Meeniyan Bridge – Great Southern Rail Trail Victoria
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Australia Rail Trails

1000+ km • Australia

Cycle through history along paths and trails that take you through authentic quirky Australian country towns where nothing has changed from yesteryear except that now they are home to fabulous cafes, iconic country pubs, amazing art galleries and relaxing accommodation. Adults and kids alike will enjoy exploring beautiful countryside, wild oceans, green rolling country, great cafes, iconic pubs and quirky country towns. The trails wind through forests and farmland so you can see farm animals up close and you may even see a kangaroo, wallaby, wombat or echidna.

Australian Rail Trails are dedicated cycling and walking paths on disused railway lines and are fairly gentle when it comes to uphill climbs. The trails are a mix of hard surface and compacted gravel.

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1000+ km
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19 routes (All Free)
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Tailored to You

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Available as an in-app purchase in our Bikepacking Guides app, a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Our iOS and Android apps do differ slightly in their appearance. However, the majority of their features remain the same, and they access the same trail guide data.

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39km, One way Ride, Easy, Flat, Sealed/Unsealed, Rail Trail, 3.5hr

This is a very pretty ride along the Yarra River Valley with wonderful views to the Dandenong Ranges. The surface is really good and easy to ride. With lots of great places for lunch, or an overnight stay, you can ride as little or as much as you like! Its easily accessed by train at Lilydale and ‘Pedal Pickups’ can look after your return journey so you don’t need to ride back. We recommend this scenic cycle for a great day out.

Start: Lilydale Station, Warburton: Access: Mt Evelyn, Wandin, Seville, Woori Yallock, Launching Place

Transport: Lilydale Station, Car

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72 km One Way, Easy/Medium, Flat, Unsealed Rail Trail

The Great Southern Rail Trail is a wonderful journey through South Gippsland. You can cycle as much or as little of the rail trail as you like. It has many small arty villages with great food and accommodation to suit all budgets. The rail trail takes you past native bushlands, through the Black Spur over the trestle bridges, via the wonderful little villages where there so much to explore and finishes in Port Welshpool for fish and chips looking over the Long Jetty and the National Parks.

Start: Leongatha, Port Welshpool    Parking: Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Stony Creek, Buffalo, Fish Creek, Foster, Toora, Welshpool Access: Car

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13 km One Way, Flat/Hilly, Easy, Unsealed Rail Trail, 1 Hr

Cycle through the forests and cuttings of this historic area and enjoy the huge trees, many birds and animals.  This very pretty Rail Trail links the two outstanding towns of Mirboo North and Boolarra. It doesn’t matter which way you ride, both make a great stop for lunch.

Start: Mirboo North, Boolarra Access: Car

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26km One way, Easy, Flat, Family, Unsealed Path, Bus:Anderson-Wonthaggi

This is spectacular coastal rail trail that goes right along the beach. Follow the railway easement built to supply coal to Victoria. There is interesting history, old towns, crashing surf and rolling country views. Love the magnificent trestle bridge, historical mining sites, Wonthaggi Underground Mine, wonderful local cafes and produce.

Start: Wonthaggi, Woolamai, Access: Dalyston, Kilcunda, Anderson  Access Bus with Bikes, Wonthaggi, Kilcunda, Anderson

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64 km One Way, Flat, Medium, Unsealed Rail Trail, 5 Hrs

Enjoy this scenic ride through history passing by old rail stations, local museums and dairy farms. Take in the views across to the mountains and have a coffee at a cafe in one of the quaint small towns.

Start: Traralgon, Stratford.      Access: Glengarry, Toongabbie, Cowwarr, Heyfield, Tinamba, Maffra  Transport: Traralgon and Stratford stations.

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101 km One Way, Flat, Medium, Sealed/Unsealed, 10 Hr

Cycle from Bairnsdale to Orbost to see the amazing trestle bridges as they loom out of the bush. Experience the birds, views, animals, forests. Enjoy the delights and produce of friendly country towns.

