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The Domino Rail Trail - Trail Description

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The Domino Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 85km west of Melbourne
Start/end: Trentham to Lyonville.
Status: Open
Length open: 6km
Surface: Compacted earth, Coarse gravel
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Western Victoria
Information Centre at Trentham station site.
(2013)
Information Centre at Trentham station site. (2013)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes
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Features

  • The Domino trail is part of the original railway from Daylesford to Carlsruhe.
  • Starting from the picturesque country town of Trentham, it passes through bushland which is the habitat of the endangered Powerful Owl. Signboards along the trail explain the history of the area.

There is interest in extending the trail in both directions, possibly going from Daylesford to Woodend (44km). Trentham to Lyonville section of the proposed Daylesford-Macedon Ranges Rail Trail has now been developed. A feasibility study is being conducted with a view to developing more of the trail.

The Daylesford Spa Country Railway runs tourist trains from Daylesford to Bullarto. They will carry bikes.

Description

Start Points

  • Trentham - The trail starts at the Tourist Information Centre in the old Trentham railway station, Victoria St.
  • Lyonville - The trail starts near Main St., Lyonville (south of the Radio Springs Hotel and north of Railway Avenue, accessed down an embankment)

Description

  • For the first 500m, the rails are still in place and the grass-covered trail runs between them. On the left can be seen the old Sunnyside foundry.
  • After Falls Rd, the trail enters bushland. Species of eucalypt include manna gum, peppermint and mountain gum.  .
  • Along this section, watch for swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and short-beaked echidnas.
  • There is a short detour around the Coliban River. A purpose built bridge will be placed over the trestle bridge in the near future.
  • A sign, about 4km from Trentham indicates a short loop trail that has been constructed to take you down to the Domino Creek to see the brick-lined tunnel that carries the creek under the line. The loop continues along an old logging trail before returning to the trail.
  • The trail ends near Main St., Lyonville (south of the Radio Springs Hotel and north of Railway Avenue)
  • In the proposed plans the trail will extend to Bullarto in the next few years.
  • This trail uses the Powerful Owl as its trail symbol. This is an endangered species occasionally seen in this area.
  • The Crossing Borders Tracks and Trails reports for Creswick Trails, Daylesford to Macedon Ranges Rail Trail and the Ballarat-Maryborough Heritage Trail have been finalised and they are on the internet. Crossing Borders Tracks and Trails Report

 

Sign boards along the trail explain the history of the area.

 

Background Information

Daylesford had the distinction of being served by two railways, one from Woodend and one from Creswick.

 

The railway from Carlsruhe to Daylesford via Trentham was opened in 1880.

By the 1970s, the track on the Carlsruhe line was in bad condition, and despite local lobbying, it was closed in 1978.

Links

 Contact Hepburn Shire (03) 5321 6123 if there are any problems.

Trentham Tourist Information Centre (03) 5424 1178

Daylesford Spa Country Railway

April 2012

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: vic-west@railtrails.org.au.

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News

News

Opening of Domino Rail Trail

(Posted: 23/04/13)

The 6km rail trail between Trentham and Lyonville is now completed.

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Daylesford-Woodend Rail Trail (Vic) one step closer

(Posted: 04/04/12)

Victorian State Government and Local Council chip in $75K towards Rail Trail strategy plan. More...