Day 1 – Wodonga to Walwa
A great gentle warm up, riding 112km and only about 1000m in elevation gain. With the rolling hills there is plenty of time to rest, and I’m sure you will enjoy riding along the river banks, as the perfect start to the tour. After crossing Lake Hume, we ride for 90km along-side the mighty Murray River. We will be staying at Walwa Riverside Caravan Park in tents (cabins optional), and dining at the local pub for good country tucker and plenty of time for a swim and fish after the ride.
Day 2 – Walwa to Geehi campgrounds
This is TRUELY where the mighty Murray meets the Mountains. As we leave Walwa we continue along the Murray river towards Khancoban where we will rest and re-fuel before we start our ascent into the mountains. This is where Victoria’s High Country and NSW Snowy Mountains come together. We will have lunch by the lake and time for a cool dip if you like. After lunch, it’s off to Geehi where we set up camp and have time for a swim, fish or enjoy a nature walk and checkout some old stockman huts and wildlife. A great place to sit around a campfire and relax with some good old camp cooking.
Day 3 – Geehi to Thredbo
After a good breakfast and maybe a walk, we set out for the 45km ride to Thredbo. Sounds like an easy day with just 45km. We have left plenty of time in this day to enjoy the ride. We will be having lunch at Tom Groggin, and then prepare for the ascent up to Dead Horse Gap,18km averaging 6% gradient with the steepest part 22%. Remember, we are in the middle of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, and we need to be prepared as much for the weather challenge as we are for the ride challenge. Expect this ride to take 5 – 6 hours. Once we reach Thredbo we relax and check out activities, eateries and relax in some good quality accommodation.
Day 4 – Thredbo to Charlottes Pass
We head off down towards Jindabyne on some good fast rolling hills, and then turn left at the lake and head towards Charlotte’s Pass, about 9km past Perisher Valley Ski resort. Charlottes Pass is the highest sealed road in Australia, and is only walking distance to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. We will have lunch with Mt Kosciuszko as our view before descending back down to Jindabyne. On the way back to Thredbo we can call into Wild Brumby Schnapps Distillery. You can take the taste test and purchase some schnapps for later if you like. We then continue to Thredbo plenty of time still left for afternoon activities.
Day 5 – REST DAY
So what exactly is a rest day? Does it mean I can do nothing? Well, yes it does. But with so many activities Thredbo has to offer, why would you? Take the chair lift to the summit for a coffee, add in a walk to Mt Kosciuszko for what is simply the best scenic views Australia has to offer. Hire a raft or kayak and float down river, or maybe play some golf, check out local pubs, try some fly fishing, did I mention do nothing? Maybe just a cocktail and a massage will see the day through. Whatever you decide to do, it’s your day, and you have earned it.
Day 6 – Thredbo to Khancoban
Refreshed after a day off, we leave Thredbo with the aim of getting home in 2 days. With a lunch break at Geehi and dinner and an overnight stay in Khancoban, we will have plenty of energy for the assault along the Murray River. Khancoban is the town where the Murray meets the mountains, and a great chance to reflect of some great riding and views.
Day 7 – Khancoban to Wodonga
With a couple of small climbs, it’s rolling hills to Walwa where we will have lunch. After lunch we continue with the rolling hills along-side the Murray river and views as it enters Lake Hume. We get back, unwind, unpack and change out of our lycra for a celebratory well-earned dinner.