The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is a 67 km recreational trail following the former historic Gippsland Plains railway line route between Stratford and Traralgon, suitable for all users with a high quality new surface. The trail passes through undulating dairy country, takes in unique regional flora and fauna, has views of the Great Dividing Range and there are a number of quintessentially Gippsland villages along the way to stop for a rest and a snack or to explore.
Location: Stratford to Traralgon
Distance: 67km one way
Track: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Grade: Level 1 – No experience required, suitable for beginners and children.
Start: Apex Park, Stratford
Finish: Town centre, Traralgon
Note: This rail trail is like a freeway for bikes between Stratford and Traralgon, and can be broken up into the following sections:
- Traralgon - Glengarry 10km
- Glengarry - Toongabbie 9km
- Toongabbie - Cowwarr 9km
- Cowwarr - Heyfield (via Dawson) 11km
- Heyfield - Tinamba 10km
- Tinamba - Maffra 8km
- Maffra - Stratford (via Powerscourt) 10km
The trail is predominantly flat, although there are a few gentle undulations close to the western boundary of Heyfield, including one very short, but quite steep hill at Racecourse Road and care should be taken when descending.
Getting there: Travel via Monash Freeway (M1) and Princes Highway (A1) to Stratford approximately 230km east of Melbourne. The ride starts in Apex Park, which is on the right just across the Avon River Bridge on the way into town. V/Line also runs a regular train service to Bairnsdale from Melbourne, stopping at Stratford, and there are also V/Line services to and from Traralgon.
Content: Tourism Victoria