About the listing
The Port Fairy to Koroit to Warrnambool Rail Trail is fantastic. The trail is a continuous 37.32km walking/cycling pathway which meanders through a highly scenic, diverse and relaxed part of south-west Victoria. Encompassing historical, agricultural, Indigenous and nature-based themes, it is – quite simply – a `must do’ for anyone visiting the region.
The trail traverses some magnificent countryside, lush farmlands with sheep and cattle grazing contentedly and quite oblivious to the passing cyclists. Break your journey in Koroit where you can rest at the historic Railway Station. Obviously trains no longer run here, the line closed in 1977, and the c.1890 station building has been bought back to life by a group of dedicated enthusiasts.
Cycle into the main street of Koroit where you can buy a coffee or a cool drink and then back on the bike to continue on the trail to Warrnambool. The trail descends into an area known as Kelly's Swamp with a timber boardwalk across the swamp. Kelly's Swamp comes alive with bird life during the spring and summer and the frogs croaking are the only other sounds you will hear.
The distance between Port Fairy and Koroit is 17.7km and the distance from Koroit to the Warrnambool Breakwater is 20km so a total ride of 37.7km. A map/information brochure is available from the Visitor Information Centres or can be mailed on request.
Making its way through rural landscapes and farming communities, the user will travel through dairy and beef farming country as well as remnant forest, skirt the north side of a 25,000-year-old volcano (Tower Hill) and traverse wetlands and coastal sand dunes.
The trail has a gentle gradient and is suitable for use by cyclists and walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. Township sections are bitumen, allowing for use by mobility scooters, wheelchairs and the elderly. There are three major entrance/exit points to the route – Port Fairy, Koroit Railway Station and Warrnambool Breakwater – allowing users to determine their own length of travel.
Energetic walkers are able to continue on the 22-kilometre Mahogany Walk, which creates a circular route along the coast.
Bike Hire (including helmets) is available from the Port Fairy and the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centres so there is no excuse not to try this great ride.