- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential RT
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- A great day or weekend destination close to Melbourne and Geelong with scenery ranging from suburban to rolling farmland to the picturesque Swan Bay
- Geelong and Queenscliff offer good shopping, food and drink
- Easily accessible from Melbourne via V/Line services, alighting at South Geelong station
- From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail is beside the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway. The tourist railway is happy to take bicycles on their trains if you don’t want to ride in one (or both!) directions of this section.
- Geelong is Victoria’s second city and has an interesting seafront with colourful bollards
- The Bellarine Peninsula has fine wineries, beaches and landscapes
- Queenscliff is one of Victoria’s most picturesque coastal towns with many historic buildings. It looks over the Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay
- The Mornington Peninsula can be reached via the Searoad Ferry to Sorrento
Last updated: 23 December 2022
Bellarine rail trail opened in 2000. The main sections of the trail are:
- South Geelong to Drysdale is 16 km long through the outer suburbs of Geelong
- Drysdale to Queenscliff is 16.5 km long and features vistas of Swan Bay, vineyards and farms
Major towns with all services include Geelong, Leopold, Drysdale and Queenscliff.
- The trail is asphalt between South Geelong and Drysdale, then primarily compacted, crushed rock between Drysdale and Queenscliff
- From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail runs next to the tourist railway and uses some local streets at the Queenscliff end
- Emergency markers are located along the trail. In an emergency, call 000 and quote the emergency marker code where you are located
- Crossings of major roads
South Geelong to Drysdale (16 km)
- From South Geelong Station take the bike path along Carr St to Swanston St.
- Cross Swanston St with care, and continue on-road along Carr St.* to the Fyans St roundabout.
- The trail proper starts on the far side of the roundabout, just north of the rail line.
- * Please Note: The 800 m Strong St. to Fyans St. roundabout section of the trail (south of the rail line) has been permanently closed from the 4th November 2022 for rail duplication to Waurn Ponds. The temporary detour is on-road along Carr St. as indicated above, however in the near future this section of the trail will become a shared-path beside Carr St.
- The trail climbs gently to Leopold
- Sweeping views back to Geelong
- A gentle climb from Leopold to Curlewis, where the trail goes through farmland with views of Corio Bay and the You Yangs
- This section is built beside the original formation and the old track is still visible in places
- Drysdale station has a museum that is open when the train to Queenscliff is running
- A coffee van operates in the park from 6 am to 12 pm every day of the week
- Drysdale shopping centre is about 1 km north of the station
Drysdale to Queenscliff (16.5 km)
- The trail reaches the highest point on the line 2 km from Drysdale at Andersons Rd just after leaving the tunnel beneath the Drysdale ring road. From here it is downhill all the way to Queenscliff
- Depart the rail reserve briefly at Lakers Siding (follow the markers)
- From Fellows Rd the trail is on-road (Murray Rd) for 1 km before joining the path beside Bellarine Hwy
- At King St the trail returns to the railway reserve to Queenscliff
- Cross the railway line about 600 m from Queenscliff Station to run beside Swan Bay
For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia.
Where it all begins 
The rail trail is well used by locals in the South Geelong region 
Suburbia gives way to countryside at Moolap 
The trail surface is a high standard to Drysdale 
A shelter at the former Moolap station with plenty of parking 
Cruising along at Leopold [2016 Reg Quelch]
The rail trail plays an important recreation and commuter link for the residential developments all the way to Drysdale 
Drysdale station and McLeods Waterhole 
A Bellarine Railway train approaching the terminus at Drysdale 
The Drysdale Bypass goes over the rail trail and railway 
There are some undulations besides the Bellarine Railway [2016 Reg Quelch]
Spring on the trail at Mannerim and the colourful canola crops [2020 Reg Quelch]
Mannerim station 
The leisurely pace of passing trains allows plenty of time to wave 
Suma Park station 
Between Suma Park and Lakers Siding with Swan Bay in background 
A steam train departing Lakers Siding. The Bellarine Railway is happy to carry your bikes. 
A shared road section between Lakers Siding and Queenscliff 
The rail trail skirts Swan Bay on the approach to Queenscliff 
Enjoying the view of Swan Bay at Queenscliff 
Queenscliff Railway Station 
The start of the rail trail at Queenscliff 
Typical accommodation and dining in the historic sea side resort town of Queenscliff 
Queenscliffe Port view from lookout tower, and easternmost end of the Bellarine Rail Trail. A good lunch spot
Cycling Vine Tours
Cycle, food & wine tours through Victoria’s premier food & wine growing regions: Yarra Valley | Mornington Peninsula | Bellarine Peninsula. Experience amazing countryside & coastal areas. Enjoy local food & wine. Cycle in the morning on idyllic back roads and rail trails past vineyards and local food producers then indulge in the afternoon with wine tasting at intimate boutique wineries away from the crowds. Self-Guided & Guided Tours available.
The Bellarine Railway is happy to take bicycles on their trains free of charge if you don’t want to ride in one (or both!) directions of this section. Groups of 6+ are welcome to call 5258 2069 and pre-book to ensure enough space can be provided. On train running days the Queenscliff and Drysdale stations have a kiosk, gift shop and local tourist information. Drysdale also has a museum.
Bike Bellarine – https://www.queenscliffvictoria.com.au/bike-bellarine/
We acknowledge the Wadawurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
The line opened from Geelong to Queenscliff in 1879 to carry soldiers and materials to help defend Port Phillip Bay from possible attack by Russia. It also carried holidaymakers to the popular seaside resort of Queenscliff. The line closed in 1976, but the section from Drysdale to Queenscliff reopened as a tourist railway in 1981.
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