6 Oct 2015
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.
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.
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
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.
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.