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Burnett River Bridges Rail Trail Open
28/09/22

Under sunny skies the Burnett River Bridges section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail (BBIRT) in central Queensland was opened in September 2022....

Further Sections of Great Southern Rail Trail Closer to Reality
19/09/22

The Great Southern Rail Trail is growing in length apace in both directions. As the North-West extension to Nyora has its completion imminent, in the ...

Promoting Rail Trails at Melbourne Bike Show
11/09/22

After quite a few years break, Rail Trails Australia volunteers were back at a major show, letting thousands of people know about the many rail trails...

Free ebook available covering Railway Reserves Heritage Trail in WA
04/09/22

The Department of Mines, Industries and Resources (DMIRS) in WA has a free ebook available for geology enthusiasts and aspiring geologists. The “Joh...

Tweed Northern Rivers Rail Trail Getting Closer
24/08/22

With the good run of dry weather in the Northern Rivers, work is progressing well with the final layer of gravel being applied on the Tweed Valley Rai...

NSW Rail Trails legislation approved
15/08/22

Legislation to make it easier to approve new rail trails in NSW has been passed by both houses of the NSW Parliament, with the NSW Legislative Assembl...

Pippita Rail Trail gets development funding
11/08/22

NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes has announced funding of $770,000 for the development of the Pippita Rail Trai...

Great Victorian Rail Trail benefits from facility improvements
08/08/22

Improved access to drinking water and a community bike repair station are two new additions to improve the user experience along the Great Victorian R...

New Facilities for O’Keefe Rail Trail Users
08/08/22

The Knowsley Forest’s Smart Track Day Visitor Area has recently had new facilities installed for users arriving in this forest enclosed environment....

NSW needs your help!
29/07/22

New South Wales, a state with over 2000km of prospective rail trails but only 146km open to date, is at a crucial  point.   In late June 2022, the ...

Barossa Rail Trail extension between Gawler East and Kalbeeba now open
26/07/22

The Barossa Rail Trail extension between Gawler East and Kalbeeba is now open and proving very popular with cyclists and walkers. The hotmix seal prov...

Opening of the Burnett River Bridges section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail
10/07/22

The Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail committee invites you to the opening of the Burnett River Bridges section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail (...

Friends group receives grant to construct new rail trail section in Ballarat
08/07/22

The Friends of Canadian Creek situated in Ballarat, has received a $33,000 community bank grant. The grant is to build a section of the Bunny Rail Tra...

$7M funding announcement to develop the Bethania to Logan Village Rail Trail
07/07/22

On 28 June 2022 the Queensland State Government announced $3.5M funding for the Bethania to Logan Village 10.5km section of the Bethania to Beaudesert...

‘Missing section’ of Gippsland Plains Rail Trail now completed
30/06/22

The ‘missing section’ of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail has finally been completed with the official opening of the new Thomson River Bridge on 3...

NSW Government publishes rail trail development guidelines
27/06/22

Rail Trails Australia welcomes the publication of the New South Wales State Government’s Framework for the development of new rail trails in NSW...

Significant Grant received by East Gippsland Rail Trail
26/06/22

The East Gippsland Rail Trail (EGRT) recently received an $82,500 grant from the East Gippsland Community Foundation’s Bushfire Recovery Community f...

NSW Government affirms support for rail trails
26/06/22

The NSW Government, Regional NSW, has just released the long-awaited report of the impact of the construction of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail...

Volunteers work on the O’Keefe Rail Trail
25/06/22

Walking, running or cycling on the O’Keefe Rail Trail in northern Victoria, it may seem that nothing new has been happening on the popular 50km trai...

Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Trail Velo Rally
22/06/22

An impressive turnout of riders came together to ride the Hamilton – Coleraine Rail Trail. Riders traversed through magnificent redgum country a...

Barossa Rail Trail extension nears completion
22/06/22

A 2km extension of the Barossa Rail Trail from Kalbeeba to Gawler East is nearly complete. After significant weather delays, including some minor rebu...

Boorowa – Galong feasibility study going ahead
20/06/22

The Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail group in south-western NSW has obtained funding to conduct a rail trail feasibility study, an important step towards ...

Lockington Kotta Rail Trail – Kotta Station returns home
19/06/22

The Kotta and Lockington Communities in Victoria recently welcomed back the Kotta Station to its original home after forty years of displacement.  In...

Inaugural Marathon draws strong turnout
16/06/22

Sunday, 29 May saw the inaugural Mansfield Marathon event along the Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) organised by the newly formed Mansfield Athletic...

Registration Open for Lifecycle for Canteen on Kep Track
16/06/22

Lifecycle for Canteen is the biggest WA fundraiser for CanTeen, the cancer support charity dedicated to providing support for young people impacted by...

The Castlemaine Maryborough Rail Trail (CRMT) receives exciting funding announcement
12/06/22

In a joint bid with Central Goldfields Shire Council and Mt Alexander Shire Councils, Castlemaine Maryborough Rail Trail (CMRT) in Victoria were succe...

