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Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Northern Victoria
Start/end: Murchison to Rushworth
Status: Partially open
Length open: 2km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Public transport: Bus
Contact Region: Northern Victoria
The restored timber bridge across the Stuart Murray Channel. (2012)
The restored timber bridge across the Stuart Murray Channel. (2012)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes
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Features

This trail is partially open - it is still being developed.

  • Will be 19km long when complete.
  • Short section at Rushworth open.
  • The 8km section from Murchison to the Waranga Basin is due to open in June 2014

Description

This is old goldmining and cropping country, with a signifcant feature being the Waranga Basin. 

At Rushworth landscaping has been done and an ashphalt trail laid from the main street to the end of the yard. It is a great reminder of how a Victorian country branchline station looked now that nearly all of them have disappeared. At either end of the sealed trail the surface is gravel to the town's limits.

The Greater Shepparton City Council is currently constructing an 8km section of trail from the Murchison Township to the rail bridge at Channel Inlet Road. The section includes the recently refurbished historically significant bridge over the Stuart Murray Canal and will border the unique ecosystem of Doctor's Swamp wetlands with easy access to the Parks Victoria picnic area on the western boundary of the swamp. It will then continue along to Channel Inlet Road which gives easy access to Waranga Basin.

Background Information

 A line from Murchison East on the Shepparton railway was constructed to the gold minig town of Rushworth in 1890 and extended to Colbinabbin in 1914. Rushworth became a junction when a line was constructed to Girgarre in 1917. A diversion of the line was necessary when the Waranga Basin was constructed. The lines were all closed by 1987.

At Rushworth the community purchased the land and infrastructure around the station to retain it for posterity.

The Greater Shepparton City Council is constructing its section as noted above.  It is hoped that the Shire of Campaspe will obtain a lease from Victrack to develop the rest of the corridor to Rushworth.

Extending the trail on to the Melbourne Shepparton railway line at Murchison East would allow better access from public transport.  However making the large bridge across the Golburn River safe to cross will be a significant undertaking.

There is also an initial proposal to build a rail trail from Girgarre to Stanhope.

Links

The trail is managed by the Greater Shepparton City Council and Shire of Campaspe. Refer to their websites below to report issues.

Greater Shepparton City Council website

Shire of Campaspe website

October 2013

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: vic-north@railtrails.org.au.

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News

News

Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail (Vic) Development Starts

(Posted: 03/11/13)

The Greater Shepparton City Council has obtained funding to begin constructing the first 8km of this central Victorian rail trail

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