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Why visit the Grand Ridge Rail Trail?
- A very pleasant trail, travelling through hilly forest in the heart of Gippsland, that traverses beautiful mountain countryside with a gentle climb from Boolarra to Mirboo North
- A good rail trail for walkers - three hours out, lunch and three hours back
- Flora reserves, bird life and wildlife
- Boutique brewery and colourful murals at Mirboo North
- Bakery and other shops in both Mirboo North and Boolarra
- Boolarra Railway Park has a picnic area and playground with BBQ, toilets and shop nearby
- 1800s brick culverts
- Mosses, lichens, and toadstools
- Ferny ‘The Meadows’ shelter built by volunteers
- Boolarra Railway Park, near the general store/café, shelter
- just behind the Grand Ridge Brewery and Restaurant in Mirboo North
- old Darlimurla station
Boolarra to Mirboo North (13 km)
- From Boolarra, the trail begins a 275 m ascent. Look for the historically significant brick drainage culverts under the trail
- The two arch bridges are on the original gradient are a feature; they replace difficult to access low level bridges burnt out in the 2009 bushfires
- Midway between Boolarra and Mirboo North is Darlimurla station site, with a shelter, interpretive signage and an exercise station. Nearby is the Big Tree, an example of the exceptionally large trees that used to be in the area. It was 61 m tall until it was damaged in the 2009 bushfires
- The trail continues with a steady climb to Mirboo North. This part of the trail has now rebounded magnificently from the damage caused by the bushfires
- The trail finishes behind the Grand Ridge Brewery after passing over some massive embankments
- The township of Mirboo North, with cafes and shops, is a few hundred metres along through the park
- Mirboo North railway station is now a community centre and children’s playgroup. Close by is a playground where younger trail users can entertain themselves
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.
Cartwrights bridge near Darlimurla
Typical scenery near Mirboo North
Boolarra 's Railway Park
Cruising the rail trail near Boolarra.
The Neil Trease bridge over Bairs Creek near Boolara
Taking a break between Boolarra and Darlimurla
Darlimurla station area
The 'Big Tree' at Darlimurla, or at least the lower half
Picnic grounds near Mirboo North alongside on of the large embankments constructed by hand
Sign at picnic grounds
Cutting near Mirboo North
The start at Mirboo North. These walkers have just enjoyed the walk up from Darlimurla.
The former Mirboo North Railway Station is still serving the community.
The people of Yinnar have retained their railway precinct in good condition. The rail trail may be extended to here from Boolarra
Australian Cycling Holidays
Explore the rail trail at your own pace every day of the year. Trek hybrids (adults and children), baby buggies, tagalongs, tandem. E bikes for adults. Our Range of Options: Fully Supported tours with everything included on single or multiple rail trails; Bike/pannier hire multi day.
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