Kilcunda landmark: the trestle bridge carries the Rail Trail over Bourne Creek
We are home to one of Victoria's coastal rail trails which offers panoramic views of Bass Strait from the Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge at Kilcunda. The Trail meanders through farmland, coastal bushland, historic coal mining reserves and rugged coastline. The Bass Coast Rail Trail links to the George Bass Coastal Walk at Kilcunda, so it is possible to walk from the Punch Bowl in San Remo all the way to the centre of Wonthaggi.
Where does it start and end?
The Trail starts at the old Wonthaggi Railway Station in Murray Street or at the old Anderson railway station site on Bass Highway at the roundabout to Phillip Island.
Is camping permitted along the Trail?
Can I ride my bike or horse on the Trail?
The trail is available for cyclists and horse riders along its total length from Anderson to Wonthaggi. Horse riding is not permitted in the Wonthaggi town centre. An extension of the trail from Anderson to Woolamai is suitable for walkers and horse riders only.
Can motorbikes use the trail?
No. It is illegal to ride any recreational vehicle on the trail and there are fines applicable to those caught. Motorised scooters for persons with mobility issues are permitted on the trail.
Large organised groups and events
If you are bringing a large organised group along the Trail you should ring us before organising the event to make sure that the Trail is available and is not being used for another organised event. Contact our Arts and Leisure Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).
Can I walk my dog on the Trail?
Due to the sensitive foreshore areas and adjoining farm land, dogs on leads are only permitted from Wonthaggi Railway Station to Lower Powlett Road Wonthaggi and Kilcunda to the Mouth of the Powlett Road.
The future of the Bass Coast Rail Trail
The trail's gravel surface has been completed from Anderson to Wonthaggi with the assistance of a grant through the Victorian State Government's Small Towns Development Fund. The trail is now fully constructed and provides a safe off-road path between the two towns. The future development of the trail to Woolamai, Glen Forbes and Kernot will be subject to funds being sourced to assist with the cost of construction.
Council recently received a grant from Sports and Recreation Victoria to extend the trail from Anderson to Woolamai. Works on this section of the path will be underway throughout 2014.
Want to find out more?
More information and maps are available on the Rail Trail's Website, in our Bass Coast Rail Trail Brochure (1.4MB) or by contacting our Arts and Leisure team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).