The fabulous Great Southern Rail Trail in South Gippsland is to be extended!

After lots of work over a few years the extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail has been approved and funded by a combination of South Gippsland Shire Council and grant funding. The extension will be from Leongatha to Nyora, a distance of 35km. The 107km trail, when completed, will start in Nyora and finish at the newly reconstructed Long Jetty at Port Welshpool over the waters of Quiet Corner with wonderful views of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

What a wonderful extension to our existing Great Southern Rail Trail this will be! With many towns along the way, great scenery, fresh locally grown produce, craft breweries, cideries, wines, art galleries and old fashioned pubs set in quirky country towns to visit. Eventually the trail will continue from Welshpool to Alberton where the traveller can continue to Yarram or take a side trip to Port Albert. But this is not expected for a few years.

The Great Southern Rail Trail extension between Leongatha and Korumburra 14km is forecast to be completed by 30 June 2021 with grants from the Victorian State Government of $1.3M and funding from the South Gippsland Shire $1.5M. $100k is also set aside for the Leongatha Station precinct upgrade. The 21km Korumburra to Nyora section has been funded at $3M with $800K from the Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Rail removal works for the Leongatha to Korumburra section are completed in preparation for the trail. The trail construction and associated bridge works are set to proceed in the next 12 months.

The corridor is obviously not accessible to the public while construction is underway.

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The railway line has just been removed between Leongatha and Korumburra

 

Jeetho Hall Australian Cycling Holidays
Jeetho Hall between Korumburra and Nyora (Australian Cycling Holidays)

 

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Rails have also been removed at Jeetho (Australian Cycling Holidays)
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One comment on “The fabulous Great Southern Rail Trail in South Gippsland is to be extended!”

The article says that the Korrumburra to Leongatha section is meant to be complete by June 2021. Is it complete? The map here does not seem to indicate that works are complete.

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