Rail trail scenery. Foster to Port Welshpool bike ride, Feb-2019.

Great Southern Rail Trail

This excellent ride is not far from the Mirboo North to Boolarra rail trail. This 75km ride was done over two stages in two days.

Foster to Port Welshpool, 16-Feb-2019

This second leg wasn’t as scenic but it was a lot easier. Port Welshpool is an interesting place featuring a museum and a large pier in the harbour area. Most of the boating activity was made up of small private boats.

There is a large disused ferry terminal building suggesting that it was quite busy at one time.

As the ride wasn’t long we made our way back to Foster to re-join the rest of the family for a rather late lunch.

Large pier at Port Welshpool. Foster to Port Welshpool bike ride, Feb-2019.
Walking on the large pier at Port Welshpool

Ride Details

Distance: 26.65 km (each way)
Lowest Elevation: -16 m
Highest Elevation: 13 m
Elevation Gain: 231 m

On the trail we encountered:

  • 15 cyclists
  • 6 pedestrians
  • 1 horse (off trail)

As for the Leongatha to Foster ride it was noticeable how little use the trail gets, and this part was even quieter. There is progress being made to extend the rail trail to Korumburra and given its lack of patronage (at least when we went on it) it could be money unwisely spent.

Maybe it would be better to keep the rails and have it as a trolley or rail bike track, which would be a first for Victoria. But sadly the rails are already gone, so it’s a standard rail now for Leongatha to Korumburra. Anyway it will be another ride to do.

Leongatha to Foster, 23-Jan-2019

Parking the car at Leongatha we began this scenic ride. The whole day was almost 100km, our second longest day ride.

The track isn’t too hilly and there are some delightful towns along the way. One highlight was Fish Creek which has a large artist population and one big teapot near the railway station (for a tea cosy festival apparently).

Meeniyan is worth a short stop . Beside the trail are whimsical artworks to take in.

Roadside scarecrow. Great Southern Rail Trail, Leongatha to Foster. January 2019.
Roadside scarecrow in Meeniyan. Great Southern Rail Trail, Leongatha to Foster. January 2019.

Ride Details

Distance: 48.9 km (each way)
Lowest Elevation: 39 m
Highest Elevation: 153 m
Elevation Gain: 641 m

Crossing Black Spur Creek near Koonwarra. Great Southern Rail Trail, Leongatha to Foster. January 2019.
Crossing Black Spur Creek near Koonwarra. Great Southern Rail Trail, Leongatha to Foster. January 2019.

On the trail we encountered:

  • 18 cyclists
  • 10 pedestrians
  • 4 echidna
  • 1 horse and cart
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