Country town given thumbs up by riders





The country town of Wedderburn has been given the thumbs up by riders in last year’s RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride with it voted “Most Favorite Town’ and “Most Welcoming” in an online survey by participants (Boort came in a very close second.)


Located just 225 km from Melbourne, Wedderburn is a town rich in goldfields history.


Surrounded by towering box and ironbark trees and numerous species of native flora and fauna, the township is rich and diverse.


Close to good old fashioned country pubs, boutique wineries, areas of historical and cultural significance, fishing and bird watching, Wedderburn offers a relaxed and affordable country lifestyle.


Town facilities include an excellent range of services -kindergarten, primary and secondary college, doctor, senior citizens, sporting clubs, interest groups and a shopping centre to supply a wide range of goods and services.


When the 4000 bike riders, volunteers and support crew passed through the Murray River and Goldfields regions in December, they generated around $2 million in tourism dollars.


Bicycle Network Victoria's event manager  Darren Allen, said the online survey showed bike riders appreciated the amount of work townships put in to welcome them.   “All communities throughout the ride worked hard to showcase their towns, many closing streets and providing activities for the riders,” Mr Allen said.   The survey went on to illustrate that around 70 per cent of respondents intend to revisit towns or areas they passed through over the next 12 months which created a great opportunity for the Shire to really build on what has been achieved.   This year ride will take in the sights of Gippsland and according to Mr Allen, organisers would do well to look to Loddon’s example.




“Future towns should look at what the towns along the 2011 route provided for some hints,” he said.

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