East Gippsland Rail Trail
  • Length: 94km

  • Duration: 6 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Bairnsdale 

  • End: Newmeralla

  • Location: Gippsland

  • Closest Town: Bairnsdale 

  • Distance from CBD: 280km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.8246885

  • Longitude: 147.6419652

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Public Transport

Bitumen Road

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Winding Road

Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


East Gippsland Rail Trail is a 94km, grade 3 one way hike, located in Gippsland, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6 days to complete.

Hike Summary

Rail Trail services including bike hire, return transport, luggage transfers and accommodation

A long rail trail, which passes through a variety of forest and farmland
Ideal for multi-day tour or shorter day trips
Lots of huge old timber bridges, railway cuttings and embankments
Some low level diversions around bridges from Bruthen on are quite steep.
Occasional views of the Gippsland Lakes
Rich variety of birds and other wildlife
Small towns and villages providing meals and accommodation options
Option to divert onto the Mississippi Tramway to Lakes Entrance

About the region

Stretch your legs in some of Victoria's most spectacular national parks, be charmed by tiny towns, and indulge in gourmet fresh produce in Gippsland. Amble along Ninety Mile Beach, set up camp in Wilsons Prom or set sail on the Gippsland Lakes. Feed your curiosity at galleries and studios, or at local cellar doors, boutique distilleries and renowned restaurants.


Bairnsdale to Newmeralla in Gippsland

East Gippsland, 280km from Melbourne

Coarse gravel, Fine gravel, Sealed

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

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