East Gippsland Rail Trail
In January I hired a bike, rode to Bruthen, stayed at the pub, ate at the fabulous Bull Ant Brewery and rode back to Bairnsdale the next day. It was a hot ride but I totally enjoyed the solitude and the break at the river at Nicholson. The section from Nicholson to Bruthen takes you a long way from highway and is a great rural ride. Bruthen is a lovely town.The rest of the track is quite remote and you will need to take a friend but knowing the country as I do, you will love it. Great trail and it can be extended to Lakes Entrance if you are keen.
Getting There: From Sydney, you can fly to Merrimbula and bus to Orbost. You can train to Bairnsdale from Melbourne. Bus from Canberra to Orbost. Or drive...
For now, enjoy the pictures I took on the trail and refer to the following site for more information
This is a trail that requires some planning for issues such as punctures if you head past onwards to Orbost from Bruthen. Rest assured as you crunch down the compacted gravel you will know that you are on a rail trail.
The distances between the towns are as follows
Bairnsdale to Nicholson 9km
Nicholson to Bruthen 21 km
Bruthen to Nowa Nowa 28 km
Nowa Nowa to Orbost 43 km
Pictures take you from Bairnsdale thru to the Bruthen Hotel and then reverse for the trip home. There is some nice riding on the Mitchell River around Bairnsdale if you want to do an extra 5 km
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