East Gippsland Rail Trail
Bairnsdale to Newmerella
Experience the diversity of East Gippsland as the trail weaves past undulating farmland, tall forests, creeks, rivers and flood plains. Cross over historic timber railway bridges and enjoys views of the Gippsland Lakes before arriving at Orbost and the Snowy River. To include a trip to the lakes on your journey, the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail connects to Lakes Entrance from Seaton Track in the Colquhoun Forest.
Distance: 94km one way
Track: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Grade: Level 1–2. Level 1 – No experience required, suitable for beginners and children. Level 2 – Suitable for most ages and fitness levels, some riding experience recommended.
Start: Howitt Park, McEacharn Street, Bairnsdale
Finish: Burn Road, Newmerella
Note: The trail ends at Newmerella, but there is an off road shared pathway that begins at Burn Road and runs 2km to Orbost. Take care at high speed highway crossings. If taking the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail to Lakes Entrance, note that it is only suitable for mountain bikes.
Getting there: Travel via Monash Freeway (M1) and Princes Highway (A1) to Bairnsdale approximately 280km east of Melbourne.