- Rail Trail
- An intriguing journey showing how entrepreneur William Murray Ross shaped Melbourne’s southern suburbs in a failed bid to create a community bearing his name
- Two-thirds of this railway heritage route is on-road for cyclists, unless accompanying under-12s on footpaths, and better suits walkers following what’s left of the route of a private railway that ran just one train, in 1888
- Boyd Park and Outer Circle Rail Trail
- Djerring Trail north to Caulfield and south to Yarraman stations
- Elwood Canal
- St Kilda Botanical Gardens
- Port Phillip Bay and beaches
- Rippon Lee Estate historic mansion and gardens
Last updated: 10 November 2023
This trail is made up of concrete shared paths and asphalt on-road sections, some of which have bicycle lanes. There are wayfinding signs at regular intervals.
- Elsternwick Railway Park, Riddell Pde
- E.E. Gunn Reserve car park, Dorothy Ave, Ormond
- Oakleigh or Hughesdale station carparks
For public transport options go to ‘GET AROUND’ below
Elsternwick to Ormond (4km)
From Elsternwick Railway Park, the trail bears left into Clarence St past the site of the Garden Vale Station. The route goes onto the road, with a brief respite at Princes Park, a former wetland that became a landfill site. The line ran on an embankment that is now Dover St, which was created with spoil from the Bambra Hill cutting, now filled in again. Curraweena Park is the start of the largest section of remaining railway reserve, with a seperate path to the north for walkers. E.E. Gunn Reserve is a good place to stop, with play equipment, picnic facilities and toilets
Ormond to Oakleigh (4.8km)
William Ross was forced to build an underpass for his line under the Frankston one, but went overboard with room for four lines, where the Rosstown shared path now runs. After a long stretch on Oakleigh Rd, watch for the turn into Koornang Rd, where the line moved slightly north to reach the sugar beet factory. There’s another short stretch of shared path in Rosanna St Reserve before a big curve in Murrumbeena Cres. From the end of Murrumbeena Cres you can walk or ride to Hughesdale Stn or take Freda St to get to Galbally Reserve, where the heritage route meets the Djerring Trail on the way to Oakleigh Stn. Download the City of Glen Eira brochure in ‘Further Information’ below for more detail
Take the Elwood/Elster Canal Path west to the Bay Trail or hook onto the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail from Oakleigh to get as far as Fairfield
Start of the trail in Elsternwick Railway Park, near the station 
No shared path for visitors to use in Aileen Ave, Elsternwick 
Caraweena Park is part of the largest section of railway reserve 
Lavish facilities on the site of Rosstown railyard in E.E. Gunn Reserve 
Members of the Darebin BUG leaving E.E. Gunn Reserve 
Ross's underpass of the Frankston Line provided room for four tracks 
The latest wayfinding signs, this one on Poath Rd, are not clear 
Heading towards Oakleigh from Galbally Reserve on the Djerring Trail 
Fittingly, the trail has taken the place of the third line at Oakleigh 
Being a rail trail between two active lines makes life easy. Elsternwick Station on the Sandringham Line is near the start and Oakleigh and Hughesdale Stations (Pakenham/Cranbourne lines) are at the other end. Walkers can take a rain check with the route 64 tram on Hawthorn Rd or the route 625 PTV bus on Koorang Rd. As always, bicycle carrying restrictions apply.
Refer to the PTV web page for map and timetables, or the navigation program 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We acknowledge the Woiworung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which this rail trail is built.
The Rosstown Railway Heritage Trail charts the original course of the private line which was the life-long dream of William Murray Ross. He built the line with the intention of transporting sugar beet to his sugar beet mill, and the refined product to the Port of Melbourne. From start to finish, the railway line was plagued with problems, ranging from a lack of funds to construction delays. When the mill failed to begin production, the line fell into disrepair without being used and was eventually dismantled, with the land being sold.
However we have to give credit to this unlucky entrepreneur who made the City of Glen Eira and its surrounds what it is today.