The Grand Ridge Rail Trail is the centrepiece of the Boolarra township and stretches to neighbouring Mirboo North 13 kilometres west, south-west through the Strzelecki Ranges. The scenic rail-trail mirrors the former Morwell to Mirboo North railway that opened in 1886 and included four stations – Yinnar, Boolarra, Darlimurla and Mirboo. The old Darlimurla station is the halfway point of the trail and is an ideal location to rest and catch your breath before continuing.
The rail trail begins on a flat stretch of track before climbing towards Mirboo North. If the uphill climb is a little too adventurous, then start your journey from Mirboo North heading downhill towards Boolarra. The Mirboo North entrance can be found at Baromi Park, near the award-winning Grand Ridge Brewery.
There are a few concrete bridges along the trail with the majority of the well-maintained dirt track wide enough to accommodate people on wheelchairs, prams, bikes and people on horseback. Cycling is also encouraged on the track and pets are welcome; however, must be leashed at all times. Be aware that there are some road crossings along the early parts of the trail near Boolarra.
The trail is also ideal for spotting local wildlife and is a highly recommended track for people preparing for half or full marathons. You will discover that this rail trail is in regular use all year round and well worth the journey.
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- Distance: 13 kilometres one way
- Difficulty: Medium
- Fitness level: Moderate
- Ideal for: Walkers, runners, cyclists
- Time to complete: 3 hours walk one way
- Location: Christian Street, Boolarra | Strzelecki Highway, Mirboo North