The course for the O'Keefe Rail Trail Marathon follows the famous rail trail for most of its journey.
Travellers have been taking this historic journey from Bendigo to Heathcote since 1888, when the railway line first linked the towns. Trains stopped running in 1956, and the route lay largely dormant until the first section of the O’Keefe Rail Trail opened in 1993.
Today the recreational trail beside the old railway line again allows users to journey the full 50 kilometres, albeit at a slightly slower pace. It’s just as well too, as there’s lots to take in.
The safe, mostly-level walking, running and cycling trail is one of Victoria’s great family-friendly journeys. It passes through some spectacular natural bushland, past waterways and recreation reserves, perfect for picnics, wildflower or platypus spotting.
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