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Cowra to Eugowra Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

Location: 300 km West of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused railway line
Start / End: Cowra to Eugowra
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • The proposed Cowra to Eugowra Rail Trail would be 66 km long, making it ideal for day trippers and locals
  • Spectacular rural scenery
  • Cowra has many other attractions, including the Japanese Gardens

Nearby Attractions

This trail is not opened or developed.  It is one of 17 possible rail trails in NSW.

  • Japanese Gardens and war cemetery, Cowra
  • Lachlan Valley Railway, Cowra
  • Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
  • Village of Murals, Eugowra
  • Canowindra Hot-air balloon festival


Last updated: 21 November 2022

This trail is not opened or developed.  It is one of 17 possible rail trails in NSW.

Section Guides

Cowra to Canowindra (32 km)

This trail would run through scenic, undulating countryside around Cowra before traversing rich farmland to Canowindra.

There will be a few road crossings to negotiate, but most are on quiet rural roads.

Cowra and Canowindra are large country towns, with many accommodation and refreshment options.

Canowindra to Eugowra (34 km)

This section is predominantly flat farmland. The small village of Gooloogong is about

halfway between Canowindra and Eugowra, around 4 km from the grain silos at the old station site.

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Background Information

Traditional owners

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

As of June 2021 there is no active committee trying to lobby for the construction of a rail trail on this disused corridor. Rail Trails Australia views this as a viable potential rail trail, and would be keen to support any person or group to lobby for its construction.

If you are interested, contact us at nsw@railtrails.org.au

Rail line history 

The Eugowra branch line lies in the Central West. It branches off the Blayney-Demondrille line at Cowra, and heads west to Eugowra.

The line was built to open up the rich lands between Cowra and Forbes, with various plans to link it with the Main West or the Stockinbingal-Forbes lines; in the end it was extended as far as Eugowra. The line was built to ‘pioneer’ standards, which meant earth ballasting and no fences.

Grain was the main traffic on the line; passenger levels were always poor due to the relative shortness of the branch. Although boasting a rail motor service from 1927, in the years leading up to the cessation of passenger services in 1974 people were carried in the brake van of the regular freight.

The line was closed at Trajere in 1991 and reopened in 1994 as a tourist railway by the Lachlan Valley Railway. In recent years the bridge over Cucumber Creek, near Canowindra, has been removed to facilitate water flow in times of flood. Some local groups are fighting to get this line re-opened.

Services are currently suspended on the branch, with a stop block placed on the line at 369.85 km just beyond the location of Cowra West. There are many trees in the tracks along the line, and there have been moves to remove the infrastructure within the town of Cowra. It is unlikely this line will ever reopen.

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