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The Bunny Rail Trail - Trail Description



The Bunny Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 110km west of Melbourne
Start/end: Ballarat East to Eureka Centre
Status: Open
Length open: 0.75km
Surface: Fine gravel, Sealed
Terrain: Gently undulating
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Western Victoria
Along the trail (2011)
Along the trail (2011)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for prams



  • This very short trail is suitable for a stroll, with  the Eureka Centre as the destination.


This trail follows a short section of the former East Ballarat - Buninyong railway (Bunny).

Five hundred metres east of the old Ballarat East station site (the platform is still there), there is evidence of the line diverging from the main line to head south towards Buninyong. A gravel path wends its way from the station site to the start of the trail. The trail passes under Victoria St, and there is an historic sign board at street level on the south side of the main street.

The trail continues through a cutting, across a road (with rails still in the road), alongside a caravan park to the trail end. Here there is another historic sign board at  the north edge of the  Eureka Centre car park.

Background Information

This trail was a branch line from East Ballarat to Buninyong and ran for 11km. It opened in 1889 and closed in 1986.


The section from Eureka to Buninyong closed much earlier on 2 February 1947. ]The line had previously closed to passenger services in 1930. In addition to passenger traffic, the "Bunny" also brought the goods trucks to the many local Buninyong industries of that time. The main ones were the butter factory, tannery, brewery, box factory and market gardens.

At the Buninyong end the platform can still be seen in Forest Rd, where there is a board commemorating the history of the railway line.


There are no plans to extend this trail to Buninyong at this time.


If you find any defects with this trail contact Ballarat City Council (03) 5320 5500

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17 March , 2020 by Smart

I agree with the last comment. The trail is still in good condition but way too short.

29 December , 2014 by cascho

I quickly rode this trail today (29th December 2014), on the way home from doing the Domino Trail – so I could tick it off the list. This is a very short trail that basically goes from the rail reserve on the main train line of Ballarat to the Eureka Centre. The trail surface is good compact dirt most of the way, and easy handle hybrid (and even road bikes if needed). The most interesting part is when the trail goes under the rail lines and the main road. However, with no plans to extend it – I can’t see this trail being used by anyone apart from the locals, and those attempting to do all of the rail trails.

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