Jul 18, 2010

Bass Coast Rail Trail (the only coastal rail trail in Victoria)

former Wonthaggi rail line opened in 1910 to service the Coal fields. Now preserved as Bass Coast Rail Trail  16km from Wonthaggi  to Anderson. Much of the history of Bass Coast region of Victoria has its roots in the coal industry, Locals suggested to start along East Area path  at State Coal Mine Historic Reserve (down Cape Paterson Rd turn right into Garden St) East cycling path joins Rail Trail at Old Wonthaggi Rail Station (in Murray Street) and headed of north west against a strong wind (can see why the area is also popular with hang-gliders) And meanders through farmland and  along coastal bushland crossing the famous Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge with wonderful  coastline scenery.

Surface- Fine packed gravel
Terrain - undulating w/ moderate climb when travelling west to Anderson car park.
Trail ends at old Anderson railway site on Bass Highway (roundabout to Phillip Is)
 (named after the Anderson brothers one of the first Europeans to settle in the area)
- dogs on leads are only permitted from Wonthaggi Railway Station to Lower Powlett Road Wonthaggi.
- State Coal Mine, Garden Street, Wonthaggi offers above ground tours

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Bike adjustments since last ride

- lowered seat a little
- shoe cleats back a little