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Fassifern to Toronto Rail Trail - Trail Description



Fassifern to Toronto Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Near Newcastle and 160 kilometres north of Sydney
Start/end: Fassifern to Toronto
Status: Open
Length open: 4km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: flat to slight incline
Best seasons: all year round
Public transport: Train, Bus
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Newcastle Area
Toronto Railway Station and museum (2013)
Toronto Railway Station and museum (2013)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



  • A comfortable flat ride or walk with bay views.
  • Old railway tracks still in place next to trail
  • Can be accessed from Fassifern railway station
  • Historical rail museum at Toronto railway station


Access Points

  • Fassifern Railway Station
  • Blackalls Reserve
  • Toronto Railway station site
  • A regular local bus service runs between Toronto and Fassifern Railway stations, for those who wish to walk the trail one way.

Fassifern to Toronto (4km)

  • A comfortable, flat ride or walk from Fassifern Railway Station  to Edward Gain Park in Toronto on the western foreshore of Lake Macquarie.
  • Well signposted with several road crossings.
  • The rail trail is managed by Lake Macquarie Council.
  • Lake Macquarie & District Historical Society use the renovated Toronto Railway Station building as their base.

Background Information

The railway was built by a private company in 1891, but had to be taken over by the government railways in 1910. Operations ceased on the line in 1990 and though the railway was officially closed in 1995, the rails are still in place.

The local progress association raised the Greeenway concept in 1990, which lead to the formation of a Greenway steering committee of the lake Macquarie City Council.  The corridor was leased by the LMCC from the State Government, and the steering committee set about raising funding for, construction, and landscaping of the rail trail.  The majority of the funding came from Federal and State Government, with other funding coming from LMCC and the local community.  The rail trail was officially opened on 21st June 1996, after 6 years of local effort to retain the disused Toronto to Fassifern rail corridor as a valuable community asset.

The rail trail is managed by Lake Macquarie Council.


Lake Macquarie Council

December 2013

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27 January , 2020 by Martincousins

Re-rode this rail-side trail yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. There are views of the old rails and Lake Macquarie much of the way. Toronto is surely underrated, with lots of eating and shopping options and great views of the Lake. Well worth jumping off the train at Fassifern and riding or walking the trail. It's short enough for the very young and very old, and predominantly flat. The old tracks are overgrown but the cycleway is fully sealed and not overgrown. Signage is a bit limited and there are many entrances from local streets. Just keep to the 'main' path with the dividing centreline and keep looking for the old rails.

13 April , 2019 by Eileeniris

Railway trail/ cycle way from Fassifern train station to Toronto old train station needs a lot of maintenance, it would be nice if Blackalls Park majority of cycle way opens up the view to the lakes edge, currently the bay is hidden by mixed tree with overgrown Lantana weed. Would be great to include Aboriginal cultural history and awareness centre on lakes edge as it states on plaque, Aboriginal Fossil land. Needs to be preserved.

26 March , 2016 by cascho

I rode this trail this morning (26/3/16) with my brother, as part of doing the three main rail trails around Newcastle. This is a short trail that while sealed the whole way is clearly just a local’s path. There is a bit of confusion near the creek crossing and towards the Fassifern end where the trail crosses the rails. There is only one real hill on the trail, and the undergrowth is beginning to cover the trail in some sections. Toronto is a beautiful place, but I won’t come back to do this trail again.

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