72km, Mostly flat but hilly between Fish creek and Foster, Easy/Medium
The Great Southern Rail Trail is a wonderful journey through South Gippsland. You can cycle as much or as little of the rail trail as you like. It has many small arty villages with great food and accommodation to suit all budgets. The rail trail takes you past native bushlands, through the Black Spur over the trestle bridges, via the wonderful little villages where there so much to explore and finishes in Port Welshpool for fish and chips looking over the Long Jetty and the National Parks.
Best Things about This Ride
- Views to Wilsons Promontory
- Trestle bridges through the Black Spur
- Meeniyan with its revitalised town centre, great pubs and cafes.
- Fish Creek which is known to be ‘unusually’ arty
- The Fishy – Fish Creek art deco pub
- The bush, birds and Australian Native animals
- The Emporium at Buffalo
- Toora – the little town that time forgot
- Koonwarra, home to the slow food movement
- Foster with its lovely town centre and Jazz.
- Port Welshpool fish and chips looking over the National Parks.
Things to Watch out for
Plan your trip including the return. You can cycle back – the views are surprisingly different the other way around. Alternatively Australian Cycling Holidays will bring your bikes back to Leongatha but you will need to take the bus. We will also rent bikes with panniers for all ages for this ride. Call to book on 0468 390 224.
Take a jumper and a raincoat regardless of the weather when you start out – it is Victoria!
- Short DescriptionThe Great Southern Rail Trail has something for everyone with old fashioned arty villages, bush, bridges, views to Wilsons Prom, wonderful food, wines and accommodation.
- Trip PlanningOne way
- RegionSouth Gippsland
- StartLeongatha or any of the towns along the way
- Time6 hours
- TrafficRail Trail
- SurfaceUnsealed Good
- SeasonsAll, chilly in winter