East Gippsland Rail Trail

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Experience the diversity of East Gippsland as this trail weaves past undulating farmland, tall forests, rivers and flood plains. Cross historic timber railway bridges and enjoy views of the Gippsland Lakes before arriving at the Snowy River. Bairnsdale to Nicholson (Eight kilometres) Nicholson to Bruthen (20 kilometres) Bruthen to Nowa Nowa (30 kilometres) Nowa Nowa to Orbost (38 kilometres).

Location: Bairnsdale to Orbost

Distance: 96 kilometres one way

Track: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track

Grade: Level One- Suitable for beginners and children. Level Two - Suitable for most ages and fitness levels

Start: Howitt Park, McEacharn Street, Bairnsdale

Finish: Burn Road, Newmerella. The trail ends at Newmerella, with an off road shared pathway continuing to Orbost.


  • Walking / hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycling
  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography


  • Hiking / cycling trail

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear, a helmet and appropriate gear to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.

Photo credits: Visit Gippsland

Location & Supplier

East Gippsland Rail Trail

Address: McEacharn Street, East Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

Website: https://www.eastgippslandrailtrail.com.au/

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