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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
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This trail is not open or developed.  It is one of 16 potential rail trails in NSW

This potential rail trail runs 76km southwest from Culcairn through rural countryside to Corowa on the Murray River. There are several historic towns on the route. 

A further potential trail section of 26km is located to the east of Culcairn, linking it to Holbrook on the Hume Highway. The potential exists to link these trails to the growing network of rail trails in northern Victoria. 

The railway originally opened in 1892. Operations ceased completely in 1991.


Culcairn is a town located on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail line, north of Albury. When built, the rail trail to Corowa will provide a scenic rural pathway to take visitors to the Murray River and on to the vineyards and rail trails located near Corowa across the border in northern Victoria.  

The potential Holbrook to Culcairn trail begins near the submarine exhibit in Holbrook, and would run west to Culcairn. 

Total potential trail length is 102km. Corowa is located near the northern Victorian town of Wahgunyah, which is at the north end of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. 

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, at a time when 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.

The development of this rail trail remains at an early stage. A detailed feasibility study would be the first step. 


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.  October 2020

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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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