Great Southern Rail Trail, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Great Southern Rail Trail


This mostly flat or gently undulating trail goes through lush dairy farmland, areas of remnant bush and lowland scrub. It climbs from the foothills of Fish Creek up past Mount Hoddle and then down a steep descent through dense forest out into magnificent views of Wilsons Promontory and Corner Inlet.

Leongatha to Koonwarra (8km)
Enjoy the wide-open spaces of lush dairy country, before the trail enters teatree and eucalypt bushland near Koonwarra.

Meeniyan to Foster (32km)
Cycle along the fine gravel surface through bushland, swamp scrub and lowland forest. Keep a look out for the local wildlife – kangaroos, wallabies and birdlife thrive in this area. At the foothills of the Hoddle Range, there are steeper parts of the trail and a number of cuttings and embankments.

The quirky town of Fish Creek is a browser's delight with a strong arts scene and plenty of options to eat and restock supplies. The climb from Fish Creek to Hoddle Summit is worth the work with spectacular views over Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory from the peak.

Foster is a small regional town and but caters well for visitors and there are plenty of accommodation options.

Location: Leongatha to Foster
Distance: 46.3km 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: Section 1 – Leonhatha. Section 2 – Meeniyan
Finish: Section 1 – Koonwarra. Section 2 – Foster
Note: The section between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is yet to be completed, so you need to ride the trail in two sections: Leongatha–Koonwarra and Meeniyan–Foster
Getting there: Travel via  Monash Freeway (M1) and South Gippsland Highway (A440) to Leongatha approximately 130km south-east of Melbourne.
Accessibility: Accessible sections of the rail trail include: Leongatha to Koonwarra, Meeniyan to Stony Creek, Fish Creek to Lowrys Rd and Foster to Toora.

Content: Tourism Victoria

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