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High Country Rail Trail - Trail Description



High Country Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: North east Victoria, 300km from Melbourne
Start/end: Wodonga to Shelley
Status: Open
Length open: 80km
Surface: Fine gravel, Sealed
Terrain: Undulating to mountainous
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
The 600m Sandy Creek bridge (2012)
The 600m Sandy Creek bridge (2012)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



  • The High Country Rail Trail traverses farmland near the shores of Lake Hume and forest further up at Shelley.
  • The trail is undulating to Bullioh with some moderate gradients. Bulioh to Shelley is all uphill at the steepest gradient trains could manage. Plan your trip.
  • Trail surface is of varying quality beyond Old Tallangatta.
  • The 600m Sandy Creek bridge is a scenic landmark for the region
  • The trail will eventually be 112km in length.


The area has many National and State Parks to explore. There are good views from lookouts and mountaintops (including the Main Range of the Kosciuszko National Park) and plenty of picnic areas and camping opportunities.

Support Services

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Lazy Acres Appaloosa & Beef

Lazy Acres Glamping is part of an Appaloosa horse stud at Koetong, which is 4 kms from Shelley Station on the High Country Rail Trail. Includes one luxury caravan which is totally self sufficient (in fact a small house) in a paddock with plenty of room for horses, cars and trailers. Plus your own firepit, BBQ, access to the camp kitchen and the whole garden that includes a permamently 37 deg hot spa, all in a magic location.


Access Points

  • Wodonga: Many access points though parking on side roads.
  • Bandiana South: recreation area near the Military Museum.
  • Ebden, Ludlows Reserve and Huon: park at the recreation reserves signposted on the Murray Valley Hwy.
  • Tallangatta: park at old station site.
  • Old Tallangatta: no parking at trail head itself. Park either at Mitta bridge rest areas or in Old Tallangatta across causeway.
  • Bullioh: Park on side road.
  • Koetong - Boggy Creek bridge and old station site where the trail crosses the Murray Valley Hwy.
  • Shelley - Take Avondale Rd off the Murray Valley Hwy at Shelley, past the Shelley accomodation camp.

Albury/Wodonga to Bandiana (6km)

  •  From Albury station follow the old Hume Hwy 5km towards Wodonga across the Murray River flood plain to High St and the former Wodonga railway station precinct, which is worth a visit.
  •  From the Wodonga station precinct travel 200m east along Reid St to the start of the rail trail.
  • From here to Bandiana is a very smooth asphalt surface.
  • Military and history interpretive signs out towards the Bandiana Military Museum provide an insight into the role the region and Australia played in conflict and peace keeping. Also other interpretive signs so many excuses for a stop and read. Many kangaroos in the vicinity of the military facilities.

Albury and Wodonga are major regional cities with all facilities. Also near Bandiana there is a hotel and takeaway food.

Refer to the background information below for details of the extensive railway facilities that used to be in Wodonga and Bandiana.

Bandiana to Huon (17km)

  • This section has a bitumen surface to Ebden then wide smooth gravel surface to Huon.
  • Because the army has taken over some of the former line here and the very long trestle bridges across the Kiewa river flats were demolished, a diversion with boardwalk and low level bridges has been constructed across the Kiewa River flats. There is a steep gradient at Whytes Rd. Make use of the picnic tables at the Kiewa river to enjoy the scenery and tranquility.
  • After crossing the Kiewa River the trail joins the original rail alignment. Leaving the river red gum forest the trail rises slowly to Mahers Rd with the first views of Lake Hume.
  • From Mahers Rd the trail passes under the Murray Valley Hwy then heads south with the Mitta Arm of Lake Hume to one side, hills on the other and mountains in the distance. There are plenty of locations to have a refreshing dip on a hot day, particularly when the water level is high.
  • The trail descends to Huon where the platform, goods shed, weighbridge and some rolling stock remain. If water levels are very low the remains of the original station site are recognisable further down the hill.

This trail features sites rich in cultural history such as the Bonegilla station site.

