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

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.

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Section 2 - Yackandandah to Osbornes Flat

Complete

As of August 2020, 6km of trail has been constructed, with 4.5km open for use. Bridges have been constructed from Mongan’s Lane to Osborne Flat and this area is undergoing minor works before reopening.

This undulating trail is 6km between Britton Lane, east of Yackandandah to Osbornes Flat. The trail travels along the beautiful Yackandandah Creek which flows all-year-round. This area has natural beauty, as well as the historic mining and rural values.

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Section 3 - Fanning and Factory Lanes

Complete

This is a short 1.6km section near Wooragee off-road, but within the existing road reserve.  Eventually, this section of trail will connect to Beechworth via the old Kibell Lane railway reserve.

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Section 4 - Wooragee to Roundabout

Complete

This is section of the trail is now open for use however we are still finalising the signage, so users are advised to take care on the new surface.

This section is within beautiful rural landscape and passes near some existing wineries and tourism sites.

This part of the trail is a seven kilometre section between Wooragee village and the turn-off to the Yackandandah roundabout, however there is currently no access to the underpass and Yackandandah Road, so users will need stop at the road closed signs and return the way they came.

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Section 5 - Roundabout to Yackandandah

Currently under construction

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.

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Section 6 - Kibell, Star and Fanning Lanes

Complete

  • Old railway reserve at the bottom of Kibell Lane is now being used to link the rail trail between Beechworth and Wooragee via Star Lane and then along Fanning Lane to join the existing constructed trail. (refer map below)
  • This will add two kilometres of old railway reserve to the project which will have a total of 10 kilometres of ‘rail trail’.
  • The trail was previously planned through Magpie Creek Historic Reserve, however the cost along with challenging landscape and historic features prevented construction. This historic area is a public reserve and can be access via Birtles Road in Wooragee.   

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Section 7 - Kibell Lane

Currently being planned

The trail will follow the historical rail line for 4.9 kilometres through the forest and then meeting the rural landscape.

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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.

Location

Peach Drive, Beechworth 3747  View Map

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