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Rail Trail

One of the special things Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park has to offer is access to the beautiful Rail Trail at the Park’s entrance.

 

 

The branch railway to Beechworth opened in 1875, and was extended to Yackandandah in 1891. A second branch line was built from Everton to Myrtleford in 1883 and extended to Bright in 1890. Beechworth, originally known as Mayday Hills, was a major gold mining centre in the 1850s.

 

 

The line to Bright was popular in the early 20th century with tourists visiting the picturesque town of Bright and the Mt Buffalo Chalet, built and owned by the Victorian Railways. The line closed in 1987. Construction of the present rail trail began in Bright in 1993 and finished in 2002 to Wangaratta and Beechworth.

 

 

The Ovens Valley produces a wide variety of crops including tobacco, hops, berries, nuts and grapes. Tobacco kilns are seen throughout the valley but tobacco growing has been rapidly replaced by grapes and other crops.

The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail

(that goes right past our Park entrance!)

This is one of the most developed of rail trails. It actually consists of three separate trails, all with a sealed surface for their entire length!

This popular bike and walking track is ideal for all visitors. The fully sealed track spans 80 kilometres between Bright and Wangaratta with many tributaries along the way into Milawa, Beechworth, Wandiligong and surrounding townships. The Trail is perfect for all, being mainly flat and allowing visitors to choose their distance. Facilities are located at varying points along the track.

There is no need to cycle the complete trail or complete a loop, as there are access points at regular intervals along the trail.

The trail follows the picturesque Ovens Valley and has beautiful views of Mt Buffalo.When you ride the rail trail you can expect great views and gentle terrain. There are many good coffee and food stops as well, so it is easy to make a day of it. This is a great activity for families as you will meet many other families along the way, maybe even make new friends.

Why not hire one of our bikes and do our ride n eat tours.  We have options available to suit families and food and wine lovers.

Rides to try with the family: Our picks

Porepunkah to Bright - 6km

The most popular section goes from Bright to Porepunkah, a pleasant section popular with families. All you have to do is leave our Park entrance and jump onto the rail trail, which takes you under the bridge and then into Bright. There are plenty of cafes and places to stop along the way. The trail follows the Ovens River the whole way so you can take a dip to cool off as well!

Bright to Wandiligong-10km round trip

Mostly flat,  sealed trail connecting Bright with Wandiligong; 5km path with some pleasant riverside sections. Wandiligong is a small quiet historical village of about 250 residents, fantastic old pub with great beer garden, and nearby apple orchards.

Bright to Myrtleford - 30km

For the more daring, why not Ride from Porepunkah to Bright ,and then to Myrtleford, round trip 30kms.  See map. Be sure to stop for alot of refreshments along the way!

Things to do after your ride in and around Porepunkah

-Quench your thirst at many of the drinking holes and cafes along the rail trail.  See our food and wine options page on our website.

-Taste some of the local wines and produce at the beautiful Ringer Reef and Feathertop Wineries close by.

-Throw a line in and have a fish in the Ovens River in our park.

-Enjoy a bush walk in the many trails and tracks surrounding our Park.

-Play Golf at the Bright Golf Course, just 3 kms from us.

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