At Bonegilla, a diversion to the large dam wall is worthwhile.  Follow Bonegilla Rd north as shown on the map. Along the way visit Block 19, the Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park.

Huon to Tallangatta (12km)

  • From Huon to the 600m Sandy Creek birdge with its distinctive "red sticks" is a wide smooth gravel surface.
  • From Sandy Creek to Tallangatta the surface is a little unusual, one side being sealed and the other side smooth gravel.

Tallangatta is a small regional town with some food and accomodation, including a bakery and choices for coffee.

Tallangatta to Old Tallangatta (8km)

  • From Tallangatta the trail is sealed all the way to the Mitta bridge, which is also quite an impressive structure, as it wanders up the valley to Old Tallangatta.

At Old Tallangatta turn left at the overbridge and follow the road for 1km to see the few remaining buildings of Old Tallangatta. If the weir level is low take a stroll around the building foundations of Old Tallangatta. An interpretive sign is located at a viewing point up on the highway.

There are no facilities at Old Tallangatta.

Old Tallangatta to Shelley (37km)

  • This section is for the more adventurous but has many rewards. There are no water or toilet facilites after Tallangatta.
  • From Old Tallangatta to Bullioh the trail is basically flat as it continues to wind up the valley and is still a little rough in places.

There is a stone step crossing of Tallangatta Creek that requires a diversion onto the Murray Valley Highway in wet weather.

  • At Bullioh there is still a short on-road diversion around the station area.
  • From Bullioh the trail climbs almost continuously for 28km at the maximum gradient trains could manage. Bike riders should consider starting at Shelley unless quite fit or on a fully charged ebike.
  • However there are many reasons to stop with wonderful views between Bullioh and Derbyshire and three tall timber bridges  to admire, including the highest in Victoria.
  • After Derbyshire the trail enters forest and follows a creek. There is a 1km diversion onto the Murray Valley Highway to get around the impressive 76m long Boggy Creek bridge near Koetong (viewing platform available).
  • From Koetong, after a short decent to Koetong Creek, it is a steady but picturesque climb up to Shelley.

There are numerous large timber bridges in this section, some of which have been restored by a huge amount of voluntary community participation, and some which have a diversion around them.  The 76m long Boggy Creek bridge is the most impressive and can be accessed by car; from Wodonga, turn left off the Murray Valley Hwy before Koetong on the Mt Lawson Rd that leads to the Mt Lawson State Park.

Enjoy a picnic or a break in the forest at Shelley station, which was Victoria’s highest station site at 781m. Interpretive signage has been provided on the platform. The location is shown on the map.

The only facilities are the Shelley Forest Camp (booking required).
Other places to visit are the summit of Mt Lawson and its loop nature trail, the Conic Range Walking Track which is a 1.5km walk off Firebrace Rd with great views of the Koetong Creek Valley and the Avondale Gardens Reserve. Follow the signs from Shelley, off Avondale Rd.

Beetoomba (9km)

Part of the future section to Cudgewa and Corryong is accessible.

However it is only for keen walkers and mountain bike riders as the surface is rough and there are low level crossings around the four bridges in this section.


Background Information

Future Developments

There are numerous developments, underway and planned, to further improve this  trail.

The trail is mostly managed by Parklands Albury/Wodonga in conjunction with three local voluntary advisory groups. Parklands and the advisory groups are currently working on improving the Old Tallangatta to Shelley section and opening the Shelley to Cudgewa section.

When the rail bypass of Wodonga opened Rail Trails Australia supported local organisations to have the rail trail extended from Bandiana all the way into Wodonga which is now done to a high standard and provides an important backbone for the off-road path system and preserve an important piece of Australia's history. Rail Trails Australia supports extending the rail trail across the Murray River flood plains towards Albury.


Construction of the branch line began in 1887 and reached Tallangatta (now Old Tallangatta) in 1891. Due to the difficult terrain and labour shortages, Cudgewa was not reached until 1921. Apparently Corryong and Tintaldra were arguing over who should get the railway and before the argument could be settled the era of the motor car arrived, leaving the small township of Cudgewa as the terminus.

