Local Area Portals
- East Gippsland Shire Council
- Inspired by Gippsland
- Discover East Gippsland ,
- East Gippsland Newspapers
- Destination Gippsland
- Metung Visitor Information Centre
- Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail
- Bruthen Walking Trails
- South Australia Rail Trails
- Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
- Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse.
- Parks, Tracks and Trails in Victoria
- Riding East Gippsland Trail Recumbent
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
- Victorian National Parks Association
- East Gippsland Bird Observers Club.
- Gippsland High Country Tours
- Errinundra to the Snowy 4 day wilderness event
- Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club
- Guide to bicycle tours based from Orbost
- Bicycle Victoria
- Sale and District Sunday Afternoon Cyclists
- Cycling Promotion Fund
- Bicycles.Net.Au Portal
- Aussie Cycling (portal for a wide range of cycling links)
- Cycling and loving it; the way to go for women. Lots of resources.
- Wheels of Justice. A huge site, many links, challenging material.
- Mitchell Bicycle Users Group
- Yarra Bicycle Users Group.
- Boroondara Bicycle Users' Group
- Come Cycle With Me Blog
- OzHPV is the national association of human power vehicle enthusiasts in Australia, mainly recumbent cycle riders, who have a keen interest in human powered vehicles (HPVs).
Other sites with rail trail information or interest
- Trans Canadian Trail: developing a trans national network.
- A personal record (USA); includes many RT links.
- Internet books source including RT topics.
- The West Virginia Rails-to-Trails Council (USA)
- North Carolina (USA) Rail-Trails
- Proposed European Cycle Route Network spanning the continent.
- A developing RT on South Island NZ near Christchurch.
- Canadian trail network.
- Another USA RT site, many links & information.
- The Trans Canada Trail This site is by two Australians who have ridden the entire distance. W orth a look
- Sustrans UK
- Rails to Trails Conservancy USA
- Landcare plays an important role in assisting rail trails.
- Spanish railway enthusiasts site. Can have some RT information.
- Links to the Spanish Pirineu de Girona Greenway (Spanish rail trails)
- Promoting Provincial Victoria
- VeloPyrenees Cycling (holidays in France)
and something a bit off-beat, but intriguing:The Rail-Rod Street / Railroad 2-seat recumbent vehicle
Friends of the EGRT Association Inc. PO Box 3 Orbost 3888
The Friends organisation is a different organisation to the Committee of Management. Please use the above mail address for payment of all Friends membership dues.
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We encourage all interested persons to join the Friends of the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Each member will receive a quarterly newsletter. You can download the latest copy from the main page.
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In the event of my admission as a member, I agree to be bound by the rules * of the Association for the time being in force. (* the Model Rules for an incorporated association, Associations Incorporations Act (1981) Schedule 5, Consumer Affairs, Victoria)
Alternatively, download this form and send your application through the mail, Download Here
Statement of Purpose.
- To support completion of the East Gippsland Rail Trail with full and consistent development of the Rail Trail between Bairnsdale and Orbost via Nicholson, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa.
- To support the Committee of Management of the East Gippsland Rail Trail in management of the Rail Trail through appropriate terms of reference.
- To promote the tourism, recreational, environmental and historical value of the East Gippsland Rail Trail to the community, governments and sponsors.
- To develop expertise in significant aspects of the East Gippsland Rail Trail including:
- vegetation management
- fauna and habitats
- recognition and respect for the cultural significance of traditional landowners
- conservation of artifacts
- history of the former railway
- trail guide and interpretation signs
- assistance with infrastructure management and tourism promotion, etc.
(Revised and abbreviated version from application for Incorporation : December 2003) Friends of the EGRT Association Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association. Consumer Affairs Victoria No. AOO45177E
Railtrails Australia have a handy map for our rail trail.
