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Dookie Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: North East Victoria, 220km from Melbourne
Start/end: Dookie to Dookie
Status: Open
Length open: 5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
All ages enjoying the trail (Leiticia Harmer 2011)
All ages enjoying the trail (Leiticia Harmer 2011)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Features

Relatively short trail, traversing classic Australian farming landscape.

Options

  • Mary St to Treacy Rd along the rail trail (5.5km)
  • Treacy Rd to Mary St via Chateau Rd (8.7km)
  • Treacy Rd to Mary St via McCormack Rd, Wrens Quarry Dookie Rd and McDonald Rd (14.7km)

Description

The start of the trail is not hard to find in the small but active town of Dookie;  its just to the east of the large grain silos.

From here the trail traverses open farmland with rolling hills in the distance.  There are no facilities along or at the end of the rail trail.

With a wide sealed surface it is well worth a visit if in the Shepparton area and accessible to all members of the public..

The rail trail fits in with a system of tracks being constructed in the area.

Background Information

The branch line to Katamatite was constructed by the Yarrawonga Shire in 1890 and taken over by the Victorian Railways in 1892. The railway was closed in 1986 and the rails removed shortly after. The branch line from Shepparton to Dookie is still used by grain trains.

Local residents formed the Friends of Dookie Rail Trail group to encourage the City of Greater Shepparton to take out a lease on this section of the rail corridor and the rail trail was completed in early 2010.

The remainder of the former branch line basically follows a quiet road all the way to Katamatite and there are no plans for this section at the moment.

However, wheels are in motion for planning Stage 2 of the Dookie Rail Trail … from Dookie 7km south west to Cosgrove alongside the active rail line.

Links

The trail is managed by the City of Creater Shepparton. Refer to their website below to report issues.

June 2012

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: vic-north@railtrails.org.au.

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21 April , 2015 by Wenkle

April, 2015 by Wenkle The Dookie Rail Trail is only 5.5 kms. long - so far - but so picturesque and interesting! We have ridden it several times and the surrounding hills and country side change with the seasons - and often look like a patchwork quilt. This Trail is especially good for beginners and families, as it's not too hard for young children and it's not too far between things to look out for. The Trail starts in Dookie, at a lovely park with amenities, playground, bbqs and picnic facilities. The Trail is flanked with native trees, goes through a cutting and over 2 bidges, has distance posts (at 1 km. intervals) and many seats. It now also boasts a shelter, built in an old railways theme, as are the distance posts. There are plans to extend this Trail to Cosgrove and also for historical, flora & fauna signage. When the much anticipated Cosgrove section is constructed, no doubt the many Dookie Rail Trail enthusiasts will make riding in the opposite direction as interesting as this first section. We thoroughly recommend this Rail Trail to everyone to either ride or walk!

15 December , 2014 by cascho

Rode the Dookie trail late Saturday 13th December 2014, best time to ride this trail as the setting sun adds great colour to the surrounding farmland – especially given everything is so yellow and dry because of summer. Very short trail – and just ends with no highlight. I would recommend taking one of the road options back, to get a good feel for the country side.

07 December , 2014 by Gary

Passing through the area I decided to check out this short Rail Trail. A neat little trail with plenty of views of the surrounding hills and wheat fields. Possibly not the trail that you would travel especially to do, but worth the effort if you are in the Shepparton area and combine it with other rides and trails of the district. The trail finishes around Yabba South, and it would be good if it could continue to Katamatite. I think that people would then travel the trail just to find out what the names of Dookie, Katamatite, Youanmite and Yabba are all about. They all sound very interesting. History is required at Dookie to show users what the Railway was all about in the district. Please continue the work, it should pay off. Gary

25 December , 2013 by alan werner

My hubby and I just did the Gorgeous Dookie Rail Trail, The early morning air was fresh and smelled of the recently harvested wheat, a real treat for the senses. The trail itself was both very relaxing and interesting it felt like we were just meandering through the past as we had freshly harvested fields on both sides, the ones disappearing over the hills looked particularly lovely and beckoned us to see where they ended. At the end of the trail we followed a suggested circuit route and found ourselves experiencing a real sense of adventure, passing tucked in farm houses and friendly farmers. The down hill section at the end was great fun, though there was a few cars (very courteous) Our morning ended back under the big old peppercorn tree at the start of the ride. We will come again when the Antique store and the hotel are open.. Al and Jules

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News

News

Dookie Rail Trail Official Launch

(Posted: 15/10/11)

The Official Launch of the Dookie Rail Trail is coming soon...

 

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Dookie Trail is now open (VIC) (update)

(Posted: 26/04/10)

Dookie Trail is open and now sealed.

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