Trail Possible

Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

Location: 195 km southwest of Sydney, in the Southern Tablelands
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Goulburn to Crookwell
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 Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail?

When built, the Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail will offer a high-quality 57 km trail through some of NSW’s best rural countryside, linking the historic regional city of Goulburn with the village of Crookwell.  Two hours by car or train southwest of Sydney and an hour north of Canberra, Goulburn is the ideal site for the head of this proposed rail trail.  The trail will cross the Wollondilly River near Goulburn on a steel lattice bridge, and rises to 890 m as it crosses the Great Dividing Range on its way inland. 

Attractions

  • Goulburn is a major inland regional city and offers a variety of tourist attractions including a large Rail Heritage Centre and the Big Merino monument 
  • Crookwell is a centre for agriculture and farming and hosts an annual potato festival; it has many accommodation options
  • Other Southern Tablelands attractions nearby include the historic towns of Braidwood, Yass and Gunning 

Trail Guide

This Trail is not developed – It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW

The trail will run for 57 km through rolling hills and farmland. Access in the Goulburn area will be at Grafton St at the northern end of the CBD – close to where the Crookwell railway line branched off the main southern line, just before the main southern line passes over the Mulwaree River. 

The main intermediate point on the rail trail is at Woodhouselee; at the time of writing no shops or services are available there. 

The station building and railway yards at Crookwell are intact but there are few other constructed remnants along the corridor. 

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 rail trail is not yet open.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Gundungarra 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 advocates for the Goulburn to Crookwell rail trail have been working for many years to bring this rail trail to life for the benefit of the greater Goulburn and Upper Lachlan economic regions. 

The trail has the support of both regional councils on the corridor and is under active consideration by the Department of Regional NSW. There has been extensive research into the economic and community benefits of developing this trail, the closest to Sydney of such a length. 

Rail line history 

The 57 km line from Goulburn opened in 1902 and was built at the urging of local farmers, who needed a reliable way to get produce to market. The terrain around the line is hilly and local roads were frequently cut during bad weather, creating the need for more reliable transport. 

During its lifetime the line carried passengers, stock, general goods, iron ore and superphosphate. By the 1970s traffic had declined considerably, and by the mid-1980s the line was unprofitable. The last train ran in August 1985.

Another line branched off the Crookwell line from Roslyn to Taralga: this section closed in 1957.

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