the way to the cellar door visiting Mudgee’s top winemakers and breweries too. This one-day, self-guided tour by Tour de Vines is a great way to indulge in the region’s bounty of wine and produce. (If you need some more convincing, see p94). Prices start from $249 per person, twin-share, including bike hire, two nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast.
9. Bike Byron Bay
Cruise the coast or head for the hinterland around Byron Bay on your treadly, taking in beautiful scenery and stopping to enjoy organic produce at Harvest Café. The four-day coastal cycle rides from Ballina to Kingscliff; or take an extra day to explore the hills around Uki at the foot of Mt Warning. Five-night coastal tour $1795, twin-share. Six-night hinterland village tour $1995, twin-share. See cyclingtours.com.au
10. East Coast Tasmania
Make your way down the magnificent east coast of Tasmania from Launceston to Hobart on the five-day pure Tasmania experience, which includes a sunset ride to the Bay of Fires, the stunning Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay, Mt Wellington and the heritage-listed Port Arthur. Prices start from $2495 per person, twin-share. See cyclingtours.com.au
Come with us on a gourmet cycle through the Victorian High Country