Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail

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Location: Noojee
Distance: 6km return
Surface: Generally smooth dirt or gravel track
Start: Old Station in Noojee Village (opposite School Road)
Finish: Noojee Trestle Bridge

Noojee Trestle Bridge

Take a journey down a short scenic cycling trail that climbs gently for three kilometers.  This is a smooth gravel track, which takes you among the beautiful tall Eucalpt & Fern forest. If you’re in the area its worth making the short detour.   Stretch your legs and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.  Take the opportunity to ride across the areas most iconic attraction.

 

You’ll want to ride across the Noojee Trestle Bridge. Its an amazing experience.  This bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria. It was originally constructed in 1919, but in 1939 was burnt down and rebuilt in the same year. It is an impressive structure spanning 102 meters, is 21 meters high and is supported by 19 sets of piles. The Trestle bridge was one of seven trestle bridges found on a rail line that linked Flinders Street Station to the small country town of Noojee, which closed down in 1954.

The Buln Buln Shire Council purchased the No. 7 Noojee trestle bridge from Victorian Railways for the nominal sum of £1 ($2).  Not a bad little buy.

Noojee is 129km east of Melbourne and is a long drive.  If you’re out this way to climb Mount Baw Baw then consider making the short detour.  Its an amazing ride.

Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail

Tourism

The Baw Baw region is one of the best in Victoria to visit by bike.  You’ll find the area steeped in history. Originally settled by gold prospectors during the 1860’s.  The area became a timber industry which helped to sustain the area through the following century.

A short journey from Noojee is the Toorongo Falls Road.  This follows the river into a scenic valley which reaches the Toorono Falls Reserve. There is a short 750 metre walk through the tall wet forest to reach the Toorongo Falls which is a must do if you’re visiting the area.

Warragul to Noojee Train line

The Trestle bridge was once part of the Warragul to Noojee train line.  Which opened in sections with Warragul to Rokeby on 12 May 1890.  And then Rokeby to Neerim South on 18 March 1892.  This rail line was built to service the timber industry in the upper Latrobe River area.  The railway transported timber as well as providing a general goods and passenger service to towns in the area.  Much of the line traversed dense Eucalyptus forests, and the line and the towns it served were at high risk of bush fire damage.

In February 1926.  The town of Noojee and much of the line from Nayook was destroyed in the Black Sunday bush fires. The line was closed for repairs until 17 May 1926.  The town was again razed by fire in the Black Friday bush fires of Friday 13 January 1939.  Along with three of the large trestle bridges on the railway line between Nayook and Noojee.

The line was closed for a number of reasons:
  • Construction of roads in and around the area made the need for the railway redundant
  • The line was running at a loss
  • Expensive repairs over the years due to bushfire damages

The line was closed beyond Nayook on 27 March 1954.

How to get there

Noojee is located in Gippsland, approximately 128 km east of Melbourne.  You can choose to either drive there via the Yarra Valley, heading south from Yarra Junction or north from Warragul.

During fire season

Noojee is in a fire district. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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