Students assisting with bridge construction (2005)
This rail line ran from Stawell to a stone quarry at Heatherlie at the base of the Grampians from 1882 to 1949.
The quarry supplied stone for many of Melbourne's public buildings including Parliament House and the State Library.
The trail is mostly through beautiful bushland.
Stawell West - The trail starts at a small car park on the Grampians Road, 700 metres south of the Western Highway.
From the car park at Stawell West, the trail heads west towards the Grampians with the first 2.5km being on a path south of the original easement. The rest of the trail (about 9km) travels along the old rail alignment, parrallel to the Grampians Rd, and then Mt Dryden Rd, and close to Lake Lonsdale. Bridges have been constructed and erected by the students at Stawell Secondary School, and an 800metre boardwalk has also been completed. The trail continues on to a carpark at Mt Dryden Rd. Be aware there is a temporary gate across the trail 2km before the end which will be removed
There are no plans to extend the trail to the Heatherlie quarry.
At the Heatherlie quarry, a short section of trail is walkable. A number of quarry buildings are still standing, and there is plenty of interesting mining equipment to explore.
For the last few years, Year 9 students from the Stawell Secondary College have been working on an 11km section from near Stawell to Lake Lonsdale Rd. This will link with quiet dirt roads to provide a route to the popular tourist destination of Halls Gap, avoiding the busy Grampians Rd.
Upon completion it will be managed by the Northern Grampians Shire Council.
Rail Trail manager - John Pye
Please report any defects to the Northern Grampians Shire Council (03) 5358 8700
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