Temporary route now connects Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail
Posted on 16/01/23
A temporary trail has been established by the local community in Victoria’s Hamilton district, to connect the existing two 11km sections of the Hamilton to Coleraine Rail Trail managed by a committee of management. The temporary trail is suitable for walkers and mountain bike riders who enjoy an adventure. It enables a 30km journey on trails from Hamilton to Coleraine.
The trail follows the original alignment of the railway line for a few hundred metres from Wannon-Nigretta Road to meet the disused timber Wannon River Rail Bridge. It then winds along the banks of the Wannon River to meet Quigley’s Road. Users then turn right to cross the historic Wannon Bridge built in 1917 and designed by Sir John Monash. After passing the Scout’s Camp, signage directs walkers and riders back onto the original railway alignment.
A bushwalking club from Melbourne did a reconnaissance of the temporary trail in November 2022 and enjoyed seeing the Wannon river at its peak along with spectacular cascades at the Nigretta and Wannon Falls.
The Rail Trail Committee of Management is currently working on a new section of trail that will connect the existing rail trail to the heart of Hamilton township.