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, with only a few finishing touches left to complete.
Update 30 November 2023
Construction works on the major upgrade to Kibell Lane to accommodate Section 7 of the trail are now complete.
This final section of the trail is a mix of off-road and on-road, so users will need to be more mindful of possible interactions with vehicles.
To provide all road users here with more direction, we will be introducing a number of trial line marking, speed control and signage treatments as the new seal settles. We hope to provide more guidance on this over the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
This section is from the roundabout/underpass at the Beechworth-Yackandandah 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.
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 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.
The trail will follow the historical rail line for 4.9 kilometres through the forest and then meeting the rural landscape.
While the Rail Trail is largely an easy trail to find your way along, we are in the process of procuring a suite of directional and reassurance signs for installation between Beechworth and Osbornes Flat over the coming months to enhance the experience.
See a map of the rail trail route.
Keen to see what all the progress looks like? Check out our image gallery.
Click here to read about the newly opened Indigo Epic Trail