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Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail - Trail Description



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: 10km
Surface: Fine gravel
Terrain: Flat
Public transport: Train, 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



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

  • Will be 19km long when complete.
  • 8 kilometres from Murchison to Channel Inlet Road opened in March 2015.
  • 2 kilometres at Rushworth open.


Existing trail at Rushworth

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.

Murchison Box Ironbark Rail Trail (8 kilometres)

In March 2015, the Greater Shepparton City Council completed 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.

Completing the trail

The final section to build (between Waranga Basin and Rushworth) is within the Shire of Compaspe. In November 2013, the Shire of Compaspe wrote to Victrack, which administers the rail reserve between Murchison and Rushworth. Victrack has indicated that the section of the reserve in the Shire of Compaspe is available for lease.

Background Information

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

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 Goulburn River safe to cross will be a significant undertaking.

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


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

March 2015

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28 April , 2015 by Wenkle

We rode this new Rail Trail on 29/3/15; it was easy to ride with hybrid bikes. We rode to the current end (Channel Inlet Road) and back, had lunch at the Murchison Bakery - and a stroll around the nearby landscaped, river bank area. We are looking forward to being able to ride all the way to Rushworth on this trail and think it will be a fantastic experience to ride into what is a well preserved old country railway precinct. (Congratulations to the Rushworth community for preserving this area for posterity.)

15 December , 2014 by cascho

I rode this trail on Saturday 13th December 2014 (along with the Dookie trail). First off – the section between Murchison and Waranga Bushland reserve is open – and much more interesting than the small section in Rushworth. The trail from Murchison is flat and good bridges across the canals. Once you come to the end of the trail at Waranga Bushland – the rail reserve continues on – and it is evident that others have continue to ride along the reserve, though Victrak have signs everywhere stating it is prohibited to ride on the rail easement. I saw no one the entire ride – so if you want to get away from the crowds, then this ride is for you.

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Construction Starts on Murchison Rail Trail (Northern Victoria)

(Posted: 25/05/14)

Construction has started on the first 8km stage of the Murchison to Rushworth Rail Trail


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