Warburton Trail Developments

Friends of the Warburton Trail report that the section of the trail from Lilydale Station to Anderson Street is now trafficable. Work on this section of the trail has included the replacement of a bridge.

There remains a “gap” in the trail between Anderson Street and Maroondah Highway where the Mt. Lilydale College has taken over the former railway reserve. You can support the Friends by writing to

The Honourable Sherryl Garbutt
Minister for Environment and Conservation
Level 17, 8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne 3002

requesting that the trail be completed through to Lilydale Station along the original railway alignment.


New Railtrails Web Site

Welcome to Railtrails Australia’s new web site. The site now includes information on railtrails in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. We will be adding information on trails in other states in the future.


New Zealand’s First Railtrail

The Otago Central Rail Trail at 150 kilometres long is the single longest recreational facility of its kind in New Zealand. Since 1993 it has been re-developed from abandoned railway line into a unique trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The railtrail links many small communities near Dunedin through to the Central Otago heartland.

Work on the trail has involved redecking and handrailing over 60 bridges, several over 100 metres long, grading, removing the heavy rock ballast, clearing weeds, and the provision of visitor information kiosks and signage.

The trail will be officially opened on Sunday 20 February 2000 by the Governor-General of New Zealand. The opening ceremony will be part of a full weekend of events and activities including the first ever 150 km running and cycling duathlon along the railtrail.

For more information: Owen Graham, Executive Officer, Otago Central Rail Trail Trust. C/- Otago Conservancy, Department of Conservation, Box 5244, DUNEDIN, New Zealand.


Victorian News Roundup

Work has started in Wangaratta on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. When complete, this trail will total 94 km, linking Wangaratta and Beechworth with the existing trail from Myrtleford to Bright.

Work on the Moe to Yallourn Railtrail is now complete through to Sulivans’ Track.

South Gippsland Shire will prepare and application for Victorian Government funding to pay for development and construction of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Koonwarra to Foster and on the entrance of Wilson’s Promitory National Park.

The railtrail bridge at Bonnie Doon was officially opened recently by Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports, Geoff Cragie.


Launch of Railtrails of Victoria

The official launch of our Railtrails of Victoria guide book on Saturday 28 August was an outstanding success. In overcast conditions with occasional drizzle but not too cool, we had some 90 people attend. Plenty of speeches and good words all round. The guide book sold well on the day. An excellent day overall, hopefully some good ‘press’ will result. This is a test.