Rail Trail Status: Rail Trail is Fully Open
The trail links the historic towns of Port Fairy and Koroit with the regional city of Warrnambool.
Passing through open farming country, remnant vegetation, the trail skirts the volcano at Tower Hill and traverses wetlands, coastal sand dunes and rivers to the sea.
The section of the trail from Port Fairy to Koroit is gradually upward to just past the Koroit Railway Station and then drops down to the Princes Highway at Illowa.
From Illowa the trail follows along the Illowa Road, crosses Kellys Swamp wetlands, and the Merri River before reaching the Warrnambool Breakwater.
The trail at a glance
Distance – 37.5 km.
Generally passes through open farming land.
Rail heads with parking at:
– Regent Street, Port Fairy
– Koroit Railway Station
– Warrnambool Breakwater
The surface is packed limestone, bitumen (in town areas) and quartz gravel. It may be rough in sections.
Suitable for all cycles except those fitted with racing tyres.
Cafes, hotels, accommodation and camping facilities at Port Fairy, Koroit and Warrnambool.
After prolonged and very heavy rain and high tides the section of the trail at the Merri River and Kellys Swamp maybe impassable for short periods. We suggest you contact the Warrnambool Information Centre 5559 4620.
Cycle hire at Port Fairy and Warrnambool information centres.
There is a bus running between Port Fairy and Warrnambool which may carry cycles if space is available. We suggest contacting the bus line on 5562 5748 before relying on the bus.
There are weekly rides from both Port Fairy and Koroit:
Port Fairy Casual Cyclists ride for approximately 1 to 11/2 hours each Thursday, leaving from the Port Fairy Information Centre at 10 AM.
Koroit Casual Cyclists ride for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours each Friday, leaving from the Koroit Railway Station at 9 AM.