- Rail Trail
- A great area for picnics and birthday gatherings
- You can see some of Melbourne’s earliest stately homes in Hawthorn
- The busy shopping strip along Glenferrie Rd has everything
- The former home of the Hawthorn Football Club is just metres from the trail
- Grace Park playground
- Glenferrie St shopping and cafes, via Hawthorn Grove
- Main Yarra Trail, via Denham St
- Melbourne Tram Museum, Wallen Rd
Last updated: 18 January 2024
This short trail follows the route of a branch line from Hawthorn to Kew. The area where the two lines met is now a beautiful park
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- From Power St, the trail runs through Grace Park along a tree-lined path. At Hilda Cres it becomes a wide, concrete shared path that takes you past tennis courts and Glenferrie Oval, former home of the Hawthorn Football Club. At Chrystobel Cres the path becomes narrow and the surface deteriorates markedly through L.E. Bray Park, suggesting the asphalt may pre-date the closure of the line in 1957.
- Play equipment and trees now fill the rest of the railway corridor. The trail culminates in a service lane near Hawthorn Grove, with the rail easement across the road is a long-dormant housing development site. VicRoads towers on Denmark St now occupy the site of the Kew station
The rail trail entry off Power St, Hawthorn, with the Belgrave/Lilydale lines on the right 
Admiring the gum trees along the trail outside Glenferrie Oval, Hilda Cres, Hawthorn 
Riding up through L.E. Bray Park towards Hawthorn Grove, where the path is rather narrow
The classic Victorian station at Kew, with Xavier College in the background. John Thompson Collection
Ironically, the station site is now the base for the state's roads department, VicRoads 
Metro operates three train services (Lilydale, Alamein and Belgrave) that stop frequently at Hawthorn Station, near the start of this trail. If you are walking, you can use the #609 PTV bus from the VicRoads stop in Denmark St to get you back to the same station. As always, bicycle carrying restrictions apply.
Refer to the PTV web page for map and timetables, or the navigation app of your choice.
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We acknowledge the Woiworung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail line history
This short trail follows a branch line from Hawthorn to Kew that opened in 1887 and closed in 1957.