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Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail

Victoria - Gippsland

4.5 based on 4 reviews
Location: 315 km east of Melbourne
Length: 17 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Colquhoun - junction with East Gippsland Trail to Lakes Entrance - off road trail starts 8km north at Scriveners Rd.
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

DETAILS

Why visit the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail?

  • Sometimes called the Mississippi Trail
  • This trail follows an old tramway along the Mississippi Creek bed on this linking trail.
  • The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail is your connection between the East Gippsland Rail Trail and the oceanside town of Lakes Entrance.
  • Hear the bellbirds calling and see the native wildflowers blooming in Spring.
  • An old marble quarry makes for a perfect morning tea stop as you are encompassed by shrubby lined trails meandering through the bush landscape.

Attractions

  • Provides a link from the East Gippsland Rail Trail and Lakes Entrance
  • Lovely bush trail that follows an old tramway along Mississippi Creek
  • Remains of old cuttings, including rail and sleepers
  • Remains of old marble quarry

Trail Guide

Access points

  • Colquhoun – junction of East Gippsland Rail Trail and Seaton Track
  • Log Crossing Picnic area – on Log Crossing Rd
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Junction of Scriveners Rd and Colquhoun Rd, 8 km north of Lakes Entrance

Section Guides

Note: Steep rough hills, isolated locations, uncontrolled road crossings, irregular maintenance

  • After leaving the East Gippsland rail trail, follow the trail south. This part has some steep sections
  • After 4km you reach the site of the old marble quarry.  There is a viewing platform and signage at this point
  • The trail follows the old tramway for the next 9km.  It mainly follows the Mississippi Creek, crossing it several times
  • You can stop at Log Crossing picnic area.  There are toilets and picnic facilities at this point
  • The tramway trail finishes when you reach Scriveners Road.  Turn left and follow Scriveners Rd until you reach Lakes Colquhoun Rd.
  • Turn right at Lakes Colquhoun Rd, and follow for 8km to reach Lakes Entrance

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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4 reviews of “Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail”

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.

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