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Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail

Victoria - West

4 based on 2 reviews
Location: Central Victoria, 124 km from Melbourne
Length: 0 km
Surface: Coarse gravel
Start / End: Castlemaine to Maryborough
Public Transport: None
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  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
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  • former Railway
  • The 55km trail can start at either Castlemaine or Maryborough and follow the now disused rail line, via the towns of Guildford, Newstead and Carisbrook.
  • From a tourism perspective a unique feature of this trail would be that a traveller could take a train from Melbourne and head either to Castlemaine or Maryborough, traverse the trail to the other end and take a train back to Melbourne.

Nearby Attractions

  • A stand-out destination is the impressive Maryborough Railway Station once described by Mark Twain, the famous American writer, as ‘a railway station with a town attached ’.

Last updated: 12 June 2022

The rail corridor passes through an ancient volcanic plain landscape, crosses the Cairn Curran Reservoir and Moolort Plains, a very different environment to the goldfields landscapes closer to Castlemaine. A feature of the Plains is its wetlands and swamps, a habitat for a variety of wetland flora and birdlife. Several towns along the route are located on the Loddon River, which flows from the Great Dividing Range in the south to the Murray River in the north.

Section Guides

Castlemaine – Guildford (11km): This section of the rail trail passed through Castlemaine and Campbells Creek before reaching a more rural environment with low hills following the edge of an ancient volcanic flow and crossing the Loddon River at Guildford.

Guildford – Newstead (12km): The route continues through farmland and forested historic goldfields. Newstead is a small town along the Loddon River.

Newstead – Carisbrook (25km): The rail trail continues past cropping and grazing land and crosses the Cairn Curran reservoir and wetlands. The Moolort Plain is a flat ancient volcanic landscape, with low hills on the approach to Carisbrook, a town on the Loddon River.

Carisbrook – Maryborough (7km): This part of the trail passes through dry Box ironbark forest which formed part of the 19th Century goldfields in Central Victoria.

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2 reviews of “Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail”

The overwhelming evidence is that locals across the region DO want a world class trail from Castlemaine – Marybough. Over the past few months in particular they have helped sign a petition in their thousands and donated more than $20,000 towards the cause. They want a trail because they understand that the investment will be relatively modest, and they know it will bring substantial economic and social benefits for their communities. Meanwhile, the most recent government study showed that bringing back rail on this route is uneconomic, and is unsupported by sufficient passenger or freight demand. Meanwhile, in the next month or so, work will begin on a major study to examine the economics and feasibility of the trail. Let's pause a little and let the evidence fall where it will.

A rail trail between Maryborough and Castlemaine is neither needed nor wanted by the majority of locals. What IS wanted is the reinstatement of the railway line between the towns. We are being told to cut emissions, while at the same time being forced to drive – those who can – to Castlemaine and onto Bendigo. The current alternative is the train from Bendigo to Castlemaine and bus to Maryborough. More often than not, this involves a wait of up to FOUR HOURS at Castlemaine.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Railway history

  • Castlemaine Station is on the Melbourne to Bendigo line and was established in 1862.
  • Maryborough Station is on the Melbourne to Mildura line and terminus for V/Line service from Ballarat. It opened in 1874 but the current station building was erected in 1890 with 25 rooms and a clock tower, of red brick with stucco trimming (excerpt from Wikipedia)
  • The Maryborough – Castlemaine passenger service was withdrawn in July 1977, being replaced with a bus service. From that time, the track was then used only for freight until 2004 when the line was closed

The Castlemaine Maryborough Rail Trail (CRMT) receives exciting funding announcement

Posted: 12/06/22

In a joint bid with Central Goldfields Shire Council and Mt Alexander Shire Councils, Castlemaine ...

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Help Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail make history by raising $12,000 in February

Posted: 06/02/22

This month, Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail (CMRT) wants to shape its destiny. You can ...

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