Top South Australian tourism towns announced
10/06/22

The Tourism Industry Council South Australia named the Riverland town Renmark, a three-hour drive from Adelaide, as this year’s Top Tourism Town. T...

SA State Budget Funding for Mike Turtur Bikeway Overpass
10/06/22

The 2022 South Australia State budget found an extra $10m for the much vaunted (and delayed) Mike Turtur Bikeway overpass and Goodwood station upgrade...

Gawler rail line reopens Sunday 12 June 2022
10/06/22

After almost two years of closure, the Gawler Rail Electrification Project is nearing completion and passenger train services will resume from Sunday ...

Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NSW) Construction Resumes & Plans Released
30/05/22

After the devastating floods that struck the northern NSW and SE Qld this year, some good news with life returning to a little more like normal and co...

The Goods Line in Sydney is part of the Vivid Sydney festival
30/05/22

Vivid Sydney is an annual light show that bares the soul of the city through creativity, curiosity and change. Until 18 June 2022, the festival will c...

Richmond Vale Rail Trail Western Section REF Now On Public Exhibition
23/05/22

The Richmond Vale Rail Trail in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley is rapidly progressing towards development. As reported at the time, the eastern 13 k...

Great Southern Rail Trail Visitation and Marketing Plan
21/05/22

There are some folklores, especially from a movie, that all you have to do is build it and they will come. However the reality is quite different if r...

NSW needs more rail trails
17/05/22

After a small break to regroup, the Batlow to Tumut Rail Trail committee are once again on the task of assisting this wonderful development forward! A...

Western Region Bicycle Forum NSW
13/05/22

Two RTA representatives attended the “Western Region Bicycle Forum” at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo on Tuesday 10th May. The Forum ...

Back by popular demand is this High Tea gourmet ride
08/05/22

The High Tea gourmet ride is back by popular demand. Bike riders leave Huon Reserve, off the Murray Valley Highway, Huon at 1.30pm.  You will cycle o...

Mansfield marathon events on Great Victorian Rail Trail
02/05/22

The Mansfield Marathon events (to be held on Sunday 29 May) include a full marathon 42.2km, half marathon 21.1km, 10km, 5km and a Junior obstacle cour...

Mount Morgan Rail Trail (Qld) – Preliminary Design  Comments
01/05/22

Rockhampton Regional Council has released the preliminary design for the Mount Morgan Rail Trail in central Queensland. A road side path is proposed t...

Major Funding for Station Precincts on Great Southern Rail Trail
26/04/22

More great news for the wonderful Great Southern Rail Trail in Gippsland, Victoria with the announcement that funding has been announced to develop th...

Trail Mapping Improvements
24/04/22

RTA continues to work on making its website rail trail descriptions more informative. The latest improvement is be able to better show nearby rail tra...

High Country Rail Trail Improvements
23/04/22

The picturesque 80km High Country Rail Trail in north east Victoria is undergoing significant improvement: The sealed surface has been extended from E...

Walk or Ride To Remember The Anzacs
23/04/22

The South Australian Riverton Community will host “A Walk or Ride To Remember The Anzacs” on the Rattler Rail Trail on Sunday 1 May 22. Le...

Short trail link to Barossa Rail Trail
23/04/22

A short trail link has recently been completed by The Barossa Council (in South Australia) at Sandy Creek. The 100m sealed path, costing some $30,000,...

Another Triobike for Tumbarumba
21/04/22

Triobikes are great for mobility-limited people to visit rail trails – and with two triobikes already in Tumbarumba, Federal MP Kristy McBain (E...

Do you use the Kep Track?  The EastLink Project Team wants to hear from you!
28/03/22

EastLink WA is a proposed highway being planned by Main Roads to deliver a safer and more efficient journey between Perth and the Wheatbelt.  The pro...

Australia’s latest certified marathon course is…
28/03/22

The Tumbarumba Rail Trail group has announced that the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is now internationally certified for the 42km marathon, 21km ...

Great Southern Rail Trail (Vic) Open to Korumburra
27/03/22

On Saturday 26 March, RTA president Damian McCrohan and vice-president Steven Kaye enjoyed perfect autumn weather to help celebrate the official openi...

Tour de Trail delivers a ride for fun and fitness
20/03/22

Around 100 cyclists of various ages enjoyed a family friendly bike ride along the Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) from Mansfield to Maindample or Bo...

Coast to Vines Rail Trail – signage upgrade
19/03/22

The Coast to Vines Rail Trail extends from coastal Adelaide to urban areas south of Adelaide through to the regional wine precinct known as the Southe...

Eudunda Rail Trail – extension to Hampden
19/03/22

The Goyder Regional Council has allocated $100,000 from its Federal Government Stimulus funding to extend the Eudunda Rail trail to Hampden. The trail...

Encounter Rail Trail – proposed realignment at Victor Harbor
19/03/22

The section of the Encounter Rail Trail immediately east of Victor Harbor leads cyclists away from the coast and the rail corridor along a narrow path...

Mike Turtur Rail Trail Overpass on hold
19/03/22

The $25m Goodwood Overpass Project, which will substantially improve access along the Mike Turtur rail trail by creating an overpass over the Adelaide...

