20 individual stages that link up to create a fully supported and achievable cycling route around Australia
Choose one stage or ride the lot
Join as an individual and ride with great new friends, or bring a team dividing each day’s distance
All stages completed over 5 years with each stage varying between 4 to 16 days in duration
Achievable for most keen cyclists willing to commit to it
From the cities to the outback, from the tropics to the southern ocean, from the red centre to the coast. These Australian bike rides are a series of supported road cycling holidays like no other.
On this Stage of Australia Ride we welcome a group of cyclists from Cabrini Hospital Melbourne who will be taking part in this tour, raising money for their ICU Research Fund. If you are part of the Cabrini group remember to answer the question on the online entry form. You are also welcome to extend your ride all the way to Sydney. If you are not part of the Cabrini group you are welcome to also raise money for Cabrini - let us know and we will help you get set up.
For those interested in the entire Melbourne to Sydney ride, the quicklink to Stage 13 (Kosi to Sydney) is here.
From the seaside suburb of Melbourne's St Kilda, through Snowy Mountain and Ned Kelly country, to the highest point in Australia.
Mt Kosciuszko is akin to Mt Everest - the highest peaks in their respective lands. Although dramatically different in height and shape, the two mountains share exciting names that conjure up images of exploration and achievement. Both were named after men in high esteem and we have the opportunity to celebrate and share the summit, marvel at the 360 degree views and ponder the man-made roads and nature's rivers below as they twirl their way through magnificent Snowy Mountains.
All rivers run to the sea along the easiest route possible. We have chosen the most efficient machine possible and have added a few hills, a few towns and a few people to make this ride the most exciting way that one could ever imagine of traversing the magical green carpet that extends beyond the horizon. The salty sea breeze at St Kilda will slowly turn into crisp mountain air from melting snow that will fill your lungs to capacity as you enjoy the natural wonder of propelling yourself on a bicycle with new-found friends from Melbourne to the highest point in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko.
We pride ourselves on organising adventurous, action-packed cycling holidays in interesting and scenic destinations and this fully supported six-day ride from Melbourne to Kosi fits the bill perfectly (first stage of Melbourne to Sydney Ride - total 12 days). We organise everything that you will need for the duration of your time with us (food, accommodation, luggage transfer, bike mechanic, great company and so much more) so you can pedal away each morning without a worry in the world except which way to look to take in the amazing scenery.
Riders that participate in our 'point to point' tours enjoy camaraderie, sharing laughs and memorable experiences with their fellow cyclists, knowing that Phil and Susan’s expert preparation of the ride allows them to sit back and relax those weary cycle legs at the end of each day.
On the first stage of this ride (Stage 12 of Australia Ride) we cycle from Melbourne’s ecclectic seaside suburb of St Kilda, across the Great Divide and over the Strathbogie Ranges before visiting the Milwala winery district and historic goldrush towns. We head through the Murray Valley to the legendary Snowy Mountains before arriving at our luxury accommodation and standing on top of Australia.
On the second stage (Stage 13 of Australia Ride) we head down the mountain to Cooma, the largest town in the Snowy Mountains Region and then on towards the nation's capital of Canberra before bypassing the city traffic to Bungendore, then beautiful, historic Braidwood where the entire town is classified by the National Trust. From here we head to the sea and enjoy cycling up the coast off the main roads as we move north from the rural settings of Nowra through Wollongong along the new elevated road winding its way along the coast to Stanwell Tops - playground for all the hang gliders as they take off and glide over the ocean. You cycle through Royal National Park and finally to the hustle and bustle of Botany Bay, Sydney - the site of James Cook's first landing of HMS Endeavour on the continent of Australia.
Dip your bike wheel (or yourself) in the water at Melbourne, ride it up to Thredbo, then come down the other side to dip it in the water at Sydney.
WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
A big thank you to Phil, Susan & Ben for a fabulous & memorable week! Thank you for your never-ending assistance on the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it & really appreciated the support provided by the team. I'm sure I'll be booking in on another AllTrails tour soon! Amanda (VIC) Melbourne to Mt Kosciuszko 2013
WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
Neil and I certainly enjoyed our Alltrails experience! Meals: Excellent. Home cooking of morning teas was a lovely touch and they were plentiful & above expectation. Scenery: Spectacular. Tour Guides: Can't be faulted. Loved the evening briefings and opportunity to enjoy meals together. The professionalism and organisation shown by Phil, Susan and Ben was second to none and we would definitely consider another ride with Alltrails. Thanks again for a wonderful week of riding and fun! Penny (VIC) Melbourne to Mt Kosciuszko 2013
WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
Yes... back to work and reality after what was a great week of riding through some great country side. I don't have anything negative to say about the trip... it was well planned out at Phil, Susan and Ben go to so much effort to ensure everyone is ok... they really have this "nothing is a problem" attitude and work very hard...I had a great time and I will be back!! Paul (VIC) Melbourne to Mt Kosciuszko 2013
WEDNESDAY, 10TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
Thanks guys for a an absolutely fantastic holiday and a cherished life experience. Looking forward to the next one! Jeremy (VIC) Melbourne to Mt Kosciuszko 2013
TUESDAY, 9TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
Hi Guys, thanks again for a wonderful adventure filled with lots of fun, challenges and good times. Alex (VIC) Melbourne to Sydney 2013
TUESDAY, 9TH APRIL 2013
Written by Cyclist
Well done on another great cycling holiday. Looking forward to another holiday in the future. Ken B (NSW) Melbourne to Sydney
Question not answered below?
