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Moe – Yallourn Rail Trail

Victoria - Gippsland

3.1 based on 7 reviews
Location: Latrobe Valley 130km east of Melbourne
Length: 8.5 km
Surface: Fine gravel
Start / End: Moe - Bennett St on the east side to Yallourn Power Station, Eastern Rd
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • Horse RidingHorse Riding
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • The trail traverses open countryside and bushy areas and features views of Lake Narracan, the Haunted Hills and Yallourn Power Station.
  • The trail passes the Moe Botanic Gardens and crosses Narracan Creek, both have access ramps from the trail. After crossing the creek flats the route passes Newborough.
  • A detour at Sullivans Track to Lake Narracan is well worthwhile, for a picnic or BBQ lunch or a swim.
  • The trail finishes at John Field Drive near the Yallourn Power Station.
  • The Moe to Yallourn Trail is excellent for family day trips at Lake Narracan and can also be combined with a scenic drive past the power station and open cut mines.

Attractions

  • A short, flat trail with some farmland and lake views
  • The imposing Yallourn power station provides interest at the end of the trail
  • Wildflowers abound in spring
  • Accommodation and restaurants in Moe

Trail Guide

Access Points

  • Moe – Bennett St on a gravel driveway on the east side
  • Yallourn – Yallourn Power Station, Eastern Rd

Options

  • Lake Narracan is a good picnic spot and a feature of the walk or ride

The large concrete blocks beside the trail were bases for the overhead catenary poles, as this was an electrified line.

Note: Recent works along the trail have resulted in some sections with a rough stony surface that needs to be taken slowly on a bike. Vehicular access near the power station end has also caused some unevenness of the trail.

Section Guides

Moe to Yallourn (8.5km)

  • From Bennett St the trail passes the Moe Botanical Gardens and crosses the Narracan Ck
  • Detour at Sullivans Track to gain access to the lake, and you can loop around following the lakeside, then back to the trail.
  • Continue to Pettits Track to join Field Drive
  • The trail finishes at the park on Eastern Rd just outside the power station
  • Option to return to Moe via John Field Drive

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Boonwurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Rail Line History

The railway from Moe to Yallourn was constructed in the 1950’s to replace the original branch line, which joined the main line between Moe and Morwell.  The new line meant that heavy coal trains didn’t have to climb through the Haunted Hills.  The new line was subsequently closed in 1986, when briquette production was moved to Morwell.

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7 reviews of “Moe – Yallourn Rail Trail”

This was the second of 3 short trails done over a 3 day weekend (Rokeby to Neerim Sth and Grand Ridge Trail the others). Signage to the start of the trail in Moe could be more prominent. The surface was in good condition and flat all the way to the Power Station at the end – quite a striking feature to arrive at. We took the Halls (?) loop deviation on the way back which was a nice way to enjoy views of Lake Narracan and experience a few undulations – returning to the main trail along Sullivan’s Track was on a quiet road with a gentle climb.

5/27. Moe to Yallourn #railtrail completed 9/2/19. 5 trails now completed for my 2019 challenge to ride every railtrail in Victoria this year. Cold and wet conditions but we need the rain and it’s very short so I didn’t mind at all. The rain however meant that I didn’t take any of the side tracks and appreciate the scenery. Yallourn Power Station is a highlight at the end. I had to do the track there & back.
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Went out on the trail this morning and found it to be a pleasant walk, I only have a couple of criticisms. It’s an 8k walk and there was only one seat to rest on, and another one would be there are no sign posts saying how far you’ve gone and how far you have left. Aside from that we all had a good 16k walk and were back to Moe for lunch.

Rode the Moe – Yallourn trail on November 5th 2014. Not a great rail trail – the quality of the track as you left Moe was poor and would only recommend for mountain bikes. Riding around the base of the Power Station to the picnic ground was the best part of the whole trail and should be better signposted on the trail.

Rode the Trail today in Sunshine after several wet weeks. The trail was dry enough with only a few wet patches. Blackberries will require attention before long as they are starting to grow onto the trail. This trail is very accessible from Melbourne by train with regular services to and from Moe. Unfortunately as for many of our trails, there is very little written history of the former railway. No one else around so I had the trail to myself. I agree with bnicho 5 Jul 13, and keep going to the picnic area at the end. It is well worth the extra few hundred metres. Hard to realise the height of the cooling towers at the Power Station. Highly recommended.

A heap of work is currently underway to add road base and improve the drainage. The main problem areas are done already (although they could still use a bit of compaction). And if you get out there soon on a workday the friendly digger driver loves a chat…
At the end remember to keep going on past the stop sign and along the footpathy bit to find the beautiful park for lunch.

Just did it on unicycles from Yallourn up five kilometres and back five. The track was soaked, giant puddles were everywhere and there were at least four fallen trees. Definitely a dry day trail.

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