Walking the Trail
From riverside wandering, to High Country hiking, the Rail Trail offers many different kinds of walking experiences.
Short walks, long walks and overnight walks are all recommended. The trail has a gentle walking gradient, but there is a good climb on the Cathkin to Alexandra section of the trail. Car parks are spaced along the trail for easy pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of your walk.
Walking is one of the best ways to see the local fauna and flora and changing landscape. The Tallarook section has shady woodland sections with the Goulburn River meandering close by. Open farmland is a feature of the trail, with vibrant birdlife in the Yea and Mullum Wetlands. 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 with views of Victoria’s High Country and Mount Buller in the distance.
With so many accommodation options available along the trail, there is something to suit every taste and budget. And don't forget to share your pics on social media using the tag #greatvictorianrailtrail!
There are 12 toilets on the trail and several shelters with tables and seats. Public toilets are also available in the local towns.