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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.

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IMPORTANT TRAIL INFORMATION
Detours around the McDevitt section of the Trail will be removed from 7 March 2013.

 
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.

 
Rail Trail closure and detours – Beech Forest to Gellibrand
Please be advised that Midway Plantations have a harvest scheduled to commence in the near future. It is expected that cartage/tree felling will impact on the Old Beechy Rail Trail infrastructure and public access resulting in temporary closure of the trail.

The closure of the trail will commence from 28 April 2014 and the approximate finishing timeframe is 13 June 2014. Walkers and cyclists are advised that when heading North from Beech Forest a section of the rail trail that is closed will be diverted on to the Old Beech Forest Rd.

Trail diversion signs will be erected 50metres South of the 33 km marker of Rail Trail walkers and cyclists are advised to take care and observe all warning signage and other traffic control items.

The attached maps assist with identifying the location that will be impacted.

If you have any queries regarding the above closure of the trail, please contact recreation and Events Co-ordinator, Jodie Fincham at the Colac Otway Shire Offices on 52 329 400.

*More details in the maps linked below.
 


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

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