Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail

Linking central Victoria via the old railway line

Lake Water Highlights Rail Trail

With the passing of the Victorian winter, the Spring wild flowers and Lake Eppalock’s water level are both now showcasing the O’Keefe Rail Trail.

It’s been 6 years since the lake’s water level has been so high, lapping right up to the O’Keefe Rail Trail’s causeway across the lake. With Lake Eppalock near 100% full, this has created the perfect picture of water close by each side of the trail, such a unique experience for those fortunate to be out enjoying parts of Regional Victoria!

Lake Eppalock, from the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Photo: Peter Kennedy

Despite this year’s high rainfall, the O’Keefe Rail Trail’s surface has remained in great condition for both walking and cycling all or part of the trail’s 50kms length. Whether commencing the trail in Bendigo, Heathcote or Axedale to see the lake at its full capacity, the experience of being in diverse natural environments is a rewarding escape from busy cities and stressful lifestyles.

Riders view Lake Eppalock from the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Photo: Dave Richardson

Recent interstate visitors using the trail have said how great the trail is, and were so pleased with its condition despite the winter’s rainfall. With being able to view many points of interest, sample local wines and a pub meal, stay in amazing BnB accommodation, or visit the nationally acclaimed Bendigo Art Gallery exhibitions, such experiences are within easily access for this rail trail escape.

The O’Keefe Rail Trail’s lake causeway crossing. Photo: Neil McKinnon

When planning for your one day or overnight rail trail getaway, be mindful of possible changing local conditions. Updated trail information can be obtained from Bendigo Tourism/Heathcote Tourism or the City of Greater Bendigo council.

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