- Rail Trail
- It’s great for bushwalking and mountain-biking enthusiasts
- It passes through rainforest, fern gullies, messmate and stringy bark forest
- Plenty of birds and seasonal wildflowers
- The Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail and some rich gold mining history are nearby
- At Tyers Junction, the eastern and western branches of the Tyers River used to feature timber tramways that are now walking tracks. The more interesting of the two is the Eastern Tyers Walking Trail. Both tracks are not developed and only suitable for walking. Ask at the Caringal Scout Camp office for directions
- Petersons Lookout in Tyers Park, off Tyers-Walhalla Rd, has picnic facilities plus views of Tyers Gorge and the Latrobe Valley
- Erica MTB Park’s West Trails area features two intermediate-level downhill runs that include sections of the rail trail
- Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail
- Mushroom Rock
- Mt Baw Baw
Last updated: 2 December 2023
This is not your standard rail trail as the line was a timber tramway. You can expect mud and fallen trees in winter. Then there’s the snakes and flying mountain bike riders in summer. Road base rock has been used in places, which may cause punctures.
- At Collins Siding, the start of the trail is not signposted. Travelling along Moe-Walhalla Rd (C466), watch for Telbit Rd on the left (also signposted to Caringal Scout Camp) 23km from Moe and 2km before Erica. The trail begins 200m past Telbit Rd, just after Collins Siding’s last house. There is space for some off-road parking but it’s not recommended in winter, when you should use Old Government Rd or park at the Erica MTB Park western trail hub 1km closer to Erica
- If starting from Telbit Crossing, look for a “Tyers Junction Rail Trail” sign where the tramway crossed the road
Collins Siding-Telbit Crossing (7km)
Note: Only 7km of the rail trail, from Collins Siding to Telbit Crossing, is open. What remains of the rest of the railway corridor is not maintained. You can create a loop walk/ride by returning up Telbit Rd to Collins Siding
- From Collins Siding, follow the trail downhill through mountain ash forest to Telbit Crossing
- The trail crosses creeks where tramway bridges used to be. The one at John Creek has had major work to handle Forest Fire Management vehicles
- The trail meanders through forest and tree ferns
- Common heath is in bloom in late winter and spring
- Look and listen for lyrebirds, kookaburras and fan-tailed cuckoos
- You may also see swamp wallabies, koalas and spiny anteaters
- The trail passes farmland to the east before crossing Middle Creek and passing a Finns Tk branch on the right
- After climbing to Telbit Crossing, where there was a sweeping curve at Telbit Rd, the rail reserve enters private land
EXPLORER ROUTE (3km)
- You can ride down the gravel road to Tyers Junction. The surface is well maintained but that’s for the logging trucks so keep an eye out for warning signs
- There are sections of the rail alignment below the road and then an extended section above the road on the right which is being maintained by trailbikes
- On the way, look for the remains of Christies Bridge
- Enjoy one of the walking tracks or a picnic by the river before returning to Collins Siding via Telbit Rd or ride back up the trail
- There is camping available to the public at Caringal Scout Camp
The Erica MTB Park West trailhead is the best way to access the rail trail 
Heading down towards Telbit Crossing from Collins Siding
A box culvert at Johns Creek has been replaced with pipes 
Crossing the culvert used to be a major problem for fire trucks in winter 
A discreet sign for those heading up the trail from Telbit Crossing 
A section near Tyers Junction in 2013. This is no longer part of the trail
A B-double log truck gets right of way as it leaves Tyers Junction 
We acknowledge the Kurnai people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail Line History
The Tyers Valley Tramway was a narrow-gauge line built by the Forestry Commission of Victoria to exploit the timber resources on the slopes of Mt Baw Baw. The tramway met with the Victorian Railways’ narrow-gauge line from Moe to Walhalla at Collins Siding, and was built to the same 2 ft 6 in (762mm) gauge. The tramways serving the Tyers Valley were largely destroyed by bushfires in 1926. Rather than rebuild them, the Forestry Commission decided to construct a higher standard tramway to serve all the private sawmills in the district.
The tramway used secondhand, 40lb rails from Tasmania. It had a maximum grade of 1 in 30 (3.33%) and the curves had a minimum radius of 80ft (24.38m). No ballast was used but there were more sleepers than normal … timber availability not being an issue
The tramway extended 9.8km from Collins Siding to Tyers Junction, where the line divided to follow the two branches of the Tyers River.
It closed in 1949, and its Climax locomotive moved to the government sawmill at Erica. That engine has since been restored for the Puffing Billy Railway, along with one of the TALC tractors.
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