- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
The rail trail passes by spectacular remnants of railway trestle bridges set in beautiful rainforest. It also passes through attractive woodlands and cattle grazing country.
The rail trail will eventually connect to the Twelve Apostles Trail at Timboon, which will enable cyclists and walkers to reach Port Campbell on a dedicated pathway.
- Enjoy the wide tree-lined avenues of the western district town of Camperdown, its Botanic Gardens and its two volcanic lakes.
- Cobden is a pleasant town in the heart of dairy country. Stop at Sully’s Bistro at the Cobden Golf Club or Thommo’s Hotel for a classic pub lunch. Enjoy a ride on the Cobden Miniature Railway trains and play a round at Cobden Mini Golf. Ride into Curdie Street and wander along the shops.
- The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery occupies the original Timboon goods shed and distils an assortment of spirits including: single malt whiskey, vodka (with vanilla bean), coffee cream, strawberry schnapps and lemon liqueur. A wide range of local produce is available.
- Visit the Ice Creamery at Timboon.
- Fishing in nearby lakes.
- 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail.
- Bike Hire (bicycles and E-bikes) and bicycle transport is available from any point along the trail. Refer to the ‘Services’ tab below for details.
- Adjoining Twelve Apostles Trail now partially open at Timboon, providing easy 11 km round trip between attractions including Timboon Fine Ice-Cream, the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and Schulz Organic Dairy.
The main sections of the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail are:
- Camperdown to Cobden is 18km long and is on-road for the first 11km before becoming a dedicated rail trail at Naroghid Rd
- Cobden to Timboon is 22km long and passes by pleasant farmland and through scenic bushland.
The town of Camperdown has a wide range of facilities and along with Cobden and Timboon provide food and accommodation options.
Please note: horse riding is prohibited on some parts of the rail trail.
- The rail trail is primarily constructed of compacted earth and coarse gravel.
- Distance Markers are located at every kilometre along the trail. In an emergency, call 000 or 112 and quote the Distance from nearest town where you are located.
- There are several crossings of major roads.
Camperdown to Naroghid Rd (approx. 11km)
An on-road route is signposted from the Camperdown railway station to the start of the trail on Naroghid Rd. There is a shelter, picnic facility and trail maps available about 100m.from the start of this section.
The route marked from Camperdown station to the start of the rail trail on Naroghid Rd is sign posted but not an easy ride and involves two steep hills. The alternative route means some time on the main Camperdown to Cobden road with no shoulder and it has no sign posts. Naroghid Road is the current start of the dedicated rail trail.
Naroghid Rd to Cobden (7km)
From the Naroghid Rd entrance, the rail trail proper heads south through scenic farmland into Cobden. It bisects the Cobden golf course linking with the Cobden walking trail via McKenzie St, Neylon St to Grayland Rd. The trail recommences on the north side of the farm supplies store.
Cobden to Glenfyne (11km)
A good starting point in Cobden is McKenzie Street near the rear of the Technical School.
To follow the trail north, travel through the golf course and on towards Naroghid.
To head south, follow the sign posts in front of the CFA Shed, then west along the walking /riding track, which turns north for 20m before the sign posts direct you to the left onto the trail beside the farm supplies store. Be prepared for several major road crossings.
The trail runs beside the Cobden – Warrnambool Rd for most of this section, crossing the road a couple of times.
Glenfyne to Merretts Rd (2km)
Parking is available at Glenfyne Hall but it is advisable to park outside the fence during winter.
As you leave the Glenfyne siding area, you will cross the Cobden – Warrnambool Rd to the Glenfyne Hall, where you will find BBQ facilities and tank water available only. Water not available for washing of horses.
Merretts Rd to Curdies River trestle bridge ( 5km)
This section is only suitable for walking or mountain bikes and is difficult after heavy rain
Note: No horses are permitted on any bridges between Merretts Road and Curdies Siding.
Cyclists are strongly advised to dismount at approaches and on all bridges. It is expected that work will begin on replacing the bypass bridges later in 2021.
