- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
The proposed 32 km Batlow to Tumut rail trail will be a major tourism drawcard in this picturesque part of southern NSW. The rail trail runs through the Gilmore Valley, linking the orchard area of Batlow with the subalpine town of Tumut.
The intention is to construct a rail trail that will be family-friendly, with a surface and facilities suitable for all types of bicycles and scooters. The trail will also be suitable for walkers, creating additional walking options in the region. It will transform local tourism, and give a significant boost to economies and businesses of the region.
- Batlow is NSW’s premium apple-growing area, with an annual Ciderfest; all types of fruit and nuts are grown in the Batlow area
- Tumut offers a range of tourism attractions and facilities
- The Batlow-Tumut rail trail will form part of a southern NSW network of rail trails and mountain bike trails, including proposed Gundagai region trails to the north of Tumut, and the now-open Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail to the south
- Snowy Mountains attractions are close to Tumut
Batlow is 40km by road north of Tumbarumba, which has a 21 km fully-sealed rail trail to Rosewood.
Last updated: 2 October 2021
This Trail is not developed – It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW
The abandoned Batlow line branches from the Cootamundra to Tumut line at Gilmore and roughly follows the picturesque and meandering route of Gilmore Creek.
Batlow is at an altitude of 775 m, and the proposed rail trail will decline 470 m to Tumut with constant views of the Gilmore Valley.
Tumut is 400 km southwest of Sydney, in the Snowy Mountains foothills.
Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. The alignment is owned and managed by Transport NSW and much of it passes through private property. Trespassing on the alignment is prohibited.
This trail is not yet open.
A further view of Gilmore Valley (2005)
Gilmore Valley (2005)
Tumut station (2016)
Gilmore Valley (2005)
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.
Development and future of the rail trail
A local rail trail advocacy group, at work for many years, is promoting this rail trail to boost local businesses and residents. The Batlow area suffered disastrous bushfires in 2020, and the rail trail proposal has been renewed as part of the Do It for Batlow campaign.
The proposed trail is 40 km from Tumbarumba, which would provide a dual-trail experience in addition to Batlow’s scenic location in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
Rail line history
The abandoned line between Tumut and Batlow was originally part of the longer Cootamundra to Tumut (104 km) and Kunama (an additional 35 km from Gilmore Junction) branch lines.
Train services began to Batlow in 1922 and ended in 1983. The line was used mainly for fruit haulage. The whole branch line between Cootamundra and Tumut was closed in 1984 after major flood damage.
The only station building remaining is at Tumut. It is near the visitor information centre and is well maintained.
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