Melbourne City to Port Melbourne, 1km from Melbourne
Flinders Street Station to Port Melbourne (Sandridge)
Train, Bus, Tram
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
The former rail bridge over the Yarra River at Flinders St is a major feature (2007)
Port Melbourne (2007)
Typical scenery along the trail (2007)
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.
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.