Trail Possible

Boorowa Galong Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

Location: 330 km southwest of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Boorowa to Galong
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • NOT YET OPENNOT YET OPEN

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  • Possible Rail Trail
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  • former Railway

DETAILS

Why we need the Boorowa Galong Rail Trail?

This proposed 29 km rail trail is located in a farmland 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. 

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

Trail Guide

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. 

Section Guides

This trail is not yet open.

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.

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