Back on June 23 we reported the partial closure of the East Gippsland Rail Trail around Newmerella just before the end of the trail near Orbost. That article has been updated to reflect the current state of the trail given the fallen trees have been cleared.
We’d just like to clarify again the detour in place around the area.
Partial Trail Closure: Only the last kilometre of the trail at the eastern end is closed due to a major washout caused by flooding. The rest of the trail has been cleared of trees and is open.
Diversion: the trail is closed at Prestons Rd and signed as such. Travelling towards Orbost the diversion is to:
travel south-east on Prestons road to the Princes Hwy ( approx 300m) then
travel north-east on the Princes Hwy (approx 300 m) – there is a wide shoulder and it is an 80 kph speed limit to turnoff to Burn Rd on the left – it is immediately past the Shell Service Station.
Turn left onto Burn Rd and follow down the hill approx 1 km to the Rail Trail track head at the bottom of the hill. Burn Rd is a very low traffic local road.
A great side trip is to turn right onto Grand View Rd. and follow for approx 1 km to the lookout of the same name which offers spectacular views of the low level bridge and flood plains around the Snowy River and Orbost – well worth it!
Travelling to Bairnsdale from Orbost follow the above directions in reverse.
The Google map on the rail trail description accurately shows this diversion in red – Prestons Rd is the short arm running north-west off the highway near the western end of Newmerella. Burn Rd is incorrectly labelled Grandview Drive by Google and is the left hand branch north of the Princes Highway: Grandview Rd is the no-through road to the right which leads to the lookout.