- Rail Trail
- For those staying at Halls Gap or Stawell, a lovely way to experience the local terrain along an easy, flat trail
- Links with quiet country roads provide a route around Lake Lonsdale, a popular tourist destination near Halls Gap, avoiding the busy Grampians road
- Part of a mainly off-road route between Halls Gap and Stawell
- Most of the trail is through beautiful bushland, with abundant wildflowers in spring
- At Heatherlie Quarry, accessible from Mt Zero Rd, a short section of trail is walkable. Several quarry buildings are still standing and there is plenty of interesting mining equipment to explore
- Lake Lonsdale to the north is a popular tourist destination
Last updated: 12 October 2023
At Stawell West, the trail starts at a small carpark on the Grampians road, 700m south of Western Hwy.
The trail heads west toward the Grampians with the first 2.5km on a path south of the original easement. The rest of the trail (about 9km) travels along the old rail alignment parallel to the Grampians road, then Mt Dryden Rd and close to Lake Lonsdale. Bridges have been built by students at Stawell Secondary School and an 800m boardwalk has been installed. The trail continues on to a carpark at Mt Dryden Rd.
ESTA Emergency Markers are installed along the trail. In an emergency, call 000 and quote the alphanumeric code on the marker post closest to you, eg SHG1
At Codds Flat Rd. Alex Thompson 
Students assisting with bridge construction (2005)
Carpark on Grampians Rd at start of trail at Stawell West
Heatherlie Quarry, the destination of the original train. Alex Thompson 
Heatherlie Quarry, the destination of the original train line. Alex Thompson 
Trail marker sign
Bulloaks along the trail
History signage board
On the trail
Trail user sign
New trail surface (2013)
Looking towards Mt Dryden Rd with Grampians in background (2014)
Carpark at Mt Dryden Rd. End of trail (2014)
We acknowledge the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built. Grampians National Park is known as Gariwerd, and is a very spiritual place for these people.
Development and future of the rail trail
Parks Victoria has indicated an interest in continuing the trail to Halls Gap and possibly Heatherlie Quarry.
Rail line history
The rail line ran from Stawell to a stone quarry at Heatherlie at the base of the Grampians from 1882 to 1949.
The quarry supplied stone for many of Melbourne’s public buildings, including Parliament House and the State Library.
Grampians Rail Trail receives funding from Stawell Gold Mines to support flood damage restoration and reinforcement
Almost 12 months ago parts of Central Victoria were significantly impacted by flood events that caused ...More...