Once the Rutherglen to Wahgunyah railway line, enjoy this leisurely walk where you can view vineyards, olive trees and cereal crops, along with the odd mob of sheep and alpacas. Stop in and sample wines from some of Australia’s oldest wineries and vines. A perfect full day activity before settling back in your cottage with a local red. Set out early in the height of summer. This is 9km one way so stop and turn back if you don’t feel like the full walk.
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
In a wine region blessed with abundant sunshine and long languid summers, a stroll along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Rutherglen to the banks of the mighty Murray River is a charm.