The Mansfield to Tallarook Rail Trail make a great 3-4 cycling tour, or, you can simply hop on one of the many entry points and ride for an hour or longer...it's completely upto you!
The major sections comprise of:
Tallarook to Yea (38km)
This follows a picturesque valley, some of it by a river. Yea makes a great stopping point as it is a medium sized regional town with several eating establishments.
The former Yea Station building has been restored and is now occupied by the local tourist information centre, as has the goods shed which is occupied by local artists. The station also has a great playground, picnic facilities and a skate park.
Yea to Cathkin (21km)
This section features lots of bridges for the Yea and Goulburn River flood plains. In the middle is a climb up to the 200m long Cheviot tunnel. Even though straight it is quite dark in the middle so take care or have a light.
There is nothing except interpretive signs and toilets at the former junction station of Cathkin. After crossing the highway go straight on for Bonnie Doon and Mansfield or veer right for Alexandra.
Cathkin to Bonnie Doon (40km)
This section has the biggest climb up to the highest point on the rail trail at Merton Gap.
Note: Yarck and Merton are small towns with basic facilities - though a couple of nice eateries, whilst Bonnie Doon has more facilities for visitors.
Bonnie Doon to Mansfield (22km)
There are no real hills in this section and it features the 385m long bridge over the Brankeet arm of Lake Eildon, a real sight when there is water under it. Approaching Mansfield on a clear day, Mt Buller is clearly visible, a real treat when covered in snow. You komw you are approaching the High Country
Mansfield is a major regional and tourist centre with many facilities for visitors. The station is used by the historical society with some carriages, and the large tourist information centre is adjacent.
The side trail to Cathkin to Alexandra (13km)
There is a signficant climb either way on this section with panoramic views of the valley at the top of the gap.
Alexandra is a major regional centre catering for visitors and the former Alexandra station site is now home to the Alexandra Timber Tramway.
This broad gauge branch line opened to Yea in 1883 and Mansfield in 1891. A further branch off from Cathkin reached Alexandra in 1909. The entire line closed in 1978 along with many other branch lines across Victoria.
Apart frrom the Bonnie Doon bridge, which opened in 2000, the first major stage of the rail trail opened in August 2010. The entire trail was opened by Autumn 2012.
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What cycling clothing do I need to wear?
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- cycling jerseys
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- cycling glasses
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