- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
Why visit the Dookie Rail Trail?
- A short, easy, flat trail with a bitumen surface that stays close to the small town of Dookie and provides good views of farmland
- Accessible, suitable for many people
- Dookie is a small farming town nestled among low hills between Shepparton and Benalla
Nearby agricultural college
Relatively short trail, traversing classic Australian farming landscape.
The start of the trail just to the east of the large grain silos is not hard to find in the small town of Dookie. The trail extends both ways from this point.
- Mary St to Treacy Rd along the rail trail (5.5km)
- Treacy Rd to Mary St via Chateau Rd (8.7km)
- Treacy Rd to Mary St via McCormack Rd, Wrens Quarry Dookie Rd and McDonald Rd (14.7km)
Section A: Dookie-Treacy Rd (5 km)
- The trail heads northeast through open farmland with rolling hills in the distance. There are no water or toilets
- The trail’s wide sealed surface makes it accessible to all, and it fits in with a system of trails being built in the area
- Volunteer community groups have installed interpretive signage, historical markers and a shelter
- Revegetation efforts are paying off, and there is a birdwatcher’s logbook to record sightings
Section B: Dookie toward Cosgrove (3 km)
- the trail heads west toward Cosgrove and Shepparton, finishing at Conway Rd
We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
Dookie residents formed the Friends of Dookie Rail Trail group to encourage the City of Greater Shepparton to lease this section of the rail corridor, and the trail was completed in 2010.
The remainder of the former branch line follows a quiet road to Katamatite; there are no plans for this section at present.
Stage 2 of the Dookie Rail Trail 7 km southwest to Cosgrove, alongside the active rail line, is half complete and discussions are under way to extend it toward Shepparton.
Rail line history
The branch line to Katamatite was built by Yarrawonga Shire in 1890 and taken over by Victorian Railways in 1892. The line closed in 1986 and the rails were removed shortly afterward. The branch line from Shepparton to Dookie is still open for grain trains but has not been used for many years.
All ages enjoying the trail (Leiticia Harmer 2011)
Local primary school students also beneifit (Lorraine Cairns 2010)
Shelter along the trail (Peter McManus 2017)
Scenery along the way. (2019)
If the trail doesn't give you enough exercise then this equipment at the start can. (2019)
One of the bridges (2010)
It is hoped to extend the rail trail here to Cosgrove (2006)
No services listed for this rail trail.