Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail

  • Project typeRail Trail
  • Project value$6.2 million
  • Project scheduleOn schedule
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About the project

The extension of Murray to Mountains rail trail will bring approximately 31km of family friendly trail from Beechworth to Yackandandah. The new rail trail will be a world class cycling adventure for cyclists and visitors to the Southern Hemisphere’s premier Rail Trail in North East Victoria.

The project is a result of the North East Victoria Cycling Optimisation Masterplan, which aims to optimise cycling opportunities throughout the region to drive growth to the local visitor economy.

The Beechworth to Yackandandah rail trail is a $6.2 million project, which includes $1 million from Indigo Shire Council and $5.2 million from the Victorian State Government through Regional Development Victoria.

Construction

Early works started in September 2018 and will be finished in seven sections over three years, due to be completed by the end of 2021.

Section 1, Peach Drive to Kibell Lane

Complete

Section map(PDF, 5MB)

In Beechworth this part of the Rail Trail commences at Peach Drive, linking up with the existing Murray to Mountains Rail Trail through to the start of Kibell Lane. The trail is 2 kilometres long, 2.5 metres wide up to the Havelock Road crossing, and then 2 metres from this point on. This section of trail provides a new link through and into town via Lake Sambell, and is close to the Baarmutha Sports Park, Beechworth Golf Course and Beechworth Mountain Bike Park.

Section 2, Yackandandah to Osbornes Flat

Complete

Section map(PDF, 6MB)(PDF, 6MB)

Construction has commenced on a 6km section of the trail between Britton Lane, east of Yackandandah to Osbornes Flat. This two metre-wide trail will travel along the beautiful Yackandandah Creek which flows all-year-round. This area has natural beauty, as well as the historic mining and rural values.

 

Section 3, Fanning and Factory Lanes

Complete

Section map(PDF, 5MB)

A short 1.6 kilometre section near Wooragee off-road, but within the existing road reserve.  Eventually, this section of trail will connect to Magpie Creek Reserve which is full of natural, historical interest.

Section 4, Wooragee to Roundabout

Due for completion: 30 September 2020

Section map(PDF, 6MB)

A seven kilometre section of trail between Wooragee village and the turn-off to the Yackandandah roundabout. This section is within beautiful rural landscape and passes near some existing wineries and tourism sites.

 

Section 5, Roundabout to Yackandandah

Due for completion: Summer 2020-2021

Section map(PDF, 6MB)

This section is from the roundabout/underpass at the Beechworth-Yackandandah turn off and is an enjoyable 5 kilometre ride rolling downhill into Yackandandah township. The first part of this section travels along the old railway line track through Commissioners Creek Reserve.

 

Section 6, Magpie Creek

Due for completion: Autumn 2021

Section map(PDF, 6MB)

This section travels near the historical Magpie Creek 3.4 kilometres to link up with the Wooragee section along Fanning Lane.

Section 7, Kibell Lane top to bottom

Due for completion: end of 2021

Section map(PDF, 6MB)

Is on the historical rail line for 4.9 kilometres through the forest and then meeting the rural landscape.

Community reference group

The Beechworth to Yackandandah community reference group is a group of community members who meet regularly to provide insights and input to the project, assist with communications and seek community input and feedback.

Read more about the community reference group here.