The perfect way to enjoy Beechworth’s superb gravel riding
Booking a guide to accompany you on your ride is a great way to ensure the ideal day out on Beechworth’s superb gravel.
You can book a Gravelmob Guide to accompany you on any of our day rides for a half or full day. Our guides are available on Saturdays and Sundays. If none of the preset loops take your fancy ask us to design a custom loop that suits your fitness and preferences.
Guided Day Rides
- A half day (3hrs) or full day (5-6hrs) riding some of the best gravel roads around Beechworth on two preset routes.
- Your own Gravelmob guide leading your ride; navigating for you, sharing local knowledge and ensuring you’re safe.
- Support for mechanicals or emergencies.
- Optional (extra cost): A full day or half day’s hire of one of our Bombtrack gravel bikes.
|Guided day rides||Guide cost per group|
|Half day Guide (3hrs)||$180|
|Full day Guide (6hrs)||$240|
Book a Gravelmob Guide to accompany you on a custom loop, one of the day rides, or one of the popular tour loops below.
Not So Flat Stanley – Half Day Beechworth Guided Gravel Tour
Rating: Blue (requires a fair level of fitness, endurance and bike handling)
Distance: 45km (3hrs)
This half day guided ride is a great introduction to the landscapes, food producers and gravel terrain between Beechworth and Stanley. It begins with a punchy little climb up to the fascinating Mayday Hills Asylum before crossing Stanley Road and following Pipeline Track to Lake Kerferd and Stanley village. After an optional climb up the easy part of Lady Newton Drive to Murmungee Lookout (worth it) we’ll stop for morning tea, then head through native bushland and pine plantations before ending the ride with a smooth tarmac descent back into town, where pizza and beer awaits at Bridge Road Brewers.
Burnsy’s Waterfalls Loop – Full Day Beechworth Guided Gravel Tour
Rating: Blue (requires a good level of fitness, endurance and bike handling)
Distance: 75km (5-6hrs)
Ride the roads less travelled and take on this full day privately guided adventure in the historic hills and valleys of Mount Pilot National Park between Beechworth and Eldorado. You and your Gravelmob guide will ride gravel through landscapes from the region’s 19th century gold rush, face challenges on the climbs and descents, take in some hidden waterfalls and breathe in the fresh high country air … and you’ll hardly see a car all day.
The tour covers around 75km of quality gravel riding (90% gravel and tracks, 10% sealed backroads) and includes historic sites, Insta-worthy landscapes, traffic-free gravel roads and great coffee. Start your day with coffee at Gravelmob HQ at the Old Beechworth Gaol, then take morning tea at Firebox Bakery cafe in Eldorado and finish in Beechworth with a post-ride pizza and pint at Beechworth’s well-known craft brewery, Bridge Road Brewers.
Custom Tours and Larger Groups
If you prefer, we can arrange a special route for you and your group. Get in touch with us and we’ll work out a custom loop or point-to-point for you.
What to bring
Your helmet, sunglasses and riding shoes. We have a couple of spare helmets but they’re not going to fit as well as yours, so remember to bring it! We don’t have spare sunglasses or shoes. If you’re hiring one of our Bombtrack gravel bikes we can set it up with Shimano SPD clipless pedals (mountain bike cleats) or flat pedals.
Appropriate clothing. Beechworth’s climate is warm and temperate: in spring and autumn days are usually sunny and calm (15-25deg), in summer they’re dry and hot (30deg +), and in winter they’re chilly (5-10deg). But anything is possible. Check the forecast before you arrive and dress appropriately for the day’s ride.
If you’re bringing your own bike. Please ensure your bike appropriate for the terrain you’ll ride, well-maintained and equipped with spare tube, rear light, pump and multi-tool. Riding surfaces include smooth gravel, rough corrugations, slippery mud, dry dust, sand, tree roots, bog holes and more. (You’ll trash your road bike, a dual suspension MTB is overkill, and a city hybrid might not complete the journey in one piece. Your best options are a gravel bike, CX bike or hardtail mtb.)
Insurance and risks
Riding in remote areas on loose surfaces is a heap of fun, but like most outdoor activities it comes with some risks. Things to consider before you enjoy a Gravelmob guided tour or ride:
- If you book a Gravelmob guide you acknowledge and accept that you still ride at your own risk and remain 100% responsible for your own safety. The guide is there to help you navigate and stay safe, but your personal riding ability, line choices, fitness, endurance and conduct are completely outside of the guide’s control.
- Gravelmob strongly recommends that you have your own personal accident and liability insurance whenever you hop on your bike. There are various insurance providers available, Cycling Australia is the obvious one.
- Some of these routes pass through remote areas where mobile phone reception is not reliable for making calls or locating yourself via your phone’s GPS. Even though you’re with a guide, we recommend you arrange a backup communication plan, bring a dedicated GPS unit (so you can get yourself back to the pub), and pack a Personal Locator Beacon in case of a true emergency.