Great Southern Rail Trail & Tarra Trail
  • Length: 74km

  • Duration: 5 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Leongatha 

  • End: Port Welshpool

  • Location: Gippsland

  • Closest Town: Leongatha 

  • Distance from CBD: 130km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.57822

  • Longitude: 145.98549

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Camping Area
Drinking Water
BBQ Facilities
Campfire Pit

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2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Campfire Pit

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Overnight Campsites


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Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

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Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

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


Great Southern Rail Trail & Tarra Trail is a 74km, grade 3 one way hike, located in Gippsland, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5 days to complete.

Hike Summary

Combine your rail trail journey with other regional attractions such as Agnes Falls, Walkerville Lime Kilns, Coal Creek Heritage Village, or Wilsons Promontory National Park.

A picturesque rail trail close to Melbourne, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. 
This rail trail has seen many major improvements in recent years including the opening of the Black Spur bridges near Koonwarra in March 2016.
The rail trail has a wide smooth hard packed gravel surface and only one crossing of a major road, after Meeniyan.
Take the full 74km journey or choose shorter segments for a more leisurely outing. Make sure to stop and explore the towns that are linked along it, with their unique stories and experiences they offer... as well as the terrific coffee, shopping and dining opportunities.

Situated directly across from the Great Southern Rail Trail, Meeniyan Motel & Bike Hire is the Prom Country’s premier hire depot covering all your cycling needs.

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.


Leongatha to Port Welshpool in Gippsland

South Gippsland, 130km from Melbourne

Fine gravel

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

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