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Goulburn to Seymour

Updated 13-03-2016


I did this trip in late February/early March 2016 at a time where the temperatures were mainly in the high 30's and 40's, so add 10 degrees for road temperatures. It had originally been planned as a very different trip to what it morphed into, changing from a 6 week 2,200kms tour to a 2 week 750kms of tortuous riding in terrible heat. I had to do substantial re-routing to avoid the heat of the day and long climbs which were part of the origin plan. In reviewing my options to complete the 2,200kms, it was forecast that similar and higher temperatures would continue for a few weeks, leaving no sensible option other than to abandon the original ride. As I'd not ridden much of the Hume Highway from Gundagai towards Melbourne, I decided to take it as quicker and easier alternative with a flight home at the end. It is now possible from this website to link up a ride from Campbelltown in Sydney through to Melbourne using mainly the Hume Highway using days from several of the tours included.

To start this tour, I caught a late afternoon train from Sydney to Goulburn and stayed at a motel near the station. I'd recommend booking accommodation before heading off, as I've known it to be difficult to get late night accommodation in Goulburn unless it's been pre-booked.


The following climate statistics are for the weather station at Cootamundra. For more information on this location, including wind roses, go to "Climate Statistics for Australian Locations" on the Links page.  You can also obtain similar details from other locations enroute from that site.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av Max Temp oC 32 31 27 23 18 14 13 15 18 22 26 29
Av Min Temp oC 16 16 12 7 3 2 1 2 3 6 10 13
Av Rain mm 43 61 50 34 33 61 60 55 48 44 59 53
Av days of rain ≥ 1 mm 5 4 5 4 5 8 9 8 7 6 6 5

Towns listed below that have distances marked ( ) are those where food/drink is expected/known, bike shop was here at the time I did this trip (b), and those marked [ ] are points of interest

Day 1 - Goulburn (b) - Parkesbourne [21] - Breadalbane [28] - Gunning
54 kms 590 m climbed

I was told by a local bike shop owner to try a variation on this route. Instead of taking his longer suggested all bitumen road, I took this less hilly low traffic road through Parkesbourne. The 7kms from Parkesbourne to Breadalbane is gravel through flat country. I enjoyed this alternate route to Breadalbane in preference to the Hume Highway. At Breadalbane, I stopped for toilet/water/snacks at the local community hall. Breadalbane has no food/drink business and the hotel was closed some years ago.

Gunning is a village with limited food supplies, although it has a couple of popular coffee shops/cafes as well as a hotel that serves meals every night. I free camped at the campground on the northern side of the shopping area. It has showers and toilets, but don't expect 3 stars. The camp area has tables and chairs and the grounds are well maintained. On an earlier trip there were warning signs about snakes being seen close to the creek.

Day 2 - Gunning - Yass Service Centre (41) - Bowning (48) - Binalong
71 kms 820 m climbed

The service centre on the western exit from/entry to Yass caters as a large truck stop. I chose to ride on to Bowning for refreshments. It is a small village where it is possible to camp at their sports fields as you enter the village. It had a hotel, general store, a few shops as well as a couple of coffee shops - one of which was about 500m past the western side of the village - it closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I've made it a point of stopping at the Rollonin Cafe whenever the opportunity arises, the food was good and the place was charming.

Binalong is another small village with a hotel, small general store and a few other shops. Due to the heat, I stayed in the air conditioned comfort of the motel about 700m from the main part of the village. They served evening meals there. It is also possible to stay in the hotel or camp at the sports fields on the eastern side of the village.

Day 3 - Binalong - Harden (29) - Cootamundra
71 kms 1,000 m climbed

Harden is a good sized town with all facilities, although from past experience, not much is open on Sundays. It has a caravan park as well as hotels and motels.

The route to Cootamundra is through hilly country, but not big climbs, just continual ups and downs making it tiring. If the day is warm, make sure that you have plenty of water. Cootamundra is a major town with all facilities, except a bike shop. Again, the high temperatures meant that I moteled instead of camped in the local caravan park.

Day 4 - Cootamundra - Gundagai
59 kms 530 m climbed

The first 25k's or so are on a main road with varying degrees of traffic, however, the rest of the route is on a very quiet country road where I saw less than 5 cars in the couple of hours that I was on it. It was undulating country, so there was a bit of up and down, but the scenery and quiet road made it all worthwhile.

Gundagai is a good sized town with several motels and a couple of caravan parks. It has a number of hotels and coffee shops along with a supermarket and other facilities of a rural town.

Day 5 - Gundagai - Tarcutta
46 kms 460 m climbed

From Gundagai it was on to the Hume Highway to Tarcutta. Tarcutta's highlights are a large public toilet, trucking stop, pub and a motel, along with a bowling club that opens mid-afternoon and serves meals on Friday and Saturday as well as shops that are closed, and the usual residences of what looked to have been a busy place in times gone by. Again the high overnight temperatures made the air con comfort of the motel my accommodation of choice. The hotel also has accommodation, but on this trip I wasn't into dragging bike and gear up stairs to the rooms. It appears that it may also be possible to camp at the sports fields behind the roadhouse. The toilet facilities are nearby.

Day 6 - Tarcutta - Holbrook
72 kms 520 m climbed

This is a long haul with no villages along the Hume Highway. There are a number of rest stops with toilets and under cover tables and chairs.

