Trail Highlights

There are many highlights for you to enjoy along the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. Those listed below are located within townships along the trail, and most are easily accessed right from the trail itself. You'll get much more from your visit by spending a little time in each town exploring the highlights of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

Apex Park, Stratford

Apex Park, Stratford

Apex Park, Stratford, is the trail head at the eastern end of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail. This award winning medieval themed park is situated on the banks of the Avon River

ASH, Heyfield

ASH, Heyfield

ASH (Australian Sustainable Hardwoods) is the largest hardwood sawmill in Australia.

Avon Ridge Winery, Powerscourt

Avon Ridge Winery, Powerscourt

Avon Ridge is a well established winery located on Maffra-Stratford Road near Maffra.

Avon River Crossing, Stratford

Avon River Crossing, Stratford

Usually not much more than a gentle stream at this point, the river becomes a mighty force when in flood.

Cowwarr Art Space

Cowwarr Art Space

Original artworks by renowned artist-in-residence, Clive Murray-White.

Cowwarr's GY Wagon

Cowwarr's GY Wagon

This railway goods wagon, No. GY2300R, is a typical example of a standard 4-wheeled open wagon used by the Victorian Railways on the Traralgon-Stratford railway line.

Dawson Flora Reserve

Dawson Flora Reserve

There are many different native Flora of Significance located within the Dawson Flora Reseve.

Eaglehawk Creek (near Glengarry)

Eaglehawk Creek (near Glengarry)

Only a kilometer or two east northeast of Glengarry you will find Eaglehawk Creek, which is the ideal location to rest and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Flora

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Flora

The flora along the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is diverse, to say the least.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra

Don't miss seeing this outstanding rotating display of interesting vehicles, including veteran, classic, transport and auto memorabilia.

Glengarry Railway Station

Glengarry Railway Station

The old Glengarry Railway Station, which was originally named La Trobe Railway Station, is the only* station remaining on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

Heyfield Tourist Information & Wetlands Centre

Heyfield Tourist Information & Wetlands Centre

Located adjacent to the trail, this is a great place to take a break and discover the area's native flora and fauna.

Heyfield Vintage Machinery Shed

Heyfield Vintage Machinery Shed

Heyfield Vintage Machinery Shed is locted in Fawaz Street, Heyfield, and is owned and operated by the Heyfield and District Vintage Machinery Group.

Macalister Wetlands Reserve, Maffra

Macalister Wetlands Reserve, Maffra

Originally used for grazing, the Maffra Wetlands is now a haven for threatened bird species.

Maffra Sugar Beet Museum

Maffra Sugar Beet Museum

The Maffra Sugar Beet Museum hosts displays and audiovisual presentations that inform visitors of Maffra’s Sugar Beet industry.

 

Maffra Visitor Information Centre

Maffra Visitor Information Centre

Maffra Visitor Information Centre is located in the heart of town, in the old Courthouse building at 96 Johnson Street. 

Pingvin Books, Antiques, Collectables & Ephemera, Maffra

Pingvin Books, Antiques, Collectables & Ephemera, Maffra

Pingvin in Maffra is a Bookstore which specialises in rare and collectable books, and also stocks antiques, collectables, and ephemera.

Pino Deriu Mineral Collection, Maffra Visitor Information Centre

Pino Deriu Mineral Collection, Maffra Visitor Information Centre

Apart from a wide range of Australian specimens, the collection also contains extremely rare items from Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Asia Minor.

Produce Markets

Produce Markets

Fresh, crisp, clean, pure, and local. Nothing showcases fresh, local produce like a Produce (Farmer's) Market. Produce Markets are conducted regularly in several townships along the trail.

Rainbow Creek, Cowwarr

Rainbow Creek, Cowwarr

A highlight of the trail is the scenic crossing of the Rainbow Creek bridge at Cowwarr.

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