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Grand Ridge Rail Trail - Trail Description



Grand Ridge Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Strzelecki Ranges, South Gippsland, Victoria, 160km from Melbourne
Start/end: Mirboo North to Boolarra
Status: Open
Length open: 13km
Surface: Compacted earth, Fine gravel
Terrain: Hilly
Best seasons: All year
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Cartwrights bridge near Darlimurla
Cartwrights bridge near Darlimurla
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding



  • A very pleasant forest trail in the heart of Gippsland that traverses beautiful mountain countryside with a gentle trail grade from Boolarra up to Mirboo North.
  • Several floral reserves and bird life
  • Boutique brewery and colourful murals at Mirboo North
  • Good bakery and other shops in both MIrboo North and Boolarra
  • A good rail trail for walkers - three hours out, have lunch and three hours back.

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Access Points

  • Boolarra - Railway Park, near the general store / café and playground with BBQ , shelter and toilets
  • Darlimurla - Old station visible from the Darlimurla Rd.
  • MIrboo North - the trail currently begins just behind the Grand Ridge Brewery/Restaurant

 Boolarra to Mirboo North (13km)

  • From Boolarra, the trail begins its 275m ascent. Look for the interesting and historically significant brick drainage culverts under the trail.
  • The two arch bridges are a feature. They are on the original gradient and replace difficult to access low level bridges burnt out in the 2009 bushfires.
  • Midway between Boolarra and Mirboo North is the Darlimurla station site. This has a shelter with interpretive signage, and an excercise station. Nearby is the "Big Tree" an example of the very large trees that used to be in the area. It used to be 61m tall until damaged in the 2009 bushfires.
  • The trail continues with a steady climb to MIrboo North.  This part of the trail has now rebounded magnificently from the damage caused by the 2009 bushfires.
  • The trail finishes behind the Grand Ridge Brewery after passing over some massive embankments.
  • The township of MIrboo North, with numerous cafes and shops available, is a few hundred metres along the through the park.
  • The Mirboo North railway station is now a community & children’s playgroup.  Close by is a great playground for the younger trail users to entertain themselves on.

With help from the "Wednesday Warriors" volunteers the trail is always in good condition even though almost entirely in forest.

Background Information

This trail follows the former branch line from Morwell to Mirboo North which opened in 1885.

South of Boolarra, the hilly country required many large cuttings, embankments and bridges. All were constructed by hand and apparently sent the initial contractor into financial hardship.

The railway carried timber, dairy produce and passengers.  In its latter years, the railway was used mainly for passengers. A rail motor service commenced after WWII and continued until the line was closed in 1974.

The rail trail opened in the late 1990s. It was effectively closed for some time following the Grand Ridge bushfires of February 2009.


The Grand Ridge Rail Trail is managed by the volunteer committee of management in association with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Please report any issues to the DSE on 136 186

The committee's website is here

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08 June , 2021 by

FUNGUY...No Fungi ... how surprising I had not realised the colourful fungi, lichen and other extraordinary field naturalist type finds on this fabulous well maintained rail trail on Saturday morning walking, squatting to take a myriad of close up mobile and others with more expensive photographic equipment of eatable and obviously those shiny red toadies or tiny purple, yellow and gorgeous corals than were for pictures instead. Thankfully two young intrepid girls on their horses stopped for us as did a few women with prams, cyclists and joggers as we took our photos in odd spots. An extraordinary amount of fungi for participants of two hiking groups thank you Evan for your accurate information as I had my Fungi book we found Puffballs, Orange, yellows corals or horns....great track always well maintained when I go there - thank you to volunteers.

30 March , 2021 by

30 March 2021 by Helen Wirtz We took our ebikes on the car to Mirboo North and rode to Boolarra . There was a gentle downhill incline and my husband said it will be harder going on the return trip. It was and especially as my battery was almost empty so I couldn't use the benefit of more power. It was such a pretty trial!! We loved the tall trees and the views of the properties on either side but next time we would start at Boolarra

19 January , 2021 by

End of 2020 with a group of bushwalkers we drove in two cars to Mirboo North leaving the other cars at Boolarra on a lovely sunny day. Arriving at Mirboo North for the obligatory photo set off at a brisk pace as luckily our Leader knew exactly how to get to the first of many culverts off the rail trail. Through an unmarked track she managed to get us to what we all first thought was a very well kept camping spot. But no, it was a brick culvert which some of us who aren't height restricted got to walk along it. Off again she took us up the steps to the rail trail again. I couldn't believe how tall the trees were on either side of the very well maintained rail trail. A snack near the Darlimurla Station then told to watch out for the yellow pole on the left side of the rail trail which is an indicator for those who didn't know like me that The Big Tree was just a stroll away. Walking over two bridges meeting cyclists, horse riders and other walkers ages from 5 years to 64 years we estimated as I counted 2 dogs, 6 horses, 24 cyclists and the 11 walkers, 7 of which were us. Delightful sunny day with lunch at a well kept seating area and a well deserved icecream at Boolarra sitting in the park was an extremely great way to finish our walk.

