Federation Trail

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Federation Trail near Werribee
Federation Trail
Length Approx. 23 km from Brooklyn to Werribee
Difficulty Easy
Hills None
Hazards Magpies during breeding season. Snakes in summer.
Path Shared use, bitumen and gravel
Connecting Transport
Train Werribee line (Werribee and Hoppers Crossing stations)

The Federation Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which mainly follows the heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer through the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3] There are button-activated traffic light crossings at most major road-trail intersections.[4]

For safety reasons, cyclists are no longer allowed to ride on the Princes Freeway (or any other urban freeway).[5] The Federation Trail therefore is the preferred alternative route. West of Werribee, where the Federation Trail ends, Geelong cyclists may use the freeway shoulders, as it is then considered a rural freeway.[6]

The trail was officially opened on 22 October 2006.

In 2010 work started on extending the trail from Millers Road to Williamstown Rd. Completion of stage 1 of the VicRoads Truck Action Plan[7] should see the trail finally connected from Williamstown Road to the Bay Trail - west side on Hyde Street.

Since March 2011, work on the extension has stopped completely without explanation.[8] So far 1,300 metres of concrete path has been built, at a conservatively estimated cost of $520,000,[9] which now lies idle. The new path is fenced off to potential users, who could have otherwise easily accessed the path going along the rail line, from the corner of Watson Street and Truman Street in South Kingsville until further works are done.[10][11]

Following the path[edit]

Much of the trail follows the historic reservation of the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer which was built in the 1890s. At that time the sewer was the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Victoria. The associated pumping station can be found in the Scienceworks Museum complex.

Snakes may be seen in the Skeleton Creek and Werribee River areas during hot weather. Walkers are advised to stay on the path to enjoy the scenery.


Kororoit Creek, a tunnel under the Western Ring Road freeway, RAAF Williams (Laverton base), Lawrie Emmins Reserve, Skeleton Creek, Werribee Mercy Hospital, Victoria University (Werribee campus), Werribee Park, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee River.


The trail meets the Werribee River Trail in the west, at Werribee and provides access to the Princes Freeway at this point. Near Hoppers Crossing it intersects with the upper section of the Skeleton Creek Trail. 3.7 km west of Millers Road, it intersects the Western Ring Road Trail. It terminates at Millers Road in the east in Brooklyn near Altona North.

The Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail can be accessed from one of the roads coming off Millers Road, however the road sections here can be very busy and not suitable for inexperienced riders. Francis Street through Yarraville is one option, but dangerous as it is a major truck route. Blackshaws Road or Mason Street (has bike lanes) can be accessed via Marigold Street, Kyle Street/Mills Street and represent far safer alternatives to Francis Street. They pass through Altona North to Melbourne Road in Newport. Crossing the railway at Newport station to North Road or Hudsons Road via Spotswood station leads to the trail.

Another option of riding into the Melbourne City Centre is to leave the Federation Trail at Geelong Road and ride along the service lanes (and a pedestrian subway under the railway) to connect with one of the numerous paths or streets which go east-west through the Footscray area.

West end at 37°55′08″S 144°39′32″E / 37.918980°S 144.658795°E / -37.918980; 144.658795. East end at 37°49′25″S 144°50′54″E / 37.823560°S 144.848403°E / -37.823560; 144.848403.


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