The western end of the East Gippsland Rail Trail commences at Howitt Park, Bairnsdale. The trail utilises the disused railway line running between Bairnsdale all the way to Orbost at the eastern end – some 98 km in length. Whilst riding this trail, whether it be the entire trail or sections as outlined below, be sure the you will experience and enjoy stunning sceneries from distant mountains to river valleys, lake views, river crossings, pastures & farmland, as well as the contrast of the boutique country towns to areas of lush green forests. Gippsland truly is a treasure of natural beauty.
Be sure to pack plenty of water, the sunscreen and some snacks.
We have segmented the trail into the following sections, noting that the distances are approximate:
– Detour to Nicholson: Refreshments, Amenities & Facilities can be found a short 550 m detour from the Trail
– at total distance of some 98 km.
About Victoria’s Rail Trails . . .
Rail Trails have become the new function for the abandoned railway corridors of yesteryear . . .
The heavy locomotives, together with the loads of coal & timber required to fire the steam engines, the carriages and cargoes meant that the early trains had to carve their way through the countryside, via the flatest, staightest, and easiest possible route (which remains the case for the railways of today). In an ideal world, a railway line should be as straight and as level as possible – as it requires, for example, five times more energy to pull a train up a gradient of 1 in 100 than for a level course. On top of that, the energy consumption also increases some 25 % for each degree of curve encountered – and then there is the significant issue of maintaining control of a long, heavy train as it traverses a downhill gradient . . .
Hence, the railway corridors were constructed as level, and as straight, as was possible – cutting through hills, under roads, over embankments and across gullies, rivers and creeks. This makes the disused railway corridors of yesteryear ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. With the rails removed, the Rail Trails are generally resurfaced with gravel providing the user the perfect conditions to enjoy the surrounding environment.
– To obtain a List of Points of Interest along the ‘East Gippsland Rail Trail’ – click here
– The Trail features:
– Walking, Cycling, Horse Riding
– Difficulty = Generally Easy to Moderate
– Gradient = Minimal to Moderate
– Unsealed Gravel, Sealed
– Car Parking is available at the various townships situate along the Trail
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