Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
When completed, this 20km rail trail will connect the large inland NSW city of Wagga Wagga to the rural village of Ladysmith to the southeast. The trail will pass Wagga Wagga airport, running mainly through open country or lightly-wooded farmland. The trail is at the western end of the Riverina Highlands rail trail, with stage 1 between Tumbarumba and Rosewood at the eastern end now open. Wagga Wagga to Ladysmith is stage 2, and its construction may encourage further development of the remaining sections from Ladysmith to Tarcutta (on the Hume Highway) and on to Humula and Rosewood.    

Attractions

  • Wagga Wagga is a major inland city in New South Wales, situated on the Murrumbidgee River, and is the major regional centre for the Riverina
  • Ladysmith is a rural town with an extensive agricultural and railway history
  • The Riverina area offers a large range of tourism experiences
  • In the Wagga Wagga area, the trail will form part of the local bicycle network and will provide an off-road commuting option between the suburb of Forest Hill and the downtown area
  • Ladysmith station has a large display of railway heritage memorabilia

Trail Guide

The trail will commence in central Wagga Wagga, running along the disused ex-government branch line that once connected Wagga Wagga with Tumbarumba.

Access to the trail will be provided near the Wagga Wagga CBD and also at the Equex Centre sports complex, with links to the Kooringal Rd and Riverside cycleways.

The trail will end at the Ladysmith railway station trailhead.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

The local rail trail group has been working for many years to promote this rail trail. The success of the Tumbarumba-Rosewood rail trail has provided a boost to their efforts. On 26th July 2021, Wagga Wagga Regional Council voted unanimously to support the development of rail trails in the Wagga Wagga region. This positive step will enable detailed planning to begin, with next steps expected in March 2022.

Railway History 

The Tumbarumba branch line from Wagga Wagga opened in 1917, passing through Ladysmith, Tarcutta, Humula, Rosewood and terminated at Tumbarumba.

Passenger services ceased on the line in 1974, and all operations on the line stopped in 1987.  The station at Ladysmith is the only surviving station structure on the rail corridor.

From Ladysmith, the rail corridor extends further east to Tarcutta, crossing the Hume Highway just to the south of the Tarcutta township. Remnants of the railway are visible from the highway.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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Wagga Wagga City Council votes to support rail trails

Posted: 31/07/21

Wagga Wagga City Council voted unanimously on 26 July to give in-principle support for the development ...

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
This proposed 29 km rail trail is located in a farmland area, 35 minutes by car from Yass and about 90 minutes from Canberra. It features cuttings, curves and old timber bridges as it makes its way northeast from Galong toward Boorowa.  Boorowa, in the Hilltops tourism region, has many historic buildings. European settlement dates from the 1820s. Boorowa is known for its annual ‘running of the sheep’ festival. In the local indigenous language, boorowa means bird; the region has abundant bird life.  Galong township also features historic buildings and has the nearby St Clements Retreat, a historic monastery open to the public. The proposed rail trail passes within 500 m of St Clements, with easy access from the rail trail when built, or by road. 

Attractions

  • Boorowa is a picturesque regional town offering a range of tourist attractions
  • The Hilltops region has a lot to offer visitors – see links below
  • St Clements Retreat near Galong is an ex-monastery open to the public
  • The Boorowa Irish WoolFest is an annual event to celebrate ‘everything wool’ – see link below

Trail Guide

The trail will run for 29 km through rolling, partly wooded farmland. There will be a number of access points, including one near the Boorowa River bridge.  

A trailhead is planned for McMahon Street in Galong. At the Boorowa end, the trail will end near the town’s golf course. 

Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. The alignment is owned by Transport NSW and much of it passes through private property. Trespassing on the alignment is prohibited. 

Section Guides

This trail is not yet open.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

Local community advocates for the Boorowa to Galong rail trail are working to bring this trail on a long-abandoned government rail corridor to life for the benefit of local businesses.  

The group is aiming to build on the success of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail, which has seen a number of new businesses opened in the Tumbarumba region since the rail trail opened in 2020. 

Rail line history 

The Galong to Boorowa railway line opened in October 1914, as a branch of the main Southern NSW railway. The line was used mainly to transport livestock and produce. Passenger services were closed in 1974.

There are now few remnants of the railway infrastructure, though the corridor and rails are visible in many places. Most timber bridges are still in place, and the turntable and water stand are still at the Boorowa end.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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Another potential rail trail in New South Wales

Posted: 17/06/21

Following the successful rail trails forum in Tumbarumba in April 2021, another potential rail trail has ...

