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Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail - Trail Description



Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: North East Victoria, 250km from Melbourne
Start/end: Wangaratta, Rutherglen to Bright/Beechworth, Wahgunyah, Oxley
Status: Open
Length open: 116km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Mostly flat but a steady climb to Beechworth
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
The scenery near Eurobin (2008)
The scenery near Eurobin (2008)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams



One of the most developed of rail trails. It actually consists of three separate trails, all with a sealed surface for their entire length!

  • The main "Mountain" section from Wangaratta to Bright and Beechworth is 97 km in length. It has moderate grades between Wangaratta and Bright and a significant grade from Everton up to historic Beechworth. The trail follows the picturesque Ovens Valley and has beautiful views of Mt Buffalo.
  • The "Murray" section from Rutherglen to Wahgunyah is 9 km in length. The trail traverses this famous wine producing area and is basically flat, ending on the Murray River.
  • The "Heritage" section from Wangaratta to Oxley is 9 km in length. The trail traverses farmland and is basically flat as it heads towards the gourmet region of Milawa.


Walk or cycle the trail in sections or enjoy the entire distance over a weekend. There are interesting but sometimes challenging circuit route options. All towns have plenty of great places to stay and eat.

  • Visit the Milawa gourmet region. There is an off-road trail between Milawa and Oxley.
  • Short side trips from the main trail include: Eldorado, Milawa, Lake Buffalo, Mt Buffalo, Stanley and Wandiligong.
  • There are wineries in the Rutherglen region to distract you.

Support Services

 Tour de Vines 2015 08 13 200Tour de Vines

Self guided & small group guided tours from 1 to 5 days with the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail specialists.



GoodTimes300 Good Times Tours

Small group gourmet tours of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail including return transport from Melbourne.

 Outbike New logo webOutbike

Ride 500 kms on Vic rail trails over 12 days, start 31 Oct & 21 Nov. Transfers, camp/cabins, breakfast and support where needed. From $800.


Mulga Bicycle Tours Logo webMulga Bicycle Tours

Run two fully supported 8-day cycling holidays in spring and autumn that include the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. Custom & private tours available



Start Points

Wangaratta to Bright / Beechworth

  • Wangaratta: Apex Park on the banks of the Ovens River.
  • Bowser: off Wangaratta Rd
  • Everton station site: at Everton Upper, off White Post Rd.
  • Beechworth: old station on Albert Rd.
  • Myrtleford: beside the Great Alpine Rd.
  • Porepunkah: beside the Great Alpine Rd.
  • Eurobin: beside the Great Alpine Rd.
  • Bright: old station in Station St.

Rutherglen to Wahgunyah

  • Rutherglen: old station on Douglas St
  • Wahgunyah: Mill St near the old bridge across the Murray to Corowa

Wangaratta to Oxley

  • Wangaratta: Targoora Park, Murdoch Road (Wangaratta to Whitfield Rd) South Wangaratta
  • Oxley: At the intersection of the Wangaratta to Whitfield Rd and the Glenrowan to Myrtlefordf Rd (the Snow Road)

Wangaratta Station to Bowser (8km)

The railway to Bright left the main Melbourne to Albury line at Bowser, 8km north of Wangaratta and a network of pathways, levee banks and disused roads are now used to reach Bowser.

  • Follow the signs from Wangaratta railway station to the trail start at Apex Park next to Ovens River.
  • From the park, a pathway runs under the road and onto a flood levee bank before parallelling the Wangaratta Rd to Bowser, which has the first of three unique steam locomotive themed rest areas. Also at Everton and Eurobin.

Bowser to Everton station (18km)

  • The trail now crosses flat farmland with distant views of the Everton Hills.
  • After 11km the site of Tarrawingee station is reached and the trail climbs gently to the Everton station site, which was a junction to Beechworth or Bright.
  • It's also a junction for the rail trail: Beechworth heads off to the left; Myrtleford and Bright to the right.

At the Wangaratta – Eldorado Rd, cyclists can make an on-road diversion to the impressive Cock’s dredge at Eldorado, returning to the trail on the Eldorado – Tarrawingee Rd (18km round trip).

