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Great Southern Rail Trail

Horticultural Park, Leongatha VIC 3953
Location: Leongatha to Foster Distance: 46.3 kilometres one way Track: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track Grade: Level 1 - No experience required, suitable for beginners and children. Level 2 - Suitable for most ages and fitness levels, some riding experience recommended. Start: Section 1 - Leongatha. Section 2 - Meeniyan Finish: Section 1 - Koonwarra recreation reserve. Section 2 - Foster The section between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is yet to be completed, so you need to ride the trail in two sections: Leongatha-Koonwarra and Meeniyan-Foster. This mostly flat or gently undulating trail goes through lush dairy farmland, areas of remnant bush and lowland scrub. It climbs from the foothills of Fish Creek up past Mount Hoddle and then down a steep descent through dense forest out into magnificent views of Wilsons Promontory and Corner Inlet. Leongatha to Koonwarra (8 kilometres) Enjoy the wide-open spaces of lush dairy country dairy, before the trail enters teatree and eucalypt bushland near Koonwarra. Meeniyan to Foster (32 kilometres) Cycle along the fine gravel surface through bushland, swamp scrub and lowland forest. Keep a look out for the local wildlife; kangaroos, wallabies and birdlife thrive in this area. At the foothills of the Hoddle Range, there are steeper parts of the trail and a number of cuttings and embankments. The quirky town of Fish Creek is a browser's delight with a strong arts scene and plenty of options to eat and restock supplies. The climb from Fish Creek to Hoddle Summit is worth the work with spectacular views over Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory from the peak. Foster is a small regional town and but caters well for visitors and there are plenty of accommodation options.