This very short trail is suitable for a stroll, with the Eureka Centre as the destination.
This trail follows a short section of the former East Ballarat - Buninyong railway (Bunny).
Five hundred metres east of the old Ballarat East station site (the platform is still there), there is evidence of the line diverging from the main line to head south towards Buninyong. A gravel path wends its way from the station site to the start of the trail. The trail passes under Victoria St, and there is an historic sign board at street level on the south side of the main street.
The trail continues through a cutting, across a road (with rails still in the road), alongside a caravan park to the trail end. Here there is another historic sign board at the north edge of the Eureka Centre car park.
This trail was a branch line from East Ballarat to Buninyong and ran for 11km. It opened in 1889 and closed in 1986.
The section from Eureka to Buninyong closed much earlier on 2 February 1947. ]The line had previously closed to passenger services in 1930. In addition to passenger traffic, the "Bunny" also brought the goods trucks to the many local Buninyong industries of that time. The main ones were the butter factory, tannery, brewery, box factory and market gardens.
At the Buninyong end the platform can still be seen in Forest Rd, where there is a board commemorating the history of the railway line.
There are no plans to extend this trail to Buninyong at this time.
If you find any defects with this trail contact Ballarat City Council (03) 5320 5500
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