Chatto Creek - Omakau

Chatto Creek to Omakau   Distance: 12 km 

  • After crossing State Highway 85 from the Chatto Creek Tavern there is an information kiosk and basic toilet indicating the next section of the Rail Trail.
  • The trail ‘S’ bends and slowly ascends Tiger Hill. This gradual 1 in 50 incline, the steepest on the Rail Trail, made it possible for the trains to ascend this gradient.
  • Have a well-deserved rest at Tiger Hill Gangers’ Shed with spectacular mountain views.
  • As you proceed you will cycle under the over bridge at State Highway 85 and then the trail descends slightly into the town of Omakau.
Tiger Hill

This gradual 1 in 50 incline, the steepest on the Rail Trail


Tiger Hill Gangers’ Shed

Have a well-deserved rest at Tiger Hill Gangers’ Shed with spectacular mountain views.


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