Melbourne to Canberra / Goulburn

Part 1 : Melbourne to Beechworth

This route is based on an article in Freewheeling Magazine (# 12 , 1981/Sep ). The route is mostly on back roads. There are commercial camp sites at each of the stages.

Useful maps are

  1. Melbourne to Epping ( by rail)
  2. Epping to Broadford, 56 Km on tar , mostly flat, E of M31 Hume Freeway
  3. Broadford to the bridge near Seymour , 28 km mostly flat - via Puckapunyal ( military museums open daily).
  4. near Seymour to Ngambie , 34 km . Mixed tar & gravel roads. Backroads to W of A39 Goulburn Valley Hwy.
  5. Nagambie to Murchison, 24 km on tar, almost flat.
  6. Murchison to Shepparton, 35 km on smooth wide, flat tar. ( Caltrop " three corner jacks" may be common in summer).
  7. Shepparton to Devenish, 52 km on flat, wide tarred road.
  8. Devenish to Glenrowan , 46 km , quiet tar road, C314, mostly flat & narrow. Nice camping in forest.
  9. Glenrowan to Wangaratta 20 km, flat , mostly wide tar.
  10. Wangarratta ( Via Great Alpine Road / Ovens Hwy / B500 & C 315) to Beechworth , 37 km on tar, flat then rolling hills. Beechworth is " Victoria's best preserved gold fields town".

 

 

Part 2: Beechworth Vic. to Goulburn, NSW

This route is based on an article in Freewheeling Magazine ( #14, 1982/ May)

Useful maps are

  1. Beechworth to Yackandandeh, 23 Km on tar. C 315 & C 532.
  2. Yackandandeh to Tallangatta 47 km , mostly tar. C 533.
  3. Tallangatta to Coryong, 87 km , on variable tar, B 400.
  4. Corryong to Towong to Tooma 38 km on good tar, a few small hills, ( unnumbered on NSW side).
  5. Tooma to Tumbarumba, 37 km on tar , a few solid hills
  6. Tumbarumba to Batlow, 41 km tar, "narrow & rough for a lot of the way", some climbs.
  7. Batlow to Tumut, 32 km on variable tar, two big climbs
  8. Tumut to Gundagai, 38 km on mostly good tar, a couple of big hills.
  9. Gundagai to Cootamundra, 61 km , good tar, flat grazing country, becoming undulating
  10. Cootamundra to Harden, 40 km of good tar, undulating
  11. Harden to Boorowa, 39 km good tar, variable slopes
  12. Boorowa to Rugby, 36 km gravel & tar. Camp site at Rugby opposite the school.
  13. Rugby to Crookwell, 54 km . Some gravel. Nice camping at Wheeo Creek & Lachlan River.
  14. Crookwell to Goulburn 44 km. Crosses the Great Divide near Crookwell

For Goulburn to Canberra or Sydney, click here.

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