Everton station site to Beechworth (16km)

  • This section is peaceful and attractive with a mixture of bushland and farmland surrounds. This has one of the steepest grades allowed for a broad gauge branchline so some may find the gradual climb challenging.
  • The last section is a gentle descent to the old Beechworth station. Turn left at Albert St and follow it into town, or continue on to the Lake Sambell Reserve trail and Chinese Gardens.

Historic Beechworth has many attractions and numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Beyond Beechworth, part of the original railway corridor to Yackandandah is publicly accessible as Kibbels Road. There are significant cuttings and embankments along here. The route is blocked by private property after about 4 kilometres. There is no signage for this "unofficial" section.

Everton station site to Myrtleford (26km)

  • This section undulates through farmland and native bushland up toTaylors Gap. The original cutting here has been filled in to improve the Great Alpine Road.
  • A gentle descent begins into into Myrtleford.
  • At Myrtleford much of the railway easement has been sold so follow the signs through town.

Myrtleford is a major regional centre with plenty of accommodation and facilities.

Myrtleford to Bright (30km)

  • The trail resumes the original alignment at Jones Reserve and crosses the Great Alpine Rd 600m later.

  • The trail rises at a gentle continuous grade as it follows the Ovens Valley up to Bright. Mt Buffalo looms on the right and the high country approaches in front.

  • Farms growing berries and grapes may tempt you to make a detour to taste their wares.
  • At Porepunkah the trail passes under the highway bridge. Take a dip in the nearby Ovens River if the day is warm enough.
  • The trail follows the Back Porepunkah Rd and returns to the railway corridor.
  • The end of the trail is reached 2km later at the old Bright railway station, now a museum open Sundays or by arrangement.

Bright is also a very popular tourist town with its deciduous trees and proximity to the alpine area..

Rutherglen to Wahgunyah (8 km)

  • The station at Rutherglen is easy to find, look for the wheat silos behind the historic main street.
  • The trail traverses vineyards and farmlands to Wahgunyah, signalled by the large Uncle Toby's production centre.
  • At Wahgunyah some of the track has been left in place for possibly use by the local rail heritage group. The trail then continues on to finsh alongside Australia's iconic Murray River.

Both Rutherglen and Corowa / Wahgunyah are well set up to cater for tourists.

Wangaratta to Oxley (9 km)

  • The formal rail trail commences adjacent to Targoora Park recreation reserve and travels in the Wangaratta to Whitfield Road reseve as did the rail line.
  • Before reaching the Hume Freeway the path crosses to the east side of the road reseve to pass under the Freeway adjacent to the King River.
  • After rejoining the road reserve the trail crosses to the west side and continues to and crosses the Glenrowan to Myrtlefordf Rd which is the current terminus of the rail trail.

A shared path continues by crossing the Wangaratta to Whitfield Road and proceeds adjacent to the road towards Oxley and Milawa townships.

Public Transport

Public transport options on the rail trail are:

VLine The VLine train (refer Melbourne <> Albury) service that stops at Wangaratta station; refer to VLine's policy on carrying bikes.

The VLine Bus; Services Wangaratta to Bright and Beechworth sections of the rail trail. The bus to Rutherglen is via the Albury Bendigo route. The official policy is not to carry bicycles on buses.

For more flexible transport and bicycle hire services refer to the the services listed in this trail description.

Background Information

The branch railway to Beechworth opened in 1875, and was extended to Yackandandah in 1891. A second branch line was built from Everton to Myrtleford in 1883 and extended to Bright in 1890. Everton was an important regional railway junction but little evidence of it remains now. The line to Yackandandah was closed in 1956 and the last train ran to Beechworth in 1977.

Beechworth, originally known as Mayday Hills, was a major goldmining centre in the 1850s. You can explore traces of this activity at Woolshed Falls, the Gorge Scenic Drive and the Old Powder Magazine. Beechworth Historic Park surrounding the town, has unusual cypress-pine/box woodland and box-leaf wattle.

The line to Bright was popular in the early 20th century with tourists visiting the picturesque town of Bright and the Mt Buffalo Chalet, built and owned by the Victorian Railways. The line closed in 1987. Construction of the present rail trail began in Bright in 1993 and finished in 2002 to Wangaratta and Beechworth.

