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Bunny Trail

Victoria - West

2.3 based on 4 reviews
Location: 110 km west of Melbourne
Length: 1.2 km
Surface: Fine gravel, Sealed
Start / End: Ballarat East to Eureka Centre
Public Transport: Coach, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • WalkingWalking

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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The true rail trail follows just a short section of the former East Ballarat – Buninyong (Bunny) branch line to the Eureka Centre but you can continue following the alignment of the railway pretty closely along quiet suburban streets, through the Woowookarung Regional Park and Canadian Plantation to Mt Clear.  A loop brings you back to town using the Canadian Creek Trail for a total of 13.5km.

 

Nearby Attractions

  • The Eureka Centre, Woowookarung Regional Park and its sensory trail.
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum
  • Lake Wendouree
  • Ballarat Tramway Museum
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park

Last updated: 16 May 2024

  • This trail follows a short section of the former East Ballarat – Buninyong (Bunny) Line from the Ballarat East Station site on Dyte Pde, which is now occupied by a community garden. There is roadside parking and picnic tables here.
  • Follow the gravel path east from the station site and, after 500m there is evidence of the line diverging from the main one to head south towards Buninyong.
  • The trail takes the railway tunnel under Victoria St. There is an information board at street level on the southern side.
  • The trail continues through a cutting, across Charlesworth Rd (with rails still in the surface) and alongside a caravan park to the trail end. There is another information board at the north edge of the  Eureka Centre car park.
  • Using the map prepared by Friends of Canadian Corridor (attached below), walkers and riders can follow more of the railway alignment through quiet suburban streets and the Woowookarung Regional Park, to get to a new section of trail through Canadian Plantation.
  • The Bunny Trail stops at Recreation Rd, Mt Clear after 7km. You can head back the way you came or complete a 13.5km loop back to Ballarat on the Canadian Creek Trail.
  • It you’re passing through Buninyong, you can check out the platform and an information board on Forest Rd

Bunny Loop Trail map

 

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4 reviews of “Bunny Trail”

Had a lovely ride through Ballarat but not sure if I followed the map. Found provided map hard to follow as did not include all street names. Couldn’t find numbered items in google maps either. A signposted trail would be great but, if not possible due to funding constraints etc, simply walking or cycling the trail with google maps and adding the numbered features into google maps would be a great help for visitors.

I quickly rode this trail today (29th December 2014), on the way home from doing the Domino Trail – so I could tick it off the list. This is a very short trail that basically goes from the rail reserve on the main train line of Ballarat to the Eureka Centre. The trail surface is good compact dirt most of the way, and easy handle hybrid (and even road bikes if needed). The most interesting part is when the trail goes under the rail lines and the main road. However, with no plans to extend it – I can’t see this trail being used by anyone apart from the locals, and those attempting to do all of the rail trails.

Background Information

This trail was a branch line from East Ballarat to Buninyong and ran for 11km. It opened in 1889, with passenger services ending in 1930, the section from Eureka to on 2 February, 1947, and the rest in 1986. In its heyday, the “Bunny” brought raw materials to the many Buninyong industries, with the  main ones being a butter factory, tannery, brewery, box factory and market gardens.

At the Buninyong end of the line, the platform can still be seen in Forest Rd, where there is an information board and railway relics.

Buninyong Rail Trail makes progress

Posted: 23/05/23

The Bunny Rail Trail is a new trail under development between Ballarat and Buninyong in ...

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Friends group receives grant to construct new rail trail section in Ballarat

Posted: 08/07/22

The Friends of Canadian Creek situated in Ballarat, has received a $33,000 community bank grant. The ...

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