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Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail - Trail Description



Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 286km west of Melbourne
Start/end: Hamilton to Coleraine
Status: Open
Length open: 22km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Terrain: Undulating with a descent to Coleraine
Best seasons: All, but exposed in Summer
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Western Victoria
Riding between Hamilton and Wannon in summer (2013)
Riding between Hamilton and Wannon in summer (2013)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes



  • Passes through attractive rolling red gum country and each section is in the vicinity of the Wannon and Nigretta Falls that can be visited on local roads.
  • The rail trail will be approximately 34km long when finished.
  • Most of the trail is fenced off to address conservation issues.
  • Native grasses and vegetation are flourishing.


Hamilton to Wannon (11km)

The trail begins about two kilometres north west of Hamilton on Balkins Rd.

This section can be walked or ridden with a mountain bike or hybrid to the Wannon-Nigretta Falls Road. The Wannon Falls railway bridge is visible from the road but is not able to be crossed. To rejoin the rail trail, follow the road south to Wannon Falls and ride along the Glenelg Highway west towards Coleraine, and find the trail after 4kms on the right at a gate marked “Grasslands Trail".

Hamilton is a major regional centre with all facilities. It is serviced by a VLine coach that stops at Hamilton and Coleraine.

Free camping is available at Wannon Falls.

Wannon to Coleraine (11km)

The trail from Wannon to Coleraine commences approximately 3km west of Wannon and is suitable for walking, hybrid and mountain bikes.

Coleraine is a regional town with adequate facilities for a visitor. Points of interest in Coleraine:

  • Points Arboteteum – which has the largest collection of eucalypts in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Chocolate factory.
  • The restored station is now the Information Centre and well worth a visit

Background Information

The railway line opened in 1888, with two trains daily carrying wool, skins, butter and passengers. It eventually closed in 1977. The Station at Coleraine was restored and opened as a Tourist Centre in 1993. It is now home to a tourist information room with historical information and places to visit.

Plans to convert the disused corridor began in 2010 and progress is slowly being made.

The volunteer rail trail committee and the Southern Grampians Shire Council are keen to improve the trail surface in the future and enjoy the entire length.


For any issues with the rail trail please contact the secretary of the Committee of Management at

Their website is

Download a brochure and map of the Hamilton-Wannon section of the rail trail here

December 2020

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07 April , 2021 by

My partner and I rode this trail from Coleraine to Hamilton and return via Nigretta Falls and Toolang on cyclocross bikes (32mm wide tubless tires) on Easter Sunday. We stopped to look at the Wannon Falls and had lunch in Hamilton. The banksia in flower along the trail on the section leading into the Wannon beautiful. It's a great trail and inch by inch the management committee are making this trail better and better. Fencing out stock, planting trees, and grading sections to remove the bumps. I recorded our route on Strava which can be viewed with highlight photos by accessing the following link - I look forward to riding it again soon. It's disappointing that the adjoining landholders have stock grazing on the trail and there are so many gates across the trail to negotiate when cycling. The section of the rail trail from Balkins Road to Kenny Road (near Hamilton) disappointing with all the fences and grazing. Linking the trail already built through to Hamilton Station makes so much sense so locals and tourists can ride from their door and access the trail direct from Hamilton. We finished our ride on the trail at Digby Rd and continued on road to Hamilton center for lunch. As ever, I’m very grateful the rail trail has been reserved for public recreation use and the hard work of those that have made it happen.

05 December , 2020 by darrenmc

The section of the trail that goes from Wannon to Coleraine commences about 3-4km west of Wannon on the right hand (northern) side of the highway at a gate marked "Grasslands Trail". The section of the trail that goes from Wannon to Hamilton commences about 1-2km south of Wannon Falls on the Wannon - Nigretta Falls road on the right hand (eastern) side of the road. Rail Trails Australia has written to Southern Grampians Shire in December 2020 requesting improved trail heads. Representatives of Rail Trails Australia rode both lengths of the rail trail in November 2020 on hybrid and mountain bikes.

22 March , 2020 by Arlene White

We went looking for the track near Wannon, but couldn't find it so gave up. Very disappointing.

17 March , 2020 by Smart

For cyclists this track is at present a story of the good, the bad and the ugly. I rode this trail on Sunday and was disappointed to not see one other person on the trail. This may be because at the more populated Hamilton end it starts in the middle of nowhere and you really have to know what you are looking for. The other issue with all sections of this track for a cyclist is that there are probably at least 25 gates on the Hamilton end and 15 on the Coleraine end. From the end in a small country road outside Hamilton to just short of Wannon the track is in generally good condition although there are quite a lot of branches and a few downed trees across the trail.The trail ends as the bridge outside Wannon has not yet been restored. You can take the road in to Wannon and look ride back up the track towards the bridge if you have have a mountain bike. It is undeveloped but rideable. The next section short between Wannon and Coleraine is a loop West of the Glenelg highway. It is undeveloped and to all intents and purposes cannot be ridden due to large amounts of prickle bushes. Probably OK for a hiker with the right clothes including high boots and gaiters. The section form Coleraine back towards Wannon is best tackled from the Coleraine end and is definitely Mountain Bike territory. The reason is when riding out of coleraine the grader has braken through the base at various points creating deep rutting. From Toolang Rd back to the Glenelg Hwy you are riding on basically an old railway bed that has not yet been developed. Worth riding if you dont mind a few bumps. If the committee could get some more funding to fully develop this track right in to Hamilton it would be a great tourist attraction as the countryside in the area is beautiful particularly the drop off the plateau in to Coleraine.