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what's on your mind and we'll help you make your decision.
How do I get there and back?
We can help you out with booking a hotel close to the train & bus station where the airport shuttle arrives. We will collect your luggage from the hotel at the start of the tour before you cycle down to St Kilda for the beginning of the ride which is all included in the optional extra price for pre-tour accom.
LEAVING THE TOUR AT THREDBO:
If you are travelling back to Melbourne we will be arranging a coach transfer on Saturday 23 Mar at 8am. The cost is not yet confirmed (depending on numbers). Approx $100-$200 pp. Select the optional extra on the pricing tab to indicate your interest. If you take this coach option note that you will need to ALSO purchase the optional extra night of accom in Thredbo on Friday night.
If you are travelling to other destinations you can either catch the bus back to Melbourne then get a flight out of Melbourne, or depart from Cooma which is nearly 100km away and is our first stop on the next tour (Stage 13) to Sydney. Book our optional extra called 'Cooma Extension'. This will give you access to all rest day activities in Thredbo, another night's accom in Thredbo on Fri 22 Mar, plus you can join the ride with us to Cooma on Sat 23 Mar, plus enjoy a night's accom in Cooma. Buses travel from Cooma to Canberra the next morning (Sun 24 Mar) where you can then fly home from. (http://www.countrylink.info/timetables/southern/bombala_to_sydney).
Option 3 is to ask a friend to come and pick you up from Thredbo. They can pick you up on Friday when the tour finishes, or Saturday if you have also booked the optional extra accom on Fri night (Thredbo is approx 550km / 7hrs drive from Melbourne, 500km / 6hrs drive from Sydney).
How fit do I need to be and what training is required?
This depends on whether you plan to ride the entire stage or divide each days ride distance between a team. If you have a good level of general fitness, are in good health and are a reasonably keen cyclist that is prepared to do some additional training you shouldn’t have a problem with our tours. As a guideline you should work on being able to comfortably ride at 20-25 km/h on the flat with consistency more important than speed.
To get the most out of your ride, build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain 100km + a day for 2 days straight or the distance agreed amongst your team members that you will ride each day. A training outline will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack. In situations where you cannot complete a particular section of the ride for any reason we will always have support vehicles to transfer you and your bike.
Australia Ride is a great opportunity to get healthy and see Australia on a bike in a safe, supported and fun way. In 1988, Phil McDonald, Director and owner of AllTrails, rode around Australia on his Penny Farthing creating a world record and raising over $100,000 for Rotary. Make the challenge bigger than yourself by raising money for our main charity partner MS Australia. If you wish, you can split your fundraising between MS and your own favourite charity.
Is the riding safe?
We have a great safety record and do our best to inform motorists so that they can drive accordingly, however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the left. We have support vehicles on the road showing 'Caution Cyclists' signs and a ‘tail end Charlie’ (vehicle following the last rider) with a flashing beacon to warn traffic about our cycling group, and are in contact with truck drivers via 2-way radio advising that cyclists are ahead over the next 5kms. You will also be briefed before each day's ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.
Meals and Food
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the 'Day to Day' tab for more details, or click the 'Generate Itinerary' button.
What is the accommodation like?
We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best accommodation suited to cyclists needs, our team and vehicles. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
For some of our more remote trips around Australia the accommodation at times has more character than charm and when we are between towns for a day or two we may organise a 'bush camp'. If we need to bush camp you may bring or hire a single or twin share tent and sleeping mat. Check each tour's 'day to day' details for more information to see which tours this is relevant to.
Sharing rooms – how does it work?
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions that you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or in twin beds. If you are travelling alone like some of our riders, you can choose to 'twin share' where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender and changed at each accommodation to create interest in sharing rooms. Single Supplement is also available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we will pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accommodation or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own. If the tour has a camping component tents are single occupancy unless otherwise specified.
Snorers can enjoy their own room
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
What’s not included in the tour price?
• Personal accident or travel insurance which is compulsory on all tours
• Accommodation before and after the tour (check for pre & post accommodation in the ‘Optional Extras’ under the ‘Pricing’ tab)
• Airfare and transportation to and from the start/finish points of the tour (airport pickup & dropoff is sometimes possible depending on driver & vehicle availability
• Personal items purchased during the tour
• Some meals may not be included allowing you the opportunity to explore the regional cuisine and choose your own meal. Check tour details for more information.
• Optional activities and sightseeing
Do I need to carry anything on my bike?
