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Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail - Trail Description



Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail

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Type: Tramway trail
Location: East Gippsland, 315km east of Melbourne
Start/end: Colquhoun - junction with East Gippsland Trail to Lakes Entrance - off road trail starts 8km north at Scriveners Rd.
Status: Open
Length open: 17km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: undulating, with some short steep gradients
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail 4
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail 4
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes



  • This trail provides a link from the East Gippsland Rail Trail and Lakes Entrance
  • Lovely bush trail that follows an old tramway following the Mississippi Ck.
  • Remains of old cuttings, including rail and sleepers.
  • Remains of old marble quarry along the way


Access Points

  • Colquhoun - junction of East Gippsland Rail Trail and Seaton Track
  • Log Crossing Picnic area - on Log Crossing Rd
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Junction of Scriveners Rd & Colquhoun Rd 8km north of Lakes Entrance

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30 January , 2020 by

Cycled the Discovery Trail 24 January 2020. This has to be one of the finest cycle trails in Australia - immersed in gorgeous lush forest, great historical signs along the way and a beautiful, exciting ride both ways. We did the Discovery Trail as part of the East Gippsland Rail Trail and it was the highlight of the trip. Many thanks to Snowy River Cycling for suggesting we include the Discovery Trail in our East Gippsland adventure.

17 December , 2019 by

24/27. I rode this trail after driving from Melbourne to our caravan site in Bruthen, which is only 10 mins drive from the trailhead. It is a lovely trail, much narrower and heavily wooded than most RTs as it follows an old tram route. Being a bushy environment, there was a lot of debris on the track so you have to keep your eyes peeled, but it wasn't too bad. I did it from north-south so it was mainly downhill, and pretty good fun. Even disturbed some wildlife along the way. I had no need to go into Lakes Entrance so I didn't continue once I got to the end. Instead I met my sag wagon at Forestech, about 3 kms to the right along Shiverners Rd.. That's 24 RTs completed! You can follow all my railtrail rides on FB Warwick Duncan - The 2nd Chance Man or Insta @warwick_rides

13 March , 2015 by cascho

I rode this trail yesterday (12th March 2015), and was very surprised – for an isolated trail the quality of the track is excellent. I rode between Schrivners Rd and the connection with East Gippsland Trail. The trail can be ridden with a hybrid, with the section between Schrivners and the Quarry essentially flat. Between the connection with East Gippsland and the Quarry there are are some hills – one of the signed steep descents has a fallen tree right across the track – which almost caught me out. The gradient on this climbs will be difficult to some riders - but you can always walk up. A lot of wildlife around and a huge wombat hole on the side of the track just before Schrivners Rd.

12 March , 2015 by davnrob

Great ride from Anderson's Track (better parking than Schrivners Road) through to the quarry (8km) established to repair the Lakes Entrance break wall. Well signposted (history notes) with kangaroos, parrots and a red belly black snake seen along the track. Track was well maintained with grass slashed beside the track and no fallen trees or logs.

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