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Sandridge Railway Trail - Trail Description



Sandridge Railway Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Melbourne City to Port Melbourne, 1km from Melbourne
Start/end: Flinders Street Station to Port Melbourne (Sandridge)
Status: Open
Length open: 5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Train, Bus, Tram
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
The former rail bridge over the Yarra River at Flinders St is a major feature (2007)
The former rail bridge over the Yarra River at Flinders St is a major feature (2007)
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



The trail follows the route of Australia's first steam railway from Port Melbourne (Sandridge) to Flinders Street Station.

The railway has now been converted to a light rail carrying trams.

Start at the Elizabeth St end of Flinders Street Station. The pedestrian subway leads to the north bank of the Yarra River, where a promenade leads along the bank to former Sandridge railway bridge, which once carried the railway over the Yarra. It is now converted for pedestrian use. Cross the river and continue along the south bank to Clarendon St/Spencer St. Turn left and follow Clarendon St. to Normanby St.

Here a shared path starts following the light railway to Port Melbourne. For much of the route, this path runs through pleasant parkland. The path finishes at the old Port Melbourne Station. From here you can walk on to historic Station Pier.

Background Information

The railway was opened 1854 to connect the city to its port.

In the 1940s displaced persons were carried by train direct from Station Pier to Bonegilla Station, now part of the High Country Rail Trail.



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11 June , 2019 by

16/27. Last week, I did an old favorite of mine. the short urban Sandridge railtrail, from Melbourne CBD to Port Melbourne. We started at Sandridge Bridge, apparently the 1st bridge across the Yarra, now a large monument to Melbourne's immigration history. The end is at Beacon Cove, where we had coffee overlooking the water. We then doubled back to the city continue along the Capital City Loop. 16 trails down on 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. today.

03 April , 2015 by cascho

I rode this trail this morning (Friday 3rd April 2015), along with the Webb Dock bridge trail. This is a great inner Melbourne trail that links the city with the bay, and makes for a great family ride. The only issues are riding along Yarra Promenade and avoiding all the pedestrians; as well as the Casino end at Clarendon Street - getting to the bicycle path along Normanby road is a problem. I agree with the comment below that signage could be better – especially where the trail leaves Normanby at the Tram depot.

03 January , 2015 by Mwderm

We enjoyed using the trail to easily reach the beach from CBD. Signage could be much better than it is, for visitors.

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