The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery. Construction to extend the trail to the coast at Port Campbell has commenced and is anticipated to be completed by December 2021.
Riders and walkers traverse volcanic features, farmland, wooded grassland and tall wet forest on descent into the wooded Timboon valley.
Trail users need to be aware the first section of the trail from Camperdown Station to Naroghid is “on road” and includes a challenging (but spectacular) descent and climb between Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk. Visitors are advised to wear bright coloured clothing and switch on a rear tail light to make themselves more visible to other road users.
The section between Glenfyne and the Curdies Trestle Bridge is challenging with sections of trail that still have sleepers in place and bypasses of ruined trestle bridges that many users dismount and walk their bikes. Bikes with at least front suspension are most suited to this section.
The trail provides an important connective corridor for native animals. The relationship between native wildlife and the trail is creatively interpreted by a display housed in the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. This building along with the old ticket office forms the southern terminus of stage 1 of the trail.
The heritage listed 1891 Timboon Trestle Bridge spans the Curdies River and is accessible via road and via the trail. The bridge provided a vital link via standard gauge to Camperdown and Melbourne. Nowadays visitors can enjoy a picnic in a picturesque valley formed by the Curdies River. This section is an easy 5km roll or walk from the trailhead in Timboon.
There are many remnant trestle bridges along the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail covered in moss and surrounded by ferns offering great photo opportunities along the way.
A long awaited trail extension to extend the town into the coastal village of Port Campbell has commenced with some 15km of trail completed it is anticipated that the final construction to the coast will be completed by December 2021.
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Dogs are permitted on leashes along the rail trail, click here for more information.
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