Biking in Bright
When it comes to cycling, Bright has it all and Cedar Holiday Units is the ideal location for your biking stay. Bright is an excellent location for road cycling, mountain biking and relaxed trail riding. Bring your own bike and store it securely on site or rent a bike from one of the bike shops in town.
Cedar Holiday Units is only 2 minutes from the rail trail and to the Mystic Mountain Biking Park. We have a covered, lit, concreted area where you can work on your bike. After a hard day on the bike you can relax in the spa while you wash your cycling gear in our on-site laundry.
With its quiet country roads and lack of traffic lights, Bright is a great destination for road cycling. If you want a challenge there are a number of nearby hills and mountains with sealed roads. The cycle up and down nearby My Buffalo is a good option. If you want a real challenge the 3 peaks challenge takes place near Bright every year. This is a 235km event that includes the climbs of Tawonga Gap, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.
Bright is a great location to be based for mountain biking. As well as having its own mountain bike park it is close to several other mountain biking locations. Beechworth, Mt Beauty and Falls Creek are all within a short drive and all have their own mountain bike parks.
Bright Mountain Bike Park
Mountain biking in Bright has been growing rapidly over the last few years. The Australian Mountain Biking Championships have been held there several times recently. There is a variety of track styles ranging from green tracks on the valley floor suitable for family rides through to genuine double diamond downhill tracks and everything in between.
The downhill tracks are located on Mystic (the hill just above Cedar Holiday Units and also the hill where the paraglider launch is located). Blue Dirt run shuttles at Bright for the downhill trails. Note that riding in the bike park is not free. There is a small daily fee. It's also possible to pay for annual access. See Mystic Membership for more details.
Most tracks are in a pine plantation and are clay soil and either machine built modern flow tracks or older hand built tracks with exposed roots. Highlights include the Hero Trail and Shred Kelly. These are both blue machine built tracks including many berms and jumps and take you from the lower shuttle drop off down to the valley floor.
A quick way into the middle of the downhill tracks from Cedar Holiday Units is to go up to Huggins Lookout. To get to Huggins Lookout from Cedar Holiday Units the two quickest ways are either cycling up Bakers Gully road and then take a left at the top of Bakers Gully or walking up the walking track with your bike. To find the walking track go up Bakers Gully road about 100 metres, turn left then follow the signs. Once you've got to Huggins Lookout turn left (assuming you have come up the walking track) and then turn left again in about 50 metres at the T-junction with Mystic Lane. From Mystic Lane you can take the single tracks leading down to the left, or you can turn right onto Hazeldean Road and take the single tracks down to the left of that. All the tracks lead down to the Morses Creek area. You can return to Cedar Holiday Units by cycling back to Bright along the Morses Creek tracks and then up Bakers Gully road.
Beechworth Mountain Bike Park
Beechworth mountain bike park is only a short drive from Bright. It has lots of tracks in a relatively small area. Self shuttling is possible between the lower and upper car parks. It has a good variety of cross country and enduro tracks. It has quite a lot of granite rocks and sandier soils and can be ridden in wetter conditions than Bright.
Mt Beauty Mountain Bike Park
Mt Beauty Mountain Bike Park is located on the edge of Mt Beauty and extends up the hill next to the Falls Creek Road. There is a wide range of tracks. Self shuttling is possible along the road.
Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park
Falls Creek is a ski resort in winter and for most of the year it has an extensive mountain bike network. Blue Dirt run shuttles at Falls Creek and self shuttling is also possible. A highlight is the Flow Town trail which is a machine built flow trail from the resort down to the ticket office on the road below the resort (don't worry, tickets only need to be brought in the winter season). It is more rocky than the trails in Bright. The higher trails have great great views over the high peaks of the Great Dividing Range.
If you are into a more relaxed cycling experience there is a rail trail that goes from Bright all the way to Wangaratta in one direction and Wandiligong in the other. There is also a recently developed trail from Bright to Harrietville. The rail trail can be accessed from Cedar Holiday Units by cycling along Bakers Gully Road towards the centre of Bright. The rail trail starts on the left hand side of the road a few hundred metres from Cedar Holiday Units just before the town centre.
The rail trail is a great family outing and there are many pleasant distractions along the rail trail. In the first 15 kilometers these include a cafe, the Bright Berry Farm and the Boyntons and Ringer Reef wineries as well as stunning views of Mt Buffalo. Beyond that there is the Ovens pub and, if you are up for a long cycle, the Gapsted winery.
Bikes can be stored securely at Cedar Holiday Units. Storage options include ample room within the apartments and for units 2 and 3 bike storage hooks and locking loops outside on the undercover verandah.