Horse Riding the Trail

Horse riders, Great Victorian Rail Trail


The Tallarook section has shady woodland sections with the Goulburn River meandering close by. Open farmland is a feature of the trail and 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. Views of Victoria’s High Country and Mt Buller in the distance welcome you to Mansfield.

Horse riders can ride along the length of the trail. The main track is shared with walkers and cyclists, but separate horse trails are marked alongside the main trail in many places.

Half day, full day and overnight rides are all recommended. Car parks are spaced along the trail for easy pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of your ride. Don’t forget to share your riding stories with us.

Horse Yard Locations

Water and yards are available at designated spots, but you may need to arrange your own water and tie up facilities. Yards with water tanks and troughs have been installed along the trail in the following locations ...

Tallarook (Schoolhouse Lane)


Horse yards for 6 horses located at the entrance to the rail trail (at Reserve)


Horse yards for 6 horses and a horse hitching rail is located near the carpark at the Alexandra Timber Tramway museum (the entrance to the rail trail in Alexandra).


A fenced yard available for horses at the entrance to the rail trail, off Wrights Road.


Horse yards for 6 horses located near the railway platform.


Located half way up Merton Gap (on Mansfield side).


Horse yards for 6 horses located at the beginning/end of trail, behind the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre.

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!

Use our trail distances ready reckoner to plan the perfect ride segment or day riding to suit your riding party. Read our 'Popular Shorter Rides' page for ideas on great family rides and sections and distances to travel each day.

The trail gradient guide is your complete reference to where the how flat, hilly and steep the trail is by location. You can also view this info in sections on our interactive map below.

Insider Tips

The Eglinton Cutting shelter has the most magnificent view of the Cathedral Ranges. 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.

The Essentials

The trail surface is best suited for mountain, hybrid or touring bikes.

There are 12 toilets on the trail and several shelters with tables and seats. Public toilets are also available in the local towns.

BBQs are available at Tallarook, Yea, Alexandra, Bonnie Doon and Mansfield.

Please carry food and water while on the trail.

Read up on the trail's safety information and code of conduct.

Interactive Rail Trail Map