Hawthorn to Kew Rail Trail
  • Length: 1km

  • Duration: 30 mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Hawthorn 

  • End: Kew

  • Location: Melbourne Region

  • Closest Town: Hawthorn 

  • Distance from CBD: 5km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.82072228

  • Longitude: 145.0294077

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Hawthorn to Kew Rail Trail is a 1km, grade 2 one way hike, located in Melbourne Region, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 30 mins to complete.

Hike Summary

This short trail follows a branch line from Hawthorn to Kew, opened in 1887 and closed in 1957.

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About the region

In the good old days of 1880s Marvellous Melbourne, you could do no wrong by punting on property. The best sort of land to buy was that alongside railway lines, a fact that promoted the development of the Outer Circle line. It ran cross-country, starting from Fairfield and heading south-east all the way to Oakleigh. However, just after the line was opened, the spectacular crash and depression of the 1890s burst the property bubble and stalled the development of new suburbs. Passenger services were cancelled, though one section of the Outer Circle survives today as the Alamein line. Today the Outer Circle is a rail trail for most of its length. The most straightforward way to enjoy it is to walk the section from Kew to East Malvern, maybe cheating in the middle by catching a train to Alamein. It's a pleasant walk, taking in narrow, atmospheric cuttings and wide swathes of green parkland between residents' backyards.


Hawthorn to Kew in Melbourne Region

Eastern Melbourne suburbs, 5km from Melbourne



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

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