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Sandridge Railway Trail

Sandridge Railway Trail

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Follow the route of Australia’srst steam railway, still evident after150 years, and discover the earlyheart of Melbourne.
 
A self guidedwalking and light rail trail fromFlinders Street Station to Sandridge,now known as Port Melbourne.
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THE TRAIL
The Sandridge Railwayopened in 1854 to servewhat was then Australia’sbusiest shipping port.
This trail follows the originaltrain route from FlindersStreet Station to PortMelbourne. M
ade up of threesections, this trail involvesa walk, a tram ride, and anopportunity to explore.
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Walk from Princes Bridge
in the city to Spencer Street.
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Ride on the light railtram, route 109 from SpencerStreet along the formerSandridge railway line toPort Melbourne.
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Explore the waterfrontarea of Beacon Cove andPort Melbourne.You can follow the entire trailon foot via Flinders Walkand the Sandridge Light RailTrail which are both markedon the map below.The terrain is at followinga formed path with just a fewstairs as marked.
DISABLED ACCESS
Wheelchair users can followthe trail from the start byproceeding along SwanstonStreet, and down FlindersStreet to join Flinders Walkat Queens Bridge. All the109 trams are wheelchairfriendly but must be joinedat stop 125A just pastClarendon Street oralternately at the corner of
Swanston and Collins Streets.
SERVICES
Tram Services on weekendsare every 10-12 minutes,except before 11am onSundays when they run every30 minutes. On weekdaystrams run every 8 minutesand every 4 minutes duringpeak periods. (The tramjourney from Spencer Streetto Port Melbourne on the109 is within Zone 1). Forfurther information callMETLINK on 131 638 or visit
www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au
TIME REQUIRED
The Flinders Walk sectiontakes approximately 15minutes and the tram sectionaround 10 minutes. Spendingapproximately half an hour atthe Port Melbourne end theentire return journey takesone and a half to two hours.
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The trail begins on theriver side of Flinders StreetStation where it meetsPrinces Bridge. Take the
SANDSTONE ENTRANCE TOFLINDERS WALK
After a hump in the path,where the former ElizabethStreet Creek joins the Yarra,you will pass under the footbridge to view the long, greySandridge Railway Bridge.It crosses the Yarra where arocky waterfall once provideda dividing line between freshand salt water, and alsoa barrier preventing shipaccess further upstream.In 1835 John Fawkner,one of Melbourne’sfounding fathers, landedjust below the waterfallwith his settlement partyin the ‘Enterprize’. Then in1837 Queens Wharf wasestablished nearby. Therewas a natural
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providedan ideal anchorage andwas later widened to forma turning basin for largershipping. The rst customshouse was built in FlindersStreet in 1840. It was rebuiltin 1876 and is now theImmigration Museum.bluestone steps down toFlinders Walk which followsthe platform where theSandridge trains oncepulled in. Note this platformhas retained its name‘Melbourne’, the name ofthe Hobson Bay RailwayCo’s original terminus.
SANDRIDGE RAILWAY BRIDGEMELBOURNE FLINDERS STREETPLATFORM SIGN
The present SandridgeRailway Bridge was thethird structure to carry therailway line over the river.Built by David Munro & Co,and opened in 1888, it wasthe rst railway bridge inVictoria to use steel girders.It is to be redeveloped as acycle and pedestrian link.
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FROM PRINCES BRIDGE TO SPENCER STREET
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