Trail Towns TV to feature Great Victorian Rail Trail

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Have you heard? We’re going to be on TV! The Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) and some of the ‘trail towns’ along it, will be featured in an episode of a brand new six-part series called Trail Towns, airing at 4.00 pm (AEST) on Saturday 12 June on SBS.

Hosted by cycling icons Paul Van Der Ploeg (Vandy) and Dieter Kahsnitz (Deetz), Trail Towns is a television series dedicated to encouraging more families, couples and friends to visit more cities, towns and regions for a bicycle holiday. The series will be airing right up until the Tour de France 2021 commences on 26 June.

Council’s Mayor Sandice McAulay said Council was thrilled about the series and the exposure it would give our Rail Trail.

‘It’s been brilliant working with the team at Trail Towns, alongside Mansfield and Mitchell Shire Councils, to feature the GVRT ride as well as some of the respective ‘trail towns’ along the way. We’re so excited to see Vandy and Deetz discover the GVRT. The episode will also highlight other cycling experiences, including mountain biking trails at Buxton, Eildon and Lake Mountain’, added Cr McAulay.

‘Trail Towns’ is Australia’s first and only bicycle tourism show and it’s fantastic that our region is being featured in an episode. I’ve watched the trailer for the series and the hosts look like they’re a lot of fun! It will make for very entertaining viewing.

‘Unfortunately, many of the tourism operators and accommodation providers in Murrindindi Shire have been affected by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, which don’t allow Melbourne residents to travel into regional Victoria’, Cr McAulay said.

‘Hopefully this new series will inspire a range of people to visit Murrindindi Shire when restrictions ease for their next holiday and experience the GVRT for themselves. The countryside along the trail itself is stunning and there are so many places to explore on, and off, the trail,’ Cr McAulay said.

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