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Culcairn - Corowa Rail Trail - Trail Description



Culcairn - Corowa Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Southern NSW, 520km by road from Sydney. Culcairn is serviced by the XPT rail service.
Start/end: Culcairn to Corowa
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Terrain: flat
Public transport: Train
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Culcairn Station - main southern line
Culcairn Station - main southern line
Not yet open



This trail is not open or developed.  It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW

This 76 km railway branched off the main southern line.  It opened in 1892 and operations ceased completely in 1991.

Andrew Vile  is investigating the possibility of creating a 12km trail from Walla Walla to Burrumbuttock to link existing community facilities. Long term plans are to extend it to Corowa on the Murray River where it could link up with the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.  Also to extend it to Culcairn and onto Holbrook located on the Hume Highway.


Local groups are hoping to develop this former branch line as a rail trail. Interest has been renewed in 2014 since the formation of RT4NSW. This group is actively lobbying the State Government to allow development of Rail Trails on ex-gov lines in NSW. For further information click on the link below.

Background Information

The line was opened on 3 October 1892 and its main purpose was for the transport of wheat. Passenger services ceased in 1975, a time when the widespread closure of country branch-line passenger services occurred. The section from Corowa to Brocklesby was decommissioned in January 1989; the last train ran on that section in January 1988. The section from Brocklesby to Culcairn was decommissioned in December 1991.


Contact Andrew Vile by email or care of Burrumbuttock Post Office 2643

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 December 2014

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28 May , 2020 by Howard351

I have just been working in the Culcairn area for several days. I think the Culcairn to Holbrook section would be an excellent starting point of development for this trail. Just 27km makes it short enough for those of lower fitness, and long enough for regular riders to make the trip to visit. The valley that the rail line snakes through is thoroughly beautiful.

03 July , 2014 by stanford67

This would be a great railway to turn into a rail trail - I for one would ride it regularly if it was converted to a rail trail. If the Culcairn - Holbrook line was also converted to a rail trail then 3 major highways would be linked by it: Hume Hwy, Olympic Hwy and Riverina Hwy, as well as the rail service to through Culcairn.

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