Construction of the Hume Dam required the line between Ludlows and the present Tallangatta to be shifted up the hill in the early 1930s. In the 1950s the level of the dam was raised requiring some further track deviations, lifting of the Sandy Creek bridge and the shifting of the whole town of Tallangatta! During the 1960s the railway carried construction materials for the Snowy Mountains hydro electric scheme as well as regular cattle and general goods trains. This construction also sped up the road improvements in the area and thus competition for the railway. The last regular goods train ran in 1978 and the line was officially closed in 1981.

Observing the remains of the Bonegilla station platform, with only a few farm houses in sight, it is hard to believe the part this area played in the lives of so many Australians. During the Second World War a major military training camp was established at Bonegilla. Following the war until 1971 Bonegilla was a reception centre for over 320,000 migrants. Listen to some of their stories in the excellent visitor centre at Block 19 (off Bonegilla Rd on the way to the dam wall). Remarkably, despite this number of people arriving in Bonegilla a station building was never built, let alone a siding common to even the tiniest station. Now the former station’s small claim to fame is its native grassland reserve.

Also at Bandiana South is the large military museum, which provides a vivid reminder of what was a very large military presence in the area until recent times.

Wodonga and Bandiana had large railway facilities that are largely gone. (more to be added about this).

Highlights of the rail trails long development (started in 1996!) are:

  • the opening of the 600m Sandy Creek bridge in 2012 to link Bandiana and Tallangatta, and
  • the opening of the fifth volunteer restored bridge at Dry Forest Creek, Bullioh to link Tallangatta and Shelley.

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Committee of Management

Parklands Albury/Wodonga,

PO Box 1040, Wodonga 3689

High Country Rail Trail Official Site

High Country Rail Trail Brochure and map

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25 May , 2021 by Messmate

We based at Tallangatta Showgrounds for the week: Rode Tallangatta - Bonegilla return as a day trip. Scenic beside the lake with no wind. Then did a 3 day trip: Tallangatta - Shelley on rail trail. Yes its a long hill and took us around six hours to Shelley. The gates across the trail beyond Bullioh are annoying. The trail beyond Bullioh is roughish in places. We had one MTB and one road touring bike. From Sheely we headed down to Walwa on C547. Downhill on bitumen for many Kms through beautiful country. Stayed at Jingellic Pub (booked ahead mid week). Next day followed Murray River Raod to Granya Pub (booked ahead). Minimal traffic on this road. Day 3 Up to Granya Gap and down to rail trail at Bullioh and back to Tallangatta.

26 April , 2021 by RobertI

19 April 2021 I caught Vline from Melbourne with my bike to the new Wodonga station. It was confusing to find the start of the Rail trail through town as the instructions favoured stating at the Info centre. On a beautiful sunny day the first 43Km was a child & granny friendly path to Old Tallangatta. The path rises as clearly shown on the discovery map so I rode till it was dark and camped next to the trail somewhere above Bullioh. Its certainly steep but with patience and low gears its quiet ok, This is a wonderful trail only spoilt by the Murray Valley Highway running parallel with noisy trucks. This didn't scare the wildlife as I came upon two deer on the trail about lunchtime. I would have liked a sign to the Koetong Pub as I missed it but stopped for water on the numerous creeks we pass over. Attempting to ride past Shelley on the un-used rail reserve to Cudgewa I got lost in the pine plantation and ended up on the highway to Cudgewa. I was curious about the Corryong "Rail trail" so I stayed at the Colac Colac camp ground and found the 8 KM bike path into town very convenient. Over the week I met about half a dozen other cyclists as I returned to Wodonga to get the trail home. I look forward to this trail being completed to Cudgewa as the town needs the visitors and its a beautiful part of Victoria. I always recommend telling all the locals that this trail is why you are here spending money in the hope it will be improved.

