The trail follows two short sections of the Daylesford to Creswick railway.
Two sections of this trail are open for walking, Leonards Hill to Wombat, and near Jubilee Lake. Both sections are used by the Great Dividing Trail (GDT), a marked walking route from Ballarat to Daylesford, Bendigo and Bacchus Marsh
At Jubilee Lake you can see the remnants of an interesting bridge. The train went across the top of the span, and the pedestrians walked underneath.
These sections are suitable for walking only. The trails are not maintained as rail trails, but as part of the GDT.
Neither of the trails are signposted and are difficult to locate.
Much of the terrain is dry, open stringybark forest.
The Daylesford Spa Country Railway runs tourist trains from Daylesford to Bullarto. They will carry bikes.
Wombat to Leonards Hill (4.5km)
At the Wombat station site are remains of the station platforms. Follow the GDT markers east. The trail goes through large cuttings. A sign marks the site of the GDT opening in 1992.
Continue across White Point Track where the GDT leaves the railway formation.
The trail finishes at Sailors Ck, where there are remains of a rail bridge. Return the same way or via Wombat Station Track.
Further north a short section of this trail is open for walkers at Jubilee Lake.
From Jubilee Lake, 2km of the railway can be followed south through bushland to the site of an old timber road bridge (disused). Follow the GDT markers. Continue straight ahead where the GDT turns east. At the start of a large cutting (now overgrown), follow the track on the left side to view the bridge.
The railway can also be followed to the north for 1.5km (see map). This section is not recommended for cycling
The Creswick line had been built primarily to transport timber to major gold mining centres. The decline in mining in the 1920s and the 1930s depression removed much of its traffic. It was closed in stages between 1953 and 1986.
Farmland sections of the railways are now private property but the forest sections are generally accessible, albeit overgrown.