• Bellarine Rail Trail
    Bike Riding

Bellarine Rail Trail

A great day or weekend destination close to Melbourne and Geelong with scenery ranging from rolling farmland through to the picturesque Swan Bay. From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail is beside the Bellarine Railway. The railway is happy to take bicycles on their trains if you don't want to ride in one (or both!) directions of this section.

Access Points

  • Strong Street at Swanston Street near South Geelong railway station
  • South Geelong - Breakwater Rd opposite the Geelong showgrounds, 1km from the railway station along Carr St
  • Drysdale - At the railway station, which is the half way point where the tourist railway terminates.
  • Queenscliff - opposite the station towards the carriage sidings

South Geelong to Leopold (8km) 

From South Geelong the trail climbs gently to Leopold

  • The trail surface is sealed From South Geelong to the Bellarine Highway crossing and Melaluka Rd Leopold to the Portarlington Rd crossing.
  • Take in the sweeping views back to Geelong

Leopold to Drysdale (8km)

  • There is a bit of a gentle climb from Leopold to Curlewis
  • At Curlewis the trail goes through farmland and the view is of Corio Bay and the You Yangs
  • This section is built beside the original formation and the old track is still visible in places
  • West of Curlewis Rd crossing there may be some mud in wet weather
  • West of Jetty Rd the suface is been partly eroded due to weather damage
  • Drysdale station has a museum that is open when the train to Queenscliff is running

Drysdale to Queenscliff (16.5km) 

From Drysdale to Queenscliff the trail runs next to the tourist railway and uses some local streets at the Queenscliff end

  • The trail reaches the highest point on the line just past Drysdale, and it is downhill all the way to Queenscliff
  • You have to depart the rail reserve briefly at Lakers Siding
  • From Mellows road the trail is on-road (Murray Rd) for 1km before joining the fine gravel path beside the Bellarine Highway
  • At King St the trail returns to the railway reserve to Queenscliff.
  • You will cross the railway line about 600m from Queenscliff Station to run beside Swan Bay.

For more information on this trail click here.