26 February , 2019 by

By the way - the track is not closed - even if its status is recorded as that on this site - it is just under development with some sections easily managed and others requiring a little bit of patience. Fortunately there is a new committee of management whose members are committed to progressing this trail. It is truly a beautiful part of the world offering a variety of vistas and ought to be enjoyed by lovers of the natural as well as the agricultural landscape. I understand there is to soon be a dedicated website for this trail detailing specific information for each section.

26 February , 2019 by

I love this section of Australia's volcanic plains with the red gum trees, native grasses, and the rich flora and fauna along the trail. Although I have cycled the complete trail between Balkins Rd to the Wannon Falls in November and in February to enjoy the birds and the native plants in flower, my preferred way of enjoying the trail is to visit various specific sections for what they offer. I particularly enjoy walking the sections east and west of S Reeds Rd between Hamilton and the Wannon. As a local I can enjoy multiple visits, but would suggest that visitors either camp at the Wannon (or in Hamilton) for a few days and make small trips to the different sections. And then go to Coleraine to explore the section of track that Coleraine residents have been working over the past few years - they have done a marvellous job to make the track accessible for walkers and cyclists for great views down over the valley - then settle into Coleraine to enjoy the hospitality at the new cafe The Catching Pen

30 September , 2017 by OldChalkie

Section 4 of this trail from Russels Rd to South Reeds Rd is in reasonably good nick but there are three locations where sizeable trees fave fallen across the track, The bridge over the Sandy Creek is signed "No Access" but was the only way over because the creek was high. From South Reeds Rd (Section 5) the surface of the track becomes bumpy and overgrown but I was able to ride the entire length by following kangaroo/wallaby runs. There is one fence without proper gate access. You can walk from the Wannon-Nigretta Falls Rd to the rail bridge over the Wannon. I wouldn't try biking it because the track is very rough and overgrown with thorny wattle. The bridge is worth a look but is signed "Strictly No Access" with good reason. I took a few photos you can access at All in all this is a lovely ride through gorgeous country. Some minor maintenance on stages 4 and 5 of the track would improve it greatly for bike riding.

28 September , 2017 by OldChalkie

Rode this trail from Balkins Rd crossing to Russells Rd crossing on Sept 28. The track is in excellent condition; ideal for mountain or hybrid type bicycles. There is a boardwalk crossing over McKinnon Creek. The countryside is beautiful with large redgums a prominent feature. Pity one cannot stop to boil a billy as campfires are prohibited on the reserve. Saw a large mob of eastern greys with some males of imposing stature. Birdlife is plentiful with sulphur crested cockatoos and crimson rosellas the most numerous. Looking forward to completing the next section of the trail from Russells Rd to Wannon in the near future.

15 May , 2015 by d000d

Rode my mountain bike from Hamilton to Wannon-Nigretta Falls Rd Oct 2014. Just so long as you are happy to go through some gates and put the bike over the fence a couple of times it is a good ride. There is one point where you have to walk through a short section of marshy ground but otherwise the trail is mostly well graded gravel. I tried to go past the Nigretta rd and it is bone-shakingly rough (sleepers removed, not graded) and dont even think about crossing the very dangerous bridge. Turned back and took the opportunity to ride to Nigretta falls. All in all great fun.

22 December , 2012 by Hilary

I am looking forward to the development of this local rail trail, an asset that is sadly missing in our community. Look forward to helping. thanks and keep up the good work

25 January , 2012 by cos

Anyone interested in walking sections of this 34km trail, can contact Secretary 0427 752 246, for advice. We now have a ride-on slasher and have slashed quite a bit of the trail - wherever the introduced grasses were a nuisance. This will happen more regularly now that we have our own equipment. This is a high conservation reserve, and we do ask you to leave dogs at home - this is also an area of concern for adjacent landholders with sheep. Also, on fire-ban days, we would not encourage walkers - apart from fire danger concerns, it would be unpleasantly hot. Apart from those two matters, if you are up for a walk on a less developed track, go for it - fantastic views, lots of cross-roads where you can leave a vehicle, etc. We can email a pdf of our Management Plan - it has maps and track description. Coralie Coulson, Secretary, Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve Committee Inc.

09 January , 2012 by hdechelard

Although still under development there are some very pleasant walks to be had along sections of this rail trail. Some great geocaches to be found too. Keep up the great work guys.

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Celebrating the improvements to the Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve in Western Victoria

(Posted: 18/10/19)

Improvements to the Rail Reserve leading down the hill to Coleraine will be celebrated via a walk or cycle on Sunday 27 October 2019.


A Day on the Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail (VIC)

(Posted: 04/02/13)

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