How Does A Self Guided Cycling Trip Work?

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole
Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole

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 Tour’s range of affordable and convenient tours in key cycling destinations, such as Mudgee, the Hunter Valley, and Victoria’s Rail Trails, going on a self-guided cycling tour in Australia has never been easier.
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. Learn more about electric bikes in our article: should I hire an electric bike for my trip?

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole
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.

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole
Luggage transfer
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. Read more about the luggage transfer service.

GPX & Maps
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 the appropriate maps and GPX tracks so you can easily follow the itinerary. We make recommendations for sights to visit, places to eat at, and more.

Cycling along the Munda Biddi Trail from Albany to Walpole
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. Read more about our accommodation.

Our standard accommodation in the Hunter Valley |  <i>Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill</i>

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

Support and 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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