The rail line from from Springhurst to Wahgunyah was opened in 1879. The passenger service was withdrawn on 13 April 1962, the last branch line mixed train to operate in Victoria. Goods services were suspended in 1995. The rail trail between the winery town of Rutherglen and Wahgunyah, on the Murray River was completed in 2009.

The original King Valley rail route which ran 49 km from Wangaratta to Whitfield was Victoria's original narrow gauge line built to the two foot six configuration after a last minute change from two foot.  The line first ran on 14 March with an official opening on 29 April 1899.  The line closed on 12 September 1953.  The Wangaratta to Oxley section of the trail was opened in May 2011. This provides valuable tourism links to the Oxley and Milawa regions but extension of the rail trail towards Whitfileld is planned.

The Ovens Valley produces a wide variety of crops including tobacco, hops, berries, nuts and grapes. Tobacco kilns are seen throughout the valley but tobacco growing is rapidly being replaced by grapes and other crops.

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The trail is managed by the Rural City of Wangaratta, Alpine Shire Council and Indigo Shire Council.

Murray to Mountains official website

Please report any issues with the rail trail to the Rail Trail Project Officer Ph: (03) 5722 0828, 0429 911 283

Rail Trail Map

Bright Visitor Information Ph: 1800 500 117, (03) 5755 2275.

Beechworth Visitor Information Ph: 1300 366 321, (03) 5728 3233.

Wangaratta Visitor Information Ph: 1800 801 065, (03) 5721 5711.Apex Park

Other Support Services and Attractions

Bright Electric Bikes - Hire of bikes including electric assist from Bright

River Tribe Adventure - Transport you around the rail trail or organise a tour.

Bus-a-bike - Bike transport service

Cyclepath - We hire, service and sell bicycles in the heart of Australia's alpine region

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05 September , 2016 by Gr8ride

27 December 2016 I rode this trail as a solo rider over three days and it was just lovely. I had minimal preparation for the ride and was a bit nervous that I wouldnt make it - but it was fine! I rode Wangaratta - Myrtleford the fist day - a very pleasant ride that was a great introduction. The path was lovely - bitumen and very smooth. The uphill section to Taylors Gap wasnt too strenuous - just put it in 2nd gear and made my way to the top quite easily (did have a rest up the top though!) And then like a vision, at the bottom was Gapstead Winery!! I stopped for a lovely lunch - the staff were great - gave me the best table in the house overlooking the vineyards, a great lady was singing some tunes and the wines were just lovely - it was a shame to leave! It was a easy ride into town where I stayed at the Railway Hotel. Clean and comfortable (though old - they have done the best they can with old rooms) and had a great downstairs room which I could store my bike. Again the staff were just lovely and the steak was great. Day 2 - Myrtleford - Bright. This was a easy morning ride - beautiful scenery overlooking the mountains as you come into Bright - just lovely. I stayed at the Alpine Hotel - was a bit noisy as it was Friday night, but not too bad. I had an upstairs room which I had to take my bike up the stairs - but it was a big room with a verandah and was clean and comfortable. Spent a lovely afternoon walking around Bright and did the 5km walk along the river. Perfect way to spend an afternoon. Day 3: Bright - Myrtleford - Beechworth - Wangaratta. Up early and the easy ride back to Myrtleford - stopped at the Pumpkin seed farm for chocolate pumpkin icecream for breakfast! It is well worth the stop here - they are doing great things! Breakfast at a great cafe (Lupins?) on the outskirts of Myrtleford. I then cheated and put the bike on the bus to go up to Beechworth - best idea I had ever had! $2.50 and it was great - though would no t be able to do it if the bus was full or too many bikes. Wandered around for the afternoon (had a pie of course - and a cup of tea at the tea house - make sure you stop in there - it is just beautiful) then rode the downhill section and back into Wangaratta. The hill was easy going down - but I am glad I was on the down hill section! It would be doable on the way up - just need to take your time. Can strongly recommend this trip to everyone - it is just amazing countryside and an AMAZING path - hats off to all involved in making such a wonderful track. It is a great asset to the area and I promote it to everyone - great way to see the countryside and keep fit - and dont shy away from it if you are not a 'professional' rider. I certainly am not and loved every minute of it - and it was fine on my own as well :-)

