Time: Yack and Back is the longest of our ebike adventures and is a 5 hour adventure including a stop in Yackandandah for refreshments.
Grade: It doesn’t matter – you will be on an e-bike! The climb up Twist Creek Road is steep but the e-bikes 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 ($275 per group)
This ride is an epic. Yack and Back connects 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.
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 you can stop and have a good look around this awesome little town and grab something to eat and drink at any of the cafés or bakeries before tackling the second 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 the ridgeline before a rollicking descent back into Beechworth which is a perfect end to this ride.
This ride is only available with a Ride Republic guide.
The area between the two towns is quite remote, and about half of the ride is through pine plantations, which can be confusing due to the similarity of the trees, the density of the plantings, and the poor 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 will also get to go some other spots only the locals know about. Shhh!)
The end of the ride includes a pizza and beer at the Bridge Road Brewery. Why don’t you try the Chevalier Saison that was created in the shed on the site of the Chevalier Mill House.
- 5 hours’ hire of a Giant Fathom E+2 Pro or Giant Liv Valle E+2 Pro Electric Mountain Bike
- A coffee, tea or cold drink before the ride
- Pizza and beer at the Bridge Road Brewery after the ride
- A private Ride Republic guide who will ride with you 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
- On call Cycling Concierge to answer any of your questions before, during and after your adventure
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. The lake can be accessed by a five kilometre walking track or by car.
Pack yourself a picnic and take in the beautiful sites and sounds around the lake.
Facilities: Fishing is allowed. For more details check with the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre. Boating and swimming is prohibited.
About a third of the ride to Yackandandah is through HVP-owned plantations. 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.
Take some time out in Yack and enjoy a relaxed pace, the fruits of a vibrant and active community and an emerging events calendar.