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
This potential rail trail is a hidden gem in Sydney’s western suburbs.  It will provide a natural linkage with surrounding green spaces and pathways, including the popular Cooks River pathway between Botany Bay, Strathfield and Homebush.  It will be accessible from Lidcombe station via Bachell Avenue at the southern end, and from Edwin Flack Avenue in the northern end, just across from the Sydney Olympic Park athletics warm-up arena.  The existing link between the Cooks River pathway and Olympic Park is on-road for most of the trip. The proposed Pippita rail trail would provide a quieter off-road path via historic Rookwood Cemetery and Lidcombe T1 train station.   

Attractions

  • Sydney Olympic Park is the sporting hub of greater Sydney, having hosted the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games 
  • The Sydney Olympic Park precinct connects many walking and cycling trails along the Parramatta River
  • Lidcombe offers culinary and cultural experiences 
  • This short trail would connect the transport hub at Lidcombe with the greater western network of off-road trails.

Trail Guide

The trail is relatively short at 3 km, but when completed will provide a natural linkage with surrounding green spaces and pathways. 

It will be accessible from Bachell Avenue at the southern end, and from Edwin Flack Avenue in the northern end, on the edge of Sydney Olympic Park.  

Lidcombe has many shops and restaurants, and Sydney Olympic Park has restaurants, cafes and hotels. It also has a regular suburban train service on the T1 line. 

Sydney Olympic Park has historical sites and good tourist, cycling and walking amenities. The Parramatta River is at the north end of the area. There are off-road cycle paths to Parramatta, Liverpool and Prospect Reservoir, and safe cycling paths from Parramatta through Westmead to the 42 km M7 cycleway.  

Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. The alignment is owned by Transport NSW and most of it passes through private property. Trespassing on the alignment is prohibited. 

Section Guides

This trail is not yet open.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

The trail will begin at the northern side of Lidcombe station, running off Bachell Ave. It will be to the east of existing warehouses in both Bachell Ave and Birnie St. The alignment ends at Edwin Flack Ave in Olympic Park.  

The rail trail will be easily accessible from either Lidcombe or Olympic Park train stations. 

Rail line history 

The Pippita rail trail will use the former goods railway line alignment that existed before Sydney Olympic Park was constructed. A spur line from Lidcombe to a meatworks at Pippita was closed in 1995. 

There are disused bridges over Parramatta Road and the M4 motorway, just to the west of the current suburban rail line, that will be re-used as part of the rail trail.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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Rapid progress on the Pippita Trail (Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park)

Posted: 25/09/20

The potential of the Pippita Trail has been identified and rapid initial progress has been ...

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  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
The Tullis Bridge Walk Trail is a short rail trail to the west of Boddington in WA’s Peel region. The trail provides visitors with insights into the area’s timber, mining and agricultural heritage.

Attractions

  • The small town of Boddington
  • Hotham River foreshore
  • Picturesque open farmland and remnant bushland
  • Remains of Tullis Bridge (partially destroyed by fire in 2009)
  • Federation Crossing, a historic stone crossing where early settlers crossed the Hotham River east of Tullis Bridge
  • Other connecting trails, such as Ranford Pool

Trail Guide

The Tullis Bridge Walk Trails begins in Boddington and follows the alignment of the Pinjarra-Narrogin railway, which ran parallel to the Hotham River.

Boddington has accommodation, cafes, hotel and a supermarket. The best time to visit is between April and October when the Hotham River is flowing and the surrounding farmland is lush.

Section Guides

The Tullis Bridge Walk Trail extends west from the Lions Rodeo Grounds in central Boddington. After leaving Boddington the trail passes through farmland and timber reserves before arriving at the remains of Tullis Bridge, built in 1912 to link the railway line from Pinjarra with Narrogin for use by the timber industry up to 1968.

At Tullis Bridge a separate 3 km walking trail takes you around the bridge and river for birdwatching, wildflowers and scenery. There are shady areas for lunch or a snack.

This trail still has tracks in sleepers in place, making it unsuitable for wheelchairs, prams and some types of bike. Trail users have to open and close a number of gates as the trail passes through working farms.

Background Information

Traditional owners

Rail Trails Australia acknowledges the Wiilman people of the Noongar Nation, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which this rail trail is built.

Development and future of the rail trail 

In 2020 the Peel Alliance (comprising the Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona and Boddington Councils) released a State funding submission that focused on a variety of infrastructure, jobs and tourism initiatives. The document identified several rail trail opportunities within a short drive of Perth, including the proposed Hotham Valley Rail Trail, which would involve extending the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail west to Dwellingup. At around 40 km, the trail would involve restoring Tullis Bridge.

