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Dartmoor Rail Trail

Victoria - West

4.5 based on 2 reviews
Location: Western Victoria, 365 km west of Melbourne
Length: 1.3 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Radiata Rd, 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

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • 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 for the Major Mitchell expedition
  • The Great South West Walk is 25km south

Last updated: 3 April 2024

  • The trail runs from Radiata Road to two bridges at Fort O’Hare.  An accessible car park is located on Railway Crescent.

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 Railway Cres (wheelchair access)
  • General Store (wheelchair access)
  • Village Green
  • Fort O’Hare (wheelchair access)

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2 reviews of “Dartmoor Rail Trail”

A very accessible, and short, trail for a driver’s break, that adjoins a good general store, so you can start or finish your step-out with a coffee and fresh snack.

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)

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Posted: 14/02/22

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