14 March , 2021 by c1mcgo

My friends and I have ridden many Victorian rail trails and have just finished this one . I have noticed by the comments here that not many people ride the whole trail from start to finish . This is a pity but understandable because the distances between towns with accomodation and food are either too few kms or too many kms in one day. Also many people are put off by the incline up to Shelley . If you have ridden the incline up to Beechworth on the " Murray to Mountains" trail then you can make this . Even though this is up to 779m and Beechworth is only 538m we found this easier for some reason. We rode from Wodonga to the " Tullimbar cottages" just past Bullioh ( and marked on the trail) . Great spot . The next day we rode up the hill to Shelley without our gear (left at the cottages) with a little side trip to Koetong pub for lunch and then back to the cottages . The third day we rode back to Wodonga. The track is rough in quite a few areas so you definitely need a hybrid bike with wider tyres or a mountain bike . The Koetong pub is a great feed but is not signposted from the track . The publican has had trouble from the council in getting permission to put a sign marker on the trail . We went down Edgars road to the pub. It is well worth riding to Shelley and it is great going down! The signage for the start of the trail (which apparently is from Albury railway station) is very poor and hard to find if you are in Wodonga and trying to get there or coming back from the trail to end there . We gave up . Also there is a metal bridge near Wodonga that had a tree fall on it months ago it seems and there is still a temporary track around it . To any future riders -have fun

11 November , 2019 by johnobrien

We recently drove down to Victoria from Dubbo in NSW to ride on some of the rail trails down there. We wanted to take part in the Tall Trestle Treadle on 13th October, and so we booked in to a motel at Wodonga for three nights. On the first day we explored some of the great cycle paths in and around Wodonga and Albury around the Murray River. We had ridden the High Country Rail Trail a few years ago, but there has been some wonderful improvements since then. On our second day we rode from Wodonga to Tallangatta and return. The smooth hot mix surface out to Bandiana is soo good, and most of the trail to Tallangatta is also now sealed. It was great to see some green grass and water in the paddocks after the dry brown landscape in the Central West of NSW. We enjoyed a great lunch at the popular bakery at Tallangatta before our return trip to Wodonga. On Sunday we had to drive up to Tallangatta to get our shuttle to Shelley for the start of the Tall Trestle Treadle. There was approx.110 people signed up for this ride, so we had two busses and numerous bike trailers. The drive to Shelley is mostly uphill, so we were looking forward to the downhill ride, and it did not disappoint as we rode through magnificent native forests with wonderful rural views. Morning tea at Koetong station site was delicious,, before we again set off for more downhill to Dry Forest Creek Trestle for lunch. This section offers superb views of some of the old historic trestle bridges, as we detour past them. The scenery on this trail is so much better than any other trail we have ridden on. We took part in the official opening of the fully restored Dry Forest Creek Trestle, and after an excellent lunch, rode on to Old Tallangatta, before once again hitting a 10km sealed section of trail back to Tallangatta. The organisers had provided afternoon tea at the old goods shed in Tallangatta for all the finishers. Well done to the organisers of the TTT, it was very enjoyable, thank you. This trail is now 85km long, and is highly recommended to anyone wanting to experience some great scenery and easy riding.

20 June , 2019 by

18/27. Yesterday morning I rode the hauntingly beautiful High Country railtrail. I started at Old Tallangatta with the early morning sun breaking through the mist hugging the surrounding green hills. The dead sentinels from the flooded, but now exposed, Lake Hume showed me the way. A quick coffee break at the only opportunity to do so on the whole track at the Tallangatta bakery, and then on with it towards Wodonga. After hugging the lake's coastline for the next 20kms, the trail turned towards Wodonga. All was good until I came across a section where a tributary of the Keiwa River had flooded the path. I rode through it alright, but somehow picked up a puncture in the process. Luckily I knew I was only about 1km from the end and the sag wagon wasn't far away, so I walked out to Whyte's Rd. 18 trails now completed, only 9 to go for my 2019 challenge is to ride every rail trail in Victoria this calendar year to promote organ donation. You can follow my rail trail exploits on FB Warwick Duncan - The 2nd Chance Man or Insta @warwick_rides.