Start: Bairnsdale, Orbost   Access: Nowa Nowa, Bruthen    Transport: Bairnsdale Station, Car

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56 km One Way, (Rail Trail 37 km) Easy/Medium, Flat, Sealed/Unsealed, Path/Road, 5 H

Cyclewayz has started this ride in Albury. Wind along the wonderful riverside cycle paths in Albury and Wondonga to the trail start on Whytes Rd.

Then cross the Kiewa River to imagine being an immigrant arriving at Bonegilla after the Second World war. Ride past the farms, water and forest views. Stop for a picnic. With slab huts, old trains, remnant stations and the green oasis of Tallangatta there is plenty to enjoy! Cycle out, stay the night and ride back the next day.

Start: Albury Station, Tallangatta   Access: Wodonga, Numerous parks along Murray Valley Hwy Transport: Albury Station, Car

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95km One Way, Easy, Flat, Sealed Rail Trail, Family, 10H 

The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail goes from Wangaratta to Wandiligong, 5.5km past Bright. Located in Victoria’s beautiful High Country with great mountain views, wonderful vineyards, delightful towns and a sealed surface, this is a lovely ride with lots of places to stop along the way. Have fun exploring the wineries, enjoy the Bright Brewery, the cafes full of local produce and find the Everton Bus stop where you will be happy to wait a while!

Start Wangaratta station, Bright    Access: Myrtleford, numerous small towns    Transport: Wangaratta station, Car

This ride links with MTM Beechworth to Everton.

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17km One Way, Easy, Hilly, Sealed Rail Trail, Family, 2H 

Roll downhill from Beechworth to the main trail. Alternatively, take the Beechworth spur line uphill from Everton Station. You will need to be on the lookout and watch your navigation as this turn is easy to miss!! The Beechworth spur line takes in forests and farmland, travels over the impressive brick bridges with their curved ramparts, and is home to echidnas, wombats and wallabies. Uphill is a challenge, downhill is a breeze. Link to the main trail to cycle to Wangaratta or Bright, whichever takes your fancy. 

Start: Beechworth, Everton        Transport: Car

This ride links with MTM Murray to the Mountains.

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122km, One way, Easy, Flat,Unsealed, Rail Trail, Family, 12 H

Cycle the longest Rail Trail in Victoria through lovely valleys and wide open farmland with sweeping vistas from Tallarook to Mansfield. Enjoy the farms, blue mountains, the Cheviot Tunnel, the picnic areas and charming country towns. It is perfect for your first cycle tour or one to simply enjoy! 

Start: Tallarook Station, Mansfield.     Access: Yea, Alexandra, Yarck, Boonie Down, Transport: Tallarook station, Car

This links with GVRT Alexandra Spur Line ride. 

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15 km,One way, Easy, Flat with one hill,Unsealed, Rail Trail, Family

Take the Alexandra Spur line from Cathkin. It is a steady climb up to the Eglington Cutting where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Cathedral Ranges. Drop into Alexandra and enjoy the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum right at the station. Enjoy Alexandra’s many cafes and beautiful historic buildings from its gold mining heyday in the 1850s. 

Start: Cathkin, Alexandra     Transport: Car. Or cycle from Tallarook station on Great Victorian Rail Trail.

This ride links with GVRT Great Victorian Rail Trail.

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53 km, One way, Easy, Flat,Unsealed, Rail Trail, Family, 4 H

The O’Keefe Rail Trail takes you through majestic native forests with box-ironbark and yellow gum woodland, rich farmland and a range of heritage spots.

Victoria’s rail pioneers forged this rail line over a century ago and it’s named after Andrew O’Keefe – a Bendigo rail pioneer.

You will find the trail has plenty of access points with numerous restaurants, wineries, accommodation and family attractions.

The trail surface is a mixture of sealed roads and unsealed tracks.

A ride along this trail opens your eyes to the historic rail pioneers journey.

