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Dookie Rail Trail - Trail Description



Dookie Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: North East Victoria, 220km from Melbourne
Start/end: Dookie to Dookie
Status: Open
Length open: 8km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
All ages enjoying the trail (Leiticia Harmer 2011)
All ages enjoying the trail (Leiticia Harmer 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



Relatively short trail, traversing classic Australian farming landscape.


  • Mary St to Treacy Rd along the rail trail (5.5km)
  • Treacy Rd to Mary St via Chateau Rd (8.7km)
  • Treacy Rd to Mary St via McCormack Rd, Wrens Quarry Dookie Rd and McDonald Rd (14.7km)


The start of the trail is not hard to find in the small but active town of Dookie;  its just to the east of the large grain silos.

Dookie - Treacy Rd (5km)

The trail heads north east and traverses open farmland with rolling hills in the distance.  There are no water or toilet facilities along or at the end of the rail trail.

With a wide sealed surface it is well worth a visit if in the Shepparton area and accessible to all members of the public.

The rail trail fits in with a system of tracks being constructed in the area.

Thanks to volunteer community groups there is now interpretive signage, historical markers and a shelter to take in the scenery.

The revegetation efforts are also paying off with a bird watchers book now present to record sightings.

Dookie towards Cosgrove (3km)

The trails heads west towards Cosgrove and Shepparton finishing at Conway Rd.

Background Information

The branch line to Katamatite was constructed by the Yarrawonga Shire in 1890 and taken over by the Victorian Railways in 1892. The railway was closed in 1986 and the rails removed shortly after. The branch line from Shepparton to Dookie is still open for use by grain trains but has not been used for many years.

Local residents formed the Friends of Dookie Rail Trail group to encourage the City of Greater Shepparton to take out a lease on this section of the rail corridor and the rail trail was completed in early 2010.

The remainder of the former branch line basically follows a quiet road all the way to Katamatite and there are no plans for this section at the moment.

Stage 2 of the Dookie Rail Trail from Dookie 7km south west to Cosgrove alongside the active rail line is half complete and discussions are underway to extend it further back towards Shepparton.


The trail is managed by the City of Creater Shepparton. Refer to their website below to report issues.

October 2020

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23 June , 2021 by mjibrown

A short and gentle rail trail, with good surface and plenty of signs about the local area. Very good for families with children as the out and back in each direction from Dookie takes less than an hour and the gradients are modest. I hope the obvious extensions to the trail can happen in the future, so longer rides can be an option. Michael.

17 March , 2020 by Smart

I rode this trail yesterday and it was for the most part in good condition. Much of it is paved and the rest is covered in good quality fine topping. This is quite unusual. There is good signage and a defined entry point. I have ridden around 8 trails this week and this is by far the best.

08 April , 2019 by 

It's 4 yeas since we rode this Rail Trail and wow, it has improved! The trees have all grown and still more have been planted. As well as all the interesting things referred to in our last Comment (21/4/2015) this Trail now has a pamphlet box at the start, the Fitness Centre (outdoor gym.), bronze plagues at 2 historical sites (a whistle post & a mile distance marker) as well as the new, magnificent, historical, information signs. (The 1st. of these signs is on the old station site, near the gardens, on the embankment.) Along the Trail there is a receptacle, with a book & pen, to encourage riders to record their wild life sightings. There's more to see in the gardens at the start of the Trail. There's an old distance marker there and a working Town Clock (still chimes) and the 4 corner posts of its tower are made from railway lines. The Friends of the Rail Trail, the Dookie Lions' Club, the Dookie Men's Shed and many others have all worked together to make this Trail, although only 5 kms. long, one of the best. This is definitely a 5 star Rail Trail!

21 April , 2015 by 

April, 2015 by Wenkle The Dookie Rail Trail is only 5.5 kms. long - so far - but so picturesque and interesting! We have ridden it several times and the surrounding hills and country side change with the seasons - and often look like a patchwork quilt. This Trail is especially good for beginners and families, as it's not too hard for young children and it's not too far between things to look out for. The Trail starts in Dookie, at a lovely park with amenities, playground, bbqs and picnic facilities. The Trail is flanked with native trees, goes through a cutting and over 2 bidges, has distance posts (at 1 km. intervals) and many seats. It now also boasts a shelter, built in an old railways theme, as are the distance posts. There are plans to extend this Trail to Cosgrove and also for historical, flora & fauna signage. When the much anticipated Cosgrove section is constructed, no doubt the many Dookie Rail Trail enthusiasts will make riding in the opposite direction as interesting as this first section. We thoroughly recommend this Rail Trail to everyone to either ride or walk!

15 December , 2014 by cascho

Rode the Dookie trail late Saturday 13th December 2014, best time to ride this trail as the setting sun adds great colour to the surrounding farmland – especially given everything is so yellow and dry because of summer. Very short trail – and just ends with no highlight. I would recommend taking one of the road options back, to get a good feel for the country side.

07 December , 2014 by Gary

Passing through the area I decided to check out this short Rail Trail. A neat little trail with plenty of views of the surrounding hills and wheat fields. Possibly not the trail that you would travel especially to do, but worth the effort if you are in the Shepparton area and combine it with other rides and trails of the district. The trail finishes around Yabba South, and it would be good if it could continue to Katamatite. I think that people would then travel the trail just to find out what the names of Dookie, Katamatite, Youanmite and Yabba are all about. They all sound very interesting. History is required at Dookie to show users what the Railway was all about in the district. Please continue the work, it should pay off. Gary

25 December , 2013 by alan werner

My hubby and I just did the Gorgeous Dookie Rail Trail, The early morning air was fresh and smelled of the recently harvested wheat, a real treat for the senses. The trail itself was both very relaxing and interesting it felt like we were just meandering through the past as we had freshly harvested fields on both sides, the ones disappearing over the hills looked particularly lovely and beckoned us to see where they ended. At the end of the trail we followed a suggested circuit route and found ourselves experiencing a real sense of adventure, passing tucked in farm houses and friendly farmers. The down hill section at the end was great fun, though there was a few cars (very courteous) Our morning ended back under the big old peppercorn tree at the start of the ride. We will come again when the Antique store and the hotel are open.. Al and Jules

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Dookie Rail Trail Official Launch

(Posted: 15/10/11)

The Official Launch of the Dookie Rail Trail is coming soon...



Dookie Trail is now open (VIC) (update)

(Posted: 26/04/10)

Dookie Trail is open and now sealed.