Put on your bicycle helmet and explore a piece of the Grampians spectacular natural beauty on your bike with this easy trail out of Stawell.

The trail starts at a small car park at the end a small track running off the Grampians Road, 700 metres south of the Western Highway and follows the route of the old rail line through beautiful bushland for 10 kilometres towards the Heatherlie Quarry.

This railway once carried stone from the quarry to Stawell for many of Melbourne’s public buildings including Parliament House and the State Library.

From the car park, the trail heads west towards the Grampians with the first 2.5km being on a path south of the original easement.

The remainder of the trail follows the old railway parrallel to the Grampians Road to where it finishes at the Mt Dryden Road carpark.

Passing close to Lake Lonsdale, several bridges have been constructed and a very pleasant boardwalk has also been included.

There was a temporary gate placed across the trail about 2km from the end, but this may have been removed.

There is also another short section trail at the Heatherlie Quarry but there are no plans to connect the two.

Trail Summary

  • Name: Grampians Rail Trail
  • Alias: Also known as the Heatherlie Rail Trail
  • Region: Grampians, Victoria
  • Start: Grampians Road, Stawell
  • Finish: Mt Dryden Road, Stawell
  • Length: 10km
  • Time:  1 hour
  • Type: Linear
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Suitable for: Most bike types and experience levels
  • Terrain: Flat
  • Surface: Fine or compacted gravel
  • Signage: The route is well marked, including interpretive signage
  • Hazards: None identified.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities along the trail
  • Best Times: All year round.