Trail Partially open

Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail

Victoria - North

3 based on 4 reviews
Location: Northern Victoria
Length: 10 km
Surface: Fine gravel
Start / End: Murchison to Rushworth
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  •  Murchison is a small regional town on the Goulburn River. It is famous for a meteorite that struck nearby in 1969
  • The trail connects Murchison with the Waranga Basin along Channel Inlet Rd and includes the refurbished historically significant bridge over the Stuart Murray Canal
  • This rail trail is flat and passes through the unique ecosystem of Doctors Swamp wetland, which has a Parks Victoria picnic ground on its western boundary

Nearby Attractions

  • A small park in Murchison is dedicated to the meteorite’s impact, which was heard, observed and smelt one quiet Sunday morning. The meteorite weighed more than 100 kg and the oldest material found on Earth, silicon carbide particles estimated to be 7 billion years old.
  • Murchison has a bakery-cafe with picnic and toilet facilities beside the river
  • Waranga Basin – the fourth-largest inland waterway in Victoria and an important off-river storage supplying water to many irrigation areas as well as nearby towns – was the first major dam built in Australia. The first stage of construction began in 1905 using hand tools and horse-drawn scoops. At the time it was the largest project of its kind in the world
  • The rail trail traverses former gold mining and cropping country well as wetlands
  • Rushworth is a small town with a bakery-cafe, ice cream shop and so on

Note: This trail is partially open – it is still being developed.

Section A Murchison to Channel Inlet Road (8 km)

  • Starts near the end of Impey St in Murchison and ends at Channel Inlet Rd

Section B Rushworth (2 km)

  • The community of Rushworth bought the land and infrastructure around the station to retain it for posterity. There are plans for this short section of trail to be linked with the end of the Murchison section

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4 reviews of “Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail”

The blue metal track is pretty loose in places but not hard to ride any moderately experienced cyclist on a bike with 30 mm or wider tyres. Quite flat. The track appears to have regular maintenance and is family friendly.

Nice crushed blue metal track, flat from Murchison heading towards Rushworth. Easily tackled with a hybrid bike.
I did the short 2km ride from Girgarre. Had an encounter with 2 large Irish Wolfhounds right at the end of the trail. They were friendly enough at first, but having that chase drive, they were a handfull, able to keep up with me going flat out with their noses right at my thighs… They chased me coming and going unfortunately.

We rode this new Rail Trail on 29/3/15; it was easy to ride with hybrid bikes. We rode to the current end (Channel Inlet Road) and back, had lunch at the Murchison Bakery – and a stroll around the nearby landscaped, river bank area. We are looking forward to being able to ride all the way to Rushworth on this trail and think it will be a fantastic experience to ride into what is a well preserved old country railway precinct. (Congratulations to the Rushworth community for preserving this area for posterity.)

I rode this trail on Saturday 13th December 2014 (along with the Dookie trail). First off – the section between Murchison and Waranga Bushland reserve is open – and much more interesting than the small section in Rushworth. The trail from Murchison is flat and good bridges across the canals. Once you come to the end of the trail at Waranga Bushland – the rail reserve continues on – and it is evident that others have continue to ride along the reserve, though Victrak have signs everywhere stating it is prohibited to ride on the rail easement. I saw no one the entire ride – so if you want to get away from the crowds, then this ride is for you.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Ngurrai-illam-Wurrung and Taungurung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Development and future of the rail trail 

Greater Shepparton City Council opened the Murchison to Channel Inlet Rd section in 2015.

The Shire of Campaspe has obtained a lease from Victrack to develop the rest of the corridor from Waranga Basin to Rushworth. Campaspe Shire is seeking funding to build this as part of the Heathcote to Murchison Trail (outline brochure here) to link to the O’Keefe Rail Trail at Heathcote.

Extending the trail to the Melbourne-Shepparton rail line at Murchison East would allow better access from public transport, but making the large bridge across the Goulburn River safe will be a significant undertaking.

The Girgarre community is planning to extend its section to Stanhope and in future back to Rushworth.

Rail line history 

A line from Murchison East on the Shepparton line was built to the gold mining town of Rushworth in 1890 and extended to Colbinabbin in 1914. Rushworth became a junction when a line was built to Girgarre in 1917. A diversion of the line was necessary when the Waranga Basin was built. All lines were closed by 1987.

Construction Starts on Murchison Rail Trail (Northern Victoria)

Posted: 25/05/14

Soon more than just kangaroos will be able to ...


Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail (Vic) Development Starts

Posted: 03/11/13

Greater Shepparton City Council has received funding of $150,000 towards the Murchison stage of the Box ...


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