Walking the Trail
FROM RIVERSIDE WANDERING, TO HIGH COUNTRY HIKING, THE RAIL TRAIL OFFERS MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF WALKING EXPERIENCES.
Short walks, long walks and overnight walks are all recommended. The trail has a gentle walking gradient, but there is a good climb on the Cathkin to Alexandra section of the trail. Car parks are spaced along the trail for easy pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of your walk.
Walking is one of the best ways to see the local fauna and flora and changing landscape. The Tallarook section has shady woodland sections with the Goulburn River meandering close by. Open farmland is a feature of the trail, with vibrant birdlife in the Yea and Mullum Wetlands. If you turn off at Cathkin the rolling hills and a hearty climb bring bring you to Alexandra. The approach to Mansfield takes you through Bonnie Doon and over Lake Eildon with views of Victoria’s High Country and Mount Buller in the distance.
Walkers should carry water and food and check out the trail safety information.
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Trail Map, Distance and Gradient
View the official map, or plan you trip using our interactive map below complete with elevation info and the location of all accommodation, attractions, history and events along the way!
The Eglinton Cutting shelter has the most magnificent view of the Cathedral Range. Stop beside the Goulburn River 6 kilometres from Tallarook, or catch your breath approaching Mansfield and take in the views of the High Country. This is the perfect spot to take in the spectacular mountains ahead while stopping for refreshments.