Walking Trails Latrobe Region
GIPPSLAND PLAINS RAIL TRAIL
Location: Marshall's Road, Traralgon to Glengarry and then through to Stratford.
Extends 63kms passing through high quality dairy country and offers panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range to the north, and sweeping 360oC views across the Gippsland Plains. Visitors can easily connect by Vline train from Melbourne or Bairnsdale to either end of the Trail (Traralgon or Stratford). Some townships along the route offer accommodation and wineries; but all offer food, visitor services and amenities.
MOE YALLOURN RAIL TRAIL
Length: 8 km; Track: The surface is smooth gravel suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding; Grade: Moderate
Location: The trail starts at Bennett Street in Moe. Moe is approx 130km east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway and can be reached by regular train services from Melbourne. Finish: John Field Drive near the Yallourn Power Station. Nearby: Yallourn, Morwell, Traralgon.
The Moe to Yallourn Rail Trail follows the route of the former railway line that serviced the Yallourn Power Station. The railway was built during the 1950’s to replace the original branch line, which joined the main line between Morwell and Moe. The new branch line closed in 1986 as all briquettes are now made at Morwell.
The trail traverses open countryside and bushy areas and features views of Lake Narracan, the Haunted Hills and Yallourn West Power Station. Starting from Bennett Street the trail passes the Moe Botanic Gardens and crosses Narracan Creek. Both have access ramps from the trail. After crossing the creek flats the route passes Newborough, with a small shopping centre close to the trail. A detour at Sullivans Track to Lake Narracan is well worthwhile, especially for a picnic or BBQ lunch and perhaps some sightseeing or maybe a swim. The trail finishes at John Field Drive near the Yallourn Power Station.
The Moe to Yallourn Rail trail is excellent for family day trips with a stop at Lake Narracan.
BOOLARRA RAILWAY PARK (Mirboo North - Boolarra Rail Trail)
Location: Tarwin Street, Boolarra.
The trail rises gently from Boolarra to Mirboo North (150m rise over 13kms) and passes through remnant temperate rainforest, dry schlerophyll forest and significant areas of regrowth.
OLD BOOLARRA MILL SITE
Location: Foster Road, Boolarra.
Length: 5 km Track: easy walks in state forest, suitable for wheelchairs as they are surfaced with bluestone, all facilities are disability friendly including the composting toilet.
Maps are available at the car park.
LAKE HYLAND & MATHISON PARK
Location: Corner Tramway and Mackeys Road, Churchill.
This is a lovely place for a walk, workout and picnic with toilets and a playground. Tranquil bushland just a few minutes from town. Walking track along Eel Hole Creek. Fish off one of the five fishing platforms which are located around the lake and is stocked with trout each school holidays.
DUFF SAWMILL HERITAGE TRAIL
Location: Balook Road, Traralgon South.
From Traralgon take the Traralgon South - Balook Road. Just past the TV towers on your left, turn left into the Callignee South Road. The Northern end of the trail starts approx. 500m along the Callignee South Road. Follow the track south through a shining gum plantation, mountain ash remnant and regrowth forests, blackwood regrowth and tree fern gullies to the southern entrance, which is 4km back to the Callignee South Road.
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