- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- The trail crosses undulating farmland and wetlands next to the Southern Ocean
- Begins at Moyne River in Port Fairy, meanders through the historic village of Koroit and finishes at Warrnambool’s foreshore precinct
- Cycle the length of the trail in a brisk two or a leisurely four hours each way
- Takes in the rolling countryside for which the region is famous, with ocean glimpses near the Warrnambool end of the trail
- Port Fairy is a charming coastal village with many historic buildings
- Visit the small Irish heritage township of Koroit and Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
- Warrnambool has many attractions including Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, beaches, whale-watching and Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
- Country markets in Warrnambool and Port Fairy
The main sections of the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail are:
- Port Fairy to Koroit is 18 km and ascends gently through farmland and native vegetation
- Koroit to Warrnambool is 20 km, skirting around Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and passing through wetlands on the edge of the Southern Ocean
Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Koroit all have a wide range of facilities.
- The trail starts at Regent St in Port Fairy
- After leaving Port Fairy it skirts the northern side of an extinct volcano that last erupted around 25,000 years ago – now Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. The crater is home to native animals and has many walking tracks.
- From the highway to Warrnambool the trail does not follow the original alignment
- Signage for the trail is deficient at the Warrnambool end
- Horses are permitted beside the trail only between Commercial Rd (or the Penshurst/Warrnambool road), Koroit and Illowa, then down Illowa Rd to Millers Lane and on to Levys Point track. Horses are not permitted between Port Fairy and Koroit, or along the Merri Creek to Warrnambool.
Port Fairy to Koroit (18 km)
- Sealed for 1.5 km as it leaves town
- After crossing Princes Hwy, the trail passes through farmland before arriving at the old Koroit station, which is being restored. Koroit has refreshments and toilets.
Koroit to Warrnambool (20 km)
- The first 5 km travels southeast toward Princes Hwy, where an underpass has been built. At Lanes Lane, just before the highway, you travel west along the lane to the underpass
The next 9km passes through the Kellys swamp wetlands toward Levys Point. Riders should check for any floodwaters after heavy rain
- As you pass beneath the highway you travel along Illowa Rd, which has been fenced to provide separation from traffic, and turn right into Millers Lane
- At the top of the lane the path continues on the right side of the horse-riding school, and downhill across the boardwalk over Kellys Swamp
- The trail continues on a dirt road past the knackery to Levys Point
- The last section winds 6 km along Merri River to the breakwater in Warrnambool
- The section between Illowa and Warrnambool is not on the original railway alignment. Signage is minimal
- The pedestrian and bicycle crossing across the railway line at the Warrnambool trailhead is closed. For access to Warrnambool CBD or to the rail trail from Warrnambool Station, detour via Pertobe Rd or Harris St. Neither route is cycle friendly, and user groups are lobbying Victrack to reopen the crossing.
We acknowledge the Gunditjmara people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
The line opened in 1890 and cropping farmers were pleased to be able to send their produce to Geelong by train, rather than by ship from the ports of Warrnambool and Port Fairy (then known as Belfast). The area grew wheat, oats, malting, peas and beans, potatoes, turnips, hay and grasses. Special trains ran to the seaside towns for picnics and excursions.
The line closed in 1977.
Protected path along Ilowa Road, 2015. Photo: Steve Bennett
Koroit station site (2011)
Typical of the trail between Port Fairy and Koroit
The trail at Warrnambool Breakwater. (2011)
Walking along the Merri River from Warrnambool (Andrew Lecky 2019)
Following the Merri River, on the outskirts of Warrnambool (Steve Bennett 2015)
Migratory geese and swans at Belfast Coastal Reserve wetland (Andrew Lecky 2019)
Kelly Swamp boardwalk, 2015. Photo: Steve Bennett
Highway underpass at Illowa (2011)
Tower Hill road crossing near Koroit (2011)
Emus at Tower Hill extinct volcano, 4km south of Koroit
The Koroit station precinct is a great place to have a break for all ages. (Andrew Lecky 2019)
Scenery between Koroit and Port Fairy (2011)
Riding toward Warrnambool from Koroit
Bridge across the Moyne River near Port Fairy (2011)
Between Port Fairy and Koroit
The railway signal near Port Fairy. The last few kilometres are sealed.
The trail at Port Fairy, 2015. Photo: Steve Bennett
Port Fairy atmosphere
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