Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • This short but scenic line in the northwestern section of the Hunter Valley has a small township at each end offering food and accommodation options
  • At around 39 km long, it would be ideal for a one-day out and back ride for the experienced cyclist or a two-day tour for a more relaxed excursion
  • The railway was built through very undulating countryside and has a scenic and very winding route

Attractions

NOTE: This rail trail is not yet open. It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW

  • This trail is close to the large city of Newcastle
  • It is at the northern end of the Hunter Valley Wine country
  • Large coal trains can be seen passing Sandy Hollow
  • Larger nearby towns include Denman and Muswellbrook

Trail Guide

This Trail is a proposed Rail Trail only at this stage.  It is not yet constructed or open.

The railway corridor is owned by the NSW State Government, and trespassing is prohibited.

The Merriwa Railway Society plans to restore the station and yard at Merriwa, and to establish a display of a selection of locomotives and rolling stock.

In 2014, the goods shed was repainted and the station platform barge wall replaced, and there has been regular mowing, brush cutting and weed spraying within the station precinct.

To contact us about this trail, Email or click here nsw@railtrails.org.au

Section Guides

Sandy Hollow to Gungal (16 km)

The first section of this trail parallels the Golden Highway, on the other side of Halls Creek.

There is a missing bridge over Halls Creek next to Sandy Hollow; the middle span is all that remains.

There are spectacular sandstone outcrops in this area, and a road crossing around 13 km from Sandy Hollow.

 

Gungal to Merriwa (23 km)

From here the line enters some undulating and spectacular countryside, turning away from the highway to avoid the many hills at the Merriwa end.

The station precinct at Merriwa is about 1 km uphill from the town centre. It features a restored station building, goods shed and other railway infrastructure.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Wiradjuri and Wonnarua people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.

Development and future of the rail trail

As of June 2021 there is no active committee trying to lobby for the construction of a rail trail on this disused corridor.  Rail Trails Australia views this as a viable potential rail trail, and would be keen to support any person, or group to lobby for its construction.

If you are interested, contact us at nsw@railtrails.org.au

Rail Line History

The Merriwa Branch Line was opened in October 1917. The Branch started at Muswellbrook and had stations at Roxburgh, Mangoola, Denman, Myambat, Sandy Hollow, Gungal, Wappinguy and Merriwa. Rail motors on passenger duties ceased operation in 1973.

The Muswellbrook to Sandy Hollow section was relaid to main line standards and a long planned route through to Ulan near Gulgong was finally completed in 1982. This section is now used exclusively for freight (mostly coal) transport.

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Rural and vineyard scenery
  • Tanunda to Angaston is flat, ideal for children and novice riders 
  • German heritage

Attractions

  •   Wine and food experiences
  •   Barossa towns
  •   Barossa Adventure Station recreation area- Angaston 

 

Trail Guide

This scenic shared use trail (walking and cycling) is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley and links the major towns of Gawler, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston via the railway corridor, taking advantage of topography and panoramic views.

Although much of the Gawler to Tanunda section is not strictly a rail trail, it gives cyclists and tourists the opportunity to extend their ride or walk and explore more parts of the Barossa by bike. It is possible to ride from Gawler to Angaston mainly on traffic-free dedicated cycle paths. Care must be taken on the short on-road sections through Gawler and Tanunda and at all road crossings. Take advantage of the many coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants in all the Barossa towns.

At the terminus of the trail in the Angaston rail yards, The Barossa Council has created a unique recreation area called the Barossa Adventure Station that features a 1 km mountain bike trail, a zipline, accessible trampolines, tower and slide, skate ramps, boulder walling, half-court basketball, sensory sound forest and picnic facilities. Barossa Adventure Station will cater for all the family and is located metres from the main street of Angaston.

There are mountain bike trails at Moculta and Pewsey Vale.

Toilets and picnic facilities are at Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston.

Barossa Cycle Hub at the Tanunda Visitor Information Centre (68 Murray St) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stand, tools and some spare parts.

Gawler Cycle Hub at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre (2 Lyndoch Rd) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stand, drinking fountain, picnic tables and shelter.

There are plenty of places to eat and stay in the region, including caravan parks in Tanunda and Nuriootpa.

Section Guides

Gawler to Lyndoch (14 km)

This section was completed in 2014 and features a high quality hot mix surface.

From Gawler Central Railway Station, travel via Murray St and Lyndoch Rd, then turn right at the Lyndoch Rd level crossing into Sunnydale Ave and left into Calton Rd. This route is uphill initially, then undulates to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba. A safer route avoiding Lyndoch Rd starts beside the Council administration building carpark in High St. Signage and road markings are only partially complete; pick up a route map at the Cycle Hub Information Centre.

