High Country Rail Trail

75km of rail trail

Meander for 30km along the foreshore of Lake Hume on one of the most spectacular rail trails in Australia. A separate equestrian trail between Sandy Creek and Old Tallangatta means that horses rarely cross the cycling / walking trail.


No two days, nor two seasons, are the same. The diverse birdlife of the Kiewa River woodlands contrasts with crystal clear reflections from Lake Hume. With regular parking and rest areas along the trail, you can explore sections at your leisure or cycle / horse ride from one end to the other, with a warm bed, cold beer and choice of eateries available. Learn about the significant heritage of this area at the Army Museum, Bonegilla Migrant Experience and the Lake Hume Village.

Features

Stages

Access

Things to do

Facilities

Accommodation

Art and Culture

History and Heritage

Natural Heritage

Bicycle Hire and Repairs

On The Water

Horse Ajistment

Annual Events

 

 

 Features

If its bird watching you are after, then the Kiewa River Parklands is the perfect place offering a number of bird hides along the Kiewa River walking track.
The easy gradient sealed trail between Sandy Creek Bridge and Old Tallangatta is for all abilities.
The more adventurouse can roll downhill all the way from Shelley Station downhill to Tallangatta. Note, 15km of this rail trail is not yet open.

Size: 75km of 112km rail trail corridor (560 hectares)


Vegetation community: Riparian, Plains Grassy Woodland, Box Gum Grassy Woodland, Riparian Forest, Shrubby Dry Forest, Herb-rich Foothill Forest, open farmland and Pine Plantations.


Landform: Floodplains, Open Grassy Woodlands, foreshore of Lake Hume, State Forest, Pine Plantations and some of the best grazing country in Australia.


Classification: Recreation and conservation

Stages

Gateway Island to Wodonga: 2km of rough ballast high amongst the tree tops. Not yet open.
Wodonga to Whytes Rd, Bandiana: 7km of mix of rough ballast and gravel. Suitable for mountain bikes.
Bandiana to Sandy Creek: 17km gravel. Suitable for touring, hybrid and mountain bikes.
Sandy Creek to Old Tallangatta: 18km bitumen. Bitumen surface not suitable for roadbikes.
Old Tallangatta to Bullioh: 15km rough ballast. Opening later this year!
Bullioh to Shelley: 20km rough gravel. Suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids. Steep descent.
Shelley to Cudgewa: 23km where work underway. Not yet open.
Colac Colac to Corryong: 9km bitumen. Suitable for most bikes.

From Wodonga Visitor Information Centre: follow pedestrian crossings of Hovell St, Lawrence St and Thomas Mitchell Drive onto the Rail Trail Link. This 7km paved trail is a mix of service roads and off road bike trails that run along the south side of Thomas Mitchell Drive, which becomes the Murray Valley Hwy at Bandiana. Follow the trail along the front of the Blazing Stump Hotel, the Bandiana Army Cinema and Wadsworth Barracks all the way to Kiewa Valley Hwy. It is at this point the trail becomes all off-road.  

When Middle Creek is flooded at Whytes Road: go via the Kiewa Valley Hwy on Baranduda Trail, left into Baranduda Drive and left along Whytes Rd to the rail trail. Alternatively, head east on the Murray Valley Hwy for 3km and right into Gullivers Lane and the rail trail.


STAGE ONE starts at Whytes Road. The paved Rail Trail Link trail becomes a gravel trail for the next 19km to Sandy Creek bridge. This section is suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids.

The High Country Rail Trail skirts the foreshore of Lake Hume for 30 picturesque kilometres. Take a break at the 600-metre long Sandy Creek bridge or the nearby picnic tables and viewing platform. The section between Sandy Creek bridge, Tallangatta and the Mitta Mitta River is sealed.

