Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail
  • Length: 17km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Colquhoun

  • End: Lakes Entrance

  • Location: Gippsland

  • Closest Town: Colquhoun

  • Distance from CBD: 315km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.83819791

  • Longitude: 147.9512319

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Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail is a 17km, grade 3 one way hike, located in Gippsland, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

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

This trail provides a link from the East Gippsland Rail Trail and Lakes Entrance
Lovely bush trail that follows an old tramway following the Mississippi Ck.
Remains of old cuttings, including rail and sleepers.
Remains of old marble quarry along the way

Colquhoun - junction with East Gippsland Trail to Lakes Entrance - off road trail starts 8km north at Scriveners Rd.

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.


Colquhoun to Lakes Entrance in Gippsland

EastGippsland, 315km east of Melbourne

Compacted earth

Undulating with a couple of steep sections

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

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  1. Started off at Scriveners Road, (a note for people interested is that while the road leading to it is sealed, parking is very limited at the starting point) the first section of the trail before the quarry is relatively flat and easy going, there is a picnic/rest area with picnic table where the trail intersects with a dirt track. Between the quarry and the trail’s end there are a series of long ascents and descents that will test you, the trail is sealed with gravel for it’s entire length from Scriveners Road to it’s junction with the Rail Trail, turning right on the Rail Trail towards Orbost and continuing 2km approx will lead to gravel road access (Lakes Colquhoun Road), along the trail you will find relics related to the historic Granite Quarry along with wildlife and great Forest scenery.

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