Victorian Trail Developments

There have been developments on a number of Victorian trails in recent months. A quick round up:

  • Murray to the Mountains – Work is nearing completion on this trail. Currently the trail is open between Myrtleford and Bright and Everton to Beechworth. When completed, the trail will be Australia’s longest rail trail running for 81 km from Wangaratta to Bright with a 16 km branch to Beechworth. An official opening is planned around November.
  • Old Beechy Rail Trail – A very picturesque trail in the Otways, works have started on clearing and surfacing. It is eventually planned to have a continuous trail all the way from Colac to Crowes near the Great Ocean Road.
  • Gippsland Plains Rail Trail – The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail follows the route of the former railway from Taralgon to Stratford. The entire 67 km right-of-way has now been signed over to a Committee of Management. Much of the trail has now been cleared of ballast and it is hoped to have a section open to the public by early next year.
  • Ballarat to Skipton Trail – Work continues to remove illegal fencing across the trail (which has been a particular problem for the trail’s committee of management). Works are currently under way to construct a low level crossing across the Woady Yallock Creek (the site of the large Nimons Trestle Bridge) and to provide seating.
  • Great Southern Rail Trail – Ballast has now been cleared from the trail on the 28 km section between Stony Creek and Foster. Although not officially open, this section is now accessible to the public. The surface is still fairly rough and is suitable for walking and experienced cyclists.
  • Tallarook to Alexandra – A study has been completed into the creation of a rail trail from Tallarook (near Seymour) to Alexandra. A short section is already accessible at Yea, while two sections of the branch to Mansfield are accessible at Bonnie Doon and Mansfield.

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