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Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail - Trail Description



Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Southern Highlands NSW based in Goulburn area, 195km south of Sydney on the Hume Highway
Start/end: Goulburn to Crookwell
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: flat to slight incline
Best seasons: summer, spring and autumn
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Bridge (closed to all traffic)at Kenmore, near Goulburn
Bridge (closed to all traffic)at Kenmore, near Goulburn
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This Trail is not developed - It is one of 17 Potential Rail Trails in NSW

The local rail trail committee, together with support from the Goulburn and Crookwell councils, sourced funding in November 2014 to have a feasibility study done to investigate the costs, benefits, and design of a rail trail between Goulburn to Crookwell.  This committee is working closely with RT4NSW to lobby the NSW State Government to allow a rail trail to be built on this ex-government railway corridor.


The abandoned railway crosses the Great Dividing Range to reach Crookwell (altitude 890m) The 57km line from Goulburn opened in 1902 and operations ceased in 1985. In addition another line branched off from Roslyn to Taralga which closed in 1957, though we understand all this land has been freeholded.

The local Friends of the Goulburn Crookwell Rail Trail are advocating the creation of a rail trail along this route. At the Crookwell end, the Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Railway Inc. is proposing to run rail trolleys but the terrain also permits a rail-side trail.

Background Information

The Crookwell branch lies in the central south of the state. It starts in the city of Goulburn and heads north-west to Crookwell.

The line was built at the urging of local farmers, who needed a reliable way to get their produce to market. The terrain around the line is quite hilly, and roads were frequently cut during bad weather. During its lifetime, the line carried passengers, stock, general goods, iron ore and superphosphate. By the 70s, traffic had declined considerably, and by the mid-80s the line was unprofitable. The last train ran on 25th August 1985.

In November 2001 the Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Society gained accreditation to run tourist rail trikes and similar vehicles over the line. Their operations are currently based at the Crookwell end of the line. 


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February 2020

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