24 March , 2019 by KAR

This was the third of 3 trails ridden over a 3 day weekend (Moe-Yallourn and Rokeby - Neerim Sth the others). The trail from Boolarra to Mirboo Nth was my favorite - a nice start in the park at Boolarra (after staying in our van at the Community Hotel overnight - a great option). Excellent interpretative signs giving a good overview of the rail trail and historical signboards in this park.We expected the incline to be more steep than it in fact was - it was a gentle climb to Mirboo Nth with a nice stop at Darlimurla half way along and a side visit to The Big Tree just 200 metres off the trail. The surface was excellent packed gravel, two bridges were concrete and the trail was wide enough to pass other riders, walkers and horses - it was lovely to see it being well used. MIrboo Nth is a nice town with various refreshment options and a lovely old fashioned nursery. The return ride was a doddle - downhill cruising most of the way - perfect!

19 February , 2019 by

6/27. Grand Ridge #railtrail also completed 9/2/19. 6 trails now done for my 2019 challenge of every trail in Victoria in my 60th year. Cold and wet conditions and a sloppy surface but it was all downhill from Mirboo North to Boolara so not too bad.. The highlight was when a startled male lyrebird flew out across my path. The lowlight was when the General Store at Boolara tried to charge a cold, wet cyclist $5.00 for a long black coffee. Thanks to my brother for a lift back to Mirboo North. We enjoyed a beer at the Grand Ridge Brewery in Mirboo North after.

24 February , 2018 by petersims

My daughter and I went out for a walk on the 15th of Feb. Found the trail to be user friendly with seating placed along the way and signage with distances clearly marked. The track itself was mostly good but had a few places not so good. Was pleased to get to Boolarra and have a well earned latte at the local cafe, before heading back to Mirboo North again. All in all a lovely day.

11 February , 2018 by davnrob

Track in fantastic condition with full credit to those doing maintenance. Steady long climb uphill but a fantastic coast on the downhill return journey. Nice change to ride through the forests rather than cleared dairy country.Plenty of facilities at both ends of the trail.

11 February , 2018 by davnrob

Track in fantastic condition with full credit to those doing maintenance. Steady long climb uphill but a fantastic coast on the downhill return journey. Nice change to ride through the forests rather than cleared dairy country.Plenty of facilities at both ends of the trail.

23 October , 2015 by Gary

A quick ride on a foggy morning leaving Boolarra but fine on reaching Mirboo North. A great surface suitable for all bike types. It appears the committee keep the surface clean by the use of old tyres dragged behind a vehicle. Beautiful straight and tall trees and thick bush with good farming land. Up hill to Mirboo North but not too steep. Both towns were very friendly and people willing to talk. Mirboo North has more shops and Darlimurla does have a few photo's of the local history. A little well kept secret and only hope it can be extended to Yinaar and maybe Morwell some day. Well Done.

22 July , 2015 by wmdavies

I did this trail with my 14 year old son recently on an overcast day. It was really nice and one can sense how thrilling the railway must have been. Everything was well signposted and the trail was an easy ride, mostly downhill to Boolarra. Tall mountain ash forest covers both sides of the trail for much of the route and you feel like you are in pristine wilderness in places. We did both directions which was an easy day trip. The Grand Ridge Brewery is at the Mirboo North End and there is a terrific old pub with a cosy open fireplace at the Boolarra end. Highly recommended. The Strezlecki Bakery in Mirboo North is a nice spot for lunch.

01 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail on 30th November 2014, and it is a little gem. Good quality surface and in excellent condition, which makes it suitable for almost everyone. The scenery is worth it – though it would be great if it was longer.

26 October , 2014 by Philflem

Road this Trail today from Boolara to Mirboo north and back. Would advise you to do this way as from Boolara mainly uphill. It is a great track. Any extension plans?

18 May , 2014 by 

Rode this track yesterday for a little after lunch exercise! Superb condition and plenty of walkers, cyclists and one horse enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon. Only disappointment was evidence of recent trail bike activity on the path at the Mirboo end. Would be great to see this track extended further towards Morwell.

29 May , 2013 by Secretary GRRTCOM

Hi All and thanks for the feedback. Since the new gates were installed by DSE as part of the bushfire recovery project we have had them cut back in size and they now provide much improved access for bike riders, horses and pedestrians. The trail is now fully open and in great condition overall.

07 May , 2012 by biscuit

What a complete joke these gates are!!! On this very website it states that " Most trails have a gravel or dirt surface suitable for walking, mountain bikes and horses. Some are sealed and are great for touring bikes too"! Yet with these gates in place horse riders, cyclists, parents with prams and anyone in a wheel chair simply can no longer use the trail! Why spend all that time and money building new bridges is 90% of the trails users can longer gain access to it? They might as well have left the trail with no bridges at all! What a joke! I'd hate to suffer a heart attack or get bitten by a snake while using the trail as an ambulance will not be able to get to you due to these gates. DSE you have a lot to answer for!

07 May , 2012 by Horsey

I agree Musobird! Massive overkill - TEN gates in 13km!! Visually ugly, totally destroy the aesthetic enjoyment of the Trail, will exclude probably most horses, cyclists are already not impressed, family groups of cyclists with small children trying to negotiate these monstrosities will be frustrated, and when they're all locked it will cause serious concerns for any required quick response from Ambulance, Fire and Police crews. DSE - BIG mistake!!!!!

07 May , 2012 by Musobird

On a trail that is for bicycles and horses as well as walkers, why have several monstrous double gates been erected? These are NOT safe for horses to pass through while not easy for cycless, prams, and so on to negotiate. Does anybody have the answers?

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