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Awaba – Wangi Wangi Rail Trail

NSW Newcastle region

Location: 130 km north of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Awaba to Wangi Wangi
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:

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  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway

This potential 10km rail trail would be a useful link between the small village of Awaba with its station on the Sydney-Newcastle rail line, and Wangi Wangi and other lake-side suburbs on the western shores of Lake Macquarie.

Its eastern end would be the disused and state heritage listed Wangi Wangi Power Station. On the way it passes through attractive bush and some deep cuttings.

Nearby Attractions

The major attraction of the trail, apart from the features en-route, is the lake-side suburbs of western Lake Macquarie and opportunities for water based recreation, sightseeing and dining.

Last updated: 29 August 2021

The trail would commence south west of the existing Awaba Railway Station. From there it quickly enters the bushland which is typical of the trail. Awaba Colliery site is reached after approximately 1km. There are several deep cuttings along the route.

At approximately 9km, or 1km from the eastern end at Wangi Wangi Power Station, the line passed over Wangi Road on a bridge which has since been removed.

Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. Much of the alignment is Crown Land.

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Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Awabakal  people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the rail trail is located.

Development and future of the rail trail

Development of the rail trail is greatly dependent on any development and reuse of the Wangi Wangi Power Station and/or surrounding areas. While developments have been proposed, it appears that these are still some way off. Lake Macquarie City Council considers the route to be a lower priority than many other potential cycle facilities in the LGA and there is no known local group actively pushing for this trail.

Rail line history 

The line, which is a spur on the Sydney-Newcastle rail line, serviced the state heritage listed Wangi Wangi Power Station. It opened in 1954, the last train ran in 1972 and it was decommissioned in 1989. The power station itself operated between 1956 and 1986 and at one stage was the largest power station in New South Wales. Awaba State Coal Mine (later Awaba Colliery, now closed) on route supplied the power station. Much of the route is understood to be Crown Lands. 


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