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Girgarre Stanhope Rail Trail - Trail Description



Girgarre Stanhope Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 200km north of Melbourne
Start/end: Girgarre to Girgarre
Status: Open
Length open: 2.5km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Terrain: Flat
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
The station site at Girgarre (2017 Sandra McDonald)
The station site at Girgarre (2017 Sandra McDonald)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes



Currently a short section is open from the station site in town, south to Mason Rd

Committee have been appointed to extend the trail to Stanhope for a total of 6km.


Park at the former station site in the centre of Girgarre off Station St.

Enjoy a walk to Mason's Rd and back and or the loop around Progress Park where considerable revegetation is occuring in conjunction with Landcare.

Girgarre is a small town with limited facilities.

Background Information

The rail line to Girgarre opened in 1917 and closed back to Stanhope in 1975. The line completely closed in 1987.

The local committee constructed the first 2km section in 2015 and are now planning to extend the rail trail to Stanhope in the near future.

Their long term plan is to extend the rail trail all the way to Rushworth where it will join the Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail.



April 2019

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06 February , 2021 by chrisdx

CAUTION ! As of February 2021, the section of this track that is not open at the Stanhope end is covered in bindii, which can result in punctures. The bindiis have been sprayed, but the prickles are currently still on the track.

17 March , 2020 by Smart

I rode this track yesterday along with the Rushworth track. This track is in good condition although there is some very loose gravel on the sharp corners where the track crosses a couple of canals. If this track can be completed down to Stanhope it will be an excellent ride. At present it is too short cycling but a nice walk.

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