A shared use trail

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a multi-use recreational pathway for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Please respect each other’s right to enjoy a safe and pleasant journey.

For your safety and enjoyment please observe the following:


  • Keep left and give way to walkers and horses
  • Approach horses with care and notify in advance of your approach, allowing 100 metres distance between where possible
  • Warn others when approaching from behind and passing
  • Keep left and don’t obstruct the Rail Trail


  • Ride horses off the bike/walking track unless signage indicates otherwise
  • Horses must be ridden at a walking pace when on the track formed for cycling and walking
  • Remove horse manure from the bike/walking track
  • Horses must not be tied within a 10 metre radius of signage or seat structures


  • Keep left and give way to horses on bridges and squeeze points
GVRT Hero image Bonnie Doon Bridge s
GVRT Riders cantering
GVRT Dog walkers Cheviot Tunnel

All trail users

Please respect the rights of landholders:

  • Stay within the rail reserve
  • Give way to stock at crossing points
  • Move quietly near stock
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Report any wandering stock within the reserve to your local Council


  • Leave all flora and fauna undisturbed
  • Take your rubbish home
  • Camp in designated areas only
  • Fires are prohibited in the reserve
  • No firewood collection


  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control at all times
  • Remove dog droppings from the reserve


  • Wear approved helmets
  • Be careful at road crossings; young and inexperienced riders should dismount
  • Observe all signs and local regulations
  • Be prepared for changes in weather and trail conditions
  • Motor vehicles including motor bikes are not permitted within the reserve
  • Plan your journey
  • On Total Fire Ban days and days of Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger ratings check Emergency Services’ broadcasts and websites. Stay informed!


  • Water and food (the availability of drinking water along the Rail Trail is limited)
  • Bicycle repair kit and a good pump
  • Mobile phone (there are some black spots)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent


  • Crown Land Reserves (Great Victorian Rail Trail Reserve) Regulations 2010 apply to this reserve
  • Permits may be required for some events or activities. Please contact us on 1800 RTRAIL