The Great Victorian Rail Trail, a shared pathway for cyclist, walkers and horses, follows the disused rail line for 134km from Tallarook through Yea to Mansfield with a link between Cathkin and Alexandra. This beautiful trail is in close proximity to an array of natural features such as rivers, lakes, ranges and mountains. The trail follows the heritage-classified Goulburn River, and passes through the Trawool valley, classified by the National Trust for its scenic beauty. Yea’s Cheviot Tunnel, built in 1889, is the longest rail trail tunnel in Victoria. When complete, the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail will be Victoria’s longest rail trail and will span some 134km from Tallarook through Yea to Mansfield.
You’ll be able to explore the rail trail on a bike, on foot or on horseback. At Yea the trail will pass by the historic Railway Station built in 1889. The Cathkin platform still remains and the local Landcare group has been working tirelessly to look after this reserve.
The ephemeral Yea Wetlands is situated on 32ha of crown land between two branches of the Yea River. The Yea Wetlands is cared for by a committee of management and some very proud and enthusiastic community members who have attracted funding to create beautiful improvements that deliver ecological, social and economic benefits to the environment and community. You can find in the wetlands of Yea, the fossils of some of the earliest known land plants in the world, dating back 400 million years ago! Also keep an eye out for the sacred Kingfisher as you meander along the beautiful boardwalks. The Yea Wetlands Committee of Managment was established by the Murrindindi Shire Council in September 2002.
The Committee is constituted as a section 86 Commmittee of Murrindindi Council under the Local Government Act and has an agreed deed with Council to protect, manage and enhance the wetlands. Council itself is a Committee of Management with responsibilities to the Department of Sustainability and Environment who manages an area of some 34ha of crown land on the Yea River Floodplain on behalf of the Victorian Government. The area managed lies both north and south of the Goulburn Valley Highway immediately east of the Township.