The Yack and Back ride is an epic. Connecting the stunning goldfield towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, the ride takes you through the heart of the Yackandandah goldfields and includes a variety of terrain and bushland.
Time: Yack and Back is the longest of our ebike adventures and is a 5-6 hour guided adventure including a stop in Yackandandah for refreshments.
Gradient: It doesn’t matter – you will be on an e-bike! The climb up Twist Creek Road is steep but the E-MTBs eat it up. The key to this ride is not running your battery low too quickly. Your guide will give you some pointers on how to manage your battery life.
Price: $149pp + Guide ($270 per group)
The ride starts at the Old Beechworth Gaol and quickly has you climbing out of Beechworth towards the forests between Beechworth and Yackandandah. The ride has a considerable amount of climbing and you will notice subtle changes in the terrain and flora as you climb and descend at different points of the ride.
With Yackandandah at the half way point we’ll stop and have a wander around this awesome little town and grab something to eat and drink before tackling the return half of the ride.
You will be glad you are on an e-bike as you meander up the picturesque valley along Twist Creek Road and you will be REALLY glad you are on an e-bike as the road gets steeper and steeper.
The final part of Yack and Back rolls along the top of a ridgeline before a rollicking descent back into Beechworth and the perfect end to this ride – pizza and drinks at Bridge Road Brewers.
This ride is only available with a Ride Republic guide. The forest area between the two towns can be confusing due to the plantation trees, the density of the plantings, and the random road signposting. Your guide prevents you from getting lost and is there to provide you with reassuring support in the remote areas. (Also, with a guide you might also get to go some other spots only the locals know about. Shhh!)
- Hire of one of our E-MTBs
- A coffee, tea or cold drink before the ride from the Old Beechworth Gaol Cafe
- Mid-ride snack and coffee in Yackandandah
- A private Ride Republic guide who will lead and support you along the route
- Your riding group will be provided with a bike lock and spare tubes and equipment to change a tyre if needed
- End of ride pizza and drinks at Bridge Road Brewers
Points of interest
Indulge and discover fabulous food, and hand-crafted wine and beer in Australia’s finest historic gold-mining town. Wander, relax and re-connect amongst elms and oaks, heritage architecture and boutique shopping.
Beechworth is the ideal escape for those needing to recharge their batteries and reconnect with the body, mind and soul. Discover for yourself the sights and sounds of the beautiful surrounds of Beechworth.
The Old Beechworth Gaol
The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the execution of Ned Kelly is significant as it housed Ned’s mother, Ellen Kelly, many of the Kelly sympathisers and Ned himself, alongside his brother Dan and the rest of the Kelly gang.
The Old Beechworth Gaol is more than just the Ned Kelly story with many other characters spending time behind bars, and more than a few characters who helped keep them there.
The Rogues, Ratbags and Mongrel Dogs tour is the perfect way to get behind the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol and see what life would have been like behind bars. Book a guided tour at www.oldbeechworthgaol.com.au
Lake Kerferd was created in 1862 to retain the waters of the Hurdle Swamp for gold mining activities. Today it is Beechworth’s main water supply.
Once the scene of annual rowing regattas, the lake and surrounding bushland is a treat for nature lovers, offering habitat to a rich diversity of animal and birdlife.
About half of the ride to Yackandandah is through plantation forest. The softwood plantations are scattered throughout North East Victoria with most of the local production going on to be made into building materials such as roof trusses and frames, MDF board and compound cladding.
Gold was discovered in Yackandandah in 1852 soon after the first discoveries at Reid’s and Spring Creeks (Beechworth). William Howitt, one of the first diggers on the scene, described finding gold ‘hanging in the roots of the shrubs that we pulled up’ from the creek.
A tent town sprang up along the banks of the Yackandandah and Commissioner’s Creeks, one of several tent towns in the area, some of which continued beyond the life of the gold strikes, including Osborne’s Flat, Rowdy Flat and Allan’s Flat, Whiskey Flat and Bell’s Flat.
After the first wave of alluvial gold seekers, entrepreneurs such as Wallace and Fletcher arrived, installing sluicing barges employing men 24 hours a day in shifts.
One of Australia’s prettiest villages with a centre classified by the national trust, Yackandandah is nestled in the foothills of Stanley State Forest and steeped in the legacy of gold.
Today the town is home to many acclaimed artists, from potters to painters, sculptors to stitchers. Wander the stunning streets of Yack and discover unique artworks, crafts, music and antiques in the eclectic mix of galleries, shops and studios.