Bruthen is a charming little town with a true village feel: a central village green surrounded by shops including art galleries, upcycled goods, cafes a brewery and excellent country pub.Nowa Nowa
Nowa Nowa means 'mingling waters' - where fresh and salt water meet. A rocky creek from the surrounding hills cuts a little gorge before joining the waters of Lake Tyers which connects to the sea. Both are just a few hundred metres from the cafe, motel and general store that make up the centre of Nowa Nowa, and joined by tree lined walking paths.Timber Trestle Rail Bridges
Timber trestle bridges are a real feature of this rail trail. The Stony Creek and Snowy Rail Bridges are respectively some of the tallest and longest timber rail bridges in Victoria. Other spectacular bridges are at Bruthen, Nowa Nowa and Wairewa, while the trail uses the original rail bridges to cross the Nicholson and Tambo Rivers.Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail
The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail joins the East Gippsland Rail Trail to the lake - and seaside town of Lakes Entrance.
Leaving the rail trail approximately half way along it's length, it follows an old tramway for much of it's length down a lovelyl forested valley. The final 8 km is on a mostly quiet local road into the town of Lakes Entrance itself.
The trail can either add an extra night to your ride on the trail, riding the 25 km to and staying in Lakes Entrance, or be ridden as a shorter 18 km loop diversion off the rail trail itself.