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- A picturesque rail trail close to Melbourne and some of Victoria’s major attractions
- Enjoy stunning scenery ranging from distant mountains to river valleys and farmland, as well as the contrast of the welcoming towns and tranquil forests
- Pretty towns and villages with many opportunities to savour local food and wine
- A wide, smooth, hard-packed gravel surface and only one crossing of a major road
- Make the full journey or choose shorter segments for a more leisurely adventure. Stop and explore the towns linked by the trail with their unique stories and experiences as well as terrific coffee, shopping and dining
Refer to Trail Guide below for details of temporary interruption at Koonwarra.
- Wineries, farmgate outlets, craft shops and quaint towns such as Yarram
- Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra
- Phillip Island Nature Parks
- Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Agnes Falls near Toora
- The curved Port Welshpool Jetty, the longest in Victoria
- Hoddle Mountain Trail bush walk from Fish Creek
Last updated: 24 November 2023
The surface is compacted gravel, which is generally quite smooth and well drained. Some sections have distance marker signs to help you appease the kids.
- Nyora: Railway station car park on Henley St, off Davis St
- Loch: Underpass from carpark in Speight St.
- Korumburra: Railway station on Station St via Bridge St.
- Leongatha: Trailhead in Horticultural Park on Young St, but will move to station precinct once redevelopment work is completed.
- Koonwarra: Trail runs between Swan St shopping strip and South Gippsland Hwy
- Meeniyan: Carpark 100m north of the shops on Tompkins Rd, off Hanily St
- Buffalo: Picnic area on Neals Rd with toilets
- Fish Creek: Picnic area on Falls Rd, next to petrol station.
- Foster: 1km south of town centre on Station Rd.
- Toora: South end of town at Saggaser Park off Toora Jetty Rd.
- Welshpool: Memorial Hall Reserve on South Gippsland Hwy.
Nyora to Loch (6km)
- The Nyora station precinct has a nice picnic area, toilets and a skate park but the station buildings and yards look unchanged from when the line closed for a second time in 1993
- The trail passes through forest and farmland as it descends towards the Bass River and Allsop Creek bridges
- The award-winning Loch Railway Station is beautifully maintained, has toilets and hosts a weekend market. Loch village has a wide variety of dining and drinking options.
Loch to Korumburra (15km)
This is a very scenic, winding section with an overall climb up to Korumburra of 140m
- From Loch the trail passes under the South Gippsland Hwy and winds up the narrow Allsop Creek valley
- After 2km, there is a small viewing platform at Hilda Falls that enables visitors to safely admire the falls, which are best after rain!
- This area is Gippsland Giant Earthworm habitat
- After reaching the Jeetho area, the countryside opens out into lush green, rolling hills
- After several more underpasses, access to Bena is up a steep path to the right, before another overhead road crossing. There is a big carpark here but no toilets.
- The trail continues on through rolling farmland to Korumburra.
- The impressive Korumburra station and precinct is being redeveloped under a South Gippsland Council masterplan to turn it into a community focal point.
- There are facilities and a picnic shelter near the goods shed.
Bena does not appear to have any real facilities for visitors.
Korumburra is a big town with most facilities.
Korumburra to Leongatha (15km)
- The rail trail winds through rolling green countryside, descending approximately 150m to Leongatha.
- There are no intermediate towns apart from the locality of Ruby, which has a fire station.
- At Leongatha, the current way to cross the busy A440 just before the station requires turning right up to Centenary Park, crossing Anderson St, then right again up Roughead St (A440) and left down the other side back to the trail. A long-term solution is dependent on the construction of a heavy vehicle bypass.
Horses cannot use this crossing.
- The station precinct is currently being redeveloped into a major trailhead. Parking and trail access is available further south at Horticultural Park.
Leongatha is a major regional centre with all facilities.
Leongatha to Meeniyan (16km)
There is a temporary closure of the highway underpass between Koonwarra and Meeniyan in work hours from the 13 Nov 2023 to 24 Nov 2023. There is an hourly shuttle bus to get around this. This is not on the weekend.
- From Leongatha to Koonwarra the trail descends gently to more dairy-farming country for which this area is renowned. Give way to dairy cattle crossing the trail!
- Near Koonwarra the trail enters ti-tree and eucalypt bushland, including seasonal and permanent wetlands.
- Koonwarra has a café and bakery, making it ideal for a short break.
- From Koonwarra, an underpass takes the trail beneath the highway before it enters one of its most scenic sections, through the Black Spur via three historic bridges, and two more underpasses of the highway.
- Check out the even longer timber trestle, alongside the new rail-trail one, over the Tarwin River.
Meeniyan is a small town but its exceptional facilities include accommodation, camping by donation, shops, a gallery and many dining options. A Gippsland Tourism Town of Excellence Award winner, Meeniyan has an involved and progressive community and offers free wi-fi throughout the town.
Meeniyan to Foster (32km)
From Meeniyan the railway travelled south to Fish Creek to avoid the highest part of the Hoddle Range.