We suggest you carry a spare tube, tyre levers, two full water bottles and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and perhaps rain gear if it’s threatening. We transport your luggage*, day packs*, food & extra water. A detailed list of what is required and provided will be sent to you in your pre-tour info pack.
(*riders travelling with their own vehicle will be required to transport their luggage, day packs and bikes. We will provide mechanical and safety support and additional support if unforeseen circumstances arise)
What is the weather likely to be?
Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall and the prevailing winds. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.bom.gov.au or for our international tours visit www.worldweather.org
Tour dates, ride direction and prevailing winds?
Each stage has been specifically scheduled to take place when as many factors important to a great cycling holiday are likely to, or will, occur. We have taken into consideration the prevailing winds, hence the anticlockwise direction of the circumnavigation of Australia as well as the south to north crossing for stages 17 & 18 from Adelaide to the Top End. We have also taken into account the temperature range, potential risks, possible rainfall and the best times to view the attractions on route. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however the locals say if there is any wind, they hope it's coming from behind.
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.bom.gov.au
What sorts of people join our rides?
People from all parts of Australia and overseas. Ages generally range from 30 - 70 with the average age about 50 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
What type of bike is best?
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tires with slick or near-slick tread. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes are usually around 20% slower than a road bike (ask us for the 'Training Tips' document for this ride).
What bike mechanical assistance is provided?
A tour guide with bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have most items that are required, including a good stand-pump for different valves. The bike parts used for replacement will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic's discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.
Accidents - who can help?
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have comprehensive First-Aid Kits with trained 1st aiders as tour guides and drivers, mobiles and a satellite phone for emergency calls and the locality of hospitals in the areas that we travel through. We also have vehicles that can take anyone injured or sick for further treatment.
Can I rent a bike?
We do not have our own fleet of hire bikes however we will be able to help you out with organising bike hire through our local contacts near our office in Melbourne, or closer to a ride departure location. This will usually incur an admin fee for returning the bike to the shop if this service is available. When you make your booking just let us know that you would also like to hire a bike and we will get the ball rolling for you and put you in touch with the right people.
You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of 'home comfort'.
Do I need insurance to join the tour?
Obtaining appropriate insurance is your (very important) responsibility.
*** Travel Insurance for lost deposits and cancellations ***
Lost deposits: We very strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for your trip. This should include cover for cancellation fees, lost deposits, and stolen or lost luggage. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. There are many unforeseen reasons why cyclists may need to withdraw from a ride - injury, health, weddings, business, personal and many more. Cancellation fees can be a major financial loss to you and as a small business we need to adhere to our cancellation policies. Please go to the ride page on our website for your ride and click the 'Terms & Conditions' button to see the ride's cancel policy (note that most travel insurance policies will not include your bike as luggage so that may need to be covered under your home contents insurance or under a specialist bike insurance).
Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance cover tends to be significantly cheaper than international cover (approx $50 for one week). Above are two websites that offer both international and domestic travel insurance that you can look at. You can also speak to your local travel agent, or often airline booking websites will offer travel insurance as an optional extra as you book your flight.
This is also very strongly recommended. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is. Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the ride, on the ride itself, or cycling down to the corner dairy. If you are a cyclist coming on our tour you should be 100% prepared for the unexpected.
Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network Victoria or Bicycle Queensland. If you are involved in a crash or collision they will support you with personal injury costs, loss of income, third party liability insurance, assistance in completing your claim paper work & free legal consultation.
Life Insurance and TPD Insurance (often paid through your superannuation), and Private Health Insurance are also worth considering.
I have a group who would like to know more. Can I book an info session?
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Brochure. How can I get one?
You can download an AllTrails brochure from our homepage, otherwise contact us with your postal address and we will mail you a copy.
Can I talk to someone who has done one of your tours?
Absolutely. We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride that you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
How can I stay in communication with home?
Will my mobile phone work on tour? Part of the appeal of a holiday is to get away from the hassles of everyday life! If you can’t leave home without your mobile phone, check with your service provider to see where you will have coverage. Telstra Next G provides the greatest coverage for remote towns and areas in Australia. As you may not always have mobile phone coverage, particularly if you travel into remote locations, it's best to purchase a phonecard or calling card before you leave home, as most public telephones do not take coins. If travelling overseas check before you depart that global roaming has been activated with your service provider. Otherwise it may be cheaper to purchase a local SIM card on arrival at your destination.
Some towns may have an internet café or access to an internet terminal, so you may be able to check your emails from time to time while you’re away. If you don’t already have a web-based email account, it is a good idea to set one up before you leave, e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail.
I am coming from another country, what do I need to know?
Welcome! Traditionally most of the clientele on our rides have been from Australia or New Zealand, but we also have had many riders from USA and UK/Europe. You just need to make sure that your passport and visas are in order and check the cost of transferring your bike to Australia, or rent one here.
What if I need to change or cancel my tour?
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for all our Australian rides at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel. For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you.
For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘Book Your Place Today’ button on the relevant tour page of our website and scroll down for Conditions of Contract.
What to pack?
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense.
Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
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