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The Pioneer Rail Trail Oberon

NSW country and ACT

4 based on 1 reviews
Location: 180 km west of Sydney
Length: 6 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Oberon to Hazlegrove
Public Transport: Bus
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

Map Legend:

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

This trail is a side trail next to an old government rail corridor, and passes through beautiful sub-alpine countryside and farmland.

The trail is fully sealed and family friendly, suitable for all kinds of bicycles, scooters, mobility scooters and prams. Interpretive signs explain the history of the rail line and the region.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oberon Railway Museum
  • Vineyard cellar doors
  • A short drive to Jenolan Caves
  • Visit the spectacular Mayfield Gardens

The gradient is gentle, and only extends for 6 km from Oberon. The Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway is proposing to run trains once again on the rail line.

Section Guides

Oberon to Hazelgrove (6 km)

The trail meanders through the farmlands of the Oberon tableland between Oberon and Hazelgrove. It begins at Oberon Station (now a museum) in North St and finishes at the site of the former Hazelgrove station, where the trail crosses the Lowes-Hazelgrove Road..

 

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One review of “The Pioneer Rail Trail Oberon”

I walked this trail this afternoon (28/3/16) – it is a nice trail through the surrounding farmland. The trail surface is sealed the whole way, but in poorer quality the closer you are to the Hazelgrove station. There were a few other people on the trail, and it’s clear that horses use the path. It was a good day out, I found the best part being away from the roadside, pity the trail isn’t longer.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

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

Rail Trail development 

The Oberon Council established the Oberon- Tarana Rail Corridor Committee to oversee the development of an overall plan for the railway and ensure all stakeholders are involved.

The council is also well advanced in the planning and construction of additional cycleways around the town, including a 20 km cycling/walking loop that connects with Hazelgrove Station, and through the Blenheim Forest and back to Oberon via Hazelgrove Road.

Railway history

This 6 km section is part of a 24 km branch line that climbs from the main western railway at Tarana to Oberon, 1,100m above sea level. It was opened in 1923 and ceased operation in 1979.

Due to the line’s steep grades and numerous curves it was reportedly infamous for being the slowest rail line in NSW, but these features make for a great short rail trail. Hazelgrove is at the top of the steep grade down to Tarana.

 

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