- From Stony Creek to Buffalo the trail is undulating. Just over 2km from Stony Creek, on the left, are the remains of a rail motor stopping place used by locals and for small freight. Grey kangaroos, wallabies and many bird species are common sights here.
- Buffalo has a functioning weighbridge at the railway station that may form the nucleus of a museum.
- The trail now enters the foothills of the Hoddle Range. Several cuttings and embankments provide changing views.
- At Fish Creek the station platform remains. It has toilets and a picnic area with fish-shaped tables in the shelter.
- From Fish Creek the trail climbs for 6km to Hoddle Summit, named after Robert Hoddle, Victoria’s first Surveyor-General. It crosses the summit at an elevation of 140m just past Lowrys Rd.
- Descending from the hills there are spectacular views of Corner Inlet, the Strzelecki Range to the north and the mountains of Wilsons Promontory to the south east.
- Only a platform remains at Foster but there are plans to make it a community feature.
- The artistic village of Fish Creek has an old butter factory, book and antique stores, the Promontory Hotel and plenty of places to eat.
Foster is a larger town and has facilities for visitors enjoying the spectacular sea views.
The trail is flat and relatively straight from here as it runs through lush dairy country interspersed with eucalypts around watercourses.
- The biggest feature of this section is the wind turbines on the hill behind Toora.
- Toora station precinct has horse corrals, toilets and a skateboard ramp.
Toora has a supermarket, swimming pool, caravan park, motel, hotel, cafes and restaurants.
Welshpool is a small town with limited facilities.
Welshpool to Port Welshpool (5km)
- From Welshpool, the connecting trail to the coast is initially an off-road shared path, then joins a quiet, unsealed road which follows the alignment of the horse-drawn Port Welshpool Tramway.
- It finishes at Port Welshpool Foreshore Reserve in Lewis St.
- Enjoy views of Corner Inlet, Snake Island and the northern section of Wilsons Prom.
- This is currently the official end of the trail.
Welshpool to Alberton (21km)
This section is being built.
- Funding was provided in 2022.
Yarram to Port Albert via Alberton: The Tarra Trail (13km)
The railway line continued from Alberton to Port Albert, the original terminus, with a branch line to Yarram, which became the Tarra Trail in 2011.
- In Alberton the old railway station is on the western side of the main road but the Tarra Trail starts on the opposite side. There are no toilets.
- The trail crosses the main road, so take care.
- At Yarram it passes through the Yarram Tarra Reserve and ends just north of the Yarram station building. There are toilets here.
- The off-road shared path was extended to Port Albert in 2020.
Alberton is a small town with no facilities.
Yarram is a medium-sized town with most facilities for visitors.
Port Albert has a maritime museum, walking trail and some shops.
Nyora station currently looks best from the street side 
The start of the trail at Nyora station, which has seen better days but hopefully will become part of the community again 
Nyora has a few places to get food 
Walking between Nyora and Loch (2022)
The Bass River bridge and nearby Alsops Creek bridge completed the rail trail between Nyora and Loch 
The rail trail approaching Loch 
Loch station has beautiful surrounds and makes a great starting point for visitors 
While not a large town, Loch has numerous eating and drinking options 
From Loch the trail follows the narrow Allsop Creek valley up towards Bena 
Hilda Falls are basically dry on this day but are a sight after wet weather 
The landscape becomes more open at Jeetho 
Cyclist cruising down to Jeetho from Bena 
Lush farming country near Bena 
The access to Bena is via the as-yet unmarked path to the right just before the Bass Valley Rd overpass 
The main climb is over at Bena. Access to the rail trail is to the left of the blue P sign. 
For a change the trail goes over the road here, just after Bena. Surfacing works yet to be completed 
A Yarram-bound V/Line bus goes over the rail trail on the way to Korumburra 
Mid-summer hay making beside the rail trail 
A darkened signal guards the final climb to Korumburra station 
The impressive Korumburra station and precinct will be upgraded as funds permit 
Korumburra station from the Leongatha end. Railway track and shed behind riders will eventually be removed as part of the precinct masterplan 
Main street of Korumburra from Leongatha end. Car park access is on the right. 
The scenery at Kardella after leaving Korumburra 
The scenery at Kardella after leaving Korumburra 
A huge cutting, no doubt dug by man and horse 
Typical scenery between Korumburra and Leongatha 
Horse riders at Ruby 
Riders heading out of Leongatha for Korumburra 
Riders arriving at the highway crossing just before Leongatha station. For now they have to do a U turn up the ramp and follow a convoluted route to get across the highway 
The eventual crossing to get across the highway at Leongatha is 100m west of the rail corridor in the distance. 
Leongatha station following clean up works. There is a master plan to turn the precinct into a focal point of Leongatha 
Main street of Leongatha 
Arriving in Leongatha from Koonwarra 
Summer riding between Leongatha and Koonwarra (2016)
Koonwarra is a great access point with large car park and several eating spots. 
