Compacted earth, Coarse gravel, Fine gravel, Sealed
Koroit station site (2011)
Start of trail, Regent St., Port Fairy
The railway signal near Port Fairy
The trail starts at Regent St in Port Fairy and ends at the Warrnambool foreshore promenade.
After leaving Port Fairy it skirts the northern side of a 25,000 year old extinct volcano, now the Tower Hill State Game Reserve. The crater is home to native animals and has many walking tracks.
From the Highway to Warrnambool the trail does not follow the original alignment.
Port Fairy to Koroit . (17.7km)
This section is sealed for 1.5 kilometres as it leaves the town. After crossing the Princes Highway, the trail passes through farmland before arriving at the old station in Koroit, which is being beautifully restored to its former condition. Koroit is a lovely town, with refreshments and toilets etc.
Koroit to Illowa. (5.5km)
This section travels south east toward the Princes Highway where an underpass has been built. At Lanes Lane, just before the Highway, you travel west along the lane to the underpass.
Illowa to Levy's Point (8.8km)
As you pass under the Highway, you ride along the Illowa Rd which has been fenced off to provide safety, and turn right into Millers Lane. At the top of the lane the path continues on the right hand side of the horse riding school, and down hill, across the board walk and over Kelly''s Swamp. The trail continues on a dirt road past the knackery to Levy's Point..
Levy's Point to Warrnambool (5.7km)
The last section of the trail winds along the Merri River to the breakwater in Warrnambool.
The section between Illowa and Warrnambool is not on the original railway alignment, and at present the signage is minimal in this section.
The line was opened in 1890 and cropping farmers were pleased to be able to send their produce to Geelong by train, rather than by ship from Warrnambool and Port Fairy (then known as Belfast) ports. The area grew wheat, oats, malting, peas and beans, potatoes, turnips, hay and grasses.
The line also provided an important recreational aspect. Special trains ran to the seaside towns for picnics and excursions.
The line closed in 1977.
The rail trail is maintained by the Rail Trail Committee of Management, Moyne Shire Council (03) 5568 0555, and Warrnambool City Council (03) 5559 4800
Feedback on the rail trail is appreciated and can be provided to any of the above.