05 April , 2019 by johnobrien

My wife and I rode the HCRT from Wodonga to Tallangatta and return today. You can actually start your ride at the corner of Osburn St and Havelock St, right in the heart of the city. This section of trail is now brand new smooth hot mix surface and continues all the way out to Whytes Road. Work is continuing to pave the surface from Whytes road up to the flood plain of the Kiewa River. It will then continue out the other side to Ebden. The trail is in great condition with the only slightly rough section between Gulliver's Lane and Ebden (the section that is going to be resurfaced) The new bridge over the Sandy Creek inlet is a real highlight of this ride, a credit to all involved. Once we arrived at Tallangatta we decided to have a coffee and cake, and found a new bakery that was doing a roaring trade, Coffee and cake were delicious, and so we returned back to Wodonga. The old railway precinct in Wodonga is well worth a look. Plenty of cafes and old photos done as murals on some new buildings that look like train carriages. This is now one of the best rail trails in Victoria.

19 September , 2018 by 

We recently stayed for 4 days at Wodonga and rode our hybrid bikes from Ludlows Reserve to Tallangatta for lunch. Highlights of the Trail are the well set out reserves with facilities, most old station sites with historical information signs, the small Memorial garden near the Huon Reserve, the constant spectacular views of the Hume Dam and the magnificent Sandy Creek bridge. The trail was good to ride on, starting with fine gravel and then bitumen from the Sandy Creek bridge to Tallangatta. An added attraction at this time was the blossom and wattle trees. The next day we drove to the historic trestle bridge over the Boggy Creek (not restored as yet),then had lunch at the very old Koetong pub, then walked over the newly restored Koetong trestle bridge and then drove up to the Shelley station site - again with historical signs. We marvel at what the men did over 100 years ago - surveyed, cleared, built bridges and stations and the track itself. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to again explore & enjoy the fruits of their labour! We finished our day by driving to Corryong for fuel, then to Cudgewa to see where the line ended. We thank all concerned for what has been done on this Rail Trail and we'll be back soon to ride more of it.

30 December , 2015 by jeff Rigby

In November 2015 I rode from Wadonga to Old Tallangatta, camping at Tallangatta Caravan park which is extremely pleasant. The Bakery is excellent! I stayed there 2 nights and on the second day I rode to Old Tallangatta and then for about 10 kms on the road around the other side of the lake and back, which was about the high point of the trip, lovely road, magnificent scenery, very few cars and just the odd steep hill. I then rode to Yackandanah with view to connecting with the Beechworth - Wangaratta Trail which I had done some years ago but for various reasons had to pull out at Yack. Another time perhaps. Hopefully the Beechworth to Yackandandah section of the trail will get up one day. I found the Wadonga - Old Tallangatta Trail excellent and it will be even better when the low bridges at the start of the trail and towards Bonegillla are completed which will cure the problems of wet weather mentioned by some riders. The section after Huon was being upgraded and that will be a further improvement. What can I say about the Sandy Creek bridge.. extraordinary and saves 6kms of road riding! I think Tallangatta would be a good base for side trips to Mitta Mitta and also perhaps a circumnavigation of the lake, which I intend to look into. I too look forward to seeing the trail extended to Coryong, what a great addition that would be. I saw no snakes but I'm sure they were there somewhere....... As I have previously commented regarding other Vic Trails, as a NSW rider I am so impressed by the Victorian attitude, light years in advance of NSW where bike riders are regarded as dangerous greenie terrorists who should be driving large 4x4s. Congratulations Victoria!!

21 June , 2015 by kenparrington

Just rode the Huon to Old Tallangatta section in both directions yesterday - 20 June 2015. All I can say is simply stunning. It was a beautiful crisp winter day, the hills were green and the sunlight soft. The trail surface along this section is fantastic and the Sandy Creek bridge is quite a sight stretching across the inlet. Stopped for lunch in Tallangatta on the return and had a pie at MJ's Bakery - The food was great.