The rail trail goes under the new highway alignment 
The first of the three bridges through the Black Spur near Koonwarra (2016)
Rest in style in the Koonwarra bridges area! 
The second of the three bridges through the Black Spur near Koonwarra 
The same bridge in 1979. This was not a typical rural branch line, it had the same mainline locomotives as those that ran to Bendigo or Ballarat [courtesy John Dare]
Another view of the second bridge (2016)
The original railway and new rail trail bridges over the Tarwin River in flood, near Meeniyan (2013)
Meeniyan is a busy little town ideal for visitors 
Platform and rail trail at Buffalo - no station signage, nice playground in yard area 
Typical dairy country, cruising between Buffalo and Fish Creek 
Fish Creek life 
Fish Creek station and yard - trail goes behind the station and then back onto alignment at down end of platform (you can see a cyclist there, in the distance) 
Typical scenery between Fish Creek and Hoddle (2014)
The view across to Wilsons Promotory from the Hoddle Range even stops around-the-world travellers (Kylie Phaup-Stephens, 2010)
The scenery between Foster and Toora (2014)
Franklin River bridge between Foster and Toora (2013)
The wind turbines are a real feature near Toora. (2016)
Toora station site and Saggaser Park are quite a feature (2013)
Tarra Trail near the southern end. (2015)Photo: Steve Bennett
Tarra Trail north of the highway crossing at Alberton. (2015)Photo: Steve Bennett
The old Yarram Station building. (2015)Photo: Steve Bennett
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Great Southern Ride E Bike Sales & Hire Meeniyan
GSR is an E-Bike hire store located in the middle of the Great Southern Rail Trail, Meeniyan, a 2-hour drive from Melbourne.
Included in your hire: E-Bike, helmet, lock & rider instruction.
Riders have options of half or full day hire.
GSR stock E Bikes, helmets, tubes, tyres, accessories, & carriers.
Situated directly on the rail trail platform at the very start of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in SOUTH MURWILLUMBAH, we have the privilege to serve our customers by offering our amazing high-end bicycles designed by ‘SPECIALIZED’ for Sale as well as to hire. Our bikes range from full suspension mountain bikes and hardtail, road and gravel bikes through to active commuters and, of course, our exhilarating E-Bikes, Turbo Levo, Vado and Como IGH for maximum safety, comfort and luxury.
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.
Meeniyan Motel & Bicycle Hire – Bike hire
Wheel Heat – Bike Hire
There are Vline buses from Melbourne/Southern Cross to Welshpool (and Yarram), which have stops at Nyora and most towns along the trail. As always bicycle carrying restrictions apply.
Refer to the PTV web page for map and timetables, or your navigation program of choice.
Meeniyan Motel and Bike Hire is perfectly located to explore the GSRT locally or as part of your longer rail trail experience. We have a range of accommodation options for solo or group travellers to relax in clean, comfortable rooms and our beautiful garden surrounds. Our central location in the town allows visitors to fully enjoy the hospitality of beautiful Meeniyan.
Alkira Accommodation Leongatha
Close by the rail trail, easy walking distance to the centre of town, spotlessly clean, comfortable, and very quiet. Lockable shed for bikes.
2 x Studios in a beautiful garden setting. Cathedral ceilings and queen bed, ensuite bathroom and private deck for a coffee or cold drink.
1 x Alkira House on Bruce; delightful 3 bedroom 1950’s cottage up to 6 people.
2 x Queen rooms (one with ensuite), 1 x Twin room (1xD 1xKS), separate bathroom, lounge, dining, and kitchen. Perfect for couples or cycling groups.
We acknowledge the Gunnai, Bun Wurrung and Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
Funding has been approved for construction of the 21km Welshpool to Alberton section.
When these works are complete and the rail trail is continuous from Nyora to Yarram, the total length will be 130km.
There is also a plan to extend the Bass Coast Rail Trail to Nyora to connect the two and create more opportunities.
The first section of the trail between Leongatha and Koonwarra opened in 1998 and it was gradually extended to Foster. Following the expiration of a 10-year moratorium the trail was extended from Foster to Toora, then on to Welshpool in 2014.
In 2016, the Victorian Government and the South Gippsland Shire Council completed a $1.8 million project to bridge the gap between Koonwarra and Meeniyan. This picturesque section contains three long timber bridges.
In 2022 the South Gippsland Shire Council completed a $6 millon, 36km extension from Leongatha to Korumburra and Nyora.
The Great Southern Railway took five years to build and opened in 1892. It initially joined Dandenong to Port Albert, and was later extended to Yarram and Woodside; there were also branch-lines to Outtrim and Wonthaggi.
The last train ran to Yarram in 1987 and the last one beyond Leongatha in 1992. The line from Cranbourne to Leongatha was closed in 1993. Unfortunately, while several governments looked at reopening the V/Line passenger service to Leongatha this did not happen and in 2012 several kilometres or rail were removed at Koo Wee Rup and a short rail trail constructed there.
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