Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail
The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery. Riders and walkers traverse volcanic features listed in Kanawinka Global Geopark, farmland, wooded grassland and tall wet forest on descent into the wooded Timboon valley.
Trail users need to be aware the first section of the trail from Camperdown Station to Naroghid is "on road" and includes a challenging (but spectacular) descent and climb between Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk. Visitors are advised to wear bright coloured clothing and switch on a rear tail light to make themselves more visible to other road users.
The trail provides an important connective corridor for native animals. The relationship between native wildlife and the trail is creatively interpreted by a display housed in the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. This building along with the old ticket office forms the southern terminus of stage 1 of the trail.
The heritage listed 1891 Timboon Trestle Bridge is accessible via road and via the Coast to Crater trail. The bridge provided a vital link via standard gauge to Camperdown and Melbourne. Nowadays visitors can enjoy a picnic in a picturesque valley formed by the Curdies River.
There are many remnant trestle bridges along the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail many covered in moss and surrounded by ferns offering great photo opportunities along the way.