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Red Hill Rail Trail

Walk Difficulty The old railway line between Merricks and Red Hill used to carry fresh apples on to Hastings where they were sent on to the markets of Melbourne. There are no trains running now, but you can walk this pretty trail for yourself. There are lovely views over Western Port and great coffee/wine/sustenance at either end. This is a shared trail for walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders so be aware of your fellow travellers along the trail.

The starting point is at Merricks to the north side of the Station Ground Recreation Reserve. The trail climbs steadily for two kilometres providing good views over Western Port to Philip Island the Nobbies. After a sharp right turn, the trail continues down the steep hill to the end of Tonkins Road. The trail then continues to the left on the original railways easement and ascends more gently to Red Hill, first through pine trees (look for colourful fungi in autumn), then two small cuttings.

You can do this walk in either direction; uphill from Merricks to Red Hill, or down hill from Red Hill to Merricks,

  • Address:
13 Merricks Road Merricks Victoria 3916
  • Route Information:
Return over same path
  • Start Location:
Merricks-Red Hill Trail, Red Hill South Victoria 3937
  • End Location:
155 Shoreham Road RED HILL SOUTH Victoria 3937
  • Distance:
6 KMS
  • Time to Complete:
3 HRS
  • Facilities:
Public Toilet
  • Difficulty Rating:
2/5

Red Hill Rail Trail

The start of the trail at Merricks is to the north side of the Station Ground Recreation Reserve outside the parking area which is 230 metres along Merricks Road. Follow the cyclone fenced pathway / narrow track in the roadside reserve to the start of the trail proper. Beware of mud in winter. This is a shared walking, equestrian and mountain biking trail. The trail climbs steadily past vineyards and farmland for two kilometres providing good views over Western Port to Philip Island and the Nobbies. There is even a couple of seats there for you to rest on at around the half way mark. After a sharp right turn, the trail continues down a short steep hill and through a horse jump style to the end of Tonkins Road. Once you are in Tonkins Road you will see the route continuing off to the left. The trail is now on the original railways easement and ascends more gently to Red Hill, first through pine trees (look for colourful fungi in autumn), then two small cuttings. At Red Hill, look for the plaque at the former station site just before the first shop. This commemorates the 75th anniversary of the railway opening. There is a mountain bike park here, so keep an eye out for cyclists. The trail continues to a small reserve with a toilet block next to Point Leo Road behind the shops. Return via the trail or continue on across Red Hill Road towards Arthurs Seat on the 'Red Hill Trail'.

  • Start Location:
Merricks-Red Hill Trail, Red Hill South Victoria 3937
  • End Location:
155 Shoreham Road RED HILL SOUTH Victoria 3937
  • Distance:
6 KMS
  • Time to Complete:
3 HRS
  • Facilities:
Public Toilet, Return over same path, Walk, Walks
  • Difficulty:
Grade 2

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