From Gawler Railway Station, travel via Twelfth and Eighth Sts, across the pedestrian bridge to Walker Place, then cross the main street to Calton Rd. The first kilometre of Calton Rd is uphill, steep at first, then undulating for another 3 km to the start of the Barossa Rail Trail at Kalbeeba.

Gawler station has an F Class steam locomotive on display at its northern end.

The Barossa Rail Trail follows the unused railway line from Kalbeeba to Sandy Creek, then follows the Barossa Valley Way and railway to Lyndoch. There are no steep or dangerous sections, but take care at road crossings.

The trail passes mostly cropping and grazing farmland, then vineyards and wineries closer to Lyndoch.

At Lyndoch Hill the trail passes through the hotel grounds and rose garden.

Picnic facilities, water station and toilets are located opposite Lyndoch Bakery.

Lyndoch to Rowland Flat (5.6 km)

This section is a good quality sealed cycle path that follows Barossa Valley Way and then the unused railway line to Rowland Flat. 

The section that follows the railway line has a couple of short, steep climbs.

The trail passes vineyards and wineries.

This part of the line suffered a number of derailments over the years. An information board near Rowland Flat details the events.

Rowland Flat to Tanunda (9.4 km)

This section is not a rail trail but a good quality sealed cycle path that follows the North Para River and then Barossa Valley Way to Tanunda.

The section that follows the North Para River has several short, steep climbs and awkward sharp switchback bends, and two stock grids.

There are some hazardous sections on this trail, so all cyclists should exercise caution.

The trail passes through the grounds of Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre.

The trail finishes at the start of the main street in Tanunda; this can be busy, so exercise caution.

Cycle Hub at Barossa Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda (68 Murray St) includes bike hire, showers, public toilets, cycle storage and lock-up, bike maintenance stands, tools and some spare parts.

Tanunda Railway Station (300m east of the Cycle Hub) is in a reasonable state of repair and was in use by community groups until recently.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Tanunda.

 

Tanunda to Nuriootpa (6 km)

This section is mostly a railside trail. From the Cycle Hub it is an on-road journey through Tanunda on Murray St with good on-road cycle lanes for most of the distance; alternatively the quieter and more scenic Bilyara, Langmeil and Para Roads can be used. The 3.5 km railside trail starts at Kroemers Crossing Roundabout at the intersection of Murray St and Burings Rd, and is a good sealed cycle path. 

This section features a long (around 3 km) avenue of red roses between the unused railway line and cycle path, passing vineyards and wineries. There are large, shady trees between the path and main road.

Exercise care at roundabout road crossings at Kroemers Crossing (Burings Rd) and Dorrien (Seppeltsfield Rd). The remains of Dorrien Siding are visible south of Seppeltsfield Rd.

Hot air balloons can often be seen in the morning, usually during the first hour of daylight .

The historic Penfolds building at Nuriootpa has been repurposed to provide food and beverage options.

Where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, turn right into South Terrace then left into The Crescent to continue to Angaston.

 

Side Trail – Nuriootpa Linear Park Shared Use Path (2 km not included in the Barossa Rail Trail)

At the point where the railway crosses the Barossa Valley Way at Nuriootpa, continue straight ahead to Nuriootpa centre. 

About 200 m north of this crossing is Tolley Reserve, with an RX steam locomotive on display as well as toilets, picnic facilities, playground, skate park and MTB/BMX track.

A riverside linear path runs from Tolley Reserve beneath the Murray St road bridge and then on to Nuriootpa caravan park.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Nuriootpa.

Nuriootpa to Angaston (7 km)

This high quality rail trail follows the old rail easement and has a smooth hot mix surface. At Nuriootpa turn into South Tce then left into The Crescent to reach the Nuriootpa – Angaston rail trail. 

No buildings remain at Nuriootpa station but platforms, railway lines and water tower are still in place.

Nuriootpa had a turning triangle rather than a turntable for reversing engines. The triangle is still in place, often hidden by long grass, and the cycle path crosses it twice.

Railway Tce, on the opposite side of Nuriootpa station, formed one straight of a rectangular racing circuit used for the 1950 Australian Grand Prix. Murray St was another straight, right through the middle of the shopping precinct.

This section passes vineyards and wineries, and features high embankments and deep, shady cuttings at the Angaston end.

The trail has been enhanced with high quality metal sculptures, information and map boards and seating at regular intervals.

Early morning wildlife encounters (birds, kangaroos, rabbits etc) are not uncommon on this section.

Road crossings have been paved to resemble rails and sleepers; exercise caution at all road crossings.

On Saturday mornings, Barossa Farmers’ Market can be reached from the Light Pass/Diagonal Rd crossing or the Stockwell Rd crossing. 

