To Colac TRACK NOTES COLAC – BARONGAROOK Colac Lake Colac FOOTBRIDGE 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 Hotel Gellibrand St To Geelong 5 abilities. Trip metre distances are shown from start to finish in italics. Terrain: Local roads, sealed and gravel To Warrnambool Creek Old M Suitable: Intermediate, good fitness ys CBD YS T TRACK CONDITIONS Charle PRIN 8 RRA Start: Colac Railway Station, Gellibrand St MU ain R C ES H Suitable for walkers and mountain, hybrid and bmx bikes with wider tyres. WY All day parking Finish: Barongarook Hall, Barongarook Rd (10.6km) oad 1 in nearby GATES Ge streets Timber chicanes are found along the trail, which may prevent bikes with Depart Colac over the rail footbridge. Start a 2.5km climb llib Hall as you leave town, offering great views over Colac. r trailers or three-wheelers. For keys, phone Colac Otway Shire, 03 5232 9400. an FOOTBRIDGE COLAC RAILWAY STATION St d CROSSING on Enjoy a well-deserved downhill rest as you hit bitumen Wils River Ol POPULAR RIDES to the Barongarook Hall. dB • Start at Gellibrand, heading uphill in either direction. ee Park ch Return downhill to Gellibrand to finish. Fo BARONGAROOK – WATSON & FACEY’S re • Barongarook to Gellibrand (15.8km). Car shuffle required. st Hearn S Distance: 6.3km one way t Rd FORMER STATION • Beech Forest downhill to Gellibrand (18.4km). Car shuffle required. nd St BUILDING Time: Ride 25min, Walk 1hr 35min ng St Gellibra Times are estimated for people of average fitness and experience. Difficulty: Easy Hart St Pound R nd-Carl Gravese d isle Rd Terrain: Local sealed & gravel road, gravel path First time cyclists or walkers may need to allow longer. Armstro Suitable: Beginners & Families d 6 Start: Barongarook Hall, Barongarook Rd ll R Aireys S t Finish: Birnum Station Picnic Area, Cashins Rd (16.9km) Footba t To Warrnambool Oval Queen S Woo d Just past the Hall, turn right onto Alford Rd. Find the s Hill R Lake dro Stoneyford Lake Colac Corangamite original train line for the first time. Check out 103 mile wva To Geelong post at the chicane. From here enjoy a gently sloping t Elliminyt Forest S aver le R To Warrnambool Harris R Y 4km descent through beautiful bushland. Second chicane ES HW Colac-L d d PRINC COLAC To Apollo Bay at Cashins Rd. Picnic area to your left. -FORR EST R D To Lavers Hill & Beech Forest To Beech Forest Pirron Yallock Larpent Colac WATSON & FACEY’S – KAWARREN Distance: 3.5km one way Elliminyt Time: Ride 25min, Walk 1hr Difficulty: Medium, Difficult steep up and downhill st R d Beech Forest Terrain: Compacted gravel, heavy gravel downhill ST re Fo ch Suitable: Int-Advanced ST Y’S RD ee D B To Gellibrand and Colac FORE Start: Birnum Station Picnic Area, Cashins Rd ERS HILL R d Ol Finish: Kawarren Toilet Block (20.4km) BUSHB INFORMATION Ga BAY Tulloh rd Here we lose the original trail. Short 1.1km steep climb n D er 11 (watch for those descending) and steep downhill. Take CR Coram St orn St South C-LAV extreme care. 1.5km (19.7km) along to your right is the E-COLA Irrewillipe S RD BARRY farmhouse Cliff Young lived in. Opposite the toilet block is LAC RD CO N- To Forrest Loves Creek Picnic Area and short loop path. LA O 10 BO CO L TIM Main Rd CARLIS 12 Barongarook 1 KAWARREN – GELLIBRAND Hotel BA Distance: 6km one way RO 2 2 Time: Ride 30min Walk 1hr 30min NG YS RD 4 HOVE AR Difficulty: Easy-Medium, undulating OO Old Main 3 Rd 3 Terrain: Compacted gravel K Dehnerts Track RD CASHINS RD Watson & Faceys Suitable: Beginners-Intermediate Start: Kawarren Toilet