13 April , 2015 by Dookie

We have just returned from a fabulous weekend of riding with 25 people from the Lions Club of Dookie. Our itinerary: several of our group drove to Wangaratta on Friday arvo. and set our campers/caravans up at the excellent centrally located 'Painter's Island Caravan Park'. Our full group arrived on Saturday morning and at 10.30 we set off on the Rail Trail towards Bright in perfect warm sunny (no wind) conditions. Where the RT crossed the Eldorado Road, we turned off and on a fairly quiet sealed road pushed on to have lunch at the Eldorado Store-Tavern. Some of our group enjoyed the Eldorado Museum and also the massive Eldorado Dredge. After lunch we took the road south towards Tarrawingee and re-joined the Rail Trail there to ride back to Wang for a nice shower, a 'Happy Hour' and then to the nearby Sydney Hotel for a delicious dinner in a private room we had previously booked. On Sunday morning, following a leisurely pack up we gathered for a group photo and rode along the Ovens River bank to cross at the newly built bridge that took us under the Melb.-Sydney Railway, behind the Showgrounds and on out to the Yarrawonga Rd. From here an excellent sealed track follows a creek all the way to the Whitfield Rd. eventually meeting up with the Rail Trail that leads out to Oxley and Milawa. At Milawa we all enjoyed lunch at the Milawa Cheese Factory before riding back into Wang. for a late afternoon coffee before heading for home. We had an excellent weekend, no doubt greatly helped by the perfect weather. Those of us that rode the full distance did just over 100km and many of the group, not accustomed to regular riding were also very pleased with their varying efforts. Many of us have ridden Wang.-Bright/Beechworth RT before, so this slightly different plan provided a little variation for us and proved to be most enjoyable. Pleased to see such large numbers out enjoying the Rail Trail, particularly on the Saturday coming and going on the Murray to Mountains RT.

10 February , 2015 by cascho

This trail is essentially the “Grand Tour” of Victoria’s rail trails. I rode the Everton to Bright section on 9th Feb 2015 and the Wangaratta – Everton – Beechworth section today (10th Feb 2015). One of the best things about this trail is the fact it is sealed, which makes it so easy to ride along. The only difficult part of the main trail is the climb to Taylors Gap – which is a steep approach from both sides. Also the climb to Beechworth is an effort, but the cafe options available on arrival make the effort worth it. The best part is the ride from Myrtleford to Bright and passing Mt Buffalo – just fantastic.

03 November , 2014 by Plummy

Myself, my wife and our 15mth old son completed this rail trail in October 2014. It is in fantastic condition and the entire experience is a credit to those who had the foresight to create such great infrastructure. We started in Wangaratta and stayed in Cabins within Caravan parks along the way. Each day we would either ride to our next destination (towing our son in his Chariot trailer) and then I would ride back for the car. Or I would leave early with the packed car, leave it at our destination and then ride back to pick up my wife and son. We would then ride to the next town. This worked really well, as we could keep more things in the car which was handy with a small child. However, we would like to do another trail like this again but without the car. The caravan parks provide everything you need and there is always enough facilities at the towns or along the way in terms of food etc... We stayed our first night in Milawa (22km). We decided to take this route from Wangaratta as it took in this fine gourmet food region and allowed us to join back onto the rail trail at Everton. Plus, there is another rail trail/segregated bike path all the way from Wangaratta to Milawa. We then stayed our second night at Beechworth (36km). We took a known bike route on quiet country roads between Milawa and Everton Station to reach the rail trail. We had no problems with traffic and felt safe the entire time. Our third night was at Myrtleford (46km). Even though our longest day, the first 15-16km out of Beechworth is largely downhill and makes it seem a lot shorter than it actually is. Then we rode to Bright the next day (32km). We intended to stay the night here, but ended up heading home. Accommodation was more expensive and it was a weekend, making it difficult to find somewhere that would allow you to stay for just the one night. All in all... Brilliant! Very few magpies for spring and perfect weather. Can't recommend it highly enough.

04 October , 2014 by Philflem

As we were staying at Bright for a few days, we drove our car to Beechworth and rode the trail from Beechworth to Bright 72 km leaving at 8 am.The track was fantastic, all bitumen, and the first 16 km all downhill! It took us 4 hours of fairly steady riding to get to Porepunkah for a coffee stop. We then caught the Vline bus back to Beechworth to pick up our car at 14.15? Overall a great ride, except for the magpies which kept things interesting! Advice: plenty of accommodation in Bright and vline is the way to go! We booked our tickets for vline the day before at the tourist office in Bright. They said that some vline buses take bikes but we can't confirm this.

