- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential RT
- Other Trail
- Former Railway
- A very pleasant trip through hilly forest in the heart of Gippsland – along the route of a branch line from Morwell, with a gentle climb from Boolarra to Mirboo North
- A good rail trail for walkers – three hours up to Mirboo North, lunch, and three hours back
- Amazing number of facilities like information boards, marker posts, picnic tables, seats, shelters, bike racks and exercise stations are a testament to the dedication of the Friends of Grand Ridge Rail Trail, Wednesday Warriors volunteer group and the local council.
- Flora reserves, plus a rich variety of birds and animals
- Famous pub brewery and colourful murals in Mirboo North
- Bakery and other shops in Mirboo North, general store/bakery in Boolarra
- Railway Park in Boolarra has a picnic area and playground with BBQ, shelter, and toilets
- Elaborate brick culverts and aqueducts made using local bricks
- The Big Tree in Darlimurla
- Ian Sargant Shelter built by volunteers
- Lyrebird Forest Walk
- Great Southern Rail Trail
Last updated: 12 October 2023
This shared path is a pleasant introduction to the delights of rail trail travel, especially if you start at Mirboo North and ride down to Boolarra!
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 GRT12
- Boolarra’s Railway Park has a large carpark in Christian St
- Darlimurla station site off Darlimurla Rd
- The Mirboo North trailhead is in Thorpdale Rd behind the Grand Ridge Brewery, where there is a small carpark at the scout hall. The trail continues into Baromi Park, where there are more facilities and better parking
Boolarra to Darlimurla (7km)
- From Boolarra, the trail begins a 240m ascent up the Little Morwell River valley. Look for the historic brick culverts under the trail.
- The two steel through-arch bridges are a feature; they replace the trail’s original low-level bridges and steps destroyed in the 2009 bushfires.
- The trail surface between the two bridges is rougher than the rest.
- Midway between Boolarra and Mirboo North is the site of the Darlimurla station with a shelter, interpretive signage and – if you are still feeling energetic – an exercise station. Nearby is the Big Tree, an example of the exceptionally large eucalypts that used to be in the area. It was 61 m tall until it was decapitated in the fires.
Darlimurla to Mirboo North (6km)
- The trail continues its steady climb. This area has rebounded magnificently from the damage caused by the fires, and adjoins lush farmland.
- The trail finishes behind the Grand Ridge Brewery after passing over some towering embankments.
- The township, with cafes and shops, is a few hundred metres along through Baromi Park.
- The railway station is now a playgroup centre. Close by is a playground where younger trail users can entertain themselves.
The people of Yinnar have kept their railway precinct in good condition. The trail may be extended north to here from Boolarra 
Plenty of room for cars at the trailhead in Boolarra's Railway Park off Christian St 
Cruising the rail trail near Boolarra 
The Neil Trease Bridge over Murray Creek near Boolarra 
Taking a break between Boolarra and Darlimurla 
Cartwrights Bridge over Bair Ck near Darlimurla 
The Big Tree near Darlimurla Rd was decapitated in the 2009 bushfires 
Darlimurla station area 
The trail has recovered dramatically from the 2009 bush fires 
Information board at Last Train Picnic Area near Mirboo North 
Picnic grounds near Mirboo North alongside one of the large embankments constructed by hand 
The trailhead at Mirboo North behind the Grand Ridge Brewery. These walkers have just enjoyed the walk up from Darlimurla 
The Mirboo North Railway Station is still serving the community 
AllTrails Bicycle Tours
AllTrails Bicycle Tours have been running multi-day cycle tours around Victoria and across the country for 25 years and once again we return to Gippsland as part of our Gippsland Rail Trails ‘Six-Pack’ tour. This group tour takes in six of the best trails in Victoria (East Gippsland, Lakes Discovery Trail, Gippsland Plains, Grand Ridge, Great Southern, Bass Coast) – a wonderful way to see multiple trails with full support and great accommodation, all with minimal effort and organisation on your part.
We acknowledge the Boonwurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail Line History
This trail follows the former branch line from Morwell to Mirboo North, which opened in 1885.
South of Boolarra, the hilly country required many large cuttings, embankments and bridges. All were constructed by hand and apparently sent the initial contractor into financial hardship.
The railway carried timber, dairy produce, and passengers in its later years. A rail motor service began after WW II and continued until the line closed in 1974.
The rail trail opened in the late 1990s and was effectively closed for some time following the Grand Ridge bushfires of February 2009. With help from the ‘Wednesday Warriors’ volunteers, the trail is now always in good condition even though almost entirely in forest.
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