Welcome to the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, offering visitors access to the natural beauty, local history, and small-town hospitality of the Central Gippsland region. The trail’s gentle grade provide a perfect low-intensity walking or riding experience for visitors of all ages and levels of trail-going experience, and is easily accessible by train from Melbourne or Bairnsdale. There’s history, vibrant wineries, contemporary restaurants and cafes, exciting specialty shops, stunning views of the Great Dividing Range, and much more to discover on your Gippsland Plains Rail Trail adventure.
One of Victoria’s premiere walking, biking, and riding trails, right on Melbourne’s doorstep.
Explore Traralgon » One of the largest towns in Gippsland, Traralgon is the perfect spot to get yourself prepared for your trail adventure.
Explore Glengarry » Glengarry is the first stop on the Trail, just 6km from the start of the trail in Traralgon. It’s a beautiful little town, marked by its tree-lined streets and historic buildings.
Explore Toongabbie » Toongabbie is a delight for visitors looking to connect with history, as well as the region’s natural beauty.
Explore Cowwarr » In its heyday, Cowwarr was a bustling hub of livestock, timber, grains and vegetables, and dairy products, all bound for Melbourne.
Explore Heyfield » With its bustling cafes and traditional country pubs, plus shopping, accomodation, and more, Heyfield is a perfect stop to rest and recharge.
Explore Tinamba » The gorgeous town of Tinamba is the gateway to Central Gippsland wine country, and home to the Tinamba Hotel. Surrounded by beautiful pastureland, and with great views of the mountains to the north, the area has been known for dairy farming for over a century.
Explore Maffra » Once the bustling hub of the sugar beet industry, Maffra is now a charming village bursting with cafes, boutique shopping, and plenty of work from local artists at the Maffra Exhibition Centre, the Briagolong Art Gallery and home to Fonterra, one of the country’s largest milk manufacturers.
Explore Stratford » Sitting at the easternmost end of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, Stratford is set on the banks of the beautiful Avon River, and offers something for everyone. There’s shopping aplenty, art and culture, and great walking, swimming, and birdwatching options along the river.
Stay & Explore
The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is perfect for weekend breaks, with a wealth of accommodation, dining, and sightseeing options available. Here’s where you can start exploring the towns along the trail, plan your visit, and connect with local accommodation, businesses and attractions.
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