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Inner Circle Rail Trail - Trail Description



Inner Circle Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Inner suburban Melbourne, 5km from Melbourne
Start/end: Rushall to Royal Park
Status: Open
Length open: 4km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Train, Bus, Tram
Contact Region: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
The western end of the rail trail. (2011)
The western end of the rail trail. (2011)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates Suitable for following by car



A high standard rail trail traversing Melbourne's inner suburbs. Traverses parkland and quite a few railway heritage structures remain.

Very popular with local residents.


Part of the Capital City Trail. There are lots of cafes nearby as well as Yarra Bend Park.

All major road crossings have traffic signals.

Many connections with public transport.

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia.

May 2015

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11 June , 2019 by

17/27. As part of the Capital City loop, we smashed out another old favourite last week, the Inner Circle Rail trail. We did it from from Royal Park to Rushall train stations. It is a straight line, with the only real hill up from Royal Park for a short distance. At one point on the trail, near Velo Cycles in Carlton North, there is an electronic counter that had registered over 500000 bikes since Jan 1 this year, so they are well on track to record over a million in the full year. 17 trails now completed, only 10 to go for my 2019 challenge is to ride every rail trail in Victoria this calendar year to promote organ donation. You can follow my rail trail exploits on FB Warwick Duncan - The 2nd Chance Man or Insta @warwick_rides.

21 March , 2015 by cascho

I was on this trail this morning (Saturday 21st March 2015), from Rushall to Royal Park and back. This is a popular trail for cyclists and walkers – going through great inner suburbs of Melbourne. I’m glad they kept the old train easement a park, as it adds to the attractiveness of the surrounding area. The path is sealed the entire length and there is only one slight hill as you enter Royal Park. Being part of the Capital City Trail there are plenty of bike paths leading off to all parts of Melbourne. There are a lot of activities happening along and off the trail most weekends – as well as plenty of cafe/food options with the nearby streets. The only issue is to watch out for cars as you cross some of the streets, especially towards the Rushall end because there aren’t pedestrian crossing lights.

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