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Grand Ridge Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, Victoria, 160km from Melbourne
Start/end: Mirboo North to Boolarra
Status: Open
Length open: 13km
Surface: Compacted earth, Fine gravel
Terrain: Hilly
Best seasons: All year
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Crossing one of the new bridges (2015, Steve Bennett).
Crossing one of the new bridges (2015, Steve Bennett).
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Details

Features

  • A very pleasant forest trail in the heart of Gippsland that traverses beautiful mountain countryside with a gentle trail grade between Boolarra and Mirboo North.
  • Several floral reserves
  • Boutique brewery and colourful murals at Mirboo North
  • Good bakery and other shops in both MIrboo North and Boolarra

Support Services

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Loves Lane Cottages

AAA 4-Star rural accommodation retreat located in the heart of South Gippsland near Mirboo North, Meeniyan and Leongatha

 

 

 

Description

Access Points

  • Boolarra - Railway Park, near the general store / café and playground with BBQ , shelter and toilets
  • Darlimurla - Old station visible from the Darlimurla Rd.
  • MIrboo North - the trail currently begins just behind the Grand Ridge Brewery/Restaurant

 Boolarra to Mirboo North (13km)

  • From Boolarra, the trail begins its gentle ascent. Look for the interesting and historically significant brick drainage culverts under the trail.
  • The two new arch bridges are the highlight of this section. They are on the original gradient and replace difficult to access low level bridges burnt out in the 2009 bushfires.
  • Midway between Boolarra and Mirboo North is the Darlimurla station site. This has a shelter and trail map
  • The trail continues with a gentle climb to MIrboo North.  This part of the trail has now rebounded magnificently from the damage caused by the 2009 bushfires and the Darlimurla to Mirboo North section remains as verdant as ever
  • The trail finishes behind the Grand Ridge Brewery after passing over some massive embankments.
  • The township of MIrboo North, with numerous cafes and shops available, is a few hundred metres along the road.
  • The Mirboo North railway station is now a community & children’s playgroup.  Close by is a great playground for the younger trail users to entertain themselves on.

Background Information

This trail follows the former branch line from Morwell to Mirboo North which opened in 1885.

South of Boolarra, the hilly country required many large cuttings, embankments and bridges. All were constructed by hand and apparently sent the initial contractor into financial hardship.

The railway carried timber, dairy produce and passengers.  In its latter years, the railway was used mainly for passengers. A rail motor service commenced after WWII and continued until the line was closed in 1974.

 The rail trail opened in the late 1990s. It was effectively closed for some time following the Grand Ridge bushfires of February 2009.  Now it has reopened it is hoped an underpass will be put under the busy highway at Mirboo North so that the trail can continue to the former railway station and better connect with the town centre

Links

The Grand Ridge Rail Trail is managed by the volunteer committee of management in association with the Victorian Department of Sustainablity and Environment (DSE).

Please report any issues to the DSE on 136 186.

The committee's website is here

May 2013

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Contact Us About This Trail

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

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Comments

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23 October , 2015 by Gary

A quick ride on a foggy morning leaving Boolarra but fine on reaching Mirboo North. A great surface suitable for all bike types. It appears the committee keep the surface clean by the use of old tyres dragged behind a vehicle. Beautiful straight and tall trees and thick bush with good farming land. Up hill to Mirboo North but not too steep. Both towns were very friendly and people willing to talk. Mirboo North has more shops and Darlimurla does have a few photo's of the local history. A little well kept secret and only hope it can be extended to Yinaar and maybe Morwell some day. Well Done.

22 July , 2015 by wmdavies

I did this trail with my 14 year old son recently on an overcast day. It was really nice and one can sense how thrilling the railway must have been. Everything was well signposted and the trail was an easy ride, mostly downhill to Boolarra. Tall mountain ash forest covers both sides of the trail for much of the route and you feel like you are in pristine wilderness in places. We did both directions which was an easy day trip. The Grand Ridge Brewery is at the Mirboo North End and there is a terrific old pub with a cosy open fireplace at the Boolarra end. Highly recommended. The Strezlecki Bakery in Mirboo North is a nice spot for lunch.

01 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail on 30th November 2014, and it is a little gem. Good quality surface and in excellent condition, which makes it suitable for almost everyone. The scenery is worth it – though it would be great if it was longer.

26 October , 2014 by Philflem

Road this Trail today from Boolara to Mirboo north and back. Would advise you to do this way as from Boolara mainly uphill. It is a great track. Any extension plans?

18 May , 2014 by parvier

Rode this track yesterday for a little after lunch exercise! Superb condition and plenty of walkers, cyclists and one horse enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon. Only disappointment was evidence of recent trail bike activity on the path at the Mirboo end. Would be great to see this track extended further towards Morwell.

29 May , 2013 by Secretary GRRTCOM

Hi All and thanks for the feedback. Since the new gates were installed by DSE as part of the bushfire recovery project we have had them cut back in size and they now provide much improved access for bike riders, horses and pedestrians. The trail is now fully open and in great condition overall.

07 May , 2012 by biscuit

What a complete joke these gates are!!! On this very website it states that " Most trails have a gravel or dirt surface suitable for walking, mountain bikes and horses. Some are sealed and are great for touring bikes too"! Yet with these gates in place horse riders, cyclists, parents with prams and anyone in a wheel chair simply can no longer use the trail! Why spend all that time and money building new bridges is 90% of the trails users can longer gain access to it? They might as well have left the trail with no bridges at all! What a joke! I'd hate to suffer a heart attack or get bitten by a snake while using the trail as an ambulance will not be able to get to you due to these gates. DSE you have a lot to answer for!

07 May , 2012 by Horsey

I agree Musobird! Massive overkill - TEN gates in 13km!! Visually ugly, totally destroy the aesthetic enjoyment of the Trail, will exclude probably most horses, cyclists are already not impressed, family groups of cyclists with small children trying to negotiate these monstrosities will be frustrated, and when they're all locked it will cause serious concerns for any required quick response from Ambulance, Fire and Police crews. DSE - BIG mistake!!!!!

07 May , 2012 by Musobird

On a trail that is for bicycles and horses as well as walkers, why have several monstrous double gates been erected? These are NOT safe for horses to pass through while not easy for cycless, prams, and so on to negotiate. Does anybody have the answers?

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News

News

Grand Ridge Rail Trail Gets New Bridges (VIC)

(Posted: 02/07/11)

Two iconic new bridges installed on the Grand Ridge Trail.

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Works underway for Grand Ridge Rail Trail (VIC)

(Posted: 06/05/11)

Two local companies have been awarded a major contract for the Grand Ridge Rail Trail Fire Recovery project.

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Grand Ridge Rail Trail (Vic) Closed Due to Bushfire Damage

(Posted: 08/02/09)

A severe bushfire at the start of February has burnt out two major bridges on this rail trail. More...

Report on Mirboo North Annual Ride

(Posted: 18/05/00)

The annual ride between Boolarra and Mirboo North took place on 7 May 2000.

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Mirboo North Annual Ride

(Posted: 13/04/00)

The third annual Mirboo North to Boolarra Rail Trail Ride will be held on Sunday 7 May 2000. More...