- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential 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.
- The Stanhope Girgarre Rail Trail is on the same corridor and will hopefully link up in the future.
- 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
Last updated: 23 July 2022
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
The impressive bridge over the Goulburn River at Murchison. This would be part of a future extension to Murchison East.
The rail trail near Murchison 
The restored timber bridge across the Stuart Murray Channel. (2012)
Another bridge on the Murchison section (2015)
The current end of the main rail trail at Channel Inlet Rd (2015)
The rail corridor at Waranga Basin 
The Rushworth station precinct (2012)
The Rushworth 'Comfort Station' (2012)
Part of Historic Rushworth 
Silo art at Colbinabbin which may be a future extension of the rail trail [Garry Long 2021]
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. Funding for this section was obtained in February 2022 and completion is planned for mid 2023
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.
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.
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.
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