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Linking central Victoria via the old railway line
The O’Keefe rail trail is relatively flat traversing box-ironbark and yellow gum woodland plus river/waterway reserves. The surface is a mixture of gravel types (packed fine to course gravel) plus some asphalt sections in urban areas. The older section of the trail (Bendigo-Axedale) is progressively being upgraded. Overall, the trail surface is suitable for walking as well as MTB, hybrid, touring bikes, gravel bikes, flat bar or road bikes (depending upon tyres fitted and the rider’s skills).
The trail is continious between Bendigo – Axedale – Heathcote, being a total trail distance of approx. 49kms.
Former railway station and platform sites. Eight sites, formally signed with replica turn-of-the-20th-century railway station name boards. These signs have been installed by the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail’s community project.
Replica concrete railway mileposts. A total of 27 replica concrete posts (’73’ to ‘100’) have been installed along the O’Keefe Rail Trail, between Heathcote and North Bendigo, to replace the lost original posts. Painted white with black numbers, representing the ‘mile’ distance from Melbourne.
A Lost Road! Where the trail now passes through Lake Eppalock (no flippers or goggles required!!), the Crosbie-Derrinal Rd once had a level crossing of the former railway line. Water levels of the lake both closed the railway line as well as flooded this road. A new sign post on the trail now indicates where the former level crossing and road alignment once were.
The natural environment. During the Spring season there are wildflowers, including native orchids in bloom along the trail. As well as the trail being in the One Eye Forest, Longlea Forest, and Knowsley Forest, there are nature reserves adjacent to the trail such as Bendigo Field Naturalists Reserve (Bennetts Road Junortoun), the Knul-doorong Woodland Reserve (Binks Rd Junortoun), and the Junortoun Flora and Fauna Reserve (Wilkie Rd – Cashens Rd Junortoun).
The City of Greater Bendigo Council and the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail are keen to gain valuable feedback from users of the O’Keefe Rail Trail. Your feedback will assist with trail improvements and ongoing trail development.
Please take the short survey, after experiencing this trail: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/okeefetrailsurvey