Walk, Ride or Cycle

Horse riders, Great Victorian Rail Trail

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a multi-use trail and can be explored on foot, bike or horse.


Experience the trail from a different perspective as you walk, cycle or ride your way through the Victorian countryside.

The trail is suitable for riders of all fitness levels and is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with the kids. Gradients are mostly gentle with a few longer climbs to keep things interesting. The highest point along the trail is 397 metres at Merton Gap and the steepest climb is from Alexandra to Eglinton Cutting, though the view from the top is well worth the effort.

Whether you have one hour, one day or a full week to spare you can enjoy the trail; wheel, shoe or hoof . . . you choose. 


The trail surface varies along the 134 kilometres journey and is made up of either compacted gravel (chert) or granitic sand.

The granitic sand is used in sections that are shared use between walkers, cyclists and horses. Signs mark the way for horses where a dedicated bridle path follows beside the gravel (chert) sections.

Mountain, hybrid or touring bikes are best suited for the trail surface.

You will find a range of options on the popular rides page, however if a shorter trip is more your style, there are many sections accessible from car parks and villages dotted along the rail trail.


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.