The Trail Notes accessed from the above menu provides more detailed information
The East Gippsland Rail Trail starts at Howitt Park on the east bank of the Mitchell River at Bairnsdale , past farmland for 10 Kms to Nicholson (sealed surface) with its spectacular bridge over the river. Then 22 Kms on to Bruthen and across the Tambo River, up into the Colquhoun forest en route to Nowa Nowa and Lake Tyers at the 59 Km mark. The section east from Nowa Nowa opened on 28 January 2006 completing the trail to its the final destination at Orbost on the iconic Snowy River. This completes a nearly 100 Km rail trail.
About our on-trail information signs.
When you visit this rail trail you will see a variety of signs. Signs can be intrusive and annoying if not carefully designed and located. The management committee has a responsibility to assist visitors stay safe and adequately informed about potential hazards like road crossings, and essential direction information but also about points of interest along the way.
Large destination and distance (Kms) signboards have been erected recently at key major road crossings and along the trail at some minor roads. These are intended to help potential or new visitors find convenient access points to the rail trail, and to otherwise advertise that the rail trail exists.
Small international symbol signs are used to indicate who or what is allowed to use the trail. For example motor vehicles and motor cycles are prohibited. Caution signs at road crossings serve to remind users to exercise special caution. At Bumberrah (between Nicholson and Mossiface) there is a shelter fitted with a notice board where information about the trail is provided and also a display giving information about the important remnant grassland at that location.
Kilometre distance markers and name boards at bridges, tunnels and minor road crossing points have been installed to aid visitors check just where they are on the trail. Interpretative signs will also be progressively installed to highlight significant features and information about local fauna and flora. This former railway line has a very interesting history and significance for the region. Sharing that knowledge can be done through careful use of signboards.
When a management work crew or working bee is on the trail it is a requirement that a Caution -works in progress type sign is displayed. Where electric fences are used on the reserve land beside the actual rail trail (as part of licensed stock grazing arrangement authorised by the management committee) warning signs must be attached to the fence at frequent intervals. This is a very long rail trail - 97 kilometres when it is completed - and covers such a diverse range of country side and other features, carefully designed and located signs are an important part of trail management and visitor enjoyment. These might be a caution, a You are here indicator, or guides along the way to local facilities such as shops, toilets, etc. If you have a comment about our signs or other suggestions please use the email comment facility available on this web site. Go to the Contact us page and fill in the form.
Enjoy your visits to this rail trail. Share the information with your friends. And why not even become a Friend and become part of the enthusiastic team helping make it even better? An application form (down load and print the PDF) can be found on the Resources page.
Our Rail Trail is a valuable habitat for many plants and animals
If you take some time out along the Trail you can discover some of the birds which nest and feed beside the Trail. Look out for signs of wombat burr ows, especially at the base of embankments. We have grasslands which are exceptional and rare. A little homework before your visit can add a lot to the experience of explo ring 100 kilometres of forest and farmland environments which make up the patchwork of the Trail. Here are a few web sources to explore. If you find a helpful site, please let us know.
Birds Mammals Reptiles
- Birds Mammals Reptile List
- Books about birds; an online guide books shop
- Bird calls
- Forest Vertebrates
Grasslands and flora
Friends of East Gippsland Rail Trail Inc
ACTIVITIES CALENDAR 2010
- September 12 Orbost Meet at Forest park, Orbost, at 9.00am for drive to Murrangower.
Ride through scenic rainforest along Glen Arte River and then to weir at Rocky River. Distance is approx 25km with some slight hills but a 10 km downhill to compensate. Bring lunch and snacks. (A car shuttle will be necessary to avoid the 10 km uphill. )
- Nov 8th Bike Ride Nicholson to Bumberah at 5pm start Ncholson
Remaining 2010 Meetings are
- Aug 8th AGM & ordinary meeting at Bruthen 1pm at Bruthen Inn
- Nov 8th Nicholson – short ride 5pm, then BBQ and meeting at 7pm
- No scheduled activities at this time
ABN 45 969 837 646 Friends of The East Gippsland Rail Trail
Incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act 1981 No A0045177E
This not for profit organisation was founded in 2003 to provide community support for the rail trail to get it completed to Orbost, to assist with working bees and organise rides and other events on the rail trail. Why not become a member and join in the fun of our wonderful rail trail? See the Friends Registration page for information in becoming a Friend .