How Does A Self Guided Cycling Trip Work?

Southern Highlands | Andrew Bain
Southern Highlands | Andrew Bain

How Does A Self Guided Cycling Trip Work?

While most people are familiar with how a guided tour works, i.e. having a professional guide lead a group of travellers around on an adventure, the concept of a self-guided tour may require some explanation.

In this article, we describe what it’s like to go on a self-guided cycling trip with Australian Cycle Tours. Hopefully, after reading this you’ll be eager to experience a self-guided bike holiday in Australia. 
With Australian Cycle Tours’ range of affordable and convenient tours in key cycling destinations, such as the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, the Central West, and Victoria's Rail Trails, going on a self-guided cycling tour in Australia has never been easier. 
View their full range of self-guided cycling trips here.

Before Your Trip

Bike Supplements

Top-quality bike and helmet hire is included with all our self-guided cycling tours. The specific bicycle description is outlined on the trip page. On certain trips it is possible to upgrade your bike if you’d like to use a tag-a-long bike or an electric bike. 

Cycling the CWC out of Dunedoo |  <i>Michele Eckersley</i>

Accommodation Upgrades
On certain tours, there is the option to upgrade to more luxurious accommodation. For example, in the Hunter Valley, you can choose the Deluxe versions of our cycling tours. Deluxe accommodation includes a spacious open plan bedroom, lounge room fireplace and a private spa bathtub.

On Tour

Collect your bike 
Your trip notes will specify where to collect your bike from. They could be waiting for you at your accommodation or available for pick up from an accessible bike shop. Sometimes a staff member will be present to make sure your bike is right for you, do a run-through of your itinerary, and answer any questions you have before you embark on your journey.

Cyclists arriving into Gerroa on the South Coast Self Gudied Cycle |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i>
Luggage Transfers 
Leave everything you don’t need to take on your cycling adventure at your accommodation reception. The included luggage transfer service will transport your bags to your next accommodation.

Navigation App 
Time to hit the road! One of the key benefits of self-guided cycling is the freedom to explore at your own pace. We provide you with a handy navigational app that contains GPS tracking, route notes, and local attractions so you can easily follow the itinerary. We make recommendations for sights to visit, places to eat at, and more.

Cycling fun on the BVRT |  <i>Tourism and Events Queensland</i>

Centre Based Trips

If you’re on a centre based trip, like the Mudgee Explorer, you’ll stay at the same accommodation for the duration of your tour. There are a few fantastic benefits of going on a centre based trip, such as being able to fully explore the area, the freedom of not following a strict itinerary, and, best of all, only needing to unpack once.


At the end of a glorious day of cycling Australia’s vivid landscapes, your itinerary will lead you to your accommodation. The accommodation is handpicked for a variety of reasons: character, comfort, and closeness to local sights. At check-in you’ll find your luggage waiting for you, making it very convenient to rest and recharge for the next days’ pedalling. 
Cyclist arriving into the old school b and b in South Wolumla |  <i>Ross Baker</i>


When you wake up you can enjoy your included breakfast which will fuel you for the day’s cycling adventures.

Support & Assistance

We provide you with a contact number if any issues arise while on tour.

Cycle between charming seaside towns |  <i>Bruce Baker</i>
- View all self-guided cycling tours in Australia
- Read our Go-To Guide for preparing for a cycling tour

Have you been on a self-guided tour before? What was it like? Let us know in the comment section below.
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