15 March , 2015 by wow01

Rode from Shelley to Koetong on 13 March 2015. The trail was in good condition, and the Shelley station site is well-maintained and an ideal spot for a pre-ride picnic - just follow Avondale Road up the hill. Only encountered one locked gate on the trail. No snakes but did see a few wallabies. There are 3 good trestle bridges on this section. Also rode on the main trail from Old Tallangatta to Bandiana the same day. It is definitely a bit rough around Huon but really no problem for hybrid or trail bikes. There is spectacular scenery at a number of points along the trail, and Tallangatta has all amenities.

15 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail on Sunday 14th December 2014 between Wodonga and Old Tallangatta. Pretty awesome trail – good views and easy riding. The Sandy Creek Bridge is the stand out, as well as the old ruins at Old Tallangatta. The trail surface is fine; though agree that the section between Huon Reserve and Ludlows could do with some work. A few snakes around – especially in the grass by the side of the trail, but they get out the way quickly. Hope they extend it soon.

22 July , 2014 by lyness

Completed Wodonga to Tallangatta in April. What an enjoyable ride with spectacular scenery. Will be back to do it again. Looking forward to the completion to Corryong and some improvement of the track surface after the impressive Sandy Creek bridge.

27 February , 2014 by stanford67

I rode this trail from Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and back over 2 days in Oct 2013. Trail was in good condition, saw NO snakes (even in the area where there is a warning about them). The Sandy Creek Bridge was a great feature and was one reason I waited to do it when I did - so I didn't have to ride on the highway. No obstances on the whole trail, but grass about 30cm tall in places in middle of trail, and some places had large-ish gravel. Throughly enjoyed the trail.

01 May , 2013 by 

We rode Koetong to Shelley and return today - spectacular country and can't wait for the whole route to be completed from Old Tallangatta to Corryong. Koetong Pub is a top little country pub to visit and also have accommodation. Recommend start/finish at the pub and access the track via Edgars Rd rather than the old station site as the trestle over Boggy Ck is being restored and exceptionally difficult to wade across the creek with a bike! Locked gates at Edgar Rd and Billborough Rd make it difficult to traverse this section but worth it to see more old trestle bridges deep in the beautiful forest. Surface a bit rough overall and would recommend MTBs for preference although our hybrids handled the route without too much trouble. Well done to all those who have worked to get this trail opened up.

30 April , 2013 by 

Have just ridden Tallangatta - Bonegilla return. Didn't think the section between Huon Reserve and Ludlows was too bad - our hybrid bikes managed it just fine. A great ride all round and would certainly encourage others to do it. The Sandy Ck bridge is magnificent. Would also recommed the side trip to see the Migrant Heritage Centre at Bonegilla. Turn off the Rail Trail at Mahers Rd - about 2km down this road on the way to the dam wall. Only complaint of the day was the state of the public toilets at Huon Reserve.

24 April , 2013 by WilliandIan

My husband and I rode from Tallangatta to Bonegilla and return on Monday 15 April. A perfect day for a rail trail ride! We were amazed by the new bridge at Sandy Creek - it is quite remarkable! And the new section of the rail trail, from Tallangatta to the bridge, is excellent. However, a 5.3 km section of the trail, between Huon and Ludlow's Reserves, is a bike riders' nightmare. The rough, often sharp and irregular shaped 15-25mm rocks (not gravel) used to surface this section of the the trail made our traverse - riding hybrid bikes - an extremely uncomfortable experience. We hope the relevant authority acts quickly to fix this very poor section of an otherwise excellent rail trail. Willi and Ian

24 April , 2013 by WilliandIan

My husband and I rode from Tallangatta to Bonegilla and return on Monday 15 April. A perfect day for a rail trail ride! We were amazed by the new bridge at Sandy Creek - it is quite remarkable! And the new section of the rail trail, from Tallangatta to the bridge, is excellent. However, a 5.3 km section of the trail, between Huon and Ludlow's Reserves, is a bike riders' nightmare. The rough, often sharp and irregular shaped 15-25mm rocks (not gravel) used to surface this section of the the trail made our traverse - riding hybrid bikes - an extremely uncomfortable experience. We hope the relevant authority acts quickly to fix this very poor section of an otherwise excellent rail trail. Willi and Ian

07 March , 2013 by spokes

Hey, after coming up to ride the trail for the past three years finally rode from Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and back without having to deviate on to the road because of flooded rivers and poor track surface. The bridge is brilliant and the track surface between Houn reserve and Old Tallangatta is great. A little work cleaning up the large gravel between Bonegilla and Houn would make the trail fantastic for all types of bikes (not road) and riders. Recommend doing the trail before the rains come and the Kiewa river floods the trail near Whytes road. Also recommend the Tallangatta bakery for lunch, snack or coffee.

