- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
Why visit the Inner Circle Rail Trail?
A high standard rail trail traversing Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Traverses parkland and quite a few railway heritage structures remain.
Very popular with local residents.
We acknowledge the Woiworung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
The Inner Circle was opened in 1888 with three stations: North Carlton and North Fitzroy on the main line, and Fitzroy at the end of a short branch line leading south through the Edinburgh Gardens from a junction near North Fitzroy station. The Inner Circle Line was a steam era suburban railway line that was later electrified.
In 1948 the Inner Circle line was closed to passenger traffic, and was used exclusively for freight trains. The line was officially closed in 1981, and shortly after the rails were removed, and the rail reserve became a linear park which provides part of the Capital City Trail for cyclists, connecting the Merri Creek Trail to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail in the network of shared use bicycle paths. Some signals and parts of level crossing gates also survive, with remaining overhead stanchions still carrying railway electric current between the Upfield and Mernda railway lines.
The western end of the rail trail. (2011)
Jogging on the trail at Fitzroy (2007)
North Carlton station is now a Community House. (2006)
Typical scenery (2007)
No services listed for this rail trail.