Bellarine Rail Trail
  • Length: 32.5km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: South Geelong 

  • End: Queenscliff

  • Closest Town: South Geelong 

  • Location: Melbourne Region

  • Distance from state capital: 76km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.162878

  • Longitude: 144.364915

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Bellarine Rail Trail is a 32.5km, grade 3 One Way hike located in Melbourne Region Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Summary

From South Geelong the trail climbs gently to Leopold

A great day or weekend destination close to Melbourne and Geelong with scenery ranging from suburban to rolling farmland to the picturesque Swan Bay.
The Bellarine Peninsula has fine wineries, beaches and landscapes, and a wealth of other recreation opportunities.
From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail is beside the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway. The tourist railway is happy to take bicycles on their trains if you don’t want to ride in one (or both!) directions of this section.

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Victoria and South Australia.

The line was opened from Geelong to Queenscliff in 1879 to carry soldiers and materials to assist in the defence of Port Phillip Bay from possible attack by the Russians.  It also carried holiday makers to the popular seaside resort of Queenscliff.  The line was closed in 1976, but the section from Drysdale to Queenscliff was reopened as a tourist railway in 1981.  It officially became a rail trail in 2000.

Notes

South Geelong to Queenscliff in Melbourne Region

Bellarine Peninsula, 75km from Melbourne

Fine gravel, Sealed

Hilly


For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia.