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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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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.

Closure of the Old Beechy Rail Trail and Old Beech Forest Road
Colac Otway Shire wishes to advise that both Old Beech Forest Road and the Old Beechy Rail Trail will be closed to all through traffic, including pedestrians and users of the Rail Trail, while the following road works are undertaken:

Location: Old Beech Forest Road, Beech Forest (between Wimba Station and Banool Station)
Works: Road Realignment and Reconstruction works
Duration: Monday 7 April – Thursday 18 April 2014

Please note that this temporary road closure will be in effect from Gellibrand East Road through to Old Colac Road for the full duration of these works and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes. Access to local traffic will be made available, however the road will be closed to all through traffic as the construction site will be impassable.

Detour route signage will be in place and motorists are advised to take care and observe all warning signage and other traffic control items.


Download Files
 Old Beechy Rail Trail Brochure 2011
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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