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Boorowa Galong Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

4.5 based on 2 reviews
Location: 330 km southwest of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused railway line
Start / End: Boorowa to Galong
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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This proposed 29 km rail trail is located in a rural area, 35 minutes by car from Yass and about 90 minutes from Canberra. It features cuttings, curves and old timber bridges as it makes its way northeast from Galong toward Boorowa.

Boorowa, in the Hilltops tourism region, has many historic buildings. European settlement dates from the 1820s. Boorowa is known for its annual ‘running of the sheep’ festival. In the local indigenous language, boorowa means bird; the region has abundant bird life.

Galong township also features historic buildings and has the nearby St Clements Retreat, a historic monastery open to the public. The proposed rail trail passes within 500 m of St Clements, with easy access from the rail trail when built, or by road.

Latest update on this rail trail:

Boorowa Galong Rail Trail Project Deemed Feasible!

The Feasibility Study for the Boorowa Galong Rail Trail commissioned by the Boorowa Galong Rail Trail Inc committee was completed in November 2022 and concluded that the rail trail is a technically and economically viable project that would provide a major boost to the Hilltops region. The Feasibility Study concluded that the Boorowa Galong Rail Trail has the potential to increase the economic activity in the Hilltops region by $2.9 million/annum.

The success of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail that commenced operation in April 2020 is testimony to the demand for such facilities in NSW. A Transport NSW Evaluation Summary (June 2022) found that the economic activity in the Tumbarumba region during June to December periods 2019 and 2020 increased by 20% from $14 million to $16.9 million. It also led to the development of 9 new businesses in Tumbarumba and Rosewood. Similar benefits would be expected for the Hilltops area.

The Feasibility Study, carried out by two leading Australian rail trail consultants, was funded by the Galong Progress Association ($20,000) and Hilltops Council ($25,000. The next step is the preparation of the Rail Trail Development Plan – the project design – for which the committee has received a quote of $41,800. Currently the committee have $2,000 promised and two other regional businesses have indicated they will contribute but are yet to finalise an amount.

Once the Rail Trail Development Plan is complete the committee will be able to apply for State, Federal and private enterprise funding for the construction that is currently estimated to cost $10.8 million.

For a synopsis of the feasibility study visit: Boorowa Galong 2022-11 Rail Trail Feasibility Study Synopsis

Julie Poplin is the Boorowa committee treasurer and would welcome any correspondence regarding potential donations. Julie can be contacted at 0427 853 199 or by emailing ju*********@bi*****.com

Nearby Attractions

  • Boorowa is a picturesque regional town offering a range of tourist attractions
  • The Hilltops region has a lot to offer visitors – see links below
  • St Clements Retreat near Galong is an ex-monastery open to the public
  • The Boorowa Irish WoolFest is an annual event to celebrate ‘everything wool’ – see link below

Last updated: 24 April 2024

The trail will run for 29 km through rolling, partly wooded farmland. There will be a number of access points, including one near the Boorowa River bridge.

A trailhead is planned for McMahon Street in Galong. At the Boorowa end, the trail will end near the town’s golf course.

Important note: This rail trail is not yet open. The alignment is owned by Transport NSW and much of it passes through private property. Trespassing on the alignment is prohibited.

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2 reviews of “Boorowa Galong Rail Trail”

This would be a beautiful ride as the country is stunning, and its a good distance for a rail trail, and very well located for Canberra and Sydney enthusiasts. NSW needs more trails like this! Great for tourism in the area, and the people of NSW.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Ngunawal people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.

Development and future of the rail trail

Local community advocates for the Boorowa to Galong rail trail are working to bring this trail on a long-abandoned government rail corridor to life for the benefit of local businesses.

The group is aiming to build on the success of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail, which has seen a number of new businesses opened in the Tumbarumba region since the rail trail opened in 2020.

Rail line history 

The Galong to Boorowa railway line opened in October 1914, as a branch of the main Southern NSW railway. The line was used mainly to transport livestock and produce. Passenger services were closed in 1974.

There are now few remnants of the railway infrastructure, though the corridor and rails are visible in many places. Most timber bridges are still in place, and the turntable and water stand are still at the Boorowa end.

Development Plan Completed for Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail

Posted: 24/04/24

The Feasibility Study for the Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail (BGRT) in south west NSW ...


Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail Moving Forward

Posted: 07/11/23

The committee for  Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail Inc has made a significant leap towards ...


Boorowa Galong Rail Trail seeks support for development plan

Posted: 16/07/23

The Boorowa Galong Rail Trail Committee has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for ...


Boorowa – Galong feasibility study going ahead

Posted: 20/06/22

The Boorowa to Galong Rail Trail group in south-western NSW has obtained funding to conduct ...


Show your support for the proposed Boorowa Galong (NSW) Rail Trail

Posted: 08/12/21

The dilapidated timber bridge over the Boorowa River ...


Another potential rail trail in New South Wales

Posted: 17/06/21

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