Bass Coast Rail Trail
|Bass Coast Rail Trail|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Hazards||Variable track maintenance|
|Surface||Packed gravel and sand|
|Hills||Minor undulating hills|
|Water||Available in most towns|
|Bus||Available in Wonthaggi|
The trail has been constructed along a section of the former Wonthaggi line. The trail starts at the former Anderson station and finishes shortly after the former Wonthaggi Station. The trail is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) long and travels from Anderson heading towards the coast downhill to Kilcunda, heading along coastal sand dunes into the open farmland surrounding Wonthaggi.
The original railway line opened in 1910, being used for the transport of coal from Kilcunda and Wonthaggi, and local agricultural produce, as well as for public transport. The line was closed in 1978.
From Anderson to Kilcunda the trail drops 40 metres (130 ft) in height as it winds down through farming country. Here, the gravel path is overgrown and trail users need to negotiate several gates. The rail trail at Kilcunda is built on the coastal sand dunes and incorporates a landmark trestle bridge over Bourne Creek. Path users have panoramic scenic views of the Bass Strait coast and the Wonthaggi Wind Farm that was erected during 2005.
Heading towards Wonthaggi, the trail passes through flat agricultural fields, and is not always well maintained with grass being allowed to overgrow the path. The trail uses a few small bridges to cross the Powlett River and tributaries. The trail near Wonthaggi is packed gravel and features the heritage listed Wonthaggi station, and the historic Central Mine Reserve.
Attractions on the trail
- Anderson Station
- Kilcunda Station
- Kilcunda trestle bridge over Bourne Creek
- Dalyston Station
- Branch off towards the former Dudley Area mine
- State Mine Station (the trail passes through the location, however it is not officially marked)
- Wonthaggi Station
- Rail Trails of Australia description
- Bike Paths Victoria sixth edition, 2004. Edited and published by Sabey & Associates Pty Ltd. pp148. ISBN 0-9579591-1-7
- Geographic data related to Bass Coast Rail Trail at OpenStreetMap