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Culcairn – Corowa Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

3 based on 2 reviews
Location: 520 km southwest of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Culcairn to Corowa
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • NOT YET OPENNOT YET OPEN

Map Legend:

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

DETAILS

Why we need the Culcairn – Corowa Rail Trail?

Potential rail trail between Culcairn in southern NSW and Corowa on the Murray River, which would link up with existing rail trails in northern Victoria to create multi-destination cycling experiences. The trail would follow a long-disused railway line. Remnants of the line are still visible along the whole route, which includes the historic town of Walla Walla.

Attractions

This trail is not open or developed.  It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW

  • Picturesque rural town of Culcairn, on the main Sydney-Melbourne railway line
  • Historic towns of Walla Walla and Burrumbuttock
  • Corowa on the Murray River is a major tourist centre in the area
  • The trail would link up with northern Victorian rail trails in the Wangaratta and Wodonga areas
  • Potential to extend the trail further east from Culcairn to Holbrook on the Hume Highway, a distance of 29 km.

 

 

Trail Guide

This 76 km railway branched off the main southern line at Culcairn. The long-disused rail corridor runs southwest to Corowa through agricultural areas and light-timbered country.

In addition to Walla Walla, the towns of Brocklesby, Burrumbuttock and Balldale are on the trail route.

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. 

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.

Railway History

The line was opened on 3 October 1892 and its main purpose was the transport of wheat. Passenger services ceased in 1975, a time when the widespread closure of country branch-line passenger services occurred. The section from Corowa to Brocklesby was decommissioned in January 1989; the last train ran on that section in January 1988. The section from Brocklesby to Culcairn was decommissioned in December 1991.

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2 reviews of “Culcairn – Corowa Rail Trail”

I have just been working in the Culcairn area for several days. I think the Culcairn to Holbrook section would be an excellent starting point of development for this trail. Just 27km makes it short enough for those of lower fitness, and long enough for regular riders to make the trip to visit. The valley that the rail line snakes through is thoroughly beautiful.

This would be a great railway to turn into a rail trail – I for one would ride it regularly if it was converted to a rail trail. If the Culcairn – Holbrook line was also converted to a rail trail then 3 major highways would be linked by it: Hume Hwy, Olympic Hwy and Riverina Hwy, as well as the rail service to through Culcairn.

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