Horse Riding the Trail

Horse riders, Great Victorian Rail Trail

Riding along the trail is a great way to enjoy the changing landscape.

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.

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 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)

MOLESWORTH

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

ALEXANDRA

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).

YARCK

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

KANUMBRA

Horse yards for 6 horses located near the railway platform.

MERTON

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

MANSFIELD

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

The Essentials

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