- Rail Trail
- This is NSW’s first rail trail on a government rail corridor. It passes through beautiful sub-alpine countryside and farmland
- The trail is sealed and family friendly, being suitable for most types of bicycles, scooters, mobility scooters and prams
- Interpretive signs and installations along the trail explain the history of the branch line and the region. Remnants of the railway tracks are visible at Rosewood
- Since opening in 2020, the trail has become a very popular tourist destination
- Halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, it is part of the proposed Riverina Highlands Rail Trail
To see a video by media presenter Mike Tomalaris about the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, click here
- The Snowy Mountains and Mt Kosciusko
- Several vineyard cellar doors are close to Tumbarumba
- Tumbarumba has a great pump track and a network of mountain bike trails at Police Paddock
- The Hume and Hovell Tk
- Paddys River Falls
- Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum
- Ladysmith Tourist Railway
Last updated: 16 October 2023
The gradient is gentle, dropping from Tumbarumba to a low point about halfway along the trail, then rising slightly to Rosewood
Tumbarumba has all the facilities of a regional town, including accommodation, cafes, supermarkets, hotels and free RV stop.
Tumbarumba to Rosewood (21km)
- The Tumbarumba trailhead is on the edge of town in Figures St. It has a large car park, amenities block and historic artefacts. There is a 2km shared path from Princes St which will take you past the pump track and avoid steep Albury St on the way there. The original railway station was further north. Detailed directions can be found in the Tumbarumba rail trail guide
- As you head west, you’ll pass an impressive group of young snowgums in one of the cuttings.
- The recreated railway station at Glenroy is reached after about 8km. It has an amenities building and bike repair station but no road access.
- The impressive Mannus Creek Bridge has a picnic area which is also a good spot to take photos
- Wolseley Park Station site has a large number of interpretive signs and is very colourful in autumn
- The Rosewood trailhead is near the Rail Trail Cafe. There are public amenities, picnic shelters and another bike repair station.
- In addition to the Rail Trail Cafe in the former general store, Rosewood has a garden centre cafe, gift shop, post office … and a gnome garden.
- Note for road bikes: the trail has some sharp bumps at bridges and arched, relocatable cattle grids which may not suit bikes with narrow, high-pressure tyres.
The Rosewood station site before restoration of the platform 
Community groups restored the platform the following year 
It's been many decades since a train was on these tracks at Rosewood 
Interpretive signs and bicycle repair station at Rosewood trailhead 
Impressive facilities in Rosewood near the picnic area's electric BBQ 
The rail trail is accessible for people of all abilities 
Overpasses for farmers and their livestock are a feature [Tim Rose 2021]
Enjoying the trail in close formation near Wolseley Park Station 
Wolseley Park Station site retains the platform formation 
Cruising between Wolseley Park and Mannus Creek 
Coasting south to Mannus Creek with the Snowies in the background 
The Mannus Creek Bridge, north of Glenroy Station, is largest on the trail 
Local community groups rebuilt the Glenroy Station platform 
Glenroy now has amenities for trail users but no access for parking 
Atmospheric rest area beside Sawpit Ck Bridge using old bridge timbers (Grant Harris 2020)
Trail marker posts every km showing distance to go in both directions 
Locally designed cattle grids are arched and relocatable so take care if riding 
The trailhead at Tumba has parking, amenities, a restored railway hut and gates 
It does get cold in Tumbarumba! [winter 2020]
The new amenities block at Tumbarumba 
Paddys River Falls near Tumbarumba are another attraction 
Looking down the Downfall from Rosewood to Humula, which is hoped to be the next section developed 
Bridge just before Ladysmith 
Ladysmith Station is well maintained by the Tumba Rail preservation group. (2021)
The line between Borombola and Tarcutta 
The corridor near Tarcutta 
Forest Hill near Wagga Wagga, at the western end of the rail corridor
Northern Rivers Bike Hire
Northern Rivers Bike Hire is a cycling business built on the success of Murwillumbah Cycles, which started in 2019. The business has significantly benefited from Cabarita Beach Cycles, established in 2007. In May 2022, the ‘Caba Bike Shop’ was merged into Murwillumbah Cycles with the aim to focus on the rail trail. The business is fully operational on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail, 20km south in Mooball.
Tumba Bikes and Blooms
Hire a bike in Tumbarumba and explore this beautiful district. We carry a range of E-bikes to fit all sizes from age 12 up and a chariot that is towed by one of the hire bikes and can carry up to 2 children up to age 5.
The complete garden nursery has a large selection of seedlings, plants and trees in a range of sizes and also garden art and ornaments, gardening accessories and great advice!
Ride Tumba e-bike hire in Tumbarumba: https://ridetumba.com.au/ or phone 0409 833 504
Rail Trail Cafe Rosewood bike hire: https://rosewoodrailtrailcafe.com/ or phone 0455 222 109
NSW TrainLink operates a bus service on 6 days per week connecting Tumbarumba with Sydney-Melbourne railway daytime XPT services via Cootamundra or Wagga Wagga.
Bicycles can be taken as luggage on the TrainLink bus subject to conditions, which include pre-booking. Please check the Transport for NSW website for further details.
Do you know of a bike hire or transportation service on this rail trail that should appear here? If so, let us know at email@example.com.
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri and Walgalu people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail Trail development
The Riverina Highlands Rail Trail will develop in four stages to a full length of 129km:
- Tumbarumba to Rosewood (21km) – Stage 1, open
- Wagga Wagga to Ladysmith (19km) – potential next stage
- Rosewood to Tarcutta (56km)
- Ladysmith to Tarcutta (33km)
The Riverina Highlands Rail Trails Steering Committee was formed in 2004 under the Riverina Regional Development Board to promote the development of two trails.
Extensive consultation with local communities saw concerns from some but generally great support for the proposals. All four local shire councils involved also expressed support, along with the NSW Lands and Transport Ministry.
Development looked close to starting in 2009 with $220,000 of federal funding, but legislation to close the line was not passed.
In 2012, the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail group was formed to continue the process of getting this rail trail established.
Given reservations about constructing rail trails in NSW, Rail Trails Australia suggested the establishment of one or two shorter ‘pilot’ trails to demonstrate the benefits of a rail trail on a disused government rail corridor.
This resulted in support from the NSW Government and the Tumbarumba to Rosewood section of the railway was officially closed by state parliament in June, 2017.
Former local MP Greg Aplin was instrumental in obtaining $5.7 million in funding to construct the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. Construction began in 2019 and the trail was opened in April, 2020.
Wagga Rail Trail Inc is working to develop the trail between Wagga Wagga and Ladysmith. It is envisaged that this section would become a commuter path between the city centre and Forest Hill, 10km from Wagga.
The railway branched from the Main South Line at Wagga Wagga and passed through Tarcutta to Tumbarumba, rising to 800m above sea level as it approached the Snowy Mountains. It opened in stages from 1917 to 1921. Operation beyond Ladysmith stopped in 1974 after significant flooding, and all operations ceased in 1987.
Most of the line is not officially closed but little infrastructure remains. The line has been cut by construction of the RAAF base at Forest Hill, near Wagga, and the Hume Fwy at Tarcutta. Significant sections of track and other infrastructure have been illegally removed.
The only stations remaining on the line are at Ladysmith (maintained by the Tumba Rail historical group) and Borambola.
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