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Woodend to Daylesford (incl Domino) Rail Trail - Trail Description



Woodend to Daylesford (incl Domino) Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 85km north west of Melbourne
Start/end: Woodend to Daylesford
Status: Open
Length open: 5.5km
Surface: Compacted earth, Coarse gravel
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Western Victoria
Information Centre at Trentham station site.
Information Centre at Trentham station site. (2013)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for horse riding



  • The Domino trail is part of the original railway from Daylesford to Carlsruhe.
  • Starting from the picturesque country town of Trentham, it passes through bushland which is the habitat of the endangered Powerful Owl. Signboards along the trail explain the history of the area.

There is interest in extending the trail in both directions, possibly going from Daylesford to Woodend (44km). Trentham to Lyonville section of the proposed Daylesford-Macedon Ranges Rail Trail has now been developed. A feasibility study is being conducted with a view to developing more of the trail.

The Daylesford Spa Country Railway runs tourist trains from Daylesford to Bullarto. They will carry bikes.


Start Points

  • Trentham - The trail starts at the Tourist Information Centre in the old Trentham railway station, Victoria St.
  • Lyonville - The trail starts at the southern end of Main St., Lyonville (south of the Radio Springs Hotel). It is signposted and accessed down an embankment.


  • For the first 500m, the rails are still in place and the grass-covered trail runs between them. On the left can be seen the old Sunnyside foundry.
  • After Falls Rd, the trail enters bushland. Species of eucalypt include manna gum, peppermint and mountain gum.  .
  • Along this section, watch for swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and short-beaked echidnas.
  • There is a short detour around the Coliban River. A purpose built bridge will be placed over the trestle bridge in the near future.
  • A sign, about 4km from Trentham indicates a short loop trail that has been constructed to take you down to the Domino Creek to see the brick-lined tunnel that carries the creek under the line. The loop continues along an old logging trail before returning to the trail.
  • The trail ends near Main St., Lyonville (south of the Radio Springs Hotel and north of Railway Avenue)
  • In the proposed plans the trail will extend to Bullarto in the next few years.
  • This trail uses the Powerful Owl as its trail symbol. This is an endangered species occasionally seen in this area.

Sign boards along the trail explain the history of the area.

Background Information

Daylesford had the distinction of being served by two railways, one from Woodend and one from Creswick.

The railway from Carlsruhe to Daylesford via Trentham was opened in 1880.

By the 1970s, traffic on the line had reduced considerably, and despite local lobbying, it was closed in 1978.

The Crossing Borders Tracks and Trails Feasibility Report for the proposed Daylesford Rail Trail can be viewed here.

In late 2018 there is renewed interest from the Councils to complete the rail trail.


Contact Hepburn Shire (03) 5321 6123 if there are any problems.

Trentham Tourist Information Centre (03) 5424 1178

Daylesford Spa Country Railway

April 2019

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25 February , 2021 by MamaPapa

My wife and I rode the Domino Rail Trail on our Hybrid bikes today. The trail has been cleared and is a beautiful ride. We would recommend mountain bikes, although we were riding our Hybrid with 47mm tyres and they were fine.

22 April , 2019 by Nancy

Beautiful scenery. Started in Lyonville with two hybrid bikes and 4yo on a tag-a-long. Very rocky and bumpy. Agree with previous comment, trail is best suited to walking to appreciate surroundings.

11 March , 2019 by

9/27 Next Railtrail on my journey to ride every trail in Victoria in my 60th year to promote organ donation. This one ends in the pretty town of Trentham. Starting at Lyonsville was a little problematic as the Railtrails booklet let us to the wrong side of the track and we couldn't gain access. Signage is there but very faded - I cannot understand why these regions don't look after the assets at their disposal. It was quite warm but the trail is very shady, so it was a pleasant ride. The surface was a little rough so it's not a great cycling track. At the Trentham end, the sleepers are still in place, which looks cool but hard to ride on - it would be better for walkers. Also, as you ride on the track through Trentham it is very overgrown with blackberries and other weeds, it really needs to be cleaned it spoiled the end. It is an interesting ride through beautiful forest, but probably better tackled on foot. 6.5km. You can follow all my railtrail rides on FB Warwick Duncan - The 2nd Chance Man or Insta @warwick_rides

21 August , 2018 by pageal

I rode the 6km Domino rail trail on Sat 18/8/18, with 7 others on a rainy cold winters day (6.5 deg at 2pm). We rode 22km from Woodend to Trentham on-road, and lunched at Red Beard Bakery Trentham. Nice warm food and coffee after a cold and sometimes uphill ride. I had 32mm tyres on a rigid flatbar and managed to travel quite quickly on the rail trail. One lass on a road bike with 23mm tyres was struggling a bit with a layer of wet leaves and occasional mud patches, and rode back on-road. One lass on a hybrid said she absolutely loved the trail, and it was fun for me too. Sawn logs indicated that the trail was being maintained. A highlight was spending an hour at the Radio Springs Hotel (west end of trail), which had fireplaces lit in 3 rooms, live acoustic country/blues music, movie memorabilia (it has a small cinema) and generally convivial atmosphere. After chillin with an apple cider, we rode back to Trentham and then on-road to Woodend. Despite snow and hail mixed in with intermitant rain at Trentham (800m alt), it was a terrific day out in the saddle. A 4pm coffee in Woodend finished a good ride, which was faster returning with downhill and tailwind conditions. Trail is well sheltered in amongst forest for its length, and has the easy 2-3% max gradient of a rail route.

08 May , 2017 by allisonjohn79

Completed this walk yesterday. It was lovely and a very easy walk, though we did find signage at the Lyonville end a little scarce, but found our way out and around to the pub and back in the official connection point. Nice and easy walk, little or no gradient.

29 December , 2014 by cascho

I’m very impressed with this trail, which I rode today (29th December 2014) – the trail is in excellent condition (hybrid bikes would be fine), and passes through outstanding regrowth forest. There is plenty of signage about the trail and markers to follow – the only deviation is around the old bridge near Lyonville – which is clearly marked. I thought the best part was the creaking of the tall pines in the wind. Will definitely be back – especially if they extend the track. The only problem is the end in Lyonville is a bit anticlimactic – though the train station in Trentham is well restored – that appears to be a thing with towns that have rail trails – they all have beautifully restored their historic train stations. Well done to the management team of this rail trail.

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