Old Beechy Rail Trail
  • Length: 50km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Colac 

  • End: Beech Forest

  • Location: Western Victoria

  • Closest Town: Colac 

  • Distance from CBD: 152km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.34321758

  • Longitude: 143.58661

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Bitumen Road

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Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

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Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

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Historic Lighthouse

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Aboriginal Art

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Old Beechy Rail Trail is a 50km, grade 3 one way hike, located in Western Victoria, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Hike Summary

The Old Beechy Rail Trail winds through scenic pine forests and bushland, rich farmland and rolling hills as it travels from Colac up to Beech Forest.
It was originally a narrow gauge railway that played a key role in opening the western Otways to settlement.
Magnificent eucalypts and blackwoods provide homes for abundant bird life.
This trail features outstanding and innovative interpretative signs along the route.
When planning for this trail, you should note that the trail is almost continually down hill from  Beech Forest to Gellibrand and it is best suited for hybrids and mountain bikes.

Barongarook - turn east on Barongarook Rd from the Colac-Lavers Hill Rd. Parking is available at the local hall.

Birnam - turn east on Cashins Rd from the Colac - Lavers Hill Rd and follow it 1km to the picnic ground (old Birnam staion). The trail is signposted here.


Colac to Beech Forest in Western Victoria

Otway Ranges, 152km south west 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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