East Gippsland Rail Trail

In January of 2016 I hired a bike, rode to Bruthen, stayed at the pub, ate at the fabulous Bull Ant Brewery and rode back to Bairnsdale the next day. It was a hot ride but I totally enjoyed the solitude and the break at the river at Nicholson. The section from Nicholson to Bruthen takes you a long way from highway and is a great rural ride. Bruthen is a lovely town.The rest of the track is quite remote and you will need to take a friend but knowing the country as I do, you will love it. Great trail and it can be extended to Lakes Entrance if you are keen.  If you want just one section, Nicholson to Bruthen is the best section that I rode.

​Getting There: From Sydney, you can fly to Merrimbula and bus to Orbost. You can train to Bairnsdale from Melbourne. Bus from Canberra to Orbost. Or drive…

​For now, enjoy the pictures I took on the trail and refer to the following site for more information


This is a trail that requires some planning for issues such as punctures if you head past onwards to Orbost from Bruthen. Rest assured as you crunch down the compacted gravel you will know that you are on a rail trail.

The distances between the towns are as follows
Bairnsdale to Nicholson 9km  (retarred in 2019)
Nicholson to Bruthen 21 km  (gravel)
Bruthen to Nowa Nowa 28 km  (gravel)
Nowa Nowa to Orbost 43 km  (gravel)

Here are some good articles

Bruthen to Nowa Nowa
Orbost to Nowa-Nowa
To Lakes Entrance

Gravel bike or MTB is probably best.


See pics here >>

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2 thoughts on “East Gippsland Rail Trail

    […] If you want to go between a nice river stop and end up at a great little bush town, ride between Nicholson and Bruthen on the East Gippsland Rail Trail.  Its 21km each way and becuase its an old railway line the hills are gradual.  Highly recommended and you can read about the bike trail here […]

    From the ashes – Biketrail .Blog

    (January 8, 2020 - 6:04 pm)

    […] Book local, use the phone not a big overseas App to make the booking. Find the small towns in far East Gippsland, down the south coast of NSW, in the Snowy Mountains and stop and have a cup of tea and talk to a […]

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