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Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail

Victoria - Gippsland

4.2 based on 5 reviews
Location: 315 km east of Melbourne
Length: 17 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Bruce Road, Colquhoun to Main Beach, Lakes Entrance (using additional 8 Km on-road link)
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • Lovely bush trail that follows an old tramway alongside the Mississippi Creek
  • To watch goannas scuttling, see native wildflowers blooming in spring and hear bellbirds calling
  • Great way to justify luxury accommodation in Lakes Entrance
  • Remains of old cuttings, rails and sleepers
  • Site of granite quarry that supplied stone to line the channel at Lakes Entrance

Nearby Attractions

  • Popular holiday resort of Lakes Entrance
  • Colquhoun MTB Park (includes part of rail trail as linking track)
  • Forestec forestry centre
  • Nyerimilang Heritage Park
  • Kalimna Jetty Walk

Last updated: 20 January 2023

Access points

  • Colquhoun:  Take Seaton Tk off Bruce Rd or ride 2km along East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bruce Rd to start
  • Log Crossing Picnic Area off Uncle Rd avoids hills if just on quarry visit
  • Junction of Scriveners and Colquhoun roads, 8 km north of Lakes Entrance.
  • Esplanade, Lakes Entrance

Section Guides

 

Only 9km of this path is a rail trail and, as it was a former tramway, is rougher and windier than many trails. The linking sections include steep hills, while the limited access hampers maintenance.

Colquhoun to Log Crossing Picnic Area (13km)

  • After leaving the East Gippsland Rail Trail, begin your journey of discovery south. This section has some steep hills on its way down to the Mississippi Creek valley.
  • After 4km you reach the site of the old quarry.  There is a viewing platform and signage about its role in rebuilding the channel at Lakes Entrance
  • The trail follows the old tramway for the next 9km, staying relatively close to the creek and crossing it several times. Watch for granite blocks that did not make it.
  • Log Crossing is a camping spot with toilets and is a popular starting point for walkers.

Log Crossing to Lakes Entrance (12km)

  • The tramway trail finishes at Scriveners Road. The granite was barged from North Arm, south of here.  Turn left and climb the singletrack alongside Scriveners Rd until you reach Colquhoun Rd.
  • Turn right at Colquhoun Rd, and follow Colquhoun Rd and then Palmers Rd for 8km to reach Main Beach. The surface is asphalt – but the shoulders are narrow, so proceed with caution.

 

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5 reviews of “Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail”

Only did the northern section, from Scriveners Rd. Lovely bush section, an ex-tramline following the swampy creek to the quarry. Surface was very eroded and in need of grading and resurfacing, was a struggle at times on my 3-speed Dutch upright with street tyres plus 10kg dog in the rear basket, but a mountain bike would handle it with ease.

Cycled the Discovery Trail 24 January 2020. This has to be one of the finest cycle trails in Australia – immersed in gorgeous lush forest, great historical signs along the way and a beautiful, exciting ride both ways. We did the Discovery Trail as part of the East Gippsland Rail Trail and it was the highlight of the trip. Many thanks to Snowy River Cycling for suggesting we include the Discovery Trail in our East Gippsland adventure.

24/27. I rode this trail after driving from Melbourne to our caravan site in Bruthen, which is only 10 mins drive from the trailhead. It is a lovely trail, much narrower and heavily wooded than most RTs as it follows an old tram route. Being a bushy environment, there was a lot of debris on the track so you have to keep your eyes peeled, but it wasn’t too bad. I did it from north-south so it was mainly downhill, and pretty good fun. Even disturbed some wildlife along the way.
I had no need to go into Lakes Entrance so I didn’t continue once I got to the end. Instead I met my sag wagon at Forestech, about 3 kms to the right along Shiverners Rd.. That’s 24 RTs completed! You can follow all my railtrail rides on FB Warwick Duncan – The 2nd Chance Man or Insta @warwick_rides

I rode this trail yesterday (12th March 2015), and was very surprised – for an isolated trail the quality of the track is excellent. I rode between Schrivners Rd and the connection with East Gippsland Trail. The trail can be ridden with a hybrid, with the section between Schrivners and the Quarry essentially flat. Between the connection with East Gippsland and the Quarry there are are some hills – one of the signed steep descents has a fallen tree right across the track – which almost caught me out. The gradient on this climbs will be difficult to some riders – but you can always walk up. A lot of wildlife around and a huge wombat hole on the side of the track just before Schrivners Rd.

Great ride from Anderson’s Track (better parking than Schrivners Road) through to the quarry (8km) established to repair the Lakes Entrance break wall. Well signposted (history notes) with kangaroos, parrots and a red belly black snake seen along the track. Track was well maintained with grass slashed beside the track and no fallen trees or logs.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Rail Line History

The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail follows the route of a tramway that was constructed in the early 1900s to move pink granite from a quarry on Mississippi Creek, to the North Arm of the Gippsland Lakes. The granite was used for buildings in Melbourne and also to construct a new permanent entrance to the Gippsland Lakes. The tramline was used until the 1940s.

 

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