Every Type of Cycling in our Great Alpine Region - Give it a GO!

BIG4 Porepunkah  is geographically placed on the Great Alpine Road, in the centre of all things cycling. You have Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek & Mt Buffalo  that flank the area for cross country and downhill cycling. Bright boasts the world renown Mystic Mountain that is downhill heaven. The roads that transverse these mountains are road cyclists heaven, while we have the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail that follows the contour of the Alpine Valley. When staying in the park we have bike storage & repair facilities with a stand and washing facilities. We also have a fantastic service that operates in the valley-The Bike Bus-just jump on the bus and get your adrenalin pumping.


Cycling - good healthy, family fun!


Cycling and Mountain Biking:

The Alpine High Country offers an ideal climate for cycling with superb scenery and seemingly limitless choice of rides making the area a cycling hot-spot.

We have listed a selection of rides for you. However, for more information pick up a copy of "Ride Guide ", a handy pocket guide on cycling in the north east, from the local Visitor Information Centre or a copy of “Mountain Biking Guide – Bright and District”, which is well worth getting. Local specialists in Bright can give you information on organized mountain bike and road bike events.

During daylight saving months, locals and visitors get together to tackle the trials.

  • Bright and District Summer Road Series - Monday's time trials and racing. Meet at Alpine Cycling Club headquarters on Coronation Avenue (near tennis courts) in Bright at 6:30pm. Rides go out to Wandiligong and back.
  • Mountain bike rides - Wednesday's starting 6pm from Bright – for further information contact one of the team on 03 5750 1442.


Short Rides Suitable for Families and Novices:

Bright - Porepunkah (10km return). Via the shared pedestrian/bicycle path, the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail starts behind Bright Museum in Railway Avenue, Bright. This track is sealed and flat. A booklet on the rail trail is available from the Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright or the Bright Visitors Centre.

Bright - Wandiligong (10km return) on sealed main road or (15km return) Churchill Avenue. Back Wandiligong Road (gravel surface) - Wandiligong - Mills Bridge - Centenary Avenue - White Star Road (dirt road).

Bright - Porepunkah loop (15km round trip) turning where the Back Porepunkah Road joins Great Alpine Road.


Medium Distance Rides:

Using main roads, cyclists must be aware of traffic particularly in peak holiday times.

  • Bright - Harrietville (50km return)
  • Bright - Buckland Valley (32km return) turning back at end of sealed road at Buckland Bridge.
  • Bright - Myrtleford (60km return) via Great Alpine Road, sealed shoulder most of the way. Bike station at Eurobin with toilets/shelter.
  • Bright - Myrtleford - Lake Buffalo (100km return)
  • The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is the perfect way to discover the diverse countryside of North East Victoria, from natural bushland to open farmland, hidden valleys and some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Australia. Not to mention the endless wine, beer, food and fresh produce you will find along the way.


    Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, for cyclists and walkers, and for all budgets, the trail provides over 100 kilometres of sealed trails and the perfect link between the culinary villages of Beechworth, Rutherglen, Bright & Wangaratta. More recently the shared trail network has been extended from Wangaratta to Milawa, Bright and Wandiligong. 

    Rail Trail Rides

    Porepunkah to Bright - 6km
    Myrtleford to Bright - 30km
    Beechworth to Bright - 41km
    Wangaratta to Bright - 83km
    Bright to Wandiligong - 10km return 
    Bright to Germantown - 5km
    Harrietiville to Stony Creek - 5km

    Bike Hire;

  • Cyclepath 03 5750 1442 (Bright)
  • Allterrain Cycles 03 5750 1372 (Bright)
  • Absolute Outdoors Australia 03 5756 2694 (Porepunkah)
  •  Bright Electric Bike Hire 03 5755 1309
  • Myrtleford Cycle Centre 03 5752 1511 
  • Bike Taxi Service  0418 268 221

  • Bright Electric Bikes - Hire,...
    Cruise the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail in comfort and

  • Cook-Cycle-Feast

    Myrtleford’s Cycle Centre will host a series of Cook-Cycle-Feast day rides over autumn, including 15 - 20km of cycling along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Choose from the following tours; 

  • Bread & Butter Bicycle Tour (featuring hands-on bread making and lunch at Delize Café Deli),
  • Coffee Bean Roast ‘n’ Ride (featuring a roasting session at Coffee Chakra and lunch at Happy Valley Hotel) 
  • Gnocchi on Wheels (featuring hands-on pasta making and lunch at Delize Café Deli).


