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Sandridge Railway Trail - Trail Description

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Sandridge Railway Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Melbourne City to Port Melbourne, 1km from Melbourne
Start/end: Flinders Street Station to Port Melbourne (Sandridge)
Status: Open
Length open: 5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Train, Bus, Tram
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
The former rail bridge over the Yarra River at Flinders St is a major feature (2007)
The former rail bridge over the Yarra River at Flinders St is a major feature (2007)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates Suitable for following by car
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Description

The trail follows the route of Australia's first steam railway from Port Melbourne (Sandridge) to Flinders Street Station.

The railway has now been converted to a light rail carrying trams.

Start at the Elizabeth St end of Flinders Street Station. The pedestrian subway leads to the north bank of the Yarra River, where a promenade leads along the bank to former Sandridge railway bridge, which once carried the railway over the Yarra. It is now converted for pedestrian use. Cross the river and continue along the south bank to Clarendon St/Spencer St. Turn left and follow Clarendon St. to Normanby St.

Here a shared path starts following the light railway to Port Melbourne. For much of the route, this path runs through pleasant parkland. The path finishes at the old Port Melbourne Station. From here you can walk on to historic Station Pier.

Background Information

The railway was opened 1854 to connect the city to its port.

In the 1940s displaced persons were carried by train direct from Station Pier to Bonegilla Station, now part of the High Country Rail Trail.

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May 2011

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: melbourne@railtrails.org.au.

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