Here at Foodbank Victoria, we are committed to assisting with the long-term recovery of the 2020 Bushfires. We want to ensure that communities who were impacted during the Black Summer fires, particularly East Gippsland, are supported on their journey to recovery – whether that be through food relief or economic support.

After the year that was 2020, the Recovery Ride aims to bring families from far and wide to discover all that East Gippsland has to offer. With the support of event sponsor Montague JAZZ™ Apple, and our delivery partner, KSJ Events, we hope to make it a special day for both visitors and locals alike.


Main Street, Bruthen (26km East of Bairnsdale), East Gippsland

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Saturday 17 April 2021

  • Check in & event village opens from 8.30am.
  • Rides kick off from 10:00am.
  • Cost: $10 per person – Children under 6 years FREE of charge.
  • To participate in the Recovery Ride pre-event registration is required. All ride terms and conditions must be agreed to prior to the event.

This is your chance to enjoy a fun ride along the East Gippsland Rail Trail and finish off your day in our event village showcasing local entertainment and local produce – a great way to get behind the local economies of these ravaged areas. If you’re looking to get away for the perfect family activity during the Easter school holidays, the Recovery Ride is just for you.

The event will provide three cycling route options to cater for all:

Ride 1: 10km (Bruthen to Mossiface return) commencing  at 10.45am

Ride 2: 42km route (Bruthen to Nicholson return) commencing at 10.30am

Ride 3: 54km route (Bruthen to Nowa Nowa return) commencing at 10.00am


View the Recovery Ride Trail Map here 

View the Recovery Ride Village Map here

But if cycling is not for you, the Recovery Ride still has you covered.

The Recovery Ride will also feature an event village based in the small township of Bruthen (26km East of Bairnsdale) which will see the town come to life with a market displaying some of the best local produce and small business offerings, an array of children’s amusements to keep the kids entertained including fun cycling skills clinics , food trucks, a special activation from our friends at Montague JAZZ™ Apple, as well as local live entertainment throughout the day.



After a challenging 18 months, the Recovery Ride aims to bring people from all across Victoria to visit East Gippsland and provide an economic boost to the local economy. By bringing people to the region, we can help support local businesses, which in turn provides local employment and supports those who may otherwise face financial hardship. With border restrictions appearing to continue well into 2021, what better time to explore all that Victoria offers and #HolidayHereThisYear.

To help take the confusion out of where to stay our friends at Visit Gippsland have suggested local accommodation options. The team has also included some great local eateries and tourist attractions to visit during your stay.

Click here to view Accommodation and Hospitality options in the region

Please Note – Limited accommodation options are available in Bruthen. Bairnsdale city centre is only a short 20-minute drive from Bruthen and offers a wide range of accommodation options should Bruthen not be available to you. Bairnsdale is also a great central location should you wish to head out and discover East Gippsland before or after the Recovery Ride.


The Recovery Ride will be an adventure along the East Gippsland Rail Trail that starts and finishes in the town of Bruthen – a small bushfire impacted township 26km East of Bairnsdale.

The ride will feature three lengths.

  • 10km route (Bruthen to Mossiface return) commencing from 10:45am
  • 42km route (Bruthen to Nicholson return) commencing from 10:30am
  • 54km route (Bruthen to Nowa Nowa return) commencing from 10:00am


View the Recovery Ride Trail Map here 


The East Gippsland Rail Trail provides a unique and rustic way to see all that East Gippsland offers. It provides an eye-opening insight into the destruction of the Black Summer fires, and just how close it came to destroying many more homes and lives.

The Recovery Ride is not a race but rather a family-friendly activity. We encourage you to take your time and enjoy the route. Due to the track’s rustic nature, we recommend participants do not use road bikes, with Mountain Bikes or Hybrids being the preferable option. E-bikes are welcome as well.

All participants will be supported by KSJ Events cycling support team during the ride. There will be several refreshment stations along the way that will offer water refills, snack options including fresh Montague JAZZ™ Apples, sunscreen and any minor repair or first aid assistance.

Do you have young kids who love to cycle? We have you covered! Ride Nation, one of Australia’s largest cycling networks, will be there on the day running various cycling skills clinics. Your child will have the chance to get on the bike, connect with other young cyclists and learn lifelong skills from some of Australia’s best accredited coaches.

For all your bike storage needs a bike parking valet servicewill also be available on the day from 8:30am – 3:00pm. The valet service will ensure that you can safely pop the bike away once you have completed your ride and enjoy all the township of Bruthen and the event village has to offer.


To participate in the Recovery Ride pre-event registration is required. All ride terms and conditions must be agreed to prior to the event. On the day there will be a designated ride registration check in point. All participants will be required to check-in upon their arrival to receive their Montague JAZZ ™ Apple Recovery Ride participant pack, including a cap,  water bottle and a registration ID number plate.


A thorough COVIDSafe plan will be implemented for the Recovery Ride 2021 in line with the Victorian Government’s Public Events Framework. Event organisers will work with DHHS and all relevant parties to ensure that all aspects of the event experience are consistent with public health expectations.

The following points are some measures to be implemented on the day providing a safe event for all.

  • In line with the COVID Safe Plan, personal details will be collected for contact tracing purposes. QR scan codes will be required to be scanned upon entry into the event, and proof of completion will be required at ride registration points.
  • 5 meters physical distancing is required between all groups from different households, whilst cycling and within the event village.
  • Participants and attendees must carry a face mask with them at all times. If the required 1.5m physical distancing is not possible, fitted face masks to be worn.
  • Trained COVID19 Marshals will be present, ensuring that all guidelines are obeyed, and event site cleaning is maintained.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout the event, including at refresh stations. All attendees will be encouraged to sanitise hands upon entry to the event precinct.
  • If required, to avoid crowding and congestion start lines/ times will be staggered to ensure that physical distancing is maintained, this may also apply to the number of people at refresh stations at any one time.
  • Participants who are displaying symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever) are asked not to attend the event along with anyone who is awaiting test results. Further information about Covid19 and testing can be found at the DHHS website.

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