Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail
Visit the Mansfield Mullum Wetlands at the end of the the trail. The film The Man from Snowy River, was made around Mansfield, it was based on a poem by Banjo Paterson with the same name. We got a start on the next day by returning to Merton and camping at the Merton Racetrack. The toilets are clean and not locked but there is no shower. The locals are OK with the camping and very welcoming. The Merton Amateur Turf Club holds one race a year on New Years Day, it was founded in 1865.
Great Dividing Range, the third longest land-based range in the world. The range stretches more than 3,500 kilometres from the northeastern tip of Queensland, running the entire length of the eastern coastline through New South Wales, then into Victoria. The forest contains approximately 40 different mammal species, including the endangered Leadbeater's Possum and 120 species of birds. The bird species include the Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Barking Owl, Pink Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian King-Parrot, Grey Goshawk and Crimson Rosella.
The Upper Yarra Museum is at Yarra Junction, partway along the trail. Lilydale station connects to the Metlink suburban rail network.
NotesThe larger towns are Yea, Mansfield and Alexandra with a range of shops including supermarkets. There is a bike shop in Yea and a sports store in Alexandra. The western sections of the Goulburn trail are topped with granitic sand, the eastern sections with black gravel. The western sections could become a little sticky in wet weather. The Taggerty-Buxton section of the Maroondah Highway has a bitumen shoulder, effectively a bike lane. The Buxton - Narbethong section of Maroondah Highway has a gravel shoulder, should you chose to ride it. The Alexandra - Taggerty shoulder is unknown, should you chose to ride it. The Goulburn trail has toilets every 2 hours or thereabouts, the water tanks are labeled 'reclaimed water, do not drink', but its just rainwater. Vline say on their website that, 'V/Line conductors will determine whether there is enough space for you to take bikes on these trains' but I have been told elsewhere that you are OK with 4 bikes on a train. The Metlink suburban network carries bikes free but you are requested to use the rear of the last carriage.
Breakaway Twin River Camping Ground, Alexandra, 5772 1735
Thornton Caravan Park, 5773 2305
Brookes Reserve, Alexandra www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Big4 Taggety Holiday Park, 5774 7263