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“Coastal trail with great views for cyclists and walkers”

Bass Coast Rail Trail
Reviewed October 13, 2013

A disused railway track, this 16km trail has been developed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Several sections are also suitable for people pushing prams, or those in wheelchairs. In general the track is in excellent condition, made of compacted fine yellow gravel. You can start either in Wonthaggi, departing from the former railway station building in a reserve accessed from Murray Street (VicRoads Town Map 713 R5). The alternative starting point is at the site of the former railway station at Anderson, behind the V Line bus terminal (VicRoads 95 J10). In my experience, there are more downhills if you leave from Anderson, though the route is generally fairly flat and an easy degree of difficulty.
From Anderson, you travel through farmland to the attractive coastal village of Kilcunda, passing by a huge mullock hill, which is a remnant of early coal mining activity. Kilcunda is a well known surf beach, with dramatic sea views. On the inland side of Bass Highway, located next to each other are the Kilcunda Ocean View Hotel and the Kilcunda General Store. Both establishments provide a pleasant place for rest and refreshments. There are toilets and picnic benches at the foreshore reserve. The trail now follows the coast for about 1.25 kilometres, and you get fantastic views of the Bass Coast region, and the opportunity to traverse the iconic timber trestle bridge over Bourne Creek. The land descends into flat farming terrain, past the Mouth of Powlett road and seasonal wetland. At the time of writing, in October, the wetland is full of water, with abundant waterbirds and animals visible. Sections of the trail here are bordered with scrub and tea-tree, so views over the farmland are rather limited. Passing through the small village of Dalyston you then cross over the Powlett River and then proceed towards Wonthaggi. As you draw closer to town, you catch glimpses of the ruined structures of the coal mining industry which spread out across southern and eastern Wonthaggi over many kilometres. The dominant view is that of the wind turbines of the local wind farm.
As you approach Wonthaggi, you pass through areas of dense scrub and heathland. These patches of bushland are home to many birds and the area is popular with birdwatchers. Your views over the countryside are quite limited though, as the bush is thick. Some smaller paths branch off the rail trail to explore local features like the nearby Wonthaggi Wetlands, and the West Area Historic Area. Eventually you reach the edge of the commercial district and finish your journey at the former Wonthaggi Railway Station, situated in Apex Park, with toilets, BBQs and picnic facilities in the heart of the town. Wonthaggi residents make great use of the stretches of trail near town and it is a pleasant place for biking or strolling with family and friends.

7  Thank Millefleurs
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