Routes for Touring and Training:
*Beware of ice on road in winter.

  • Bright - Tawonga Gap Lookout (40km return). Great views, climb and descend.
  • Bright - Mt Beauty (60km return). Climb and descend twice.
  • Bright - Great Alpine Road (110km circuit) - Ovens - Happy Valley Road (Kancoona Gap) - Kiewa Valley Highway - Tawonga Gap Road - Bright. Climb and descend.


Want to Test Yourself?

  • Audax Alpine Classic and Bonjour Bright in the end January.
  • Audax Road Bike Event (50km, 100km and 200km) in December.
  • Tour of Bright Road Bike Race in November or December. Phone 5756 2403.
  • Semaine Federale Festival of Cycling in January in Bright. Phone 0405 223 406.


Gravel Roads and Tracks Suitable for Mountain Bike Riding:

You can obtain copies of Bright and/or Wandiligong 1:25000 VIC maps locally and do some exploring.

Note: Our suggested routes list times which are approximate only and will depend on the ability of the rider.

  • Back Germantown Road to Tawonga Gap Road (30 minutes return). Flat with river crossings.
  • Back Porepunkah Road, Roberts Creek Road. Quinn’s Gap loop (45 minutes).
  • Huggins Lookout (30 minutes). Go up Bakers Gully Road wind round to the left to Huggins Lookout and continue on to Mystic Lane and back to Bright.
  • Tom Briggs Road - Quinn’s Gap loop (45 minutes). Tom Briggs Road is a gravel track and starts from the Back Porepunkah Road (about 2km from Bright) Tom Brigg’s Road climbs from the Back Porepunkah Road to the top of the ridge then doubles back along the ridge to Quinn’s Gap. Continue down the Mt Porepunkah Road into Bright.
  • Templar Road - Oregon Road – Quinn’s Gap Loop (30 minutes) Templar Road starts off Tom Brigg’s Road about three quarters of the way up the side of the hill before the ridge. Templar Road continues back towards Bright and joins Oregon Road, which continue to Quinn’s Gap. Continue down Mt Porepunkah Road to Bright.
  • Mt Porepunkah (four hours) - Mt Porepunkah Road to Quinn’s Gap, on to Mt Porepunkah itself and continue on. Return via One Mile Creek Road to Porepunkah town and back to Bright.
  • Bright - Wandiligong - Freeburgh (two hours) up Hillsborough Track which starts from Growlers Gully Road in Wandiligong, up to ridge and then down Reliance Track to Great Alpine Road at Freeburgh and return to Bright.
  •  Bright - Wandiligong (30 minutes). To Wandiligong and back via White Star Road, which starts at Dougherty’s Bridge just past the Bright Football Oval on Coronation Avenue.
  • Clearspot and Return (two hours) up Bakers Gully Road then wind round to the right to Clearspot Lookout and return.


Further Afield Tracks:

Check tracks are open, phone Parks VIC on 131 963.

The adventurous route to Mt Beauty. Bright, Back Germantown Road, Snowy Creek Road, Dungey Track, Simmonds Gap (approximately 20km) Pyramid Hill Fire Track, Simmonds Creek Road, Mt Beauty (a further 15km).


Great Views and Downhill Runs:

Mt St Bernard - Twins Jeep Track, Mt Murray North Track, Buckland River Road, Alpine National Park – Road closed in winter and early spring (approximately 24km), Buckland Bridge (a further 27km).


During the Summer Heat:

Dargo High Plains Road starting from the Great Alpine Road (Mt St Bernard) or start from Landey Plain, which is down the Dargo High Plains Road. (closed by snow in winter).

Content originally posted on brightvictoria.com.au

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