Mike Turtur Rail Trail – Unley upgrade delayed
19/03/22

The construction work to upgrade an 850m section of the Mike Turtur rail trail immediately south of the Adelaide CBD has been delayed. The project, wh...

Amy Gillett Rail Trail – the perfect location to stage a community event
19/03/22

The Amy Gillett Rail Trail came alive for ‘Discover, Play, Bikeway!’ on Sunday 6 March. The ‘Discover, Play, Bikeway!’ festival is a unique ev...

Joint bid to get Castlemaine Maryborough Rail Trail rolling
16/03/22

What started off as an idea to ‘have an active holiday with the kids’ has developed into an annual event for the Rail Trails Australia Vic...

Funding at last to complete the Murchison Rushworth Rail Trail
13/03/22

Finally the funding ducks have aligned to enable completion of the Murchsion Rushworth Rail Trail in Central Victoria. For many years local community ...

Good news for rail trail development in Far North Queensland
27/02/22

Mareeba Shire Council have recently announced the upgrade of 8km of rail trails. This good news comes some 9 years after the development of the Athert...

The Coonawarra Rail Trail is taking shape
25/02/22

The Wattle Range Council is making good progress with the construction of the Coonawarra Rail Trail. The majority of the base has been laid and compac...

Amy Gillett Rail Trail – Discover, Play, Bikeway! 2022
24/02/22

After a hugely successful inaugural event in 2021, the Adelaide Hills Council has organised Discover, Play, Bikeway! again on Sunday 6 March 2022. R...

Perth’s rail-side trails added to RTA Website
18/02/22

The dual use pathways which run parallel to Perth’s Fremantle, Midland and Armadale passenger railways have recently been added to the Rail Trai...

Construction Commences on Southern Flinders Rail Trail extension
17/02/22

Clearing of the trail has commenced at Booleroo Centre and design work for bridges, culverts and creek crossings is being finalised. This 25km section...

New Rail Trail for Victoria
14/02/22

Dartmoor Rail Trail, situated in far southwestern Victoria, has officially opened. This short, 1.3km sealed trail, runs through the Dartmoor Rail Land...

‘Cycle Dindi’ on the Great Victorian Rail Trail returns for sixth year
13/02/22

Cycle Dindi is returning to the Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) on Saturday, 2 April. Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Yea and Alexandra, it’s a c...

Work Begins on Historic Northern Rivers Rail Trail Bridge
12/02/22

Construction work on the Tweed Valley Rail Trail (part of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail in NSW) is now in full swing. Rail Trails Australia NSW repre...

Help Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail make history by raising $12,000 in February
06/02/22

This month, Castlemaine to Maryborough Rail Trail (CMRT) wants to shape its destiny. You can help too. By raising $12,000 in community donations in Fe...

Bikes on Buses Benefits O’Keefe and Maldon Rail Trails
05/02/22

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll announced that cyclists can soon bring their bicycles when travelling on local bus routes in Bendi...

Logan Village to Yarrabilba Rail Trail (spur line off Bethania to Beaudesert Rail Trail) now open
05/02/22

Logan City, bordering Metropolitan Brisbane to its south, officially opened a 3km Rail Trail in December 2021. The trail, linking Logan Village with t...

Monaro Rail Trail takes a big step forward
02/02/22

The Snowy Monaro Regional Council has announced it is working jointly with the Monaro Rail Trail group and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council on nex...

TrioBikes are a hit on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
01/02/22

If you think rail trails are just for runners, riders and walkers, the rail trail team in Tumbarumba had a better idea. Why not offer taxi-style rides...

Barossa Rail Trail is being extended
30/01/22

The Barossa Council has commenced work on a 1.8km extension of the Barossa Rail Trail at its western end. The extension follows the southern side of t...

Girgarre to Stanhope Rail Trail nearing completion
30/01/22

Work began on developing a rail trail between Girgarre and Stanhope back in 2011. Two years later a committee was formed and began work on the restora...

Full steam ahead for the Coonawarra Rail Trail
26/01/22

Construction on the 20km rail trail through the Coonawarra Wine Region in South Australia commenced before Christmas and is expected to be completed b...

VicJam 2022 rides O’Keefe Rail Trail
26/01/22

Bendigo’s O’Keefe Rail Trail was the focus of VicJam 2022, an 11-day Scouts Victoria jamboree based at Elmore Events Centre 50 km northeast of Ben...

Tour de Trail ride along Great Victorian Rail Trail
19/01/22

Returning in 2022, Tour de Trail is a family friendly bike ride along the Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) starting and finishing in Mansfield. Cycli...

Great Southern Rail Trail Extension (basically) Open
10/01/22

Big news to start the year with the 36km extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail in Gippsland Victoria mostly complete. This is a marvellous new se...

Tumbarumba Rail Trail Benefits Highlighted on ABC TV news
02/01/22

The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail in southern NSW has received positive media coverage in an ABC TV news item that was widely aired on 29 December...