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Moe - Yallourn Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Moe - Yallourn Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Latrobe Valley 130km east of Melbourne
Start/end: Moe - Bennett St on the east side to Yallourn Power Station, Eastern Rd
Status: Open
Length open: 8.5km
Surface: Fine gravel
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All, but may be muddy in wet weather
Public transport: Train
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Narracan Creek bridge in Moe's botanical gardens (2013)
Narracan Creek bridge in Moe's botanical gardens (2013)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Details

Features

  • A short, flat trail with some farmland and lake views
  • The imposing Yallourn power station provides interest at the end of the trail
  • Wildflowers abound in spring
  • Accommodation and restaurants in Moe

Description

Recent works along the trail have resulted in some sections with a rough stony surface that needs to be taken slowly on a bike. Vehicular access near the power station end has also caused some unevenness of the trail.

Access Points

  • Moe - Bennett St on a gravel driveway on the east side
  • Yallourn - Yallourn Power Station, Eastern Rd

Options

  • Lake Narracan is a good picnic spot and a feature of the walk or ride

Moe to Yallourn (8.5km)

  • From Bennett St the trail passes the Moe Botanical Gardens and crosses the Narracan Ck
  • Detour at Sullivans Track to gain access to the lake
  • Continue to Pettits Track to join Field Drive
  • The trail finishes at the park on Eastern Rd just outside the power station
  • Option to return to Moe via John Field Drive

The large concrete blocks beside the trail were bases for the overhead catenary poles, as this was an electrified line!

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria Guide - downloadable electronic pdf.

Background Information

The railway from Moe to Yallourn was constructed in the 1950's to replace the original branch line, which joined the main line between Moe and Morwell.  The new line meant that heavy coal trains didn't have to climb through the Haunted Hills.  The new line was subsequently closed in 1986, when briquette production was moved to Morwell.

Links

For further information contact The Secretary, Moe Rail Trail Committee of Management at Latrobe City Council on Ph: 1300 367 700

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October 2013

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: gippsland@railtrails.org.au.

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10 November , 2014 by cascho

Rode the Moe - Yallourn trail on November 5th 2014. Not a great rail trail - the quality of the track as you left Moe was poor and would only recommend for mountain bikes. Riding around the base of the Power Station to the picnic ground was the best part of the whole trail and should be better signposted on the trail.

03 July , 2014 by Gary

Rode the Trail today in Sunshine after several wet weeks. The trail was dry enough with only a few wet patches. Blackberries will require attention before long as they are starting to grow onto the trail. This trail is very accessible from Melbourne by train with regular services to and from Moe. Unfortunately as for many of our trails, there is very little written history of the former railway. No one else around so I had the trail to myself. I agree with bnicho 5 Jul 13, and keep going to the picnic area at the end. It is well worth the extra few hundred metres. Hard to realise the height of the cooling towers at the Power Station. Highly recommended.

05 July , 2013 by bnicho

A heap of work is currently underway to add road base and improve the drainage. The main problem areas are done already (although they could still use a bit of compaction). And if you get out there soon on a workday the friendly digger driver loves a chat... At the end remember to keep going on past the stop sign and along the footpathy bit to find the beautiful park for lunch.

09 September , 2012 by mr.auntin.pickle

Just did it on unicycles from Yallourn up five kilometres and back five. The track was soaked, giant puddles were everywhere and there were at least four fallen trees. Definitely a dry day trail.

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