STAGE TWO is best started at Shelley Station, the former highest railway station in Australia. Freewheel downhill for 20km through Pine Plantations, State Forest and over recently restored trestle bridges.  The next 15km is scheduled to open next year. Take care crossing the Murray Valley Hwy near Koetong Hotel. Detour onto the Murray Valley Highway for 2kms from the spectacular 77-metre long Boggy Creek Trestle Bridge. The rough fire trail-type surface is suitable for mountain
bikes only.

Access

Off the Murray Valley Highway at the following locations;

  • Whytes Road, Bandiana
  • Gullivers Lane, Bonegilla
  • Ebden Reserve on Lake Hume, Bonegilla
  • Ludlows Reserve on Lake Hume, Bonegilla
  • Huon Reserve on Lake Hume, Huon
  • Murrays Wayside Stop on Lake Hume, Sandy Creek
  • Tallangatta Township
  • Mitta Mitta Lookout, Old Tallangatta
  • Old Tallangatta Lookout, Old Tallangatta
  • Darbyshire Wayside Stop, Darbyshire
  • Boggy Creek Trestle Bridge Lookout, Koetong
  • Shelley Station, Avalon Road, Shelley

Things to do

  • Birdwatching
  • Picnicking
  • Short or Long walks or rides
  • Horse riding
  • Photography
  • Friends of Rail Trail events such as the High Country Harvest Festival, Jarvis Creek Jaunt, Shelley Wildflower Walk, Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle and Mahers Hill Explorer

Facilities

  • Walking Tracks
  • Picnic Tables
  • Carparking
  • Toilets and water at Ebden, Ludlows, Huon and Tallangatta
  • Cafes, takeaway and general stores at Gateway Village, Wodonga, Lake Hume Village, Tallangatta and Koetong Pub.


Accommodation


There are many accommodation options in the Albury Wodonga area.
www.visitalburywodonga.com

The accommodation listed below are located within cycling distance of the High Country Rail Trail.

Warrina Motor Inn
31 High St, Wodonga VIC 3690
Tel 02 6024 2211
warrina@westnet.com.au
★★★✩ Backs onto Gateway Island bike trail

Quest Wodonga
46 Reid St,
Wodonga VIC 3690
Tel 02 6043 8300
www.questapartments.com.au
★★★★✩

Comfort Inn and Suites
Blazing Stump
4327 Anzac Pde,
Wodonga VIC 3690
Tel 02 6056 3433
www.blazingstump.com.au
★★★★✩ motel, sc & spa suites

Boathaven Holiday Park
33 Boathaven Rd,
Ebden VIC 3691
Tel 02 6020 6130
www.aspenparks.com.au
★★★★✩ sc, caravans & camping

Ibis Styles Albury Lake Hume Resort
Lake Hume Village, NSW 2640
Tel 02 6026 4444
www.ibisstyles.com
★★★✩ sc cottages & luxury motel

Lake Hume Tourist Park
Lake Hume Village, NSW 2640
Tel 02 6049 8100
www.lakehumetouristpark.com.au
★★★✩

Binderee Grove B&B
1497 Murray Valley Hwy,
Sandy Creek
Tel 02 6071 8610
crazeegee42@gmail.com
Bike and horse rider accommodation

Lakelands Caravan Park
Queen Elizabeth Dr, Tallangatta
02 6071 2661
www.facebook.com/LakelandsCaravanPark
★★✩ sc, caravans & camping

Tallangatta Hotel
77 Towong St, Tallangatta VIC
Tel 02 6071 2513
Basic pub-style

Tallangatta Motor Inn
1 Akuna Ave, Tallangatta
Tel 02 6071 2208
★★★ motel

Victoria Hotel
2 Banool Rd, Tallangatta
Tel 02 6071 2672
Basic pub style

Redgum Bed & Breakfast
Tallangatta
Tel 0408 800 655
www.tallangattabnb.com

Tullimbar Log Cabins
7462 Murray Valley Hwy,
Bullioh
Tel 02 6072 5286
www.facebook.com/Tullimbar-Log-Cabins-Bullioh/

Koetong Pub
Murray Valley Hwy, Koetong
Tel 02 6072 7530
Basic pub-style

Shelley Forest Camp
Avondale Rd, Shelley
Tel 02 6072 7531
Bunks and shared commercial kitchen

Arts and Culture


Gateway Village Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga
Tel 02 6022 9300
a great place to buy fabulous arts and crafts, or just get inspired.

