See the impressive Stony Creek Trestle bridge about 5km before you reach Nowa Nowa
The trail uses a low level bypass at Stony Creek
Nowa Nowa to Orbost (38km)
This is the longest section of the trail, and there are no towns or villages between. Please ensure you have food and water before you leave Nowa Nowa.
The 36km Nowa Nowa to Newmerella (western side of Snowy River near Orbost) section opened in January 2006
The surface is fine hard compacted gravel that is easy riding on a hybrid bike
The trail is wide enough for three bikes except in a few sections where the camber seems a bit excessive
The trail has quite a lot of shade making summer riding quite pleasant.
There are three major wooden trestle bridges in the section which have had to have low level diversions.
This gives a good view of the bridges but the approaches are quite steep, particularly at the largest middle bridge
At Nowa Nowa the new trail connects to the existing section via a path onto the Princes Hwy which crosses Boggy River
There is plenty of parking on the old station site
Visitors should note that the Bruthen to Nowa Nowa Rd has been turned into the Princes Hwy so some major roadworks has occurred at Nowa Nowa. A new pedestrian/cycle bridge is also planned which will eliminate the diversion onto the highway.
At Newmerella the access point is at Burn Rd
Coming from Nowa Nowa, Burn Rd is on the left as the Princes Hwy starts to descend to the river flats
It is about 2km short of the original terminus of the line, which never actually crossed the Snowy river into Orbost. At this stage the committee do not have any plans to reopen this section which is mostly wooden trestle bridges crossing the river flats.
The railway came to Bairnsdale in 1888, but didn't reach Orbost until 1916, which was almost the end of Victoria's railway building period. This railway was notable for it's many long trestle bridges. The Mundiac Creek trestle was destroyed by bushfires in 1980. The Stony Creek trestle was the site of a derailment in 1964, when 4 goods trucks fell into the creek. The line was finally closed in 1987.
The East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee of Management is preparing to invite tenders for construction works after receiving official confirmation of funding through the Federal Government's Regional Partnerships Program.
A two day bike ride will be held celebrating the East Gippsland Rail Trail. It was hoped that the restored V/Line train service would be operating in time for the weekend however this will not be the case.
In answer to a question in Victorian Parliament, the Minister for Environment and Conservation stated that funding has not been provided for railtrails in the 2000-01 budget but $975,000 has been provided for two specific railtrail development projects.
Work continues on the next section of the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Reports from Gippsland Plains, Great Southern and Walhalla Goldfields railtrails. Plans for an Gippsland Rail Trail newsletter.