Route: Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail

Submitted by Gayle Cowling on Mon, 02/06/2023 - 01:34am
Victoria, AU
38 km
Vertical Gain
171 m

The trail can be run in either direction starting at the information session at Port Fairy on Bank St or in the carpark at Breakwater Precinct in Warrnambool. The railway line from Warrnambool to Melbourne was opened in 1887. The construction of the line to Port Fairy, via Koroit started in late 1888 and it was completed in 1890. Between Warrnambool and Port Fairy there were 12 gate keepers’ cottages and stations were situated at Warrnambool, Illowa, Koroit, Crossley, Kirkstall, Moyne, Rosebrook, Glaxo and Port Fairy. Many of the station signs are still located on the trail. The trail is predominantly packed limestone gravel with some short sections of bitumen between Levy’s Point and Koroit. Passing through open farming country, and remnant vegetation, the trail skirts the volcano at Tower Hill and traverses' wetlands, coastal sand dunes, and rivers to the sea. The Koroit old rail station and Goods Shed have been restored by the local community and is a great point of interest midway. The trail is also lined with carved stone structures dotted every few hundred meters from Illowa Rd through to Koroit. The trail is very easy to navigate with directional markers located along the trail at all major intersections and decision points. 

Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail | Victorian Regional Bike Trail