Roe Paton Studio and Gallery
15-19 Towong St, Tallangatta
Tel 02 6071 2944

Tallangatta Museum
15-19 Towong St, Tallangatta
Tel 02 6071 2227
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm,
Sat 9.00am-12.00pm

Albury LibraryMuseum
Cnr Kiewa and Swift St, Albury
Tel 02 6043 5610
www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/librarymuseum

MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury)
546 Dean St, Albury
Tel 02 6043 5800
www.mamalbury.com.au

ArtSpace Wodonga
Cnr Lawrence & Hovell Streets,
Wodonga
Tel 02 6022 9600
www.wodonga.vic.gov.au

Yindyamarra Sculpture Trail
Along the Wagirra Trail from Albury to Wonga Wetlands

History and Heritage

Army Museum Bandiana
Gaza Ridge Barracks,
Anderson Rd, South Bandiana
Tel 02 6055 2525
Book 24 hours in advance

Bonegilla Migrant Experience
82 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla
Tel 02 6020 6912
www.bonegilla.org.au
The “Beginning Place” historical cultural centre open daily 10am to 4pm

Natural Heritage

Jarvis Creek, Mt Granya & Mt Lawson State Parks
Great walking, mountain biking and horse riding on walking trails and 4WD tracks, a mere cycling distance from Tallangatta.
www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

On the Water

Canoe Guy at Murray River Canoe Hire 0417 691 339

Canoe the Murray 0487 422 663

Lake Hume Hire 0418 463 609 

Bike Hire and Repairs

Bike Culture
2/435 Dean St, Albury
Tel 02 6021 6081
www.bikeculture.com.au

Bike Edge
1 Moorefield Park Dr, Wodonga
Tel 02 6056 9507
www.bike-edge.com

Cycle Magic Treks
32 Hanson St, Corryong
Tel 02 6077 5235
www.cyclemagic.com.au
bike hire, transfers & tours

Cycle Station
480 Young St, Albury
Tel 02 6041 4388
www.cyclestationalbury.com.au
bike hire & repairs

The Full Cycle of Albury
523 Macauley St, Albury
Tel 02 6023 2268
www.fullcycle.com.au
bike hire & repairs

Wodonga Visitor Information Centre
69-73 Hovell St, Wodonga
Tel 1300 796 222
www.visitalburywodonga.com
bike hire between 9am-4.30pm
2hr, half-day or full-day

Horse Agistment

 

Overnight agistment
Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre,
Corrys Rd, Thurgoona.
Tel 02 6043 2777 

Annual Events

Chryslers on the Murray,Wodonga (March)
North East Food & Wine Festival,Wodonga (March)
Commercial Club Albury Gold Cup (March)
Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong (April)
Fishy (Murray) Trail Run, Wodonga (April)
Milk Run (April)
Nail Can Hill Run (May)
Whistlestop High Tea (May)
FedHill Challenge, Wodonga (August)
WAM - Write around the Murray (September)
Wodonga Children’s Fair (October)
Tallangatta 50s Festival (October)
Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle (October)
Wodonga Gold Cup (November)
Wodonga Boxing Day Races (December)

Code of conduct
For the safety of other users:
• Please keep left • No trail bikes or vehicles
• Wheels give way to walkers (mobility scooters excepted)
• Horses give way to all users • Respect private property
• Keep dogs on leash • Carry in/carry out

Each section is managed in partnership with a voluntary group:

Wodonga Rail Trail Advisory Group - Gateway Island to Bandiana

Bonegilla Rail Trail Advisory Group - Bandiana to Sandy Creek Inlet

Tallangatta Rail Trail Advisory Group - Sandy Creek to Old Tallangatta / Bullioh

Shelley Koetong Development Association - Boggy Creek to Shelley