Start: Bendigo Station, Heathcote   Access: Bendigo-Train, Heathcote-Car

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57 km One Way, Easy, Flat, Family,Unsealed Rail Trail, 5 Hr

Enjoy riding past plains and remnant native scrub-land forests that once would have been home to thousands of miners and their families. As you ride along, see if you can see evidence of mounds, dips or rusty iron left over from the miners digging up the countryside searching for their elusive alluvial fortune. Take time to explore and appreciate the architecture of the old mining towns. Enjoy too a hot coffee or tasty snack. 

The Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary with its wide range of habitats is a haven for native birds. 

Start: Wendouree Station, Skipton   Access: Train, Car

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15 km One Way, Flat, Easy, Family, Sealed Rail Trail

Fernleigh Track Rail Trail is a beautiful surprise. With a fantastic tunnel, interesting history and lots of native forest this is a ride you will love. Enjoy the sealed surface, old railway infrastructure, the 180m tunnel, immensely varied tree views and the history. This is a great ride for everyone regardless of age or experience.

Start: Adamstown station, Railway Pde, Belmont    Transport: Adamstown station, Car

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14km one way to MONA, +2km to Rail Trail end, Flat, Easy, Family, Sealed path, 2Hr

Cycle to the Museum of Old and New Art, Botanical Gardens and parks with fantastic river views and delicious ice cream along the way. 

Start: Murray Place Hobart, Bilton Street Claremont   Transport: Car

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25 km One Way, Hilly, Medium, Unsealed Rail Trail, 3 Hr

Additional 8 km one way quiet road to Legerwood and Ringarooma.

This rail trail is full of ferns, native bush and huge trees. With high, fern lined granite cuttings it is a wonderful cycle.You can’t help to marvel at the engineering and perseverance that it took to build this railway. You have a feeling of remoteness as the rail trail swings right away from the road into the bush. With views into the surrounding valleys and the wonderful bush, you will enjoy this ride! We have added a 4 km side trip to Ringarooma which will allow you to enjoy a nights accommodation before you head back to Scottsdale.

Start: Christopher Street Scottsdale,Tasman Highway Tulendeena OR Ringarooma    Transport: Car

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161km , One Way, Medium/Hard, Hilly, Unsealed Rail Trail, 20H

This Rail Trail is in a class of its own! It’s a fun ride on quite a rough surface with lots to see along the way. The views to the ranges are great, we loved the horses and the old buildings in the towns are fantastic. Gravel grinders and those who like a challenge will love this Rail Trail. It has heaps of free camping, many motels and friendly country pubs for dinner. It is quite a climb to Yarraman so you may prefer to start there and enjoy the downhill .

Start: Wulkuraka Station or Yarraman     Transport: Wulkuraka Station, Car. Buses with bikes service the north end and the south end separately

Thank you to Stu and Deb for the Moore to Toogoolawah update.

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38 km One Way, Easy, Flat, Family, Rail Trail Sealed, 3 H

Winding along the renowned McLaren Vale wine region, the Coast to Vines Rail Trail is the ideal way to explore the diverse attractions the region has to offer. This includes the Shiraz Trail.

Start: Marino Rocks Train Station, Willunga      Transport, Train or Car

Time to Go: All year although it can be wet in winter and hot in summer.

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52km, One Way, Flat, Easy, Unsealed, Rail Trail, Family

The Riesling and Rattler Rail Trails pass through beautiful rolling hills, farmlands and vineyards. The trail has a well graded surface and gentle hills.

The Rattler Trail starts just north of Riverton and ends in Auburn and follows the former Spalding railway line. 

The Spalding Line opened in 1918 and closed in 1984. The line was built with a very tight budget and consequently, tight curves and bridges with light axle loads. Therefore, larger locomotives could not be used on the line and only old, lighter weight “rattler” trains could ply the route. 

The Riesling Trail starts at Auburn and ends at Barinia Road north of Clare.

The Riesling Trail takes its name from passing through the famous Clare Valley vineyards. 

Thank you to Josiah Skeats for mapping this journey.

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