18 June , 2014 by suziespoon

Hi there I'm planning to ride the Murray to Mountains rail trail next April with my sisters. We are three healthy but not so fit "girls" in our early fifties who do occasional, but not regular, bike riding. I've received mixed information about how 'do-able' the section from Everton to Beechworth is. Therefore I would be most appreciative of any advice from others who have ridden the trail. Also, if anyone has any thoughts on the relative merits of staying in Beechworth vs Myrtleford for our first night that would be great. (We are starting at Wangaratta and finishing at Bright, and we have three nights, including our first night in Wangaratta,, to do the trail) Many Thanks Suzie

26 September , 2013 by stanford67

Rode the Wangaratta - Beechworth section of this trail yesterday, and was very impressed with the quality of the trail. The Everton Beechworth section was difficult, being so looong and steeeep. I now know why all the tourist info I read on that section suggested to go from Beechworth to Everton rather than Everton to Beechworth. On the Wangaratta - Everton section there were a number of magpies swooping so watch out for them if travelling that section in spring.

23 July , 2013 by TRAIL BAGS

16/07/13 Fantastic trail. This is the autobahn of all rail trails, with beautiful bitumen along most of the trail, excellent scenery of rolling green hills and farm land, surrounded by lush valleys. The new rail themed stops are just what you need after a well earned break with shelter and clean toilets. We did a circuit of Wangaratta/ Beechworth/ Myrtleford/Wangaratta. The section from Everton Station to Beechworth was one long slow climb that can test you, but worth it once you get to the top. Highly recommend pulling into Pennyweight Winery just outside of Beechworth as you hit the top of the climb. Great selection of wines and they have an entrance next to the track for cyclists. Rather than backtracking we went all the way down the C524/ Buckland Gap Rd to meet up with Great Alpine Road. If you don't mind riding a couple of hundred meters on this road (it meets up with the track just over the hill) it saves you a bit of time. Nice to cover the same amount of distance in half the time as it's downhill from Beechworth. If you want the safer option take the Bowman - Murmungee Rd. After the climb the previous day we weren't up for another detour. The ride back to Wangaratta from Myrtleford was beautiful and downhill. The couple at Wangaratta Caravan & Tourist Park allowed us to leave our car in their park for security, while we did the ride as we stayed with them on the first night. We then took the easy option and collected the car in Wangaratta and drove down to Bright for lunch. Enjoy everyone!!

04 May , 2013 by jtyler

27/04/13 Myrtelford/Beechworth/ Myrtelford. Beautiful ride as always but downhill from B'worth has 3 large gravel potholes to avoid at speed.

30 October , 2012 by Jarman

We did this trail with our 7 and 9 yr old kids. Excellent trail with great facilities and beautiful views. We rode Beechworth to Myrtelford one day and then Mytelford to Bright the next staying in caravan parks both nights -just loved it!

28 December , 2011 by Ysambart

Our group of two adults, two teenagers, a ten year old and a dog did the short section from Wahgunyah to Rutherglen and back. It was our first run, and was a gentle start to using rail trails. We enjoyed the great views.

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Funding for High Country and Murray to Mountains Rail Trail links

(Posted: 26/02/16)

Funding of $205,000 to support projects to enhance and extend existing trails and create new links between the Murray to Mountains and High Country Rail Trails.


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(Posted: 19/11/09)

Celebrate the opening of the Wahgunyah to Rutherglen Murray to Mountains Rail Trail at a community event on Sunday 29 November.


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(Posted: 12/11/06)

The Indigo Shire has obtained funding to construct a further 9km section between Rutherglen and Wahgunyah.


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(Posted: 20/02/03)

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(Posted: 30/08/02)

The offical opening of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail has been set for Friday 13 September. More...

Opening of the Murray to the Mountains Trail: Beechworth to Everton (Vic)

(Posted: 10/04/01)

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Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail (Vic)

(Posted: 15/02/01)

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(Posted: 19/02/00)

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