Walking and cycling tracks
Our Shire has beautiful bike and walking paths for all levels of ability.
Whether taking a leisurely stroll, going for a jog, getting on your bike, taking the children for a walk or going for a power walk, the greens spaces and nearby State forests and national parks offer something for everyone.
Many of the parks and gardens have walking tracks, including Lake King and Lake Sambell, and our historic tree-lined streets, make walking or cycling a great environmentally-friendly transport option in our Shire's towns.
Our trails and tracks can improve your health, happiness and wellbeing so go on, get outdoors.
North East Victoria is Australia’s premier cycling tourism destination.
The region boasts the two longest rail trails in Victoria: The Great Victorian Rail Trail and the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is rated the best in the nation in terms of quality of trail surface, scenery, and complementary product and experiences.
The Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail is a significant section of this trail and moves through our picturesque shire. It is currently being upgraded in existing areas and extended from Albert Road in Beechworth (the end of the current rail trail) to the Osbornes Flat Primary School.
These works are funded by the Victorian Government as part of the $12 million stage one of the North East Victoria Cycling Optimisation Plan. Works are expected to be completed by 2020.
You can download an information brochure(PDF, 530KB) and a fact sheet(PDF, 256KB) about the Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail upgrade and extension.
North East Victoria also has around 50 per cent of all formalised mountain bike single tracks across the state including our very own Yackandandah Mountain Bike Track Network.
The Yackandandah Mountain Bike Track Network is located in the Stanley State Forest and was built by volunteers under the name of Yack Tracks Inc. in collaboration with the land managers – the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
The Beechworth Mountain Bike Track is run by the Beechworth Chain Gang.
Our Council is one of 12 regional municipalities which contributed to the Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy(PDF, 8MB), a blueprint for the Hume region in relation to the development and enhancement of tracks and trails during the next decade.
For more information on the Murray to Mountains rail trail including maps, visit Ride the High Country.
Hume Region Significant Tracks and Trails Strategy(PDF, 8MB)
Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail information brochure(PDF, 530KB)
Fact Sheet – Beechworth to Yackandandah-Osbornes Flat Rail Trail(PDF, 256KB)