- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- A short, high quality trail of 8km in length that passes through the regional centre of Mount Gambier
- Links tourist attractions and facilities
- Commercial centre is 400 m from the trail
- Flat, with easy street crossing
- Many tourist features, including Umpherston Sinkhole and Cave Garden
- Old rail yards have been converted into a landscaped civic centre where community events and markets are held regularly
- The railway station has been restored and is used for community activities
- The extinct volcanic region of Mt Gambier is less than 2 km south of the trail. The crater region contains Blue Lake, Valley Lake, a playground, walking trails and a caravan park
The trail runs east-west through the city of Mt Gambier with its focal point being the former rail yards and railway station, which have been transformed into parklands and play areas while retaining much railway memorabilia.
The trail begins at the Blue Lake Sports Park, passes Umpherston Sinkhole and then progresses to the centre of the city and the railway station precinct.
Plenty of recreation space in the old station area (John Masson 2015)
Between White Avenue and the station, where the 'New Goods Yard' used to be. (2019)
Enjoying a stroll in the station area. (2019)
The western end of the rail trail. (2019)
The Junction signal box at White Avenue still remains. The branchline to Millicent used to go straight ahead while the main line (now rail trail) to Adelaide curves to the right (2019)
There was a large locomotive depot, only the turntable remains now (2019)
The rail trail is well connected to the city's streets. (2019)
Wetlands have been created in the old station area (2019)
One of the historical buildings in the station area. (2019)
There are lots of things to see in the Railway Lands area.
The station signal box has been restored and the lower section is a public toilet (2019)
The railway yard in 2019 is very different from the next photo taken in a similar location.
The railway yard was very busy in the early 1980s (Morris Broad)
We acknowledge the Buandig people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
The trail has recently been extended to Wandilo Road and in late 2021 a shared use path will be built along Wireless Rd.
The trail will have solar lighting installed in 2021-22.
The railway line to Mount Gambier was originally part of South Australian Railways (SAR) narrow gauge network. Opened in stages from 1881, it reached Mt Gambier in 1887 and connected with the broad-gauge Adelaide-Melbourne line at Wolseley. It was also a junction for the line to Millicent and Beachport.
The SAR line to Mt Gambier and Millicent was converted to broad gauge in the 1950s.
Mt Gambier also had a broad-gauge connection with Heywood, Victoria, which opened in 1917. Mt Gambier had two goods yards and a locomotive depot and roundhouse.Passenger services to Adelaide ended in December 1990, and the line officially closed in April 1995. Some of the line was used by the Limestone Coast Railway tourist service, but this ceased operations in June 2006.
When the land was given to the community by the SA Government, the City of Mount Gambier repurposed the site into a public green space.
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