Outer Circle Rail Trail
  • Length: 15km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Kew 

  • End: Hughesdale

  • Closest Town: Kew 

  • Location: Melbourne Region

  • Distance from state capital: 6km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.79450849

  • Longitude: 145.034968


Outer Circle Rail Trail is a 15km, grade 3 One Way hike located in Melbourne Region Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.


This is a well developed trail with detailed history boards, which winds through a variety of suburbs and urban parkland. From Fairfield to East Malvern it is known as the Anniversary Trail. Between East Camberwell and Alamein it runs beside the Alamein railway line. There are many busy road crossings, but most have lights.

You can cycle from Kew to Elsternwick by combining the Outer Circle and Rosstown rail trails. Total distance: 25km.

The trail begins in Boyd Park near Hughesdale Station. Follow a back street along the train line towards the city from Poath Road, on the north side. The trail continues through popular Boyd Park until Dandenong Road. Be careful around blind corners.

At Dandenong Road, it is safest to follow the service lane to your left for 200m to cross at the lights. Then turn right again, and enter the Urban Forest, once the site of the Waverley Road Station. This is a beautiful native bushland park with several trails running in parallel. Follow any of these to arrive at Waverley Road. This is the only unsealed section of the trail. Cross the road, and pass through East Malvern Station carpark. The trail meets the Scotchman’s Creek Trail here, which you could follow to your right all the way to Jells Park.


Kew to Hughesdale in Melbourne Region

Eastern Melbourne suburbs, 6km from Melbourne


Slightly hilly

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