- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Potential Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- The proposed trail runs between Bungendore and Captains Flat. It is 36 km long, making it ideal for day trippers and locals.
- Fine rural scenery
- Bungendore is a popular weekend destination
- A safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly recreation asset for residents and visitors
- Business and employment opportunities
- Opportunity to offer refreshments at Hoskinstown and to revitalise Captains Flat
- Canberra city is nearby
- The countryside in this area offers fine rural scenery.
- The township of Bungendore is a popular weekend destination
- Captains Flat has a significant mining history
Last updated: 2 October 2021
This rail trail is not yet open. It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW
Bungendore has many facilities including art and woodworks galleries. Captains Flat has much mining infrastructure still in place making it an attractive destination as the end point.
The Captains Flat train station, now privately owned, retains its name board. The station yard (0.5 km away) is also largely intact. The elevated loading bin was demolished in 2010.
Bungendore to Captains Flat (36km)
This trail would run through undulating countryside. There will be a few road crossings to negotiate, most on quiet rural roads.
Railway Bridge over Molonglo River (Feb 2018)
Railway Crossing near Bungendore (Feb 2018)
The Platform at Captains Flat (Feb 2018)
Old turntable at Captains Flat (Feb 2018)
Bungendore Station (2009)
Captains Flat area (2009)
Captains Flat Station (2009)
The bridge over the Molonglo River (2009)
We acknowledge the Ngunawal and Ngarigo 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 groups are hoping to develop this former branch line, part of which follows the Molonglo River.
Interest has been renewed since 2014 after Rail Trails for NSW began lobbying the State Government to allow development of rail trails on abandoned government rail lines.
A feasibility study was completed in November 2019, with an appendix including letters of support.
The study demonstrates that the trail is not only feasible, but would also provide significant economic, health, educational, environmental and social benefits to local communities and boost active tourism, generating a significant increase in visitor numbers.
Rail line history
The line only operated from 1940 to 1968, though it was used briefly during the making of the 1970 Ned Kelly movie starring Mick Jagger.
The Captains Flat station had a 63 m curved island platform between the arrival and departure roads. There was also an engine run-around line and turntable, water tank and ash pit. Beyond the station area was a yard where nearby mines would load lead, zinc, copper, pyrite, silver and gold ore. An elevated loading ramp sat over the main line, with a goods shed on the adjacent siding.