The Great Southern Rail Trail

Leongatha Koonwarra Meeniyan Fish Creek Foster Toora Welshpool Port Welshpool

Dog Walking on the Great Southern Rail TrailHorse Riding on the Great Southern Rail TrailBike Riding on the Great Southern Rail TrailCycling on the Great Southern Rail Trail
Dog Walking on the Great Southern Rail Trail
  Dog Walking on the Great Southern Rail Trail  
Horse Riding on the Great Southern Rail Trail
  Horse Riding on the Great Southern Rail Trail  
Bike Riding on the Great Southern Rail Trail
  Bike Riding on the Great Southern Rail Trail  
Cycling on the Great Southern Rail Trail
  Cycling on the Great Southern Rail Trail  
Walk, cycle or ride 72 kilometres on The Great Southern Rail Trail. It is suitable for both the energetic and not so energetic outdoor enthusiast. From Leongatha, the trail goes through Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Stony Creek, Buffalo, Fish Creek, Foster, Toora, Welshpool and Port Welshpool, offering rural and bush views along the way. The terrain is gentle and accessible for wheelchairs in certain sections.

As you ride the trail, make sure to stop and explore the towns that are linked along it. You will be amazed at the unique stories and experiences they offer… as well as the terrific coffee, shopping and dining opportunities.

As of 4 March 2016, the Great Southern Rail Trail is now complete for the full distance from Leongatha to Port Welshpool.
Modes of Transport:Walkers welcome Walking Cyclists welcome Cycling Horses welcome Horse Riding
Difficulty:EASY / MEDIUM
Gravel, slightly undulating surface.
Distance:VERY LONG   72 km (total)
Dogs: Dogs are allowed
Dogs are allowed on this trail
Dogs are allowed on a leash
Accessibility: This trail has wheelchair access
This trail has wheelchair access
This trail has wheelchair access.
Leongatha to Koonwarra: Distance: (7.8km)
This section of trail begins in Horticultural Park in Young Street, Leongatha. It is a gentle descent to Koonwarra, past farmland, lowland forest and wetlands. Vegetation includes swamp scrub and wetland plants; herons and ducks may be seen. You are welcomed by an avenue of trees as you enter Koonwarra, a picturesque village known for its local produce, sustainable living and monthly farmers market.

Parking
Leongatha: Parking is available in front of Horticultural Park (additional in Young Street).
Koonwarra: Parking is available along Swan Road.
Koonwarra to Meeniyan: Distance: (8.2km)
This section of the trail winds its way through the Black Spur, named after the creek that flows beneath. Pass through lush fern gullies before taking in expansive views of the flats surrounding Tarwin River. The trail continues to Meeniyan where it meanders close to the main street. Access this friendly town through Tanderra Park and explore its gallery, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Parking
Koonwarra: Parking is available along Swan Road.
Meeniyan: Parking is available along Thompkins Road.
Meeniyan to Fish Creek: Distance: (18.3km)
Here the trail begins the long diversion south that the railway took to avoid the steep Foster Hills. This diverse section of the trail offers views of productive pastures, giant gum trees and flowing creeks. There is a gentle rise in the gradient of the trail as you leave the park at Buffalo and head towards the artistic village of Fish Creek.

Parking
Meeniyan: Parking is available along Thompkins Road.
Fish Creek: Parking is located just off Falls Rd, behind the BP service station car park.
Fish Creek to Foster: Distance: (12.4km)
From Fish Creek the trail climbs a valley on the west side of the Hoddle Range and crosses the summit at an elevation of 140m just past Lowrys Road. As you travel along this section you will enjoy views of Corner Inlet and the peaks of Wilsons Promontory National Park. There is a lot of dense forest along the side of the trail, with a variety of plants including tree ferns and orchids and a range of birdlife. As you complete this section of trail, you arrive at Foster Station Park. It is just a short 1.5km detour from here into the township of Foster.

Parking
Fish Creek: Parking is located just off Falls Rd, behind the BP service station car park.
Foster: Parking is at Foster Station Park, located off Station Rd, Foster.
Foster to Toora: Distance: (10.2km)
This section is a leisurely journey with an ever-changing view. From dairy farms and gum tree glades, to rivers, rolling hills and wind turbines. This gentle section of the trail is ideal for young families to explore.

Parking
Foster: Parking is at Foster Station Park, located off Station Rd, Foster.
Toora: The car park can be accessed from Toora Jetty Road.
Toora to Welshpool : Distance: (10.2km)
The best of both worlds, you will travel through bushland and past extensive dairy farms, with views to Corner Inlet. This section is flat, making it suitable for all fitness levels and perfect for families.

Parking
Toora: The car park can be accessed from Toora Jetty Road.
Welshpool: Parking is located off South Gippsland Hwy at Memorial Hall Reserve.
Welshpool to Port Welshpool: Distance: (5km)
The trail winds its way through the streets of Welshpool before continuing along to the coast. This is a short 5km flat section as you approach the end of the Great Southern Rail Trail and the fishing town of Port Welshpool. Enjoy views of Corner Inlet, Snake Island and the northern section of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Parking
Welshpool: Parking is located off South Gippsland Hwy at Memorial Hall Reserve.
Port Welshpool: Parking is located off Lewis St, at the ferry terminal car park.