- Rail Trail
- The Domino trail is part of the original railway from Daylesford to Carlsruhe. Starting from the picturesque country town of Trentham, it passes through bushland that is home to the endangered powerful owl
- Signboards along the trail explain the history of the area.
- Trentham is a small town on the edge of Wombat State Forest. There are many cafes and accommodation options.
Last updated: 1 June 2023
- At Trentham, the trail starts at the Tourist Information Centre in the old Trentham railway station, Victoria St.
- At Lyonville, the trail starts at the southern end of Main St south of the Radio Springs Hotel. The sign is faded and hidden behind bushes, so look for the yellow “Fire Access Only” post in the gravel area nearby.
- For the first 500 m the rails are still in place and the grass-covered trail runs between them. On the left the old Sunnyside foundry is visible
- After Falls Rd the trail enters bushland of manna gum, peppermint and mountain gum. Watch for swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and
- There is a short detour around the Coliban River railway bridge, where a purpose-built bridge will replace the trestle bridge in the future. Care to be taken on the diversion that is clearly marked but the trail can be slippery.
- A sign about 4 km from Trentham indicates a short loop trail to take you down to the Domino Creek to see a brick-lined tunnel that carries the creek beneath the line. The loop continues along an old logging trail before returning to the trail
- The trail ends near Main St, Lyonville south of the Radio Springs Hotel and north of Railway Ave.
- There are plans to extend the trail to Bullarto in coming years
Information Centre at Trentham station site.(2013)
Trail, about 2km west of Trentham. (2013)
Further along the trail. (2013)
Tall timber on the trail. (2013)
Tall timber across the trail. (2021)
Information board along the trail. (2013)
Picturesque cutting before Lyonville. (2013)
Trail end at Lyonville (2014)
The Daylesford Spa Country Railway runs various rail motors 9km from Daylesford to Bullarto (2014)
We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
There is interest in extending the trail in both directions, possibly from Daylesford to Woodend (44 km). The Trentham to Lyonville section of the proposed Daylesford-Macedon Ranges Rail Trail has now been developed, and a feasibility study is being conducted with a view to developing more of the trail.
The Daylesford Spa Country Railway runs tourist trains from Daylesford to Bullarto. These trains carry bikes.
Daylesford had the distinction of being served by two railways, one from Woodend and one from Creswick.
The railway from Carlsruhe to Daylesford via Trentham was opened in 1880.
By the 1970s, traffic on the line had reduced considerably, and despite local lobbying, it was closed in 1978.
The Crossing Borders Tracks and Trails Feasibility Report for the proposed Daylesford Rail Trail can be viewed here.
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