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Mount Gambier Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Mount Gambier Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Follows the old railway line through the middle of Mt Gambier
Start/end:  to 
Status: Open
Length open: 5.4km
Surface: Sealed
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: South Australia
Plenty of recreation space in the old station area (John Masson 2015)
Plenty of recreation space in the old station area (John Masson 2015)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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This is a short rail trail of 5.4km of a high standard, and goes through the regional centre of Mt Gambier.

The old railway precinct has been transformed into a beautiful parkland, retaining a lot of railway memorabilia.

Description

The rail trail runs east west through Mount Gambier with its focal point being the former railway station, with a play area, wetlands and picnic area.

The trail surface is asphalt. Parking is available at the station area.

Parts of the former railway lines have been artfully incorporated into the trail.  Historic buildings including signal boxes have been retained. The station building itself is now home to a community radio station.

Mount Gambier is a major regional centre with all facilities for visitors, along with several other attractions including the Blue Lake.
It is planned to extend the trail further east from Pick Avenue to link up with the existing Jubilee Highway path leading to Blue Lake Sports Park.

Background Information

The railway line to Mount Gambier was originally part of the South Australian Railways (SAR) "narrow gauge" network. Opened in stages from 1881, it finally reached Mount Gambier in 1887. It connected to the broad gauge Adelaide-Melbourne line at Wolseley. It was also a "junction" for the line on to Millicent and Beachport.

The SAR line to Mt Gambier and onto Millicent was converted to broad guage in the 1950's.

Mt Gambier also had a broad guage connection to Heywood in Victoria, which was opened in 1917.  Mt Gambier had two goods yards and a locomotive depot and roundhouse.

Passenger services to Adelaide ceased in December 1990, and the line officially closed in April 1995.  Some of the line was used by the Limestone Coast Railway tourist service, but it ceased operations in June 2006.

When the land was gifted to the community by the South Australian Government, the City of Mount Gambier set to work re-purposing the site into a much-needed public green space.

Funding has been obtained to extend the rail trail to the Jubilee Hwy to the west and east of the city.

7/4/2018

Links

The rail trail is managed by the City of Mount Gambier

Walking SA have more photos of the trail click HERE.

For a very detailed history of the railway station click HERE

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: sa@railtrails.org.au.

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