The trail is part of former "Powlett River Railway", a branch line from Nyora to Wonthaggi. The line was opened in 1910 to service the coal mines, passengers, and farm produce around Wonthaggi and Kilcunda. Quality coal produced in the area once supported Victorian Railway's culmination as fuel for locomotives. However, not only motorization in the 1960's but fuel conversion during the 1950's impacted the line. The line was closed in 1978 due to decline in passengers and mining. When the rail track was dismantled in 1988, the southern half section (17km from Anderson to Wonthaggi) was renovated as a rail trail for people's memory.
Distance: 28km (Anderson→Kilcunda→Wonthaggi→Kilcunda)
Average speed: 18km/hour
In the morning, I took a V-line bus from Southern Cross Station to Anderson where the Bass Coast Rail Trail starts.
A steady down slope continues from Anderson to Kilcunda. The section approaches the sea near Kilcunda.
There are nice waves washing the beach today.
Brompton runs across the iconic trestle bridge over Bourne Creek.
Surfers enjoy waves.
On the way from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi, there is a wooden bridge over Powlett River. Windmills are seen far from here.
Finally we arrives at former Wonthaggi Station.
The trail links to the George Bass Coastal Walk at Kilcunda. When I came back to Kilcunda, I enjoyed a short ride before I got on the bus at Kilcunda.
If you have time, you may enjoy the coastal walk from Shelley Beach to the beach at Punch Bowl.