Walking the Trail

Yea Station, Great Victorian Rail Trail


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.

Walkers should carry water and food and check out the trail safety information.

Don’t forget to share your walking stories with us​.

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