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					                                                                                                                                                                        To Colac                                                                      TRACK NOTES                                                                                                      COLAC – BARONGAROOK
Colac                                                   Lake Colac
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gellibrand                              The Old Beechy Rail Trail is challenging, with undulating terrain and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      exhilarating descents. This linear trail can be completed in either direction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Distance: 10.6km one way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Time:       Ride 45-60min, Walk 2hr 40min
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in full or in shorter sections. Different sections are suitable for different                                    Difficulty: Med-Difficult, steady uphills, gravel road




                                                          Corangamite St
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                                                                                                                     To Geelong
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Start at Gellibrand, heading uphill in either direction.




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                                                                                                                                               Gellibra                                                                                                      Times are estimated for people of average fitness and experience.                                         Difficulty: Easy
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Corangamite                                                                                                                              original train line for the first time. Check out 103 mile
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Finish:     Kawarren Toilet Block (20.4km)




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                                                                                                                                        12                                                                                                                                                  Barongarook                                 1                              KAWARREN – GELLIBRAND
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CASHINS RD                                  Watson & Faceys                            Suitable: Beginners-Intermediate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Start:      Kawarren Toilet Block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Birnam                                      Finish:     Rex Norman Park (26.4km)
SITE OF RAILWAY
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    YARD AND STATION                                                                                               Information                               Toilets                                                                                                                                                                                          Continue past the tennis courts. Undulating trail through
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                                                                                                                   Picnic Area                               Parking                                                                                                                              Gellibrand                                                  GELLIBRAND – BANOOL
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                                                               Former                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Time:       Ride 35 min Walk 1 hr 30min




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                                                                    Melba                                                                                                                                                                                6         5                                                                                          Suitable: Intermediate (uphill), Beginners (downhill)
                                                                    Gully                                                   Rail Trail                                                                                                                                 7                                                                                      Start:      Rex Norman Park
                                Walking Track                                                                                                 Carlisle River
                                                                                                         –I –I –I –I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finish:     Banool Chicane (Old Beech Forest Rd) (32.7km)




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     FEATURES ALONG THE TRAIL                                                                                               Main Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                         original line, through farms and picturesque bushland.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Old bridge at 2.5km (28.9km). Just past Banool station
      1   103 mile post                                   7     Remnant of                                                  Minor Road
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          the path                                        9     Steam Boiler                                                                                                                                                                                                                  McDevitt                                                        Distance: 7.6km one way




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      3   Site of water tank                             10     Short walk                                     L            (those underlined have station name boards erected)
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          footings                                              towards Ferguson                                                                                                                                                                                Dinmont                   8    9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Terrain:    Local gravel road & gravel path
      4   110 mile post                                         & scenic views                                                                                                                                                                                                  7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Suitable: Int-Advanced (uphill). Beginners,
      5   Ballast Siding                                  11    Balloon Loop                                                                                                                                                 Ferguson                           Buchanan                                                                                                  moderate fitness (downhill)
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      6   115 mile post                                  12     124 mile post
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I –I                        12                                                             Start:      Banool Chicane (Old Beech Forest Rd)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finish:     Dinmont Station (40.3km)




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                                                                                                                                                                                      E                        Kincaid                                                                                                                   TRACK                Back onto the trail. Temporary trail closures may occur
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     Colac to Barongarook Rd turn off 8 km                                                                                                                              Stalker



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hopetoun Falls                                                                             and ferny forest. Left at farmhouse to Dinmont station.
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     Barongarook Rd turn off to Barongarook Hall 3 km                                                                                                I–
                                                                                                                                                   I–                                                Triplet Falls                                     Great Otway
     Barongarook Rd turn off to Kawarren 10 km                                                                                                   I–
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                                                                                                                                                        Lavers Hill                                                                                    National Park                                                                                          DINMONT       – BEECH FOREST
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     Gellibrand to Ferguson 15 km




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     Ferguson to Beech Forest 5 km                                                                                          Melba Gully                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Difficulty:   Med-Difficult, steady uphill
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     Ferguson to Lavers Hill 16 km                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Terrain:      Local gravel road
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                                                                                                                                                                    To Apollo Bay                                                                                                                                                                             Suitable:     Int-Advanced (uphill).
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                                                                                                              To Warrnambool                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Confident Intermediate (downhill)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BEECH                                                                                                                         Start:        Dinmont Station
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                               For information on other                                                                                                                                                                             BUCHANAN         WEEAPROINAH                                                                                              Finish:       Beech Forest toilet block (44.8km)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FERGUSON                                                      WYELANGTA STALKER
                               rail trails in Australia –                                                                                                                                                                 DITCHLEY                                                                                      MACKNOTT
                               www.railtrails.org.au                                                                                                                                                                                  1700                      KINCAID                                                        LAVERS HILL                    Follow the main gravel road to Beech Forest toilet block
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  ELEVATION MAP – FORMER RAILWAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                   DINMONT                            1500                                                                                                                    (trail to be completed 2008). Discover a fascinating range
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                                                                                                                                                                                      McDEVITT                                                                                                                                                                of historic photos inside. Head past the pub to find the
                                        CORAM                                                                                                                                                                                         1100 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL
                         TULLOH                  BARONGAROOK WATER
                                                             TANKS                                                                                                        WIMBA                                                        900                                                                                                                    original ‘Balloon Loop’ turning circle and the end of the
    ELLIMINYT                                                                                                                                                BANOOL
COLAC                                                                            BIRNAM                                                                                                                                                700                                                                                                                    line in Beech Forest.
                                                                                              KAWARREN                                                                                                                                500
                                                                                                                   LOVAT GELLIBRAND
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The old train made it uphill from Gellibrand to Beech
95.3 MILES FROM MELBOURNE 100                                              105                               110                                 115                                                                                   125                                          130                                    135
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Map Cartography 2005     Forest in about 1 1/2 hours. How did you go?

				
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