GRAVEL RIDES


Gravel riding in the High Country really is choose your own adventure.
Victoria’s High Country is a must-visit destination for cyclists who are searching for adventure on the roads less travelled. Stunning gravel roads meander through thickly forested valleys, tilt skywards over epic mountain passes and undulate across ridgelines. Plan a loop, from a couple of hours to a full day, starting in the heart of your favourite town. You’ll never be too far from civilisation but you'll feel a million miles away.

GRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

MT BATTERY COOMBESBERG AND LONG LANE

Get started with this classic 33 km circuit on the country roads out of Mansfield. With Mt Buller as your backdrop, this is a smooth, fast and fun ride that will entice you towards more High Country gravel adventures.

BEECHWORTH GAOL BREAK

This ride links some of the best gravel roads and trails around Beechworth with a few surprises thrown in. This ride covers the hills and forests around Stanley, including an optional ascent up to the Mt Stanley summit, and finishes with a long downhill run back to town.

THE MYRTLEFORD MONSTER

With its amazing scenery, undulating terrain and various lunch options in the King Valley, this all day mixed surface ride between Myrtleford and the King Valley deserves a place on any list of iconic High Country rides. Prime your legs for a 123 kilometre loop that takes you around Lake Buffalo and over the Black Range to Whitfield, before returning via undulating backroads and farm lanes to Myrtleford.

THE SOUP BOYS GRAVEL LOOP

During winter, on the shortest day of the year, the Soup Boys embarked on a gravel epic from the Kiewa Valley that tested their limits. The 100 kilometre loop would take them over Lockharts Gap, down country lanes of the Mitta Valley, over Trappers Gap (while it was snowing!), then up through Redbank and Gundowring to Tallangatta before turning back towards Beechworth.

MT PILOT LOOKOUT

This ride sends you to the highest point in the unspoilt Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park - Mt Pilot lookout - before returning via the historic Woolshed Valley and a decent climb back into Beechworth. Short side trips to the Beechworth Berry Farm and the Woolshed Falls are well worth the effort, as is a detour into Eldorado if you have time.

ESKDALE TO DARTMOUTH DAM

Departing Eskdale, this 78km route offers quiet wide single-lane roads through open valleys before delivering climbs through dinosaur forest and emerging at the indelible Dartmouth Dam. Take your time riding across the top of the dam before turning back and heading back into Eskdale via the Mitta Mitta Brewery.

Mt POREPUNKAH GRAVEL LOOP

With almost 1000 metres of climbing in only 40km the Mt Porepunkah loop is not for the faint-hearted. The gradual climb rewards you with an amazing 360 degree view before an exhilarating descent down to the valley below, returning to Bright along the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail.

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GRAVEL TOURS & SERVICES

Looking for some guidance on how to unlock the best gravel ride experiences in Victoria's High Country?

Operating from the Old Beechworth Gaol, Gravelmob is a business offering self-guided and guided day rides, longer tours and gravel bike hire from Beechworth.

Their day rides offer rewarding three to five hour loops that showcase the excellent gravel riding around Beechworth and the King Valley, while their guided rides take the experience to the next level and take you to some of the best hidden secrets in the region.

Whether you bring your own gravel bike or rent one of their awesome Bombtracks, a cracking ride is guaranteed.