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Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail - Trail Description



Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: North of Warragul, 103km from Melbourne
Start/end: Rokeby to Crossover
Status: Open
Length open: 5km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Terrain: dense bushland
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding



This trail is in two parts, separated by a short diversion through Rokeby. It is part of the Warragul to Noojee branch line which is also home of the impressive Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail.


Rokeby Flora and Fauna Rail Trail

From Old Telegraph Rd, the trail follows the railway alignment through cuttings and dense forest for nearly a kilometre, with good signage. Just before reaching Rokeby, the trail leaves the alignment, climbing steeply up a narrow, winding trail for approximately 200m. 

Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail

Starting at Rokeby, north of Warragul, in Livonia Street, east end of Rokeby Reserve, this trail follows the original formation for 4 kms to a locality called Crossover, where there is an old wooden bridge over the railway formation. This trail has a reasonable, compacetd surface, although it can get muddy.

From Crossover, the trail immediately connects with the Rokeby to Neerim Trail. This trail follows the road reserve for 3 km to Neerim South, then to Neerim, another 5.6 km, with views of the railway formation and surrounding hills and valleys the whole way. There are seats spaced at 1 km intervals along the trail for the comfort of the weary traveller.

This trail is on the same former railway line as the Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail.

Background Information

The Noojee line was opened in sections from 1890 to 1919 and closed between 1954 and 1958. Many sections have since been sold off.

Since the rail closure, the Crossover bridge has been in gentle decline due to neglect and lack of maintenance. Many of the decking timbers are rotting, yet many of the uprights appear strong and stable. The bridge has considerable artistic, engineering and tourist merit. One fascinating aspect is the picket style safety railing. There is also the depth of the fern lined, steep cutting below, along which the trains laboured.

This old timber bridge at Crossover was reportedly constructed in 1892 as part of the Warragul to Noojee rail link. In 1958 that rail line closed after decades of transporting timber, farm produce, local passengers and occasional tourists. This bridge is supported by six tall trestles and spans about forty metres of ferny cuttings.


The Rokeby and Crossover Friends Group Inc. was formed in late 2003 by a mix of local people who share the same common interests in our beautiful slice of bush land. Our aim is to protect and maintain this land so it can remain a clean and safe home for wildlife and be enjoyed by the various user groups who visit the area.

For Further infirmation about this trail click here The Friends of Rokeby and Crossover

October 2013

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24 March , 2019 by KAR

This was the first of three short trails my husband and I undertook over 3 days (Moe-Yallourn and Grand Ridge the other 2 - see comments on their respective pages). Signage to find the start at Rokeby was good. Trail surface is quite rough (making the going on my skinny tyred road bike a bit challenging at times - my husband's hybrid was more suitable). The section from Crossover to Neerim Sth (while not technically a rail trail so therefore a combination of gravel road, gravel packed path adjacent to main road and dirt bush track) was quite well signposted - we missed one and spent a few hundred metres on the main road before refinding the path running parallel to the road. We realised when we turned at Neerim Sth for the return leg just how much climbing we had done on the outward leg - the return trip was all downhill.

26 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail today (26th December 2014) - the trail has been extended so you can ride all the way to Neerim - the part from Rokeby to Crossover is for mountain bikes - a hybrid should be okay, but will struggle when wet. The best parts are the views as you ride around Neerim. The trestle bridge at Crossover is no different from many of the other trestle bridges you can see on other rail trails around Victoria.

20 June , 2013 by RCFG

The signage issue has been addressed with new markers along the track and a new directional sign at Crossover end.

26 January , 2012 by gardener80

Gradual uphill climb from Rokeby to Crossover. Toilet, BBQ and playground facilities at Rokeby. Well maintained track, although trail bike riders seem to think they can use it too. The Crossover end ended abruptly with no signage on where to go next. Pleasent ride all the same.

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Baw Baw Shire (Victoria) allocates $2.2 million to Noojee line Rail Trails

(Posted: 31/05/21)

After a $150,000 feasibility study last year, the Victoria's Baw Baw Shire has allocated $2.2 million to its 2021/22 draft budget extending the shared trail from Neerim to the Noojee trestle bridge. The 11km trail extension project will create a continuous link between the Rokeby Crossover Rail Trail and the Noojee Bridge to Noojee Station Rail Trail, a total distance of about 30km.


Rokeby Crossover Twilight Fun Run

(Posted: 16/02/21)

The Rokeby Crossover Friends Group is holding the 2021 Twilight Fun Run featuring the Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail and Crossover Regional Park in Victoria's Gippsland area.