- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- Victoria’s longest rail trail traverses undulating farmland from the Goulburn River to the high country of Mansfield
- A good standard trail with almost 5 km of bridges from which to enjoy views; the few low level crossings are easy
- Features the only tunnel on a rail trail in Victoria, and an impressive 385 m bridge across Lake Eildon at Bonnie Doon
- Country markets in Yea, Tallarook, Alexandra, Yarck and Mansfield (monthly or bi-monthly)
- National Trust listed Trawool Valley
- Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum
- Yea Railway Park
- Yea Wetlands and Mullum Wetlands in Mansfield
- The surface is either compacted gravel (chert) or granitic sand in sections that are shared between walkers, cyclists and horses. Signs mark the way for horses where there is a dedicated bridle path beside the gravel path
- Emergency markers are located at 1 km intervals along the Tallarook to Mansfield section of the trail. In an emergency, call 000 and quote the emergency marker code where you are located
- There are several crossings of major rural highways, two with underpasses
- Major towns with all services are Yea, Mansfield and Alexandra. Smaller towns are Tallarook, Molesworth, Yarck and Bonnie Doon
The main sections of the Great Victorian Rail Trail are:
- Tallarook to Yea is 38 km, and follows the picturesque Trawool Valley
- Yea to Cathkin is 21 km, and features the Cheviot Tunnel and Goulburn River floodplains
- Cathkin to Bonnie Doon is 40 km, and includes the highest point on the trail
- Bonnie Doon to Mansfield is 22 km, and features the impressive bridge over Lake Eildon and views of Mt Buller
- Cathkin to Yea is 13 km, and has picturesque views at the top of Eglington Gap
Tallarook to Yea (38 km)
- Follows the Goulburn River up the Trawool Valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty
- Mix of compacted gravel and granitic sand surface
- Yea is a medium regional town with a variety of food and accommodation
- The former Yea Railway Station has been restored and now houses the Yea Family History Group. The goods shed has also been restored and is available for hire
- The station precinct comes alive on the first Saturday of each month with the Yea Country Market. The station precinct also has a great playground, picnic facilities and a skate park
Yea to Cathkin (21 km)
- Features lots of bridges across the Yea and Goulburn River floodplains
- In the middle of this section is the climb up to the 200 m long Cheviot tunnel. It is straight, but quite dark in the middle: use your headlight or dismount before entering
- Compacted gravel surface
- Molesworth is small town with a general store, caravan park, and a motel with wine bar and restaurant
- After crossing the highway, go straight on to Yarck, Bonnie Doon and Mansfield or veer right for Alexandra
Cathkin to Bonnie Doon (40 km)
- This section has a long climb up to the highest point, 397 m at Merton Gap
- Compacted gravel surface
- Yarck is a vibrant town with refreshments and accommodation for cyclists
- Merton is a small town with limited facilities.
Bonnie Doon to Mansfield (22 km)
- No real hills in this section
- Features the 385 m long bridge over the Brankeet Arm of Lake Eildon, a real sight when there is water beneath it
- Approaching Mansfield on a clear day, Mt Buller is clearly visible; a very different sight when it is covered in snow
- Compacted gravel surface
- Mansfield is a major regional and tourist centre with many facilities. The station is used by the local historical society with some carriages, and a large tourist information centre next door
Cathkin to Alexandra (13 km)
- A significant climb either way on this section with panoramic views of the Cathedral Ranges at the top of the gap
- Bituminised compacted gravel surface to the gap, granitic sand surface to Alexandra
- Alexandra is a major regional centre with a variety of food and accommodation options. The former Alexandra Station site is now home to the Alexandra Timber Tramway
Approaching Trawool from Granite, the rail trail passes through the Trawool Valley where it runs parallel with the scenic Goulburn River (Ross Vaughan 2019).
A reminder of days gone by at Homewood (2017)
Yea Country Market is held on the station precinct on the 1st Saturday of each month. The former station building now houses the Yea Family History Group (Ross Vaughan 2017).
The long bridges across the Yea River floodplains (2020 Ross Vaughan)
The only tunnel on a rail trail in Victoria, the 201m long Cheviot Tunnel completed in 1889 is a significant historical feature on the rail trail (2012 Norm Appleby)
Cruising down from Cheviot Tunnel to Molesworth (2012)
Crossing the Goulburn River at Molesworth. (2012)
At 397 metres Merton Gap is the highest point on the Great Victorian Rail Trail
There are six shelters with picnic table at strategic locations along the rail trail, including this one near the top of Merton Gap (2012).
Woodfield Station precinct with toilet and shelter is easily accessible from the Maroondah Highway. Also contains the only stockyard still in existence on the rail corridor (2018)
'How's the Serenity' at the Bonnie Doon good shed. Perhaps a bit too much and looking forward to restoration (2021)
The 385m Glad Philips bridge across Eildon Weir at Bonnie Doon is a landmark and named after the local rail trail stalwart. (2018)
The view from on the bridge
Enjoy magnificent views across the valley towards Mt Buller approaching Mansfield (2018 Ross Vaughan)
This Interpretative sign at Mansfield Station precinct is one of four located at key entry points to the rail trail (2017)
The last passenger train departed Mansfield in May 1977. The former station is now home for the Mansfield Historical Society.
Cathkin was the junction of the spur line to Alexandra. In 2006, the Home/Spring Creek Landcare Group commenced revegetation of the old station site (2016)
In between Cathkin and Alexandra (2012).
After the climb up to Eglington Gap above Alexandra, this shelter is a great place to take a break and enjoy the wonderful view 
Alexandra station, which is now used by the Alexandra Timber Tramway (2021)
2012 Official opening of the GRHCRT in June 2012.
2012 Official promotional video
Located just 10km into the start of the GVRT, and running right alongside the property, The Trawool Estate has luxury accommodation for up to 67 guests, 100 seat restaurant Wild Water, conference spaces and extensive grounds to enjoy – it’s a great place to begin or end your trail ride.
We acknowledge the Taungurong people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
The Spring/Home Creek Landcare Group began re-vegetation of the rail reserve at Cathkin in 2006 to create a flora and fauna reserve.
In 2021 funding was obtained for some major art features to enhance the rail trail.
Apart from the Bonnie Doon bridge, which opened in 2000, the first stage of the rail trail opened in August 2010. The entire trail was opened by June 2012. In January 2014, branding as the Great Victorian Rail Trail was completed.
A broad gauge branch line opened to Yea in 1883 and to Mansfield in 1891. A further branch from Cathkin reached Alexandra in 1909. The whole line closed in 1978, along with many other branch lines across Victoria.
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