Train station sign, Queenscliff, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Ewen Bell

Bellarine Rail Trail

Originally opened in 1879 to assist in the defence of Port Phillip Bay from a feared Russian invasion, the railway proved more useful carrying visitors to the popular resort town of Queenscliff until the line's closure almost 100 years later.

Today it's a great way for cyclists and walkers to discover the Bellarine Peninsula.

Starting at the showgrounds on the outskirts of Geelong, the gentle climb towards the half-way point of Drysdale is rewarded with fine views back over Geelong and north to Corio Bay and the You Yangs. From the restored Drysdale railway station, the trail runs alongside the historic Bellarine Peninsula Railway, with vintage trains operating regularly. It's an easy ride through areas rich in wildflowers and native bird life to Queenscliff.

Explore the historic town, take a boat trip into Port Phillip Bay or the ferry across to Portsea or Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

Location: Geelong to Queenscliff
Length: 32.5km
Cycle: 2.5 hours one way
Track: Good
Grade: Moderate
Start: South Geelong (near the showgrounds)
Finish: Queenscliff.

Content: Tourism Victoria

How to get here

Great Ocean Road