This section is a scenic walk/ride through dense bushland and still has the rails and sleepers of the original track, though some of the sleepers are now covered with Tuff (volcanic ash). There are 5 by-pass bridges built across Limestone Creek in this section and the trail is narrow and muddy in parts, especially after heavy rain. Some people may prefer to walk this section. It is a pretty walk/ride through dense bushland.
This section has very high conservation values. The giant yellow-bellied-glider possum, white goshawks and powerful owls live here. Wallabies, kangaroos and koalas are commonly seen along the trail. Rare plants, including Lime Ferns, are also a highlight of the trail.
Curdies River trestle bridge to Timboon (5km)
Parking is available near the old platform on the southern side of Curdies Bridge. There is a shelter and trail maps are available.
This section passes gently uphill to Timboon. The Curdies River pile (trestle) bridge has undergone some restoration but the. The decking can be very slippery during winter. From the bridge, this 5km section passes through bush and farmland to Timboon.
There are shops and cafes for provisions and meals and not far away there are two cheese factories. A boutique whiskey distillery has been established in the old goods shed at Timboon, which is the only one of its kind in Victoria. Meals are available as well.
Construction of the 12 Apostles Trail from Timboon to Port Campbell is now underway.
One option to get from Camperdown to Naroghid is via the scenic craters but they are hilly! 
Start of the rail trail proper at Naroghid [Norm Appleby 2012].
Basically Bushwalking Club relaxing at Naroghid 
Walking between Naroghid and Cobden 
The large dairy factory at Cobden dominates part of the town [Norm Appleby 2012]
Rail Trail access at Cobden involves sharing the golf course [Andrew Lecky 2019]
Riding from Glenfyne to Limestone Creek. 
Typical scenery from Glenfyne to Limestone Creek. Can you spot the iconic Australian observing passings by from the tree? 
The Limestone Creek area has many low level bridges with steep descents to avoid numerous old timber bridges. Upgrades are being planned. 
The difficulties of traversing the Limestone Creek area are far outweighed by the scenery [Alex Thompson 2013]
In the Limestone Creek area there are still rails in place. [Andrew Lecky 2019]
The Curdies River bridge is a real feature of the rail trail, restored completely by volunteers 
Curdies River in flood.The river rose over 6 metres and was of great interest to the community who came in droves to walk across the bridge to see the all that water. It was the only way anyone could get across as all the road bridges were under water.. The bridge has been built at the confluence of the Curdies River with Limestone Creek and Power Creek and has withstood floods over the 120 years since it was built. [Thais Hardmann 2010]
Enjoy the walk between Timboon and the Curdies River bridge 
End of the rail trail at Timboon. 
The former goods shed at Timboon is now a distillery and attraction 
An off road path is being created to connect Timboon to Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road. 
Great Southern Ride – Leongatha E Bike Hire and Sales
Our retail store is located opposite the start of the Great Southern Rail Trail. We have a fleet of E Bikes for hire, which includes helmet and lock, for riders of all ages, fitness, and abilities.
Half and full day options are available, online bookings
Our retail store has accessories, tubes, tyres, helmets, and E Bikes for sale.
We acknowledge the Giraiwurung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is constructed.
Development and future of the rail trail
A major upgrade of the trail has been made possible by significant funding from BHP Billiton and Curdies River Bridge was restored with funding from DSE and Heritage Victoria.
In May 2020 Corangamite Shire received $4.5 million in funding from the Victorian Government to build stage one of the Twelve Apostles Trail from Timboon to Port Campbell. This is not a rail trail but will extend the existing rail trail experience for users.
The railway to Timboon was opened in April 1892 after three years of construction. It carried timber, lime, and later farm produce (hops and apples) as well as passengers. Eighteen saw mills operated in the area processing thousands of tons of timber each year. There were also lime works in the area.
Many original features remain along the line, including brick culverts and remnants of the many bridges. The Curdies River pile (trestle) bridge has undergone some restoration and is listed with Heritage Victoria.
The line was closed in 1986.
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