Rail Trails Symposium 2012

Next year’s Rail Trail Symposium will be held as part of the 5th Australian Cycle Tourism Conference on 2-3 Feb 2012 at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra. The symposium will take place on the second day, February 3.

The Australian Cycle Tourism Conference

The 2 day Australian Cycle Tourism Conference on Thursday and Friday will address topics related to Cycle Tourism both in Australia and internationally. The program includes a top quality line up of international and Australian speakers, a number of interactive panel discussions, a gala dinner and a visit to Stromlo Forest Park, a mecca for cycling in Canberra.

The Rail Trail Symposium

The Symposium on the Friday will cover issues dealing with the development, marketing, use and maintenance of Rail Trails with a particular emphasis on how NSW may progress with development of new trails

Registered delegates can choose between sessions for both events on the Friday.

Who Should Attend?

This a “must do” event for anyone with an interest in rail trails in Australia or in the rapidly developing world of cycle tourism. Academics, government agencies with tourism and cycling interests, business managers( already engaged or exploring opportunities), regional tourism agencies, consultants, professional and volunteer cycling organisations, rail trail advocates and operators and those with a general interest in rail trails and cycling tourism will benefit from the information sharing and networking opportunities.

How to Book

Details about the Conference, Symposium, Speakers and Social events can be found on the website at:
Use the ‘Register Here’ button below to register for the events;
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For more information email the organisers at:
or Ph:  0407  220885


Pre-registrations Closed for the Warburton Trail Celebration (VIC)

With less than a week to go pre-registration is now closed.

The Run Walk Ride Day will begin at 9:30 AM at Lilydale Station where you can still register if you haven’t already. If you pre-registered early enough to be eligible for a Ride Pack you can also collect your pack at Lilydale Station. Registered entrants will also receive their Trail Passport so they can collect Station Stamps from all the stations along the trail. It’s also a good opportunity to warm up for the 39 km ride!

At 10 AM the official opening ceremony of the new Maroondah Hwy bridge will commence. Member for Evelyn, Ms Christine Fyffe and Cr Terry Avery (Mayor) will officially open the bridge. The opening will take place at the northern end of the bridge which can be approached via the newly constructed deviation around Mount Lilydale Mercy College.

Mt Evelyn Station will be hosting a Street Party and Festival throughout the day for you to enjoy on your way through. If you’ve registered for your Trail Passport don’t forget your Station Stamp!

Step Back in Time at Wandin Station with some history of the local area.

Splash and Explore at Seville Water Play. Take the shuttle bus for a fun detour at Seville station.

Refuel and Revive at Woori Yallock Station with food, drinks and entertainment provided.

Take a look around Yarra Junction Station and the Upper Yarra Museum.

3 PM at Warburton marks the beginning of the end of the event. Prizes will be drawn for the registered entrants with Trail Passports plus many more activities.

For more information and details of the event see the Yarra Ranges Shire website an also our Warburton Rail Trail description.


Dookie Rail Trail Official Launch

Peter McManus, DRT Coordinator, at the Lemnos/Cosgrove Rd Intersection… the proposed end of Stage 2. Photo credit: Friends of Dookie Rail Trail

The Opening

It’s official! The Dookie Rail Trail’s Official Launch will be held on Friday, 4th November, 2011 at 6pm and will tie in with the Greater Shepparton City Council’s ‘Dookie Community Stroll’.

We hope to see lots of families and interested people come to Dookie, witness the Launch, enjoy a walk and see what our great community has to offer… it will be a fun night with free BBQ, film night and lots more!

The Proposed Extension

Planning for Stage 2 of the Dookie Rail Trail from Dookie to Cosgrove is currently in progress. This 6.7km extension will continue from the existing start point in Dookie near the Dookie Gladstone Hotel and follow the existing railway line south-west towards the Lenmos / Cosgrove Rds intersection near the Cosgrove Gold course.

Members of the Dookie Rail Trail committee have had very positive discussions with the Greater Shepparton City Council and hope to begin work on Stage 2 by 2012.

For more information about the Dookie Rail Trail please see our Dookie Rail Trail Description.


Sandy Creek Bridge Contruction to Start (VIC)

Artists impression of the new Sandy Creek Bridge. Credit: BorderMail.com.au

During the planning and design stages of the Sandy Creek Bridge on the High Country Rail Trail, the arm of Lake Hume over which the old railway bridge passed was dry and had been so for the previous five years. Planning included lifting sections of the new bridge into place using a crane situated on the dry lake bed.

As bad luck would have it, the drought-breaking rains Victoria received during 2010 raised water levels in the lake, forcing a rethink on the construction methods to be used almost immediately after Towong Council won the grant to build the bridge in July last year.

The 600 metre bridge will now be constructed using a barge to transport the 26-tonne concrete bridge beams from the bank to the pillars where a gantry crane will lift the 18 metre sections into place.

Construction of the $1.6M bridge will take about six months commencing before Christmas this year allowing High Country Rail trail users to enjoy the new bridge by next Spring.

Please see our High Country Rail Trail Description for more information about the trail.


Coast to Vines Rail Trail Detour (SA)

Map of detour during Seaford Rail Extension project construction. Credit: South Australian Government Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure

The Seaford Rail Extension project works at Seaford requires the Coast to Vines Rail Trail to be temporarily diverted until May 2012. The rail line which currently terminates at Noarlunga Centre Railway Station will be extended to Seaford along a new 5.7 km route.

