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The Old Beechy Rail Trail follows one of the state’s former narrow gauge railways through an area of scenic forest, rich farmland and rolling hills with the coast not too far away. There is excellent bird life and rainforest pockets see magnificent eucalypts and blackwoods shading the lush understorey.

Old Beechy Rail Trail – Trail Closures and Detours
Detour between Dinmont & Ditchley

There is a small detour and closure along the Old Beechy Rail Trail between the 42km & 43km markers effective from Friday 12 February 2016 until further notice.The detour is due to logging operations being carried out by Midway.

During the trail closures and detours period, walkers and cyclists are advised to take care and watch for logging vehicles, and observe all warning signage and other traffic control items.

If you have any queries regarding the above detour along the Old Beechy Rail Trail, please contact Colac Otway Shire Council’s Recreation and Open Space Co-ordinator on ph: (03) 5232 9400.

The Old Beechy Rail Trail is a 50km walking/cycling trail, located between Colac and Beech Forest, situated two hours west of Melbourne. The trail follows much of the original path of the narrow gauge railway “The Beechy” which ran from 1902 until 1962.

The development of the Trail was the culmination of sixteen years work by the Old Beechy Rail Trail Committee which formed in 1998, bringing together interested groups from Colac, Gellibrand, Beech Forest and Lavers Hill, to make the trail a reality.

The trail boasts an area of scenic forest, rich farmland and rolling hills with the coast not too far away.

Don’t feel up to walking 50km? The Old Beechy Rail Trail can be walked in sections, refer to the brochure for more information.

Fast Facts

Where The trail runs between Colac and Beech Forrest, two hours west of Melbourne.

Distance 45km trail, which can also be completed in short sections and in either direction.

Gradient Some gentle slopes and undulating trail to steep up and down hill sections.

Surface Large sections of purpose-built trail with compacted gravel, short sections of heavy gravel on dirt roads and some sealed roads.

Suitability Trail suitable for mountain bikes and walkers (dogs are allowed on a leash). Some sections of the trail suitable for beginners and families, some only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. The brochure provides more detail.

Gates Timber chicanes are found along the trail, which may restrict bikes with trailers or three-wheelers. Keys can be arranged through Colac Otway Shire, ph 5232 9400 during business hours.

Signs Signs are provided right along the trail, but keep your eye out, particularly for directions on and off the gravel road sections.


Download Files
 Old Beechy Rail Trail Brochure 2014 - Page 1
 Old Beechy Rail Trail Brochure 2014 - Page 2
 Old Beechy Rail Trail Map 2014
External Web Links
 Preview of the Old Beechy Rail Trail experience courtesy of Ride the Otways.

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