Rail Trails of Australia
Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail — Victoria

-->Main RailTrail 120km: Tallarook (near Seymour) – Mansfield.
-->Branch RailTrail 14km: Cathkin – Alexandra.
-->134km; mostly fine crushed gravel.
-->Country Centres: Tallarook, Trawool, Kerrisdale, Homewood, Yea, Molesworth, Cathkin, Alexandra, Koriella, Kanumbra, Merton, Woodfield, Bonnie Doon, Maindample, Mansfield.
-->Walking, horse riding, cycling (touring, hybrid, mountain bikes).
-->Open all year.

-->Cafes, restaurants, toilets, water – all towns.
-->Accommodation – excellent; all major towns & many country B&Bs.
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Overall Assessment: ONE OF THE BEST – well-funded & carefully planned.

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Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail

Cheviot TunnelThe Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail, a shared pathway for cyclist, walkers and horses, follows the disused rail line for 134km from Tallarook through Yea to Mansfield with a link between Cathkin and Alexandra.

The name is a direct reference to the most distinctive features of the region - the heritage Goulburn River and the ever popular High Country. It also serves the purpose of allowing people to immediately locate the rail trail in a geographical and topographical sense.

Originally there were 68 bridges along this disused rail line and many of them are currently being repaired or replaced. The Goulburn River Bridge at Molesworth will be a highlight when it is fully functional again later this year as will the King Parrot Creek Bridge which will be one of the highest and longest bridges when restored. Some of the bridges will not be replaced as regulations on bridge heights have changed since the original train line was laid. Where it is not possible to rebuild these bridges, low level crossings will be used. Some of the smaller bridges will be replaced with culverts and the heritage bridges will be maintained with a sympathetic refurbishment.

This beautiful trail is in close proximity to an array of natural features such as rivers, lakes, ranges and mountains. The trail follows the heritage-classified Goulburn River, and passes through the Trawool valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty.

Connection to towns with historic buildings, art galleries and museums, food and wine, heritage features and accommodation.

Cheviot Tunnel, built in 1889, is the longest rail trail tunnel in Victoria.

Excellent accessibility by road or train.

Mansfield -Maindample - Bonnie Doon (22km): Mansfield to Bonnie Doon is now connected by the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail. The trail meanders through beautiful farming country following the disused rail line through Maindample and over the Brankeet Arm of Lake Eildon. The trail starts of finishes at the historic Mansfield Railway Station that now houses the Mansfield Historical Society next to the Visitor Information Centre.
Looking east along the trail you can take in the magnificent scenery of the high country with Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and Timbertop clearly in sight as you head towards Mansfield. The former train bridge across Lake Eildon was converted into a cycle/walking bridge in 1999. With water once again in the lake this makes a terrific look out area to view activities on the lake.

When complete, the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail will be Victoria's longest rail trail and will span some 134km from Tallarook through Yea to Mansfield, with a link between Cathkin and Alexandra. You'll be able to explore the rail trail on a bike, on foot or on horseback.

The trail, located less than one hour from Melbourne, will meander through beautiful countryside following the disused rail line. It will follow the heritage-classified Goulburn River at Tallarook and pass through the Trawool Valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty.

At Yea the trail will pass by the historic Railway Station built in 1889. The Cathkin platform still remains and the local Landcare group has been working tirelessly to look after this reserve.

You may be lucky enough to arrive at the old Alexandra Station on a day that the Alexandra Timber Tramway operates. You can begin or end your journey at the Information Centre in Mansfield where the Historical Society operates from the former railway station building.
Construction of the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail is expected to be finished by December 2011, with sections to be progressively opened until then. Once complete the rail trail will include a 134km shared bicycle, walking and bridle trail, 39 new bridges, seven new car parks and amenities, eight water tanks and 17 rest stops, and repairs to a further 29 bridges between Mansfield and Tallarook. It will traverse the Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shires, connecting towns and communities including Tallarook, Trawool, Kerrisdale, Homewood, Yea, Molesworth, Cathkin, Alexandra, Koriella, Kanumbra, Merton, Woodfield, Bonnie Doon, Maindample and Mansfield, making it one of the longest trails in Australia!


More Information on the GRHCRT…
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