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South Morang to Whittlesea - Trail Description



South Morang to Whittlesea

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Type: Rail-side trail
Location: 35km NW of Melbourne
Start/end: South Morang to Whittlesea
Status: Possible
Length open: 10km
Contact Region: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
Suitable for cycling mountain bikes



The Rail Trail starts at Epping Station and the so-called "Mernda Rail Trail" terminates at the Mernda Railway Station on Bridge Inn Road, Mernda - a distance of around 10kms.

There are rail tunnels at South Morang and also under Plenty Rd.

The trail is adjacent to the rail corridor from Epping to South Morang Stations.

It then goes from South Morang Station via Yan Yean Pipe Track from the Station car park that links to Middle Gorge Station and then to Hawkstowe Station.

From Hawkstowe Station the trail is adjacent to the rail corridor to Mernda Station.

This trail provides connectivity to the Darebin Creek Trail at Epping that connects to Darebin Council and the inner city. It provides access to a number of local reserves and the Plenty Gorge Parklands.

Background Information

The section from Epping to South Morang was built in 2012 when the rail line was extended from Epping to South Morang.

The section of trail from South Morang Station to Mernda Station was built as part of the rail extension from South Morang to Mernda. This was complete just over 2 years ago.

The Whittlesea Rail Trail project extends from Bridge Inn Road, Mernda to Laurel Street in Whittlesea Township. This is proposed to include safe off-road access for pedestrian, cyclists and horse riders.

The proposed trail project is 9.7 kilometres in length.


The trail therefore has strong amenity and recreational value and it has the potential to support local tourism.


The land on which the project is located is predominantly owned by VicTrack. A number of commercial leases are in place between VicTrack and businesses and landowners. The potential for State Government funding for project design and delivery is under consideration.



February 2021

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