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Great Southern Rail Trail Projects

The Great Southern Rail Trail Projects include the:

  • Leongatha to Korumburra link; 
  • Korumburra to Nyora extension and beyond
  • Welshpool to Alberton link

Since the complete closure of the rail line between Dandenong and Port Albert in 1994 various sections have been developed into a rail trail. At present the Great Southern Rail Trail stretches 71 kilometres from Leongatha to Port Welshpool. The trail is an important contributor to the local and regional economy, attracting a large number of tourists.

Funding Secured

The following funding has been secured:

Leongatha to Korumburra – A Grant of $500,000 approved through State Government's Regional Infrastructure Fund
Korumburra to Nyora – A grant of $800,000 approved through the State Government's Local Sport Infrastructure Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What’s involved?
A.  Works are broken up into three contracts:

  • Rail and sleeper removal, completed in 2020.
  • Works on four bridges – currently underway. Involves repairs or replacement of bridges and installation of new concrete decks and barriers.
  • Trail works – currently underway. Involves drainage and fencing works; Preparation of surface and installation of geotextile; Installation of compacted gravel to provide similar surface to existing trail

Q. How can I find out more information about the lease of the railway land from VicTrack?
A. You can find out more at: https://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/download/downloads/id/3353/faq_-_rail_corridor_lease.pdf

Rail Trail 1
Rail Trail 2
Rail Trail 3

Section

Distance

(approx.)

Features

Works completed

Works remaining

Current status

Trail through Leongatha

0.6 km

Gravel placement

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Footpath upgrades

Crossing upgrades

Not open – forecast opening spring 2021

Leongatha to Lows Road

3.4 km

  • From Leongatha to rural country side
  • Runs parallel to South Gippsland Highway

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening spring 2021

Lows Road to Ruby Arawata Road

1.8 km

  • Includes two bridges over Coalition Creek and a tributary
  • Runs parallel to Coalition Creek
  • Passes old Ruby Station site (yard currently used to support trail construction)

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Completion of 2 x bridge decks and railing

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening late 2021

Ruby Arawata Road to Kardella Road

5.2 km

  • Includes one bridge over Coalition Creek
  • Runs parallel to Coalition Creek
  • Passes old Kardella Station site (yard currently used to support trail construction)

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Completion of 1 x bridge deck and railing

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening early 2022

Kardella Road to O’Neills Road

2.8 km

  • Includes one bridge over a private driveway
  • Passes Korumburra Cemetery
  • Stretches through the outskirts of Korumburra

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Completion of 1 x new bridge

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening early 2022

O’Neills Road to Korumburra

1.2 km

  • Stretches from the business precinct to the outskirts of Korumburra
  • Passes under Bridge Street road bridge

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening spring 2021

Trail through Korumburra

0.8 km

 

Rail removal

Gravel placement

Road crossing at Korumburra Warragul Road

Path connections

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

 

Not open – forecast opening late 2021

Korumburra to Bena

5.7 km

  • Includes two bridges, one over a private driveway and one over Main Road Bena
  • Passes under South Gippsland Highway road bridge
  • Passes old station sites at Whitelaw and Bena (yard currently used to support trail construction)
  • Runs parallel to South Gippsland Highway

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Completion of 1 x new bridge

Completion of 1 x bridge deck and railing

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening early-mid 2022

Bena to Loch

9.7 km

  • Passes under five road bridges Bass Valley Road, Main Road, Bena Kongwak Road, South Gippsland Highway and Loch Poowong Road.
  • Passes old Jeetho Station site
  • Runs parallel to Allsop Creek and crosses at several locations via large culverts
  • Hilda Falls – In consultation with the Loch Nyora Landcare Group, Council is constructing a small viewing platform at Hilda Falls that will enable rail trail users to safely view the falls from the trail
  • Gippsland Giant Earthworm habitat
  • Connection to Loch Recreation Reserve via suspension bridge
  • Connection to Loch township via tunnel under South Gippsland Highway
  • Loch Railway Station and market site

Site preparation works

Connections at Bena and Loch

Gravel placement – delayed due to wet conditions

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Hilda Falls viewing pad

 

Not open – forecast opening late 2021

Loch to Berrys Road

2.5 km

  • Includes two bridges over Allsop Creek and Bass River

Site preparation works

Road crossings

 

Gravel placement – delayed due to wet conditions and access constraints

Completion of 2 x bridge decks and railing

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening mid 2022

Berrys Road to Nyora

3.1 km

  • Speedway
  • Nyora Recreation Reserve
  • Nyora Railway Station buildings
  • Connection to Nyora township
  • Potential future connection to Bass Coast Rail Trail

Gravel placement

Road crossings

Fencing

Wayfinding and feature signage

Not open – forecast opening late 2021

Beyond Nyora

TBD

  • Potential future connections through Lang Lang and ultimately to suburban Melbourne at Clyde

Liaison with neighbouring municipalities

Secure funding and land tenure and construct

Not under construction

Total length

36.5 km