Cardinia Aqueduct Trail
Location: Upper Beaconsfield – Pakenham
Distance: 5km one way
Surface: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Access: Parking access from Officer Road or Thewlis Road
The Cardinia Aqueduct Trail is set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. It is an excellent recreational trail suitable for bike riders, walkers, horse riders and joggers. Feel the serenity and tranquility as you make your way through grassy woodlands. Wet gully forests and tall Eucalyptus trees. The trail begins in Pakenham, and follows a disused section of the Bunyip main race Aqueduct and maintenance track. This is a trail which is steeped with history. Playing a major role in the rural and urban development of providing water to the Mornington Peninsula.
The trail ends near Dickie Road in Officer.
The Cardinia Aqueduct Trail
The Aqueduct trail is 5 kilometers in length. You will find the surface is generally smooth dirt with some gravel. Overall the trail is fairly flat throughout with one steep section to the west of Officer Road. The trail has a pretty good surface and is suitable to ride a road bike on. And is a popular trail for walkers, horse riders, bike riders and joggers and even suitable to push a pram along. If you’re travelling by car you can’t access the start or end points of this trail. You will need to backtrack to complete a full lap of the trail. Many people will just come along to do a small section of the trail instead.
At a glance
- Easy walking on level trail
- Suitable for prams
- Dogs allowed (on leash)
- No toileting facilities
- Parking available on Officer Road & Thewlis Road
- Located 57km south east of Melbourne (easy access from the M1)
- Road crossings at Officer & Thewlis Road (take care when crossing the road)
The trail is quite isolated, so make sure that you bring adequate supplies as there are no shops along the trail. The trail is a 10km return trip, and if you are doing the Aqueduct trail by bike. I can offer some additional climbs around the area which are great to bike/hike. Click on the links below to read about some of the great local gravel roads:
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can find some steep hiking trails to the north of the Aqueduct Trail.