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Fassifern to Toronto Greenway Track

NSW Newcastle region

3.3 based on 4 reviews
Location: 26 km from Newcastle
Length: 4 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Fassifern to Toronto
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • A high quality rail trail featuring a variety of landscapes from suburbia to bushland
  • Connects Fassifern railway station on the Central Coast and Newcastle line with the suburb of Toronto and the Lake Macquarie shore
  • Gently graded: a comfortable flat ride or walk with bay views
  • Old railway tracks still in place next to trail
  • Accessed from Fassifern railway station
  • Rail museum at Toronto railway station

Nearby Attractions

  • Newcastle, with Fort Scratchley and beaches
  • Lake Macquarie, with lakeside cycle paths


Last updated: 20 November 2022

This is a short railside trail next to a disused government railway line. The line branched off from Fassifern Railway Station and has not been used since 1990.

Access points

  • Fassifern Railway Station
  • Blackalls Reserve
  • Toronto Railway station site
  • Regular local bus service between Toronto and Fassifern Railway stations for those who wish to walk the trail one way.

Fassifern to Toronto (4km)

  • comfortable, flat ride or walk from Fassifern Railway Station to Edward Gain Park in Toronto on the western foreshore of Lake Macquarie
  • well signposted with several road crossings
  • managed by Lake Macquarie Council
  • Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society uses the renovated Toronto Railway Station building as its base

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4 reviews of “Fassifern to Toronto Greenway Track”

Another of my local trails, nice short trail that follows the old train route. There are some nice glimpses of Lake Macquarie and if you know where to look, the site of the remnants of a petrified forest.

Re-rode this rail-side trail yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. There are views of the old rails and Lake Macquarie much of the way. Toronto is surely underrated, with lots of eating and shopping options and great views of the Lake. Well worth jumping off the train at Fassifern and riding or walking the trail. It’s short enough for the very young and very old, and predominantly flat. The old tracks are overgrown but the cycleway is fully sealed and not overgrown. Signage is a bit limited and there are many entrances from local streets. Just keep to the ‘main’ path with the dividing centreline and keep looking for the old rails.

Railway trail/ cycle way from Fassifern train station to Toronto old train station needs a lot of maintenance, it would be nice if Blackalls Park majority of cycle way opens up the view to the lakes edge, currently the bay is hidden by mixed tree with overgrown Lantana weed.

Would be great to include Aboriginal cultural history and awareness centre on lakes edge as it states on plaque, Aboriginal Fossil land. Needs to be preserved.

I rode this trail this morning (26/3/16) with my brother, as part of doing the three main rail trails around Newcastle. This is a short trail that while sealed the whole way is clearly just a local’s path. There is a bit of confusion near the creek crossing and towards the Fassifern end where the trail crosses the rails. There is only one real hill on the trail, and the undergrowth is beginning to cover the trail in some sections. Toronto is a beautiful place, but I won’t come back to do this trail again.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Awabakal people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Railway history

The railway was built by a private company in 1891 but was taken over by the NSW Government in 1910. Operations ceased in 1990; the rails are still in place, though the railway was officially closed in 1995.

The local progress association raised the greenway concept in 1990, which led to the formation of a steering committee of Lake Macquarie City Council. The corridor was leased by the Council from the State Government, and the steering committee set about raising funds for construction and landscaping of the trail. Most funding came from the Federal and State Governments, with other funding coming from Council and the community. The trail was officially opened in June 1996, after six years of local effort to retain the disused rail corridor as a community asset.

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