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Have bike will travel. Your guide to cycling The Murray

Campaspe Murray Junction with Green Pedal, Echuca. Image credit: Serena Jane Media

22 Apr 2022 by Daniela Sunde-Brown

Have bike will travel. Your guide to cycling The Murray

Ready to change gears for your next adventure in The Murray?

Hit the pedals and take your two wheels for a spin around our river region this season. Cycling is one of the best ways to stay fully immersed in nature, while covering more ground than you would on foot.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeking mountain biker looking for downhill slopes, a Sunday rider after a slow cycle by the water, or part of a peloton who has a penchant for wine, we’ve got the trails and tracks for you to try in The Murray.

Rides to get the heart pumping

1. Deniliquin Mountain Bike Trails

If you’ve got a soft spot for off-road mountain biking, pedal your way over to Deniliquin where there’s 12 kilometres of fast and flowing cross-country Mountain Bike Trails. Rated intermediate, the mostly flat terrain is suitable for most riders and follows existing kangaroo tracks through the forest, with loads of turns and log rollovers. Choose one of three loop trails ranging from 7.6 to 12 kilometres in length. If you didn’t BYOB (bring your own bike), drop into the Visitor Information Centre in George Street where you can hire mountain bikes for free – just call ahead to check their availability.

2. Cycle Loop Deniliquin

If you’re more into road cycling, lap the 30-kilometre Deniliquin Cycle Loop. On two wheels explore this popular local route past the flat plains of the iconic Deni Ute Muster site, farmland and the local irrigation system. Get social with the Deniliquin Cycling Club, who meet at the corner of George and Napier Streets each morning at around 6.45am - they pedal the loop then kick back for caffeine and conversation at a local cafe.

Something a little more leisurely

1. Culcairn Bike Track

For a ride the whole family can enjoy, try the Culcairn Bike Track. A great way to see the whole town on a slow and easy ride, this seven kilometre loop starts at the southern end of the Culcairn Sports Ground, passing by the town’s most beautiful historic buildings, plus rural scenes like fields of crops and pastures.

2. Wagirra Trail

Wheel your way around the Wagirra Trail, a popular pathway that connects the two cities of Albury and Wodonga. The concreted trail is two metres wide, giving plenty of space for pedestrians and riders to share the 15-kilometre Murray River pathway that links the Wonga Wetlands with the South Albury Trail. Part of the trail features the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, a five-kilometre section with artworks by local Aboriginal artists. If you're not pressed for time, pause your pedals and learn more about the Aboriginal history and the cultural significance of the Murray River. Need wheels? Eating Travel rents out its fleet of easy-to-ride electric bikes.

A ride with a tipple

1. Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: Rutherglen to Wahgunyah

Fancy a flat, leisurely bike trail in a region known for its sun-kissed vineyards? Wheel your way from Rutherglen to Wahgunyah on the shortest section of this special rail trail. Pro tip - make sure to leave time for a wine tasting. This relaxed ride pedals past some of Australia’s oldest vines and finishes at the banks of the mighty Murray River. If you need wheels, Rutherglen Radler E bike hire can hook you up with one of its electric cruisers for the day. A short and flat ride, this one is suitable for families too. Remember to pack your swimmers for a refreshing dip on warmer days.

2. Green Pedal: Bike to Winery E-bike Tour

Embrace the fresh air and great outdoors without breaking a sweat on an e-bike tour with Green Pedal. With a slight push, the electric bike will kick into gear transporting you from downtown Echuca to Moama Beach. Take in views of the river and historic Echuca port before cycling around to Horseshoe Lagoon and onto St Anne’s Winery for a special tasting. Sip fresh whites, full bodied reds or a lush, fortified wine over a tasting platter before cycling back to town.