If you have a bike and a yearning for beautiful scenery, then the Bass Coast Rail Trail beckons. A short 10 minutes drive from The Cape, this rail trail was once a vital link for transporting black coal from the Wonthaggi coalfields to Melbourne and beyond, powering Victoria’s steam train network. Starting in the heart of Wonthaggi, the rail trail heads in a westerly direction past the historic coal fields, before crossing rural country with a view towards the coast, wind farms, wetlands and dunes. After a few kilometres the trail crosses the picturesque Powlett River before taking in wetlands and other beautiful watercourses.
A short climb is rewarded with breathtaking coastal scenery towards Kilcunda, and the historic Kilcunda trestle bridge is a wonderful reference to Bass Coast’s historic past.
Tired legs can be refreshed and rewarded with a coffee at the lovely Kilcunda general store.
If you have a spare few hours, this section of the rail trail makes for a highlight and a wonderful few hours out, and is all accessible within a 10 minute drive from The Cape!