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Goulburn to Crookwell - Trail Description



Goulburn to Crookwell

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Southern Highlands NSW based in Goulburn area some 110 kms south of Sydney on Hume Highway
Start/end: Goulburn to Crookwell
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Surface: Coarse gravel
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 ex-gov railway corridors.


Another high altidtude railway that crosses the Great Dividing Range to reach Crookwell (altitude 890m) The 54km 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.

Several locals are investigating the possibility of creating 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 permits a rail-side trail so the theme of the trail will be “Bike, Hike & Trike”.

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 it's lifetime, trains carried passengers, stock, general goods, iron orw and superphosphate. By the 70s, traffic had decline considerably, and by the mid-80s trasffic ceased due to the line being 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. They are starting with sections at the top and bottom of the branch, and plan to eventually re-open the whole line.


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December 2014

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