Spot sculptures and scar trees on the Great Victorian Rail Trail

Whether you've visited before or whether it's still on the to-do list, new features on the Great Victorian Rail Trail create even more impetus to get out and explore this magnificent route through the Victorian High Country.

Seven outdoor artworks and 20 new scar trees have been added to the attractions on this 134km route, which includes mountain scenery, mesmerising valleys, historic rail tunnels, spectacular bridges and nearly 50 water crossings.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in the state and takes walkers, bike riders and horse riders on a winding journey between Mansfield and Tallarook. There is also a 15km (one-way) offshoot to the charming town of Alexandra.

Eight artists contributed the works, guided by a central theme of connection to Country, environment, community and the history of the trail.

The eye-catching artworks include sculpted towers of blue and white inspired by the bowls and mugs used by railway workers, enlarged plant tubers made from timber and a playful train sculpture modelled on children's building blocks.

The scar trees, created by the Taungurung people, symbolise their relationship to the Warring (Goulburn River) and its associated rivers, creeks and Ngarrak (mountains). 

Bark has been removed from healthy eucalypts along the trail and motifs have been used to share stories of their connection to Country (Biik). 

Each installation is designed to enhance the experience of visitors, whether they're taking on short rides, long rides, or something in between.

You can read more about the project here.

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