Building on the region’s wellness brand the trail passes through beautiful landscapes and offers a variety of visitor experiences only an hour from Melbourne International Airport.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of local produce outlets, mineral springs, cafes and wineries at Woodend, Daylesford and a number of interesting villages and points of interest dotted in between.
Cyclists will be able to conduct a return trip in a day from Woodend or Daylesford, or cycle one way, stay overnight at the end of the trail and return the next day. Alternatively, users may choose to ride or walk small sections of the trail. Staying at local villages visitors will experience the natural and cultural attractions along the way. Visitors could base themselves at one of the smaller villages and conduct shorter return trips over a two-three day period.
The proximity of the trail to Melbourne, beautiful scenery, range of food and wine options, as well as the natural and cultural attractions will all be key drivers in the success of the product from a tourism perspective.
The trail will take around three hours to ride from Woodend Station to Daylesford (around 44 km). The rail trail is built on the former Carlsruhe – Daylesford railway which opened during 1880 with stations at Tylden, Fern Hill, Trentham, Lyonville, Bullarto and Musk. The line closed in July 1978.