Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail â€“ On Track
One of the longest rail trails in Australia, the 134km Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail is currently under construction. The completed Rail Trail will traverse the Mitchell, Murrundindi and Mansfield Shires, connecting towns and communities including Tallarook, Trawool, Kerrisdale, Homewood, Yea, Molesworth, Cathkin, Alexandra, Koriella, Kanumbra, Merton, Woodfield, Bonnie Doon, Maindample and Mansfield.
The project began in 2004 when the Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires agreed to work towards developing a Concept & Business Plan covering Tallarook â€“ Yea â€“ Mansfield, including a spur line to Alexandra.
In mid-2009 funding of $14M was secured for the development and construction phase of the Rail Trail, of which $13M is from Federal Government funds and $1M from State Government funds and cash and in-kind resource allocation by all three Councils. It is scheduled for completion in December 2011.
The completed Rail Trail will include 134km shared bicycle, walking and bridle trail, 39 new bridges, seven new car parks and amenities, eight water tanks and 17 rest stops, and repairs to a further 29 bridges between Mansfield and Tallarook.
The Rail Trail promises many exciting adventures as it winds along the heritage-classified Goulburn River, through the Trawool Valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty, on its way to the magnificent High Country.
Towns and settlements along the way offer unique experiences and new places to explore, including historic landmarks and buildings, art galleries, museums, food and wine, shopping and markets.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.victorianrailtrails.com.au