A picturesque ride through the Yarra Valley on a 126km route that begins in Healesville and travels through Yarra Glen, Coldstream, Gruyere, Woori Yallock and Launching Place, Warburton before returning to Healesville for the finish.
Stage 1 - Healesville to Healesville
Set in the heart of Victoria’s Yarra Ranges region, one of Victoria's largest, most varied and scenic municipalities, Healesville will host the start and finish village for stage 1 of the 2016 Tour. The race will commence in the town centre and wind its way towards Coldstream where spectators can see the riders pass on the first leg of the course. Fans can then either follow the Tour to one of the other key viewing points or make their way to one of the many beautiful Yarra Valley wineries to sample the regions rich produce. Once passing through Coldstream, spectators can see the riders come through Yarra Junction before heading towards Warburton for the first challenging climb and the King of the Mountain (KOM) finish at the southern point of the route.
The race will then intensify as the riders head back towards Jarra Lunction and onto Healesville for the second King of the Mountain (KOM) point at Toolangi. KOM points are always a fantastic viewing opportunity for spectators and the decent back to Healesville is sure to be exciting. The climb and following decent travel through the beautiful Toolangi State Forest just north of Healesville. Ultimately the start/finish line will be the place for great spectator viewing with the riders passing through three times including the start, then the commencement of a final 30km lap before a sprint to the line to decide the winner.
Healesville is a gourmet food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery in the famous Yarra Valley grape growing region. The town centre is situated along a tree-lined boulevard featuring an eclectic mix of specialty shops. Discover talented artisians, markets and delicious local produce.
Healesville offers a host of attractions, visit the native Australian animals at the renowned Healesville Sanctuary, explore the activities of Hedgend Maze or ride the trolley carts at the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway. Enjoy numerous wineries offering year-round tastings or have a picnic in one of the many parks of the Yarra Valley.
The region is also known for its extensive cycling tracks. Whether you are a mountain biking enthusiast or a road cyclist the routes around the town are highly regarded. For the mountain bikers the renowned Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) a 5,330km route through Australian bush, wilderness and mountain areas begins in Healesville and finishes in Cooktown, Queensland. Otherwise the Healesville to Panton Gap is a tough climb for the road cyclists.
Healesville offers extensive Bed & Breakfast (B&B), self-contained, hotel, motel, caravan park and camping accommodation options to cater for all your needs.
Stage 1: Healesville to Healesville
Healesville, the host town of the start and finish of Stage 1, is approximately 65km from Melbourne and is most easily reached by car or public transport. The public transport route involves a train from Melbourne to Lilydale, then a bus from Lilydale to Healesville. For more information visit Public Transport Victoria.
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour will have some minor impacts to roads around the start and finish locations. A full transport plan is currently in production. Please stay tuned for further information.