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Mornington Railside Trail

Victoria - Melbourne region

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Location: Mornington Peninsula, 60 km south of CBD
Length: 4 km
Surface: Asphalt, Bitumen
Start / End: Baxter to Moorooduc
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • You can catch glimpses of the tree-lined railway corridor on the way from Baxter
  • Walk or ride next to the disused tracks from the Mornington Peninsula Fwy to Moorooduc station, where you can learn the history of the Mornington branch line
  • The Mt Eliza Regional Park next to Moorooduc station is a great place to explore
  • You can catch a Mornington Tourist Railway train, which runs for 6km from Moorooduc

Nearby Attractions

  • Mornington Tourist Railway’s restored K163 steam engine
  • The rainbow-coloured bathing boxes
  • Mothers and Mills beaches are popular, sheltered spots in Mornington, connected by a scenic walking path
  • The Briars wildlife sanctuary and historic homestead
  • Devilbend Natural Features Reserve
  • Baxter Trail to Frankston
  • Sages Cottage

Last updated: 18 January 2024

The Mornington Trail currently links Baxter with Moorooduc and will soon reach Mornington, where it will connect with other trails to a variety of parks, historical features and other towns on the northern Mornington Peninsula

Access Points

  • Baxter: The Baxter Central carpark, near the railway station, on Baxter-Tooradin Rd (C781)
  • Moorooduc: Mt Eliza Regional Park on Moorooduc Hwy has car parking, play equipment and toilets. There’s also some on-street parking in Eramosa Rd West and at The Coolstores shopping centre
  • Tanti Park: Access and facilities to be decided
  • Mornington:  Access and facilities to be decided

For public transport options go to ‘GET AROUND’ below

Section Guides

Baxter to Moorooduc (4km)

  • From the Baxter shopping centre car park turn right along Baxter-Tooradin Rd on the shared path. In some places you may need to use the two-way service road.
  • Before you reach the Mornington Peninsula Fwy turn left across Baxter-Tooradin Rd onto the Peninsula Link Trail access path. If there is heavy traffic or you have children, head north on the other access path then south on the Link Trail).
  • At Frankston – Flinders Rd you cross to the other side of the freeway
  • You’ll catch a glimpse of the tree-lined railway corridor as you pass the freeway bridge over the Barakee Reserve Outfall Drain.
  • After looping around the roadhouse, you’ll spot part of the railway underpass on your left, which was built for the tourist railway to extend its service to Baxter. Then you’ll cross the railway embankment and tracks.
  • Soon you’re on the tree-lined railway easement to Moorooduc, travelling next to the disused tracks
  • This is a pleasant 2km stretch with lots of shade. There are pedestrian traffic lights at the Moorooduc Hwy and the trail currently ends in the railyard, with Mt Eliza Regional Park to your right.
  • Baxter has a wide range of shops, including two bakeries. Moorooduc has a cafe and restaurant in The Coolstores Shopping Centre near the corner of Eramosa Rd West.

Moorooduc to Mornington Station (6km)

This section is in the planning phase

  • This component is to be built as part of the Peninsula Trail project being undertaken by the shire council, with state and federal backing, to fill gaps in the area’s shared paths and create a network of more than 100km of trails for walkers, runners and riders to explore the area. With the blessing of the Mornington Railway Preservation Society, which operates its tourist trains on this section, it will pass through the bush near Mount Eliza Regional Park.
  • After crossing Wooralla Dr, it will run through open pasture, before entering newer subdivisions around Tanti Park, where there is an old station site.
  • The section will end at the “new” Mornington Station, which was built near the corner of Yuilles and Watts roads for the tourist railway after the remainder of the corridor was sold
  • It will provide safer travel to local schools, shopping centres, sports precincts, Mornington Botanical Rose Garden and Melbourne’s wider trail network via the Peninsula Link Trail

Mornington Station to Mills Beach (2km)

This section has not been planned

  • The potential exists for an extension of the shared path to Mornington’s main shopping area and Port Phillip Bay but there are obstacles. The rail corridor behind The Bays Hospital remains clear but the Mornington Central shopping centre was built on the site of the original railyard. There’s a plaque and station board outside the main entrance to the centre in Railway Gr. 
  • The trail may involve a shimmy route along quieter streets to Mills Beach
  • Mornington has a surprisingly large range of shopping, dining and accommodation options

CONNECTING TRAILS

  • Harraps Creek Trail runs south from Mornington via Dallas Brooks Park and Mornington Botanical Rose Garden to The Briars Historic Homestead and park.
  • The Baxter Trail is being extended from north of Baxter to Somerville as part of the Peninsula Trail project. You’ll then be able to ride or walk from Melbourne to Moorooduc. The extension of the railside trail from Moorooduc to Mornington is the next scheduled part of that project.

Public Transport

V/Lines’ Stony Point service from Frankston will get you to Baxter but is not a frequent train as there is only one track and it has limited room for bikes. From there you’ll need to follow our SECTION GUIDE instructions.

Refer to the PTV web page for map and timetables, or the navigation app of your choice.

Do you know of a bike hire or transportation service on this rail trail that should appear here? If so, let us know at admin@railtrails.org.au.

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Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which this trail is being built.

Development and future of the rail trail 

The construction of the Peninsula Link section of the Mornington Fwy saw a rail-side path built only as far as Moorooduc, leaving local cyclists to find their own way along busy roads to Moorooduc, before they could take advantage of the Peninsula Link Trail and the rest of the region’s extensive trail network. Mornington Community Safe Link, with backing from the local Rotary club, began petitioning for the trail to make it the 6km into town along or near the rail corridor to link three shopping centres, five schools and two sports precincts. The Peninsula Trail project looks like finally making that happen.

Railway History

The Mornington line opened in 1889, branching off at Baxter from the Stony Point line. It closed in 1981 due to falling patronage. By that stage it was just serviced by a diesel-electric railmotor. The Mornington Railway Preservation Society was formed three years later and, in 1988, began running the K163 steam locomotive on the mainline network to raise funds. The restored loco had been rescued from a horrible death as the plaything of children on a plinth in Frankston.

Three years later, the group leased the Mornington Line from Baxter to the Nepean Hwy level crossing, with the original Mornington Station site already sold. After eight years of work, including the construction of a more modest station at Yuilles Rd, Mornington, the society began running tourist services from Moorooduc. It retains a 24-hour-a-day lease on the corridor and hopes one day to extend its services to Baxter.

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