Mark’s Memory Lane – The Great Southern Rail Trail

Later on this year we intend to travel overseas again but in the meantime I thought I’d take a trip back down memory lane. Back in 2011 we took a mini break down to Meeniyan in Gippsland for a couple nights days. The first afternoon after driving down we just walked around the town and looked in the various galleries and craft shops. Even though Meeniyan is small it punches above its weight when it comes to food. We ate at Moo’s at Meeniyan. Fantastic food and friendly, helpful service. I have downloaded a photo from their website of the actual restaurant.

The following day we opted to use our bikes which we had taken with us to cycle along some of the Great Southern Rail Trail. Sadly the train no longer goes down to the towns in South Gippsland but the good news is keen locals have converted it into a cycling/walking trail. To quote from Wikipedia – “The Great Southern Rail Trail is a 68-kilometre rail trail from Leongatha to Welshpool in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. This mostly flat or gently undulating trail goes through lush dairy farmland, areas of remnant bush and lowland scrub.”

The trail was mostly flat and the section we cycled was mostly through bushland.

At one point we came to a section of the old railway crossing over a trestle bridge.

This part of the trail had been replaced by a brand new steel bridge.

At the end of this new bridge there was a carpark which we decided was a suitable turning point for our return trip to Meeniyan.

After changing we drove into nearby Korumburra and ate at the bustling pub. a relaxing way to finish the day.

On our last day we drove down to Fish Creek, the home of the lovely Celia Rosser Gallery and Banksia Café. The gallery contains over 70 of Celia’s beautiful water colour paintings of banksias, which are our favourite Australian native plants. The paintings are a result of over 25 years of work and are an amazing botanical reference. Celia Rosser was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia 1995 for her contribution to botanical art. Here is a picture of Banksia ashby from the gallery’s website.

After spending time in the gallery we had a delicious lunch in the adjoining café before driving home via the beach towns of Venus Bay and Inverloch. It had been a truly varied but enjoyable time in South Gippsland.

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