Block Birnam Finish: Rex Norman Park (26.4km) SITE OF RAILWAY Crowes YARD AND STATION Information Toilets Continue past the tennis courts. Undulating trail through BUILDING WO Kawarren bushland with road crossings and small bridges. Take Phone Camping NG RD A care at the main road crossing. Head past the pub to Restored N RD EA 4 Rex Norman Park. In the station building, find out more Buffer Stop OC Dining/Food Accommodation AT Lovat about the trail and its history. RE G Water Caravan Park FRYS RD Picnic Area Parking Gellibrand GELLIBRAND – BANOOL Riv Distance: 6.3km one way Gellibrand ME Trail suitable for er LB Former Time: Ride 35 min Walk 1 hr 30min A Main Road 0 1 2 3 4 5 GU D RD Difficulty: Medium, steady uphill LIBRAN LL RLISLE-GEL LARDNER RD Scale in kilometres Terrain: Gravel path, some heavy stones Y CA RD 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) L Source: John Thompson Former Beech Forest – TRA S HIL to Crowes Railway Line Banool K This is where the challenge begins if heading uphill. Head C ER Railway line past the store and caravan park. Climb steadily on the AV FEATURES ALONG THE TRAIL Main Road original line, through farms and picturesque bushland. C-L Old bridge at 2.5km (28.9km). Just past Banool station 1 103 mile post 7 Remnant of Minor Road D Wimba LA R r turn onto the Old Beech Forest Road (gravel). 6 feet diameter old bridge ER ive le R CO 2 Unsealed Road OLD BEECH RIV rl is culvert under 8 Original watertank D Ca FOREST RD BANOOL – DINMONT Former Rail Infrastructure AN the path 9 Steam Boiler McDevitt Distance: 7.6km one way BR Former Station/Stopping Place Time: Ride 1 hr Walk 2hr LI 3 Site of water tank 10 Short walk L (those underlined have station name boards erected) GE Difficulty: Med-Difficult, steady uphill 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) I –I – I Ditchley 6 115 mile post 12 124 mile post # Attractions, accommodation and services –I –I –I – –I– I –I 12 Start: Banool Chicane (Old Beech Forest Rd) D – –I –I –I10 I – I To Forrest – see overleaf I –I –I –I R Finish: Dinmont Station (40.3km) I– 11 Weeaproinah L Beech Forest L I– H I –I – –I I – TURTONS 2km on steep uphill gravel road. Watch for cars and trucks. – I – I RS E Kincaid TRACK Back onto the trail. Temporary trail closures may occur AV Beauchamp Falls COLAC-L due to plantation harvesting – use Old Beech Forest Rd ROAD DISTANCES I I –I – I –I –I –I – – I I – Wyelangta in this case. Enjoy great views, overhead bridge remains, – Colac to Barongarook Rd turn off 8 km Stalker –I Hopetoun Falls and ferny forest. Left at farmhouse to Dinmont station. I –MacKnott AIRE VALLEY RD I Barongarook Rd turn off to Barongarook Hall 3 km I– I– Triplet Falls Great Otway Barongarook Rd turn off to Kawarren 10 km I– Crowes – I– Lavers Hill National Park DINMONT – BEECH FOREST –I Kawarren to Gellibrand 6 km I –I –I – Distance: 4.5km one way r Gellibrand to Ferguson 15 km ve GREAT O Time: Ride 35 min, Walk 1hr 15min Ri Ferguson to Beech Forest 5 km Melba Gully Difficulty: Med-Difficult, steady uphill Ai r e Ferguson to Lavers Hill 16 km Terrain: Local gravel road CE AN RO To Apollo Bay Suitable: Int-Advanced (uphill). AD To Warrnambool Confident Intermediate (downhill) BEECH Start: Dinmont Station FOREST 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 CROWES ELEVATION MAP – FORMER RAILWAY DINMONT 1500 (trail to be completed 2008). Discover a fascinating range 1300 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 300 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?