- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- The rail trail will pass through a 15 km by 2 km strip of terra rossa soil that produces some of the world’s finest cabernet sauvignon. Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy this region; many wineries are located within 20 km of Coonawarra township and along the rail trail.
- The trail will extend the Aussie Camino Trail that connects Portland, Victoria to Penola in recognition of Saint Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods. It will also be close to Naracoorte Caves (SA’s only UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Ramsar wetland sites of Bool and Hack Lagoons
- Coonawarra Wine Region
- Historic Penola
- The Aussie Camino Trail
- Naracoorte Caves
- Bool and Hack Lagoons
Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. It is expected construction will begin in 2022.
The trail will run for 20 km through the Coonawarra Wine Region vineyards and past wine cellars, some dating from 1890. Once the trail is open it is expected several side trails to cellar doors and wineries will be built.
The sealed trail will begin on the outskirts of Penola and follow the unused Wolseley to Mt Gambier rail corridor to end at Father Woods Park, home to seven sculptures depicting the lives of Father Julian Tenison Woods and Saint Mary MacKillop.
We acknowledge the Bindjali people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.
Development and future of the rail trail
The future Coonawarra Rail Trail will connect with a proposed Naracoorte Caves trail, creating a 50 km trail between Penola and Naracoorte and providing a mix of wine tourism trail with a bush trail along back roads, around wetlands and through conservation parks.
Rail line history
The Wolseley to Mt Gambier railway line was built in stages between 1881 and 1887. The line was primarily used to transport farm produce to Adelaide, and closed in 1995.