Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail (completed 2024)

  • Project typeRail Trail
  • Project value$7.1M ($1.9M from Indigo Shire Council)
  • Project scheduleOn schedule

About the project

The Beechworth to Yackandandah Rail Trail is a 31km sealed trail meandering through the spectacular Indigo Shire.

The rail trail is a world class cycling adventure, attracting visitors and cyclists from across the nation and beyond.

The trail is now open for all to enjoy.

Kibell Lane traffic trial

We're trialling a new traffic arrangement on the Kibell Lane section of the trail and we're encouraging everyone to check it out and let us know what you think.

The trial arrangement uses line marking to provide separate lanes for vehicles and trail users and is supported with signage, a permanent speed reduction and symbolic road markings to inform all users.

Click the link to the right of the page, or if on mobile, the bottom of the page.

Construction Progress

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.


Section 2 - Yackandandah to Osbornes Flat - COMPLETE

This section of trail covers almost 7kms 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 historic mining and rural values.


Section 3 - Fanning and Factory Lanes - COMPLETE

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


Section 4 - Wooragee to Roundabout - COMPLETE

This section of the trail is now open for use.

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. Access to the underpass and Yackandandah Road is now complete.


Section 5 - Roundabout to Yackandandah - COMPLETE

This section is from the roundabout underpass at the Beechworth-Yackandandah Road turn off and is an enjoyable five 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 - Star and Fanning Lanes - COMPLETE

The 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 has added two kilometres of old railway reserve to the project, which makes 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 accessed via Birtles Road in Wooragee.   


Section 7 - Kibell Lane - COMPLETE

The trail follows the historic rail line for 4.9 kilometres through the forest before meeting the rural landscape. 


Signage and Wayfinding - COMPLETE

While the Rail Trail is largely an easy trail to navigate, we have installed a suite of directional and reassurance signs between Beechworth and Osbornes Flat to guide riders along the way. These installation works were completed April 2024 with the aim to enhance user experience.