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Red Hill Rail Trail

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Published March 28th 2011
An uneven dirt and grass trail meanders alongside wineries, vineyards, galleries and green farmland for 6.5km between Red Hill and Merrick on the Mornington Peninsula. Known as the Red Hill Rail Trail, it's one of those rustic tracks you won't find in built up areas. Set your pace, with the track open to walkers, off road bikers and horse riders; making it a great day trip or a worthwhile leg stretch in your passing between the many wineries or olive and fruit producers in the area.

Finding the path can prove tricky as there are no obvious signs. Saying that though, once you're on, well, the right track, it does feel like a trail only locals know about. On the afternoon we went, tracks of people, horses and dogs that had been there before us that day, were imprinted into the dirt; yet we did not encounter anybody else. Rabbits, butterflies and birds regularly crossed our paths and as we walked under the tall pines, we'd listen to the sounds of the wind. It really did feel like getting away from it all.

Depending on where you start and end, the track leads you to the Red Hill Bakery in Red Hill or pop into the winery and general store in Merrick for gourmet refreshments.

Directions from Merricks General Store: Park at the store. Facing the building, walk to your right and follow the gravel path which starts next to a large tree stump. Turn left when you come to a walking sign. Follow this gravel track between Merricks Estate Winery and the horse reserve and you'll soon come to the start of the dirt and grass track. For directions from Red Hill South, refer to Rail Trails.

Tip: For walkers, pack your runners and leave your shoes in the car.
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Why? You'll find it easy to relax walking here.
When: Whenever you like
Where: 90km or approximately an hour and twenty minutes out of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.
Cost: Free
Comments
Very good. Thats a track I didnt know about. It would be a fun peaceful walk and great to do one day. I love the Red Hill area. Thanks.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 25th of May @ 02:51 am
There is also a car park on Merricks Rd and a detailed map and trail information in the Rail Trails of Victoria book, see www.railtrails.org.au for details.
By steve180 - reader
Thursday, 26th of May @ 06:19 am
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