Popular Short Rides
WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING A SHORT TRUNDLE WITH THE KIDS, OR RIDING THE TRAIL END TO END, OUR TRAIL GUIDE IS A HANDY STARTING POINT.
Take some inspiration from the popular shorter rides below, or our the complete Great Victorian Rail Trail map, distances and gradients page for full details.
YEA – CHEVIOT TUNNEL:
9 kilometres – beginners and families (mainly uphill to the tunnel)
In Yea you’ll pass the Gothic-styled Yea Railway Station (1889), where you can make use of the playground, skate park, toilets, picnic tables and BBQs. From Yea, the trail passes directly through Cheviot Tunnel – the longest rail trail tunnel in Victoria. Made in 1889 from bricks handcrafted on site, the tunnel is accessible from a nearby carpark. View more on Strava.
TALLAROOK – TRAWOOL:
11 kilometres - beginners and families
The trail follows the heritage-classified Goulburn River at Tallarook and passes through the Trawool Valley. Classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty, the region was once frequented by famous artists including Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton. View more on Strava.
CATHKIN – ALEXANDRA:
13 kilometres – riders with some competency
The Cathkin Station platform still stands and the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum operates at the old Alexandra Station. Coming out of Alexandra you’ll head up to Eglinton Cutting, which can be a challenge. From the top enjoy the stunning view of Cathedral Range. View on Strava.
YARCK – MERTON:
19 kilometres – riders with some competency (hilly)
The trail runs behind Yarck township, but it’s worth riding the 100 metres into town to stop for refreshments. From Yarck travel through scenic farms to Merton Gap – the trail’s highest point at 397 metres. At Merton, wander through the area managed by Merton Landcare or stroll through the historic cemetery. View more on Strava.
BONNIE DOON – MANSFIELD:
22 kilometres – families and beginners (some uphill gradients)
Heading east the trail crosses Lake Eildon over the 385 metre Bonnie Doon Bridge, passing through stunning farming country with a backdrop of magnificent high country vistas. Entering Mansfield the trail passes through the Mullum Wetlands before it ends (or begins) at the Mansfield Railway Station and Visitor Information Centre. View more on Strava.
BONNIE DOON TO MERTON
YEA TO ALEXANDRA
TALLAROOK TO YEA
37 kilometres - riders with advanced competency (hilly)
The trail winds along next to the heritage-classified Goulburn River at Tallarook and passes through the Trawool Valley. This section of the trail is quite up and down. The steep pass about 5 kilometres before ariving in Yea is the biggest climb. View more on Strava.