The trestle bridge over the Grange Burn near Hamilton. It is not accessed by the trail at this time. (2010)
Crossing over the Glenelg Highway (2011)
Between the Glenelg Highway and Bochara Station site (2011)
Not yet open
This undeveloped trail goes through attractive rolling red gum country and passes near the Wannon Falls.
All the sleepers and rails have been removed and it is quite walkable, and maybe rideable with a mountain bike in sections.
Most of the trail is fenced off to address conservation issues.
Native grasses and vegetation are flourishing.
Points of interest in Coleraine:
Points Arboteteum – which has the largest collection of eucalypts in the Southern Hemisphere.
The restored station is now the Information Centre and well worth a visit
The Committee of Management advise that this rail trail is not yet open.
About two kilometres north west of Hamilton the trail starts on Balkins Rd
From Balkins Rd the trail is walkable to the Wannon bridge. This bridge is not able to be crossed, but by following the Wannon-Nigretta Fall Rd south to Wannon Falls you are able to travel along the Glenelg Highway west towards Coleraine, and north again to the trail near the Wannon caravan Park.
Though rough, 11.4km of the trail can be walked or ridden with a mountain bike or hybrid. This section is from Balkins Rd to the Wannon-Nigretta Fall Rd.
The trail to Coleraine is walkable (perhaps mountain bike access) except for the last 2 kms. At this point walkers or riders can follow Cavendish Road into Coleraine. The committee and council are keen to improve the trail and hope to improve the surface in the future to enable it to be ridden, walked and enjoyed.
The railway line opened in 1888, with two trains daily carrying wool, skins, butter and passengers. It eventually closed in 1977. The Station at Coleraine was restored and opened as a Tourist Centre in 1993. It is now home to a tourist information room with historical information and places to visit.
Committee of Management::
Rowena Ford 0407 507 575 or 2 Brung Brungle Rd, Wannon 3301.