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“Fantastic family bike trail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Goulburn Valley High Country Rail Trail

Goulburn Valley High Country Rail Trail
Mansfield | to Tallarook, Mansfield, Victoria 3722, Australia
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“Fantastic family bike trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We did these 2 bike trails with our 12 year old son: Yea to Tallarook & Mansfield to Boonie Doon. Both stretches are very picturesque with lush pastures, eucalyptus trees and gently rolling hills. While we are experienced riders, the trail is well laid and an achievable ride for beginners. We discovered a lovely Devonshire tea room on the trail in Trawool. Delicious homemade scones and a pot of tea were enjoyed in the garden overlooking the distant hills.
The information office distributes a bike trail booklet which can be a little misleading. The booklet mentions 3 towns: Granite, Kerrisdale and Homewood - none were sign posted so don't rely on them for refreshments or toilet stops. There are environmental type toilets along the track - but no drinkable water so be prepared.

Visited April 2014
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“GREAT Victorian Rail Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Now renamed and appropriate! We went from Mansfield to Bonnie Doon and back. About. 45 kms. Track is treed most if the way, smooth and well maintained. Stop at the free iced water stand in Maindample and then a coffee at Bonnie Bar. Wonderful scenery including kangaroos along the way. A must do by foot bike or horse if you are in the area .

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“great Aussie scenery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We rode the entire trail from Tallarook to Mansfield via Alexander and return in 5 days over Australia day weekend. It was one of the best trails we have done, beautiful scenery consisting of rolling hills, gum trees, old farming sheds, sheep, cattle, rivers, dams, all what you expect in country Victoria. The trail is not difficult as gradient is manageable. You will need a mountain bike or hybrid as surface can be gravelly in some areas and hard compact sand may have some ruts developed after riding on it during a wet day. I highly recommend the trail. You can easily do smaller sections as parking is available in most towns. All of the trail is fabulous no matter where or which direction you are traveling

Visited January 2014
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“A relaxing ride away from the cars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I did the Bonnie Doon to Mansfield section and found the ride very relaxing. Being a disused railway there are no steep hills, however there are some long hills where you need to pace yourself (well I should have).
Most of the trail for this section is fine gravel and is very suited to hybrid or mountain bike tyres. I have put narrower tyres on my hybrid for road riding, but would swap back to the wider profile to do this section again. A guy did ride past me on a full road bike and he seemed to do OK.
There are well defined road crossings (for the cars too) and toilet facilities.
A few sections have trees growing very close to the track and provide a magical enclosure for you to ride through, particularly as you ride into Mansfield.

Visited February 2013
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“Some bits of the trail are VERY soft after rain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My husband and I planned to ride from Yea to Bonnie Doon on one day, ride Bonnie Doon to Mansfield return the next then ride back to Yea on day 3. However, the night before we were due to start it rained heavily and we only managed to get about 4 or so km out of Yea when we struck wet gravelly, goopy light coloured sand. With cycle touring loads we just sinking into it and when we stopped just couldn't get started again as we couldn't get enough speed up in the goop to get our balance. We ended up going back to Yea where fortunately we had our car and just drove to Bonnie Doon. On the way we could see that the track was dark in parts and when we rode from Bonnie Doon to Mansfield return, that dark surface was absolutely fine. Much more compacted and firm. The trail seems to keep on changing from fine sandy gravel to dark little rocks but we don't know if we hit the one and only goopy bit or whether it is like this on several parts. Such as shame as we were so looking forward to it. The Murray to Mountains from Wangaratta to Bright is an all weather surface. We also did the High Country Rail Trail from Albury to Old Tallangatta in dry weather but I think that would have been fine after rain as it seemed well compacted.

Visited October 2013
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