Holbrook is famous for the hull of the submarine HMAS Otway, which lies in parkland on the main road, as well as other submarine history. It has a number of hotels, bakery and cafes, along with a services club. I camped at the caravan park on the southern side of town. It had a very well equipped enclosed kitchen/dining/recreation area.

Day 7 - Holbrook - Thurgoona (55) - Lake Hume
65 kms 530 m climbed

There was the occasional rest area until turning off the Hume Highway to Thurgoona, which is an outer dormitory suburb of Albury. It is also a university area, and there are often off road cycleways adjacent to the road, but you have to be watching for them. They aren't always apparent. I stopped at Thurgoona's shopping centre for food and drink as supplies at Lake Hume, and until Tallangatta on the following day, were scarce.

Lake Hume is a popular holiday area with both the Tourist Park and a Resort adjacent to one another. There was a takeaway at the caravan park that serves food until around early evening, as well as a covered kitchen with all of the usual appointments. The park was on a slope towards the lake, so flat campsites are not in great supply.

Day 8 - Lake Hume - Old Tallangatta [37] - Tallangatta (47) - Wodonga (b)
87 kms 880 m climbed

My original plan had involved an overnight stay at Bethanga rather than Lake Hume, but weather changed many aspects of this planned trip. However, I took the high road through Bethanga as I'd originally planned, just to see it - that was a mistake! It took me over an hour to go the 12kms with a mix of walking and riding up the hill with a steep descent into the village, then another walk to climb out of this place that seemed to have no logical reason for its existance. It had a hotel and a small store. After about 25kms, a farmer who had been loading cattle into a truck hopped onto his stink-bike and caught up with me as I was walking up a gravel hill. He told me that I should have taken the lakeside road, so that's the one that I've included here.

There is less than 10kms of gravel before getting to Old Tallangatta, which is just a collection of houses. Once crossing to the southern side of the lake, it is just a matter of riding along the High Country Rail Trail into Tallangatta. Tallangatta has a motel, several hotels and a couple of caravan parks, as well as the usual businesses typical of a good sized town.

Further west, the rail trail crosses the Sandy Creek Rail Bridge that was restored by the Victorian Government for the rail trail in 2012. The pic below shows how impressive it is. Beyond there, it is possible to camp alongside the lake in a number of areas that have toilets and tables and chairs. At the back of the army base near Wodonga, the trail has signs warning of snake sightings.

Wodonga is a large regional city with all facilities that brings. Many of the roads aren't bike friendly, but there may be an off road cycleway running adjacent, so watch for signs of them rather than risk the traffic. I stayed in an air con cabin at a caravan park on the western side of town - a 3km walk back into the main part to get supplies - which has an hourly bus service nearby. Near the park was a bike shop and an inn that served meals, along with a variety of motel$$$.

Day 9 - Wodonga - Chiltern (29) - Wangaratta (72) (b)- Glenrowan (88) - Benalla
114 kms 510 m climbed

Much of this day's ride is on the Highway with some detours. Chiltern was a kilometre or so off the highway for morning tea at the bakery. The small town had a caravan park, hotel, supermarket as well as a number of other businesses.

Wangaratta is a large rural city with all of the amenities that you would expect including caravan parks, hotels, motels, supermarkets, bakeries and other food stores, as well as a well equipped bike shop.

Glenrowan is an historic town where the bushranger Ned Kelly made his last stand and was eventually captured there in 1880 after a siege and shootout with police. Judging by the prices there, the descendents of the Kelly gang are in some of the businesses and still robbing the travellers! It has a bakery, caravan park, hotel and other businesses.

Benalla is a large rural town with all facilities. High temperatures again dictated air con motel accommodation, although there were also a number of hotels and camping is possible in the local showground.

Day 10 - Benalla - Violet Town (29) - Euroa
51 kms 210 m climbed

Violet Town is a short detour off the Hume for a morning coffee/feed at the local bakery. It also has a hotel. Apparently it's the halfway point for the weekend riders on their 100kms jaunts from Shepparton.

Euroa is a good sized town with all of the usual facilities. The day that I arrived it was almost impossible to get hotel or motel accommodation because of a large wedding in the town. I managed to get an air con cabin in the lovely creekside caravan park. It had a good enclosed kitchen/dining area with the usual facilities.

Day 11 - Euroa - Avenel Service Centre (36) - Seymour
57 kms 410 m climbed

The service centre at Avenel is the only food stop between Euroa and Seymour. I didn't go into Avenel itself, but I was told that it was just a dormitory suburb of Seymour and the army base at Puckapunyal, although a look on Prof Google's Streetview does suggest that there may be other businesses there of interest to a touring cyclist.

Seymour is a large town with all of the usual facilities. I stayed in an air con cabin at the caravan park alongside the Goulburn River.

Seymour to Tullamarine


I caught an early morning train to Broadmeadows and then rode to Tullamarine for a flight home. I'd strongly recommend using a GPS to find your way on the cycleways in Melbourne. Doing it any other way is almost impossible! I've included the trail from the Broadmeadows station to Tullamarine in the GPX files. It has some obstacles along the way to prevent other inappropriate use of the track, but, with a bit of jiggling, it is possible to get the bike and gear around them. For trains and flights, check the website included in Links for timetables.


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