Just outside the rural town of Yea you can find an interesting relic of Victoria’s railway past.
Located on the former Mansfield railway between Yea and Molesworth, the Cheviot Tunnel is the longest rail tunnel in Victoria at a length of 201 metres (660 feet).
The railway line was shuttered in 1970 and the tracks are long since gone. The alignment is now a rail trail meaning walkers and riders can pass through the tunnel. There are bollards on the trail to prevent vehicle access, although in years gone by people were able to drive through the tunnel.
The site of the old Cheviot railway station is a few kilometres to the west of the tunnel but little to nothing remains.
Where Is It?
Access to the tunnel is via Cheviot Road. Follow the signs from Goulburn Valley Highway east of Yea. Cheviot Road is unsealed as is the car park at the tunnel. The surface is suitable for most vehicles.
Being a former railway there are no steep inclines. The path inside the tunnel is sealed and accessibility is generally very good.
Expect small to no crowds.