Red Hill Rail Trail

3 h 15 min to 5 h 30 min
1 h 15 min to 2 h 45 min

12.7 km

↑ 206 m
↓ -206 m

Easy track
Starting behind the Red Hill Epicurean Centre on Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, this walk leads to Merricks and back via the Red Hill Rail Trail. This scenic walk takes you along the former railway line, which used to carry fresh apples on to Hastings where they were sent on to the markets of Melbourne. Surrounded by vineyards and rolling green paddocks with ponies, the trail goes through rows of pine trees, with mushrooms and bright red toadstools dotting the ground. There are many vantage points along the trail where you can look across to Western Port Bay and Phillip Island. There are some good coffee and food spots at the start of the trail, and after you complete it you can sample the local produce at the Merricks General Wine Store. This is a shared trail for walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders, so be aware of your fellow travelers. The ground can get slippery and can be quite uneven as horses use this trail often. The surface is mostly gravel with some dirt parts, and the return walk has a long gentle hill climb. Make sure to bring your own drinking water, as there's none available along the trail. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-38.380322,145.0254071)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Dandenong Bypass, 49
  • Turn on to then drive for 20 m
  • Continue onto EastLink Onramp and drive for another 11 km
  • Keep left onto Peninsula Link On Ramp and drive for another 29.4 km
  • Keep left onto Mornington Peninsula Out-Nepean Ramp and drive for another 740 m
  • Continue onto Mornington Peninsula Out-Nepean Ramp and drive for another 3.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto White Hill Road, C787, C788 and drive for another 120 m
  • Continue onto White Hill Road, C787 and drive for another 4.8 km
  • Keep left onto White Hill Road and drive for another 110 m
  • Turn slight left onto Arthurs Seat Road and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right onto Red Hill Road and drive for another 100 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 40 m
Track Notes
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Turn map Directions & comments
After 90 m pass the restaurant (9 m on your left).
Veer left.
After another 25 m turn left, to head along Red Hill Rail Trail.
After another 3.4 km (at the intersection of Tonkins Road & Red Hill Rail Trail) continue straight, to head along Red Hill Rail Trail.
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Red Hill Rail Trail.
After another 1.2 km turn right.
Continue another 410 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 6.3 km to get back to the start.
About 135 m past the end is "Merricks General Wine Store".
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Red Hill Rail Trail

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 12.7 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 5 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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