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Gippsland Plains Rail Trail - Horse riding

The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is a 67km recreational trail well suited for horse riding, cycling and walking that joins Stratford to Traralgon via the former historic Gippsland Plains railway line route.  

The trail is an ideal introduction into the lush green Gippsland Plains, taking you through the centre of the rich Macalister irrigation district where cows graze under the backdrop of the Victorian Alps through small towns each with its own character and style at pleasant intervals along the trail.

Each township provides a range of accommodation options to suit any budget or desire, good coffee, fine wine, food and many visitor attractions.

The trail begins at the trailhead at Apex Park Stratford and continues to Maffra, a flat ride and a distance of approx 10km. A short 2.0k road section on the (C105) leaving Maffra rejoins the trail which then continues to Tinamba (7k) and on to Heyfield (13k).

From Heyfield, Cowwarr is reached by a combination of trail (mountain bike) and country back roads, then the trail continues to Glengarry, before a road section is necessary to reach Traralgon.

Facilities in all townships along the trail include toilets, parks and shops.

The trail can be accessed by VLine services (3 per day) to Stratford with or a journey by car of approx 2.5 hours from Melbourne.

Website: www.gippslandplainsrailtrail.com.au 

Directions: Trailheads are located at Apex Park Stratford, (adjacent to the Avon River Bridge), where the trail meets/crosses Maffra-Sale Road and at the Heyfield Wetlands Centre. Carparking and visitor information is available at all locations.


  • Street: 15 McMillan St
  • City: Stratford
  • State: Victoria

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