• Length: 35km

  • Duration: 8-9hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: South Geelong Station

  • End: Queenscliff

  • Closest Town: Geelong

  • Location: Bellarine Peninsula

  • Distance from state capital: 76km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.162878

  • Longitude: 144.364915

Summary

The Bellarine Rail Trail is a 35 km walking and cycling track on the Bellarine Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia, that follows the route of the former South Geelong to Queenscliff branch line. It runs from South Geelong to Queenscliff, passing through the towns of Leopold and Drysdale. The rails have been removed from the western section between South Geelong and Drysdale.

The Bellarine Railway operates a tourist railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff, and the walking track runs parallel to the railway in this 16 km eastern section. The route traverses farmland with scattered patches and strips of native vegetation, mainly eucalypt woodland. 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 the Bellarine Rail Trail in 2000.

Access Points

  • Strong Street at Swanston Street near South Geelong railway station
  • South Geelong – Breakwater Rd opposite the Geelong showgrounds, 1km from the railway station along Carr St
  • Drysdale – At the railway station, which is the half way point where the tourist railway terminates.
  • Queenscliff – opposite the station towards the carriage sidings

Notes

The gradient is mostly easy and flat with a gradual climb in some places. Families with young children often choose to avoid the return uphill climb from Queenscliff to Mannerim by either hopping on the steam train or arranging other transport.

 

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11 thoughts on “Bellarine Rail Trail (35 km)

  1. G’day Darren, I can’t see where I can download the GPS map. Can you please tell me how to do that. I have done it before, but I just can’t see it. Cheers, Anne

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  2. Hi Anne, thanks for asking about the GPX files. Unfortunately we don’t have one yet for this trail but if you do happen to record one please feel free to pass it on and I will load it on the site.

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  3. Deb Dark

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  4. Craig Tilley Michelle Toniolo-Jacgung Sandra Rogers Helen Panayi

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    1. It is a good one to ride … have done it before.

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    2. Or walk and catch the steam train back (Sunday only). Have done this

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    3. That sounds fun

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  5. Maddison Ruggiero

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    1. Owww we should try do this one time! 8-9 hours we will need lots of water ahahah

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    2. Sunday?

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    3. If y’all want to make it a hella hike, I am up for the challenge

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