20 January , 2013 by Damian McCrohan

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I rode departed Wodonga late afternoon and rode out to Tallangatta and stayed the night before returning the next morning. Very enjoyable missing the heat of the day and heaps of colourful birds all the way out in the evening. There are still a few kilometres between Bonegilla and Huon that are a little uncomfortable on hybrid bikes. Huon to Tallangatta is great especially riding across the bridge with the water level up so high. Tallangatta Motel was good value for money. Tallangatta Hotel didn't leave the same feeling but bakery was better in the morning.

05 August , 2012 by samgeo

I rode the trail two days ago, and would agree with the comments left by spokes. I spent most of my time watching the trail surface rather than enjoying the scenery. Bridge works at Sandy Creek are incomplete. I talked to a workman at the bridge, and he thought that it would be at least a month before the works would be completed. I travelled from Tallangatta towards Wodonga. From Bonegilla to Whytes Road there were a number of places where there was water damage, and two areas where the choice was between turning around or proceeding through water. I chose to proceed. The worst effected section had a lake across the track stretching for about 50 metres of track and as far as the eye could see into surrounding bushland. I walked my bike through water that came almost up to my knees. Travelling from Tallangatta, I saw no signs advising of water ahead. The vibration from the rough surface caused me to lose the sensor on my trip computer. I have immensely enjoyed watching the gradual development of the rail trail network over the last decade or so, and I have been an enthusiastic trail user. I went to the official opening of the Goulburn HIgh Country Rail Trail, and gained some insight into the enormous amount of effort required to develop the trail. Consequently, I am reluctant to sink the boot into the High Country Trail. However, I think that the surface overall is deplorable at the present time. The best section is probably from Tallangatta to the Sandy Creek Bridge. The track beyond is certainly not suitable for a family outing, wide tyres only, and be prepared to detour or swim from Bonegilla.

04 July , 2012 by Jbeck7

Agree with spokes comment on trail. I however attempted it most days for 2 months but the track gets really rough once past huon reserve . The track between whytes rd and bonegilla is a just a draw of chance.. Every time it rains the water constantly floods on the flats and takes away the top soil - it has been re- fixed numerous of times but same goes when it rains again which really is sucks for users of trail. In saying that I still cant wait for new bridge to open but wish the large stones between ludlows reserve up be moved

20 May , 2012 by PUMA_2002

Thanks spokes I was all ready to head up there for a ride but will now give it a miss until they fix it up.

29 March , 2012 by spokes

Rode the trail last week from Albury to Tallangatta and return. The trail is a disgrace and would recommend to all to give it a big miss. Between Whytes road and Bonegilla the trail is impassable because of water across the trail, so turn around, back on to the highway and re- enter the trail near Bonegilla. The trail then between Bonegilla and Ebden reserve is not to bad. Then from Ebden to Huon the trail just degrades.Then just after Huon the quartz gravel used on the trail is so large, fist size, that you spend the whole ride watching the ground instead of the scenery. There is no way you could take a family with children. So back on the busy highway for the 6 klm ride around sandy creek, no verge at all in places. Back on the trail and not to bad to Tallangatta but needs work. So the new bridge might open in June but the whole trail will need a heap of work to bring it to a standard that meets the description. Sorry to sound like a grouch, but when you travel some distance to get to the trail to ride it, it is some what disappointing

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Enhancing the High Country Rail Trail (Victoria)

(Posted: 30/07/20)

Over an extended period, Tallangatta and Bonegilla High Country Rail Trail volunteers and staff from Parklands Albury Wodonga have been working on a project to enhance the experience of trail users.


