Tyers Junction Rail Trail
  • Length: 11km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Collins Siding 

  • End: Tyers Junction

  • Closest Town: Collins Siding 

  • Location: Victoria

  • Distance from state capital: 160km

  • State: VIC

Summary

This trail is a favourite for enthusiasts who like mountain biking or walking in the bush. The trail passes through rainforest, fern gullies, messmate and stringybark forest, and there are plenty of birds, mammals and seasonal wildflowers. Expect fallen trees across the trail and watch out for snakes in summer.

From Tyers Junction, explore the walking tracks along the eastern and western branches of the tramway.
The most interesting walk is along the Eastern Tyers River. These trails are less developed and are suitable for walking only. Ask at the Caringal Scout camp at Tyers Junction for further directions.
The Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail is nearby.Petersons Lookout in Tyers Park has views of the Tyers Gorge and Latrobe Valley from a viewing platform and also picnic facilities.

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

The Tyers Valley Tramway was a narrow gauge timber tramway built by the Forestry Commission of Victoria to exploit timber resources on the slopes of Mount Baw Baw, Victoria. The tramway met with the Victorian Railways narrow gauge line from Moe to Walhalla at Collins Siding, and was built to the same 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge.  The tramways serving the Tyers Valley were largely destroyed by bushfires in 1926. Rather than rebuild the private tramways, the Forestry Commission, a government body, decided to construct a higher quality tramway to serve all the private sawmills in the district.

Notes

  • Collins Siding to Tyers Junction
  • Gippsland, 30km north of Moe, 160km from Melbourne
  • Surface – Compacted earth
  • Terrain – Hilly

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