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Location: Traralgon to Stratford
63km one way
Mostly gravel with some sections of compacted earth
Intersection of Marshalls Road and the Traralgon-Maffra Road (C105)
Apex Park, Stratford, beside the Avon River
No seasonal closures
Wheelchair accessible:
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Peaceful and accessible, the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail takes in history, artistic expression and natural beauty.

Start your journey in the regional hub of Traralgon, where four restored bridges keep you high above the Latrobe Valley floodplain. Cycle through the fertile pasture and stands of native bushland of Central Gippsland, passing through small towns brimming with history, art, food and drink along the way. You can even ride one way and return by train thanks to train stations at both ends of the trail.

High above the Latrobe River

The official trailhead is at the intersection of Marshalls Road and the Traralgon-Maffra Road, though the best access is from the car park on Burnetts Road about 1.5 kilometres along the trail towards Glengarry.

The arrival into Glengarry along the beautifully surfaced trail is understandably the most popular section of the trail, with the four bridges rising above the spectacular Latrobe River floodplain. Watch for foot and other bike traffic on the weekends. Check out the old Glengarry railway station and goods-yard crane and grab a coffee from the bakery before saddling up again.

Gold rush, a hidden gallery and native flowers

Cross the wooden deck over the tranquil Eaglehawk Creek and coast along the fine gravel trail into Toongabbie. Take a quick break to see the Ned Stringer

Memorial commemorating the 1862 discovery of gold, which brought the gold rush to nearby Walhalla.

As you leave Toongabbie the northern horizon rises with the most southerly foothills of the Great Dividing Range, the spine of Australia’s east coast. Cruise along to the sounds of birdsong drifting between the red gums and mooing from cattle until your arrive at Cowwarr. Take a break and find some inspiration at the Cowwarr Art Space, which houses rotating exhibitions and the studio of sculptor Clive Murray-White.

After Cowwarr you skip across the Rainbow Creek to Cowwarr-Heyfield Road. Take care here as the trail gives way to quiet public roads as it diverts around the Thomson River.

Follow the signs until you rejoin the rail trail at the Dawson Flora Reserve, a section of protected flora that's home to many beautiful native plants. Slow your pace as you make your way to Heyfield.

Riding over the River Avon

Easy going on flat, hard-packed gravel saves you from the ominous promises of Boggy Creek, which the trail passes en route to the small hamlet of Tinamba and then on to Maffra. Riders pass along the Billabong Trail – a beautiful and unique ecosystem of dense vegetation reminiscent of a tropical rainforest – and then sweep across the bridge spanning the Macalister River.

The trail passes through the Main Street of Maffra then resumes near the Maffra Motor Museum, passing by Powerscourt and the Avon Ridge Winery before its culmination at Stratford. Cross the broad Avon River to Stratford, then do a sharp U-turn to your left back under the bridge and into Apex Park. Grab a celebratory drink before boarding the train back to Traralgon. Or continue into town for a snack before catching the train back to Traralgon.

Suggested shorter options

Traralgon to Cowwarr, 28km one way
Start at the off-road car park at Burnetts Road in Traralgon, about 1.5 kilometres along from the trailhead, and cross the four restored bridges above the Latrobe River floodplain on your way to the old Glengarry railway station. Continue through the rural landscape, crossing Eaglehawk Creek to Toongabbie and catching glimpses of the most southerly foothills of the Great Dividing Range before reaching the historic and artistic town of Cowwarr.

Suggested wheelchair accessible options

Traralgon to Glengarry, 9km one way
Start at the off-road car park at Burnetts Road in Traralgon, about 1.5 kilometres along from the trailhead. The newly-finished trail on the section to Glengarry takes in the four Latrobe River bridges on the way to the old Glengarry railway station.

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Walking and hiking

Explore Gippsland's lush scenery by traversing one of the many walking trails within national parks.

Tiny towns

Venture beyond the highways to Gippsland's tiny towns; small in size but brimming with things to do.

National parks and reserves

Gippsland is home to some of the most stunning national parks and reserves in Victoria.

Art and culture

Experience the music scene, or take in art at many quality galleries and studios in Gippsland.

Road trips

Tour through Gippsland on the Great Alpine Road or the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive.

History and heritage

Explore Gippsland's rich and varied heritage with a visit to some of its historical attractions.

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Cyling trails

Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail

There are a number of ways to ride this trail ranging from 65 to 15 km trips.

Tyers Junction Rail Trail

Follow an old government tram way route, enjoying rainforest and creek crossings along the way.

Gippsland Gourmet Country Road Cycling Loop

Ride through the peaceful West Gippsland countryside and enjoy cafes and galleries at Yarragon.

Mt Baw Baw Mountain Bike Trails

The Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort has a range of mountain bike trails for all levels of experience.

Bass Coast Hinterland Road Cycling

This challenging ride rewards effort with magnificent scenery including a final coastal run.

Erica Mountain Bike Park

Two sets of challenging single tracks that twist, turn, climb and fall across moderate slopes.

After the ride

Eating & drinking

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