Rail trails can help support bushfire affected communities

(Posted: 04/02/20)

It may be a little difficult carrying an #EmptyEsky on your bike, but you can still make a #RoadTripforGood using a rail trail as the foundation for your trip.


Tall Trestle Treadle and Bridge Opening along High Country Rail Trail (Vic)

(Posted: 19/10/19)

Over 100 riders joined celebrated the completion of the Dry Forest Creek bridge and the connection of 80km of scenic rail trail.


Opening of the Dry Forest Creek bridge at Tallangatta in Victoria

(Posted: 24/09/19)

You are invited to the official opening of the Dry Forest Creek bridge at Tallangatta in Victoria.


Funding for High Country and Murray to Mountains Rail Trail links

(Posted: 26/02/16)

Funding of $205,000 to support projects to enhance and extend existing trails and create new links between the Murray to Mountains and High Country Rail Trails.


Celebrate High Country Rail Trail Improvements (NE Victoria)

(Posted: 10/01/16)

Recent improvements are being celebrated with a twilight ride on Saturday 20th February 2016.


High Country Rail Trail Koetong Bridge Opening

(Posted: 05/10/14)

The large timber bridge at Koetong on the High Country Rail Trail in north east Victoria will be opened on Sunday 19th October.


Funding for High Country Rail Trail Upgrade

(Posted: 28/05/13)

Funding has been announced for a 600m boardwalk and17km of trail surface upgrade between Killara and Huon in north east Victoria.


Australia's Longest Rail Trail Bridge Open

(Posted: 21/11/12)

 The 600m Sandy Creek bridge on the High Country Rail Trail in North East Victoria is now open.


High Country Sandy Creek Bridge Opening

(Posted: 29/09/12)

 The 600m bridge on the High Country Rail Trail in North East Victoria will be officially opened on Saturday 20th October 2012


High Country Sandy Creek Bridge Update

(Posted: 10/06/12)

The 600m bridge on the High Country Rail Trail in North East Victoria is nearing completion


High Country Rail Trail Bridges the Gap

(Posted: 23/01/12)

The High Country Rail Trail ( NE Victoria) has bridged the 600m long gap across Lake Hume.


Sandy Creek Bridge Contruction to Start (VIC)

(Posted: 27/09/11)

The High Country Rail Trail Bridge to be built by barge...


General Flood Warnings (VIC, QLD and anywhere else that's had rain!)

(Posted: 20/12/10)

Parts of the High Country Rail Trail and Brisbane Valley Rail Trails are closed due to heavy rain.


Funding Announced for High Country Rail Trail (Vic) Sandy Creek Bridge

(Posted: 03/07/10)

The Victorian State Government has announced $1.35 million dollars to reinstate the 660m long Sandy Creek bridge on the High Country Rail Trail in North East Victoria.


No VLine Train Services To North East Victoria

(Posted: 08/11/08)

From Sunday 9th November VLine trains to Wangaratta and Wodonga will be replaced by buses, which have limited provision for carrying bikes. More...

Progress on Sandy Creek Bridge, High Country Rail Trail (Vic)

(Posted: 11/06/08)

The City of Wodonga has called for tenders to reinstate the landmark 600m bridge over Sandy Creek Inlet, near Tallangatta


High Country Rail Trail (Vic) July Inspirational Ride (UPDATED)

(Posted: 08/07/06)

The Friends of the High Country Rail Trail ride has been rescheduled for Saturday 29th July 2006.


High Country Rail Trail (NE Victoria) Kiewa River Bridges Opened

(Posted: 24/04/06)

A "Kiewa River Cooee" was held on Sunday 23rd April 2006 to celebrate the opening of the bridges across the Kiewa River


High Country Rail Trail (NE Victoria) Kiewa River Bridge Opening

(Posted: 07/03/06)

A "Kiewa River Cooee" will be held on Sunday 23rd April 2006 to celebrate the opening of the bridges across the Kiewa River. More...