This trail is in two parts, separated by a short diversion through Rokeby. It is part of the Warragul to Noojee branch line which is also home of the impressive Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail.
Rokeby Flora and Fauna Rail Trail
From Old Telegraph Rd, the trail follows the railway alignment through cuttings and dense forest for nearly a kilometre, with good signage. Just before reaching Rokeby, the trail leaves the alignment, climbing steeply up a narrow, winding trail for approximately 200m.
Rokeby to Crossover Rail Trail
Starting at Rokeby, north of Warragul, in Livonia Street, east end of Rokeby Reserve, this trail follows the original formation for 4 kms to a locality called Crossover, where there is an old wooden bridge over the railway formation. This trail has a reasonable, compacetd surface, although it can get muddy.
From Crossover, the trail immediately connects with the Rokeby to Neerim Trail. This trail follows the road reserve for 3 km to Neerim South, then to Neerim, another 5.6 km, with views of the railway formation and surrounding hills and valleys the whole way. There are seats spaced at 1 km intervals along the trail for the comfort of the weary traveller.
This trail is on the same former railway line as the Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail.
The Noojee line was opened in sections from 1890 to 1919 and closed between 1954 and 1958. Many sections have since been sold off.
Since the rail closure, the Crossover bridge has been in gentle decline due to neglect and lack of maintenance. Many of the decking timbers are rotting, yet many of the uprights appear strong and stable. The bridge has considerable artistic, engineering and tourist merit. One fascinating aspect is the picket style safety railing. There is also the depth of the fern lined, steep cutting below, along which the trains laboured.
This old timber bridge at Crossover was reportedly constructed in 1892 as part of the Warragul to Noojee rail link. In 1958 that rail line closed after decades of transporting timber, farm produce, local passengers and occasional tourists. This bridge is supported by six tall trestles and spans about forty metres of ferny cuttings.
The Rokeby and Crossover Friends Group Inc. was formed in late 2003 by a mix of local people who share the same common interests in our beautiful slice of bush land. Our aim is to protect and maintain this land so it can remain a clean and safe home for wildlife and be enjoyed by the various user groups who visit the area.