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Fyansford Rail Trail

Victoria - Melbourne region

Location: North Geelong, 5 km from town centre
Length: 4.4 km
Surface: Asphalt
Start / End: North Geelong to Fyansford
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • A safe and convenient way to walk and ride in the northern area of Geelong
  • Brilliant views of the Moorabool River valley from the Fyansford end of the trail
  • A great excuse to explore the many highlights of the Geelong region

Nearby Attractions

  • Geelong Waterfront with its colourful, carved bollards
  • National Wool Museum
  • Buckley Falls
  • Bellarine Rail Trail
  • Corio Bay
  • Green Spine project along Malop St

Last updated: 14 May 2024

The trail appears to retain the original asphalt from the early 1980s and is lumpy in places, but it offers a range of parkland and urban settings as it heads up to Fyansford. It’s possible to link this shared path to the Bellarine Rail Trail by following the Barwon River Trail.

 

Section Guides

  • The rail trail starts from Douro St, opposite Roseneath St, where there is limited parking.
  • Douro St is near North Geelong Station, which has a sizeable car park. From there take Victoria St west to Roseneath St, turn right and travel north until it meets Douro St, where the trailhead is signed as Tom McKean Linear Park
  • The asphalt path runs through various urban settings linking small and large parks. There are facilities at Hamlyn Park and Kevin Kirby Reserve, which also has a BBQ
  • When you reach the end of the trail at McCurdy St, Fyansford, only the despatch area and switching yard for the cement trains remains. The tall silos high on the bluff were a focal point for locals and visitors, especially after they were painted by famous street artist Rone. The artwork was visible for kilometres but the silos were demolished in 2020
  • The cement works itself, below the Hyland St hill, has also been demolished

CONNECTING TRAIL

  • If the Fyansford Rail Trail was just a warm-up for you, why not add 17km by riding to the Bellarine Rail Trail? From the Fyansford switching yard on McCurdy Rd, walk down the zig-zag path or ride down Hyland St, with care, and cross Deviation Rd to the Barwon River Trail. Head south-east, passing The Hill MTB Park on Marnock Rd to the left and an impressive array of rowing sheds after Moorabool St. Due to level-crossing removal works, it’s currently not advisable to ride directly to the Bellarine trailhead at South Geelong Station via Yarra St, so turn left after the Breakwater rail bridge, take Church and Tucker streets and the partial shared path along Breakwater Rd north to join the Bellarine Rail Trail just south of Carr St (see our map). There is car parking there and camping at the showgrounds you just past.

Public Transport

V/Line’s Geelong services from Southern Cross Station will get you to the North Geelong Station near the start of this trail. From there take Victoria St west to Roseneath St, turn right and travel north until it meets Douro St, where the trailhead is on the left and signed as Tom McKean Linear Park.

Refer to the PTV web page for map and timetables, or the navigation app of your choice.

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Background Information

The line was conceived by the Australian Portland Cement Company, which approached the state government in 1915-16 requesting a rail link from its plant on Hyland St, Fyansford, to the North Geelong yards to cope with increased production and reduce road traffic. The company bought the land for it and transferred the titles to Victoria Railways. The broad-gauge line opened in 1918, with a conveyor system carrying the cement up the hill from the APC plant to the silos and despatch area on McCurdy Rd.

A shared path and linear park were established beside the tracks in the early 1980s but use of the line itself declined as road haulage took over. The cement plant closed in 2000 and was demolished, while the silos were decorated with artwork and became a landmark until they were removed in 2020.

Coincidentally, after initially using a ropeway, in 1926 the company opened its own 3’6″-gauge (1067mm) line from the Fyansford plant to its quarries further up the Moorabool River. This was replaced with a conveyor system in 1966 and most of the locomotives went to the Bellarine Railway.

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