Posted on
Tuesday,
6 Oct 2015

Hire

Hire:

Ride the Bass Coast Rail Trail from Wonthaggi to Kilcunda or further to Bass. An easy trail for all ages to enjoy, with coastal and rural views plus plenty more. Stop at Kilcunda and enjoy some lunch or a coffee. Bike hire with helmets and locks included.


Features

This is a spectacular coastal railtrail which can easily be ridden in both directions in a few short hours

An original timber trestle bridge at Kilcunda right on the beach

Phillip Island only a few km's away

Spectacular Coastal and rural views

Plenty of places to eat and stay at Wonthaggi and Kilcunda

Historical mining sites

Wonderful mining museum in Wonthaggi at old State Coal Mine site

Museum, arts and craft shop at Wonthaggi station site.

Extra Options

The George Bass Coastal Walk begins at Kilcunda, and is a pleasant walk along the beach and cliff tops with views of Cape Wollamai & Phillip Isalnd

Visit the historic State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi

Cycle on the east area trail from Wonthaggi to Cape Patterson approx 9km

Description

Access

Wonthaggi railway station site - Carparking and shops nearby just off Bass Highway

Kilcunda township - On Bass Highway

Anderson - Carpark opposite roundabout to Phillip Island on Bass Highway

Wonthaggi to Kilcunda (10km)

This is a very pleasant and easy to ride section of the trail where the scenery is a mix of farmland and coastal heath and paperbark

Cross the long bridge over the Powlett River and then Mouth of Powlett River Rd

The trail climbs up into a cutting before emerging to give one of the many magnificent coastal views

The trail now runs right on the ocean to Kilcunda with beaches and rock pools

Cross the iconic Bourne Ck trestle bridge to arrive at Kilcunda village

Kilcunda to Anderson (6km) *Plus New Extension Anderson to Woolamai (5k Approx)

The trail from Kilcunda is a steady climb to Anderson, giving views of the large tailings heap at the old Mitchell Mine

The trail diverges from the original railway alignment at Kilcunda due to safety reasons crossing the Bass Highway.

Follow the path to the road crossing adjacent to old rail timber viaduct

A short steep climb up to the original rail alignment

Proceed through rolling hills towards Anderson

Access at Anderson is the large carpark on the east exit of the roundabout.

Background Information

This trail is part of a former branch line from Nyora to Wonthaggi. The line was opened in 1910 to service the coal mines, passengers and farm produce in the Wonthaggi area. The line was closed in 1978 due to the decline in passengers and mining.