Rail line history 

The Pinjarra to Narrogin railway was a 153 km line built between Pinjarra and Narrogin. The line opened in stages between 1910 and 1927 to serve the timber industry as well as rural and fruit-growing industries. Pinjarra and Narrogin are on the South Western and Great Southern main lines, so the Pinjarra to Narrogin line provided an important link with towns and mills such as Dwellingup and Boddington.  The closing of many of local timber mills led to a decline in traffic on the line and services were withdrawn until last service ended in 1984. The Hotham Valley Railway operates a heritage railway over 32 km between Pinjarra and Etmilyn, near Dwellingup.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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Two rail trail opportunities identified in WA’s Peel Region

Posted: 01/02/21

The Peel Alliance (comprising Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona and Boddington Councils) has recently released their ...

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  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail would be 30 km long, making it ideal for day trippers and locals
  • The countryside in this area offers spectacular rural scenery
  • Grenfell has lots of other attractions including grain silo art and the annual Henry Lawson festival

Attractions

  • Iandra Castle and Weddin Mountains National Park nearby
  • Grenfell Railway Station is well preserved, and is the precinct for the local men’s shed.
  • Grain silo artwork at Grenfell

Trail Guide

This trail would traverse rich farming land in the Greenethorpe area, before coming to more undulating countryside toward Grenfell.

There will be a few road crossings, most on  quiet rural roads.

Greenethorpe has a small post office and coffee shop as well as a country pub, both offering meals and refreshments.

Grenfell is a large country town with many accommodation and refreshment options.

Section Guides

Greenethorpe to Grenfell (30 km)

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

In 2021 a local committee was formed to lobby the NSW Government for a rail trail on the disused line between Greenethorpe and Grenfell.

In May a motion was put to Weddin Shire Council to investigate sources of funding to carry out a detailed feasibility study for construction of a rail trail.

Rail line history 

The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail is part of the Grenfell branch line, a 52 km branch line in the Central West of NSW that branches off the Blayney-Demondrille line at Koorawatha, and passes through undulating countryside to Grenfell.

The branch line was built as a result of local lobbying once the main line had opened. The line opened for traffic in 1901 and was built to ‘pioneer’ standards – light rail, earth ballast and no fencing.

Although built primarily to carry grain, the line did see reasonable passenger numbers; in fact, in 1936 the railcar was replaced by a scheduled steam train, but declining numbers saw the last passenger service in August 1974.

Services were suspended over the whole line in 1991, but the section between Koorawatha Junction and Greenethorpe was reopened the following year to carry grain.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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Greenethorpe to Grenfell NSW, Rail Trail News

Posted: 05/05/21

A small group of residents in the Greenethorpe district are calling on surrounding communities to ...

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Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Running 154 km from Moree to Inverell, it has the potential to be one of the longest rail trails in NSW
  • Scenic, undulating landscapes close to Inverell
  • The original branch line was built for steam trains and follows a circuitous course through the hills – ideal  for a rail trail

Attractions

  • Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre
  • Historic buildings and museums
  • Kaputar National Park nearby
  • National Transport Museum at Inverell
  • Inverell Pioneer Village
  • Sapphire fossicking
  • Fishing at nearby Copeton Dam

Trail Guide

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

The Inverell railway line is a closed railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from Moree, and travels east through farming countryside and the small towns of Gravesend and Warialda Rail, gradually rising through Delungra toward the terminus at Inverell. Several silos, stock loading facilities and associated sidings can still be seen along the old alignment.

Section Guides

 

Moree to Bininguy (40 km)

Bininguy to Gravesend (16 km)

Gravesend to Warialda Rail (23 km)

Warialda Rail to Delungra (36 km)

Delungra to Inverell (40 km)

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Kamilaroi 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

Construction of the 154km line from Moree began in July 1898, and around 300 people were employed using horses and drays and a huge plough. A gang of 40 men cleared timber, and earthworks were made by horse-drawn scoops.

Travelling time for passengers between Sydney and Inverell by rail in 1904 was more than 24 hours.

Passenger services between Inverell and Moree ended in 1983. The final train from Inverell yard ran in June 1987, and the line beyond Delungra was decommissioned on 2 December 1987. In August 1991, the line was further truncated to Biniguy, with the final section closed on 14 June 1994, and the line listed as out of use beyond a short siding from the junction with the Mungindi line, just south of Moree station. The bridge across the Gwydir River near Gravesend was heritage listed in 1999.

Following the closure of the line in 1987, the Inverell station building was relocated to Inverell Pioneer Village.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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