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Dartmoor Rail Trail

Victoria - West

Location: Western Victoria, 365km west of Melbourne
Length: 1.3 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Radiata Road, Dartmoor to Fort O'Hare, Dartmoor
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Enjoy this short sealed trail that runs through the Dartmoor Rail Lands, a reserve in the small township of Dartmoor.

Nearby Attractions

  • Visit the World War 1 Avenue of Honour Memorial and Wood Carvings
  • The Fort O’Hare Campground on the Glenelg River was a campsite of the Major Mitchell expedition

Last updated: 14 February 2022

  • The trail runs from Radiata Road to two bridges at Fort O’Hare

Section Guides

The trail is entirely within the small township of Dartmoor where you can find a general store, hotel and public toilets.

Access Points

  • Car park at Radiata Road
  • General Store (wheelchair access)
  • Village Green
  • Fort O’Hare (wheelchair access)

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Background Information

The rail trail was constructed in 2021 through funding under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.  This followed seven years of lobbying by the Dartmoor community.  The trail was officially launched in December 2021. There are no plans to extend the trail.

Traditional owners

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

Railway history

The Mt. Gambier-Heywood railway was mooted in 1900, and decided upon in 1912. Surveying and construction began from Heywood in 1913; the section to Dartmoor was completed in June 1916 with the remainder of the line being completed in November 1917. A 968′  (300m) long wooden-bridge over the Glenelg River at Dartmoor was completed in April 1915. The line was opened in November 1917. Passenger trains operated until 1942. In the mid-1980’s the bridge was demolished and replaced by the current concrete-steel one. The rail was ‘suspended’ in April 1995 due gauge standardisation.  (Source: www.railpage.com.au)

New Rail Trail for Victoria

Posted: 14/02/22

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