The Coast to Vines Rail trail will be detoured through the township to keep trail users a safe distance from construction works.

This map to the right indicates the detour. Please see The Seaford Rail Extension Project website for more details about the project.

The Detour from the south:

After crossing Griffiths Drive and Linton Terrace, travel 200 metres north and turn right then left into Farrow Circuit.

Almost immediately follow Farrow Circuit to the right towards Eric Rd. Turn left at Eric Rd.

At Seaford Rd turn Right, left at McMillan, then left at Railway Rd and back onto the trail.

See also our Coast to Vines Rail Trail Description.


Southern Flinders Rail Trail Sections Openings (SA)

A Family enjoys the new Laura to Stone Hut rail trail. Photo credit: SATC/Photographer

The only developed section of the Southern Flinders Rail Trail was from Gladstone to the southern end of Laura, following the alignment of the original narrow gauge railway that ran from Yacka in the south to Wilmington in the north.

Two new sections of this potentially fantastic rail trail have now been opened. The Wilmington section is celebrating with a Ride The Trail Day.

Laura to Stone Hut

The trail now continues from Laura at the northern end all the way to Stone Hut. The new 7.8 km section follows the original rail alignment beside Main North Road between the two towns. From the gently sloping trail you can enjoy scenic views of the Laura Golf Course, Beetaloo and some beautiful agricultural land.

Melrose to Wilmington.

This 22 km section is also open to the public. This is also part of the same railway which terminated at Wilmington and closed in 1988.

There will be a Rail Trail Ride day to celebrate the opening on 15 October 2011.

Registrations and entry fees are required and all profits will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

There will be a treasure hunt for the kids along the trail to entice them along. The temptation of lollies and chocolates should keep them from being bored!

The official opening of the trail will be held at Wilmington at 10:45 after which the ride event kicks off at 11:00 AM.

There will be a support vehicle to pick you and your bike up if you feel the need or if your bike decides on your behalf.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch and live entertainment at Paradise Square in the town of Melrose after the ride.

For more information about the event see http://otesports.com.au/ or phone the (08) 8666 2222.

So come on down to Wilmington on 15 October and have a great day on the trail!

See also our Southern Flinders Rail Trail Description.


Yarraman to Harland Park Section of BVRT (QLD) Official Opening.

bvrt logo webYou are invited to the official opening of the Yarraman to Harland Park section of the BVRT on Saturday 8 October 2011.

The day is also designed to test the network of multi-use trails at Yarraman.

You will find trails for horse riders, cyclists and walkers/ runners, and your feedback is sought on the experience and effectiveness of the trails and trail elements such as signage, infrastructure and access.

Join us for a day, or stay for the whole weekend and enjoy THE COLOURS OF YARRAMAN FESTIVAL.

Experience the delights of the Blackbutt/Yarraman district and make your contribution to enhance trails into the future and celebrate another milestone for the BVRT.

All you need to bring is your horse, your bike or your legs!

  • When: Saturday 8 October
  • Where: Yarraman Station Grounds – Millar Street Yarraman
  • Time: 8.30am sausage sizzle and the official opening at 9am of the BVRT from Yarraman to Harland Park (Cooyar Creek).
  • RSVP ESSENTIAL: by Monday 3 October to Kirsten.stewart@dlgp.qld.gov.au

See our Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Description or the official BVRT website.


Darwin’s Rail Trail Family Day for New Extension (NT)

Family Cycle and Walk Day

Come and celebrate the opening of the new $2 million Palmerston to Howard Springs Rail Trail with a free Family Cycle-Walk fun day and BBQ.

9.30 am – 11.30 am
Sunday 11 September

The fun cycle and walk will start on Whitewood Road, across from the Good Shepherd Lutheran College, at 9.30 am.

Free parking will be available at the college. The free BBQ will be held at the college from 10.15 am.

The cycle path connects Howard Springs to the Darwin CBD along the old North Australia Railway corridor.

For more information about the event visit www.lifestylent.nt.gov.au or phone 8924 7531.

See also our Palmerston to Darwin Rail Trail Description.


Spring on the Collie-Darkan Rail Trail (WA)

The Shire of West Arthur in conjunction with The Friends of the Collie-Darkan Rail Trail invite you to join them on a


From Bowelling to Cowcher (10 km)

  • Sunday 9th October 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Sausage sizzle and drinks for sale or bring a picnic.
  • BBQ  facilities are also available.
  • Shuttle bus service running between Bowelling and Cowcher.

Contact: 97363056 or 97363040 for more information on the event.

Sorry but no dogs will be permitted.

See our Collie-Darkan Rail Trail Description for more information on the trail.


Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail Management Plan Consultation Meetings (VIC)

The Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail in North East Victoria is currently under rapid construction. Meetings for public comment and feedback on the Management Plan for the trail have been scheduled as follows.

Yea Council Chambers Monday August 22 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Alexandra Shire Hall Tuesday, August 23 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Seymour Council Offices Wednesday, August 24 7:00pm – 8:30pm
MACE, Mansfield Thursday, August 25 7:00pm – 8:30pm

So if you have something to say or would simply like to know what’s going on feel free to head on over to your nearest venue and share your views and learn from others.

See also our Trail Description for the Gohttps://www.railtrails.org.au/trails/great-victorian-rail-trail/ulburn River High Country Rail Trail.