Cycle Magic Treks - Experiencing
 
General Information
 
Travel insurance
We strongly urge you take travel insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation and personal accident.
 
Arriving in Albury/Wodonga
If you are flying or arriving by train in to either Albury or Wodonga there are several different ways to make your way to your accommodation.
 
Albury Airport to Albury City Centre
Taxi: A$15-20,  Approx. 10 min - Phone: (02) 6025 2255
Shuttle: A$12-15, Approx. 15 min - Phone: 0402 013 380
 
Albury Airport to Wodonga City Centre
Taxi: A$27-30,  Approx. 15 min - Phone: (02) 6025 2255 or 60243444
Shuttle: A$20-25, Approx. 20 min - Phone: 0402 013 380
 
Albury Railway station to Albury City Centre
Taxi: A$12-15,  Approx. 5 min - Phone: (02) 6025 2255                           
Shuttle: A$10-12, Approx. 10 min - Phone: 0402 013 380
 
Albury Railway station to Wodonga Central
Taxi: A$20-25,  Approx. 15 min - Phone: (02) 6025 2255 or 60243444  
Shuttle: A$15-20, Approx. 20 min - Phone: 0402 013 380
 
Wodonga Railway station to Central area
Taxi: A$12-15, Approx. 5 min - Phone: (02) 60243444                
Shuttle: A$12-15, Approx. 15 min - Phone: 0402 013 380

The shuttle services in both cities are willing to drop you off wherever you need to go but allow extra time as other passengers may join the ride.
 
Laundry
There is no need to carry around your whole wardrobe, as there are laundry facilities available at most of the accommodation providers. They will provide laundry detergent and softener at a small charge.
 
Changing money
There are opportunities to change money at banks during the tour or you may wish to change it when arriving on the airport. A currency converter you may find helpful is
www.xe.com
ATM machines are widespread throughout Australia and New Zealand, except when travelling through some isolated rural areas. Credit cards such as Visa, Master card are accepted in most places and Amex. in many larger Hotels.
 
Smoking on tour
In Australia smoking is prohibited in all indoor public areas such as restaurants, bars and cafes. Lighting up a cigarette in the national parks and forests pose a real fire risk during the summer. While travelling there are some opportunities during stops. Please dispose of all cigarette rubbish into rubbish bins.
 
Photography
If you own a digital or normal camera we suggest you bring spare camera battery as they can only be purchased from specialist photography shops in the main centres. There are opportunities to develop your digital photos during the tours at the instant development machines that are available in any photo shop. At most overnight stays you will be able to upload your photos to send a vacation update home.
 
Internet
We can hardly think of a world without Internet and luckily there are plenty of places around Australia to check your email and to send updates to friends and family. Most accommodation providers will have computers for you to use for a small fee. Most towns will also have an Internet café shop or library.
 
Communications
Australia uses Telecom or Vodaphone as their main cell phone providers. You may want to purchase a pre paid simcard (40 dollars including free top up) to text home, as calling via a cell phone can be rather expensive in Australia. If you wish to call home the cheapest option is to buy regular calling cards available at every kiosk, supermarket or convenience store.
 
Voltage
Australia operates on a 240 volt (AC) main supply. The plugs are either 2 or 3 flattened prongs. Check if you need a universal plug adapter.
 
Luggage
We recommend you pack your luggage in a soft sports bag for easy stowing in the trailer/vehicle. We urge you to keep your luggage to a minimum. If you have extra luggage you do not require for your holiday we can easily arrange to have it stored until the end of the trip.
 
Culture
The Aborigine are the indigenous Australians Having lived here for over 42,000 years and account for approximately 2.5% of the population. The population is predominantly Europeans (meaning white person). Due to a recent awareness and revival of Aboriginal culture most Australian now accept they are part of a distinctly bicultural community.
The nature of the High Country Folk has been described as; Free spirit, larrikin, legend, old, wise, craggy, strong, adventurous, mystical, powerful, gentle, care for the environment, unpredictable, weathered, passionate, well loved, explorer, knowledgeable, tough pioneering spirit. 
 Culture and cultural activities are an important part of the Australian way of life. They are reflected in our museums, libraries, town ship festival grounds (meeting place for events), and through activities such as music, theatre, books, films, paintings, pottery, crafts etc.
 
Weather
South east Australia enjoys a sub-tropical maritime climate, i.e. a climate with few extremes. However the weather can be changeable. Maximum mid summer temperatures range from 25°-35°C (75°- 100°F) with January and February being the warmest months. The temperatures are cooler in the mountain regions and it does rain at times especially on the Western slopes. A good waterproof parka or ‘dri-as-a-bone’ coat as well as rain-pants are helpful. Fortunately the weather rolls through quickly and often the next day is stunningly clear! Occasionally however weather conditions on the land may prevent us from completing a scheduled activity. The decision to alter the itinerary is made in the best interest of the group and it’s safety, and alternative plans are made.
 
Environmental Aspects
The Australian Alps is a beautiful country and great efforts are made to keep it that way. Cycle Magic Treks tries very hard to minimize the environmental impact. This is done through waste, water and energy management. We would like to encourage our clients to help us reduce, control waste and to use water sparingly. By joining a group tour, you as a client are already contributing to minimizing the amount of carbon emissions produced by touring vehicles.
 
National Parks
The Australian Alps has 8 National Parks. These are areas that have distinctive scenery and/or ecological systems or natural features that are so beautiful or unique or scientifically important that their preservation is considered to be in the national interest. Most of our adventure activities will be enjoyed on conservation land that is maintained by the Department of Envioronment and Climate Change.
 
 
Cycle Magic Treks Grading Key
Each of our cycling and mountain biking tours have been graded depending on the cycling surface, gradient and cycling difficulty.
 
Easy – tours are on gentle terrain with few if any hills. Daily distances range from 30 > 60 kms (16 > 37 miles) depending on the terrain. Riders need to have a minimum level of fitness and be able to spend 3> 5 hours per day on a bike.

Moderate – tours are on medium terrain with some hills, which can be avoided by using the support vehicle. Daily distances range from 30 > 80 kms (16 > 50 miles) depending on the terrain. Suitable for riders of average fitness who should be able to spend 3 > 6 hours per day on a bike.

Challenging – tours are designed for stronger riders who like to ride longer distances. Cyclists will appreciate the distances on offer & the challenge of some good climbs, but these tours can also be enjoyed by riders of average fitness, with the use of the support vehicle. Distances covered range from 50 > 120 kms (30 > 75 miles) depending on the terrain. Suitable for riders of good fitness who should be able to spend 4 > 8 hours per day in the saddle.

Sealed – road or trail surfaces are paved or bitumen sealed. Suitable for hybrids & road bikes.

Unsealed - road or trail surfaces are unpaved, gravel or hard packed crushed rock. Suitable for hybrids or MTB’s.
 
Supported: The bus symbol means that your tour has a support vehicle available each day and it can be used if required for all sections of the ride. Some tours follow the philosophy of "Cycling the Best and Driving the Rest.” As it is not possible to cycle the whole route between lodgings every day - we will use the support vehicle on some sections. The guides can adapt supported tours to allow strong riders to cover more ground, while more relaxed cyclists get to cover less distance by using the support vehicle.
 
Point to Point: Tours with this symbol mean that apart from exiting & entering the cities, riders can challenge themselves by cycling from lodging to lodging each day. Riders of all fitness levels can enjoy these tours, recreational cyclists can still enjoy these tours as the support vehicle can be used to transport riders to the best cycling sections, while stronger riders have the option to cover the whole route.