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- A picturesque rail trail close to Melbourne and some of Victoria’s major attractions
- Enjoy stunning sceneries ranging from distant mountains to river valleys and farmland, as well as the contrast of the welcoming towns and tranquil, green 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
Note trail construction closures in the Trail Guide below.
- 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.
Last updated: 21 September 2022
Construction of the Nyora to Korumburra section of the trail is nearing completion but there remains a 2km on-road detour. Refer to Section Guides below.
The surface is compacted gravel, which is generally quite smooth and well drained. Some sections have distance marker signs to 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, Young St, but will move to station precinct once redevelopment work is completed.
- Koonwarra: Trail runs between Swan St shopping strip and South Gippsland Highway.
- 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 (6 km)
This section has a 2.4km detour north of Loch as two of the old bridges need to be decked. Completion is due late 2022. Refer to map for open section.
BRIDGE WORKS DETOUR: Use the rail trail from Nyora for 4km to Knowles Lane farm, where the trail is closed. Turn left towards Ferriers Rd, then turn right and go 1.6km to Loch-Poowong Rd. Turn right for 500m, enter Loch Recreational Reserve on the left and proceed to the right of the tennis courts. Go over the suspension bridge and join the rail trail just the east side of the road overpass.
- 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 that are being decked.
- 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 platform at Hilda Falls that enables visitors to safely view 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, the access to Bena is on 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 to be redeveloped under a South Gippsland Council masterplan to turn it into a community focal point.
- There are toilets 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-Meeniyan (16 km)
- 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.
- From Koonwarra, an underpass takes the trail beneath the highway before it enters one of its most scenic sections, through the Black Spur via two historic bridges.
- Check out the even longer timber trestle alongside the new rail trail one, over the Tarwin River.
Koonwarra has a café and bakery, making it ideal for a short break.
Meeniyan is a small town but its exceptional facilities include accommodation, shops, a gallery and many dining options.
Meeniyan – Hoddle Range Foster (32km)
Meeniyan is a small town but its exceptional facilities include accommodation, shops, a gallery and many dining options. A recent Gippsland Tourism Town of Excellence Award winner, Meeniyan has an involved and progressive community and offers free wi-fi throughout the town.
Here 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 for local passengers and small freight. Grey kangaroos, wallabies and many bird species are common sights here.
- Buffalo has a functioning weighbridge at the railway station that will 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.
Foster-Toora-Welshpool (19 km)
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-Port Welshpool (5 km)
- 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 – Alberton (21km)
This section is not yet constructed.
- Funding was promised in 2021.
Yarram – Port Albert via Alberton: The Tarra Trail (13km)
The old railway line branched off at Alberton to Yarram in the north and Port Albert, the original terminus of the line.
- At Alberton the former railway station is on the western side of the main road but the Tarra Trail starts on the opposite side. There are no facilities.
- 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
The bridges at Bass River and Alsops Creek are planned to be made trafficable in the first half of 2022 making the trail continuous between Nyora and Welshpool.
The rail trail approaching Loch 
Loch station has beautiful surrounds and makes a great starting point at the moment for visitors 
While not a large town, Loch has numerous eating and drinking options 
From Loch the rail 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 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 VLine 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 up 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 currently being constructed 
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 branchline but had the same mainline trains as that 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 busy little town ideal for visitors 
Platform and rail trail at Buffalo - no station signage, nice playground in yard area 
Typical dairy scenery, 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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Development and future of the rail trail
The South Gippsland Shire Council is currently constructing an extension of the rail trail from Leongatha to Korumburra and Nyora (towards Melbourne). This 36km section is expected to be completed by 2022.
Funding has also been approved for construction of the 21km Welshpool to Alberton section.
When the above works are complete and the rail trail is continuous from Nyora to Yarram, the total length will be 130km.
There is also the future plan to extend the Bass Coast Rail Trail back to Nyora to connect the two and create more opportunities.
The first section of the trail between Leongatha and Koonwarra opened in 1998 and 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 m project to bridge the gap between Koonwarra and Meeniyan. This picturesque section contains three long timber bridges.
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 train beyond Leongatha ran 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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