The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is a 67km recreational trail following the former historic Gippsland Plains railway line route between Traralgon and Stratford.
Traralgon to Glengarry (10km)
Pass through the scenic Latrobe River floodplain and over four spectacular restored bridges.
Glengarry to Toongabbie (9km)
This smooth, well packed gravel path leads to the peaceful Eaglehawk Creek, ideal for picnicking. While you're in Toongabbie, discover the Toongabbie wetlands or check out the Ned Stringer Memorial.
Toongabbie to Cowwarr (9km)
This section has a well formed gravel path that sets out across the plains with views towards the Great Dividing Range. Continue through the remnant red gum forest and the lush farmland.
Cowwarr to Heyfield via Dawson (11km)
This section has a well packed gravel surface. Head out of Cowarr past the scenic Rainbow Creek crossing and continue through the rich river flats. Heyfield offers several dining and accommodation options.
Heyfield to Tinamba (10km)
This section is flat on well packed gravel, thanks to major works. The Tinamba Hotel makes for a great food stop.
Tinamba to Maffra (8km)
This section of the trail has an excellent surface and passes through wetlands, forest and a number of creek crossings. Be sure to explore the Gippsland Vehicle Collection before departing Maffra.
Maffra to Stratford via Powerscourt (10km)
The trail follows the main railway line through quintessentially country landscape.
Location: Traralgon to Stratford
Distance: 67km one way
Track: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Grade: Level 1 – No experience required, suitable for beginners and children. The track has a high quality new surface and is predominantly flat.
Start: Intersection of Marshalls Rd and the Traralgon-Maffra Rd (C105)
Finish: Apex Park, Stratford, beside the Avon River
Note: The trail is predominantly flat, although there are a few gentle undulations close to the western boundary of Heyfield, including one very short, but quite steep hill at Racecourse Road and care should be taken when descending.
Getting there: Travel via Monash Freeway (M1) and Princes Highway (A1) to Stratford approximately 230km east of Melbourne. The ride starts in Apex Park, which is on the right just across the Avon River Bridge on the way into town. V/Line also runs a regular train service to Bairnsdale from Melbourne, stopping at Stratford, and there are also V/Line services to and from Traralgon.