Angaston Station site has been reinvented as a multi-purpose recreation area known as the Barossa Adventure Station. 

A 1km MTB track overlooks the old railway yard.

Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society has a large shed in the grounds of Angaston Station. Restored/under restoration vehicles, engines and machinery are occasionally on display.

At Angaston the trail terminates in Washington St. Turn left then left again into Sturt St to reach Murray Street shops and cafes.

Angaston has a working blacksmith’s shop, open on weekends and public holidays, in the main street.

There are many accommodation, food and beverage options in Angaston.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Kaurna and Ngadjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Development and future of the rail trail 

In 2010, the track between Nuriootpa and Angaston was removed and the rail trail built.

As the railway is still technically ‘operational’ from Gawler to Nuriootpa, this section of the trail has been built beside it or following the creek; however, the line has now been removed at the Kroemers Crossing roundabout near Tanunda so is unlikely to be used again without significant restoration works.

Rail line history 

The Gawler to Angaston line was officially opened in 1911. Railway authorities commissioned a special school train that carried 1258 children for the opening.

In 1917 the line was extended northeast to Truro and later a further branch was added to Penrice Quarry about 6 km from Nuriootpa.

Regular commuter passenger services were withdrawn in 1968 and no passenger services have used the line since 2003, when the Barossa Wine Train was withdrawn.

‘Stonie’ trains used the line to ferry soda products from Penrice quarry to Osborne until 2013.

 

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Barossa Cycle Hub re-opened

Posted: 30/01/21

The Barossa Cycle Hub in Tanunda (South Australia) re-opened this week after an extended closure ...

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Barossa Rail Trail Improvements

Posted: 24/09/20

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Barossa Adventure Station enhances the Barossa Rail Trail Experience

Posted: 03/07/20

The $2.5m Barossa Adventure Station was officially opened on 4 July 2020. The Barossa Council and the ...

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The Barossa Trail Extension (SA)

Posted: 08/10/12

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • A short but exciting trail next to the disused Dubbo to Molong railway line
  • Views of an old railway trestle viaduct and a huge concrete and steel railway bridge
  • Ride across Macquarie River, with river red gums and abundant birdlife. Close to Western Plains Zoo and historic Dundullimal Homestead
  • Fully sealed and family friendly, suitable for all kinds of bicycles, scooters, mobility scooters and prams
  • Interpretive signs explain the history of the rail line and the region
 

Attractions

Great news!  This trail has now been completely sealed along the entire length

  • Western Plains Zoo
  • Restored Historic Dundullimal Homestead
  • Ride the entire Tracker Riley Cyclepath alongside the river
  • Stop at the zoo or Dundullimal for a refreshing coffee and cake
  • Check out Dubbo’s other railway bridge on the north side of town as you ride beneath it
  • Several vineyard cellar doors nearby

 

Trail Guide

Access Points

  • Macquarie St and Margaret Cres junction
  • Dundullimal Homestead
  • Western Plains Zoo
  • Margaret Cres and High St

Section Guides

Western Plains Zoo to Dundullimal (3 km)

The sealed path follows the Obley Road south from the Zoo. There is a short uphill stretch after crossing a small bridge, then at Dundullimal you can go the right to Dundullimal or straight ahead to the river.

Dundullimal to Macquarie St (1.5 km)

Leaving Dundullimal, rejoin the cycle path and head northeast toward the river. Follow the path across the river and alongside the old rail line to Macquarie St.

Macquarie St to High St (2 km)

Follow the sealed path next to the railway line up to High Street.  This path runs parallel to Margaret Cres, and crosses Boundary Road about halfway.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Rail Trail development 

This trail is only a short section of a proposed rail trail between Dubbo and Molong that is not yet constructed or open.

Railway history

The Molong-Dubbo line branched off the Broken Hill railway line at Molong before rejoining it at Dubbo. The line is scenic and has several steel bridges and significant engineering works. New South Wales Government Railways intended it to become the main line to Dubbo: the line was approved in 1916, but World War I saw construction delayed until 1920. It opened in 1925 with expectations of high traffic but never reached its full potential.

Passenger services were operated by rail motors from 1932 and 1974. The rail motor was withdrawn in 1974 along with many other branch services during a nationwide fuel crisis. The line saw considerable local grain haulage, but the general freight downturn in the 1980s, the opening of the Ulan line, and a transfer of some grain haulage to road transport by the State Rail Authority saw the line truncated north of Yeoval in 1987, with the remainder closed in 1993.

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Dubbo Tracker Riley Cyclepath extension

Posted: 25/06/12

The opening ceremony was held at Dundullimal homestead due to wet weather on the day.  ...

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