- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- Tumbarumba is in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains
- Several vineyard cellar doors
- Tumbarumba has a great pump track and an increasing network of mountain bike trails
- The historic Hume and Hovell Track can be reached using Tumbarumba as a base
The gradient is gentle, dropping from Tumbarumba to a low point about halfway along the trail, then rising slightly to Rosewood.
Tumbarumba provides all the facilities of a regional town, including accommodation, cafes, supermarkets and hotels. Rosewood has a general store and a cafe, garden centre, gift shop and post office…and a gnome garden.
Tumbarumba to Rosewood (21 km)
In Tumbarumba the trail begins at Figures St, which has a large car park and historic artifacts. There is a multipurpose off-road path from the main street. Detailed directions from town to the trailhead can be found at:
The trailhead and gnome park at Rosewood is just near the general store and has toilets.
The stations at Glenroy, Wolseley Park and Rosewood have been partially recreated by enthusiastic locals and are well worth a stop to take in the information displayed there. Toilets are also available at Glenroy.
There are bike repair stations at Tumbarumba, Glenroy and Rosewood.
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 Trails will develop in four stages to a full length of 129 km:
- Tumbarumba to Rosewood (21 km) – Stage 1, open
- Wagga Wagga to Ladysmith (19 km) – potential next stage
- Rosewood to Tarcutta (56 km)
- Ladysmith to Tarcutta (33 km)
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’ rail trails to demonstrate the benefits of a rail trail on a disused government branch line.
This resulted in support from the NSW Government and the Tumbarumba to Rosewood section of the railway was officially closed 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 a rail trail between Wagga Wagga and Ladysmith (around 21 km). It is envisaged that this section would become a commuter path between the city centre and Forest Hill, 10 km from Wagga Wagga.
The railway branched from the Main South Line at Wagga Wagga and passed through Tarcutta to Tumbarumba, rising to 800 m above sea level. It opened in stages from 1917 to 1921. Operation beyond Ladysmith ceased 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 Wagga, and the Hume Freeway at Tarcutta. Significant sections of track and other infrastructure have also been illegally removed.
The only stations remaining on the line are at Ladysmith (maintained by the Tumba Rail historical group) and Borambola.
The Mannus Creek bridge is the largest on the rail trail (Snowy Valleys Council 2020)
Typical scenery on the rail trail between Rosewood and Tumbarumba (Tumbarumba Rail Trail Committee 2020)
The rail trail approaching Tumbarumba (Tumbarumba Rail Trail Committee 2020)
Underpasses and a bridge on the Tumbarumba trail
New trail head at Figures St Tumbarumba (Grant Harris 2020)
Trail head in Tumbarumba
View of the snow covered main range of the Snowy Mountains from Tumbarumaba (Tumba Rail Trail Steering Group 2013)
Lots of interpretive signage on the trail, here at Glenroy station site (Grant Harris 2020)
The trail is constructed to a high standard (Grant Harris 2020)
Atmospheric rest area besides Sawpit Ck bridge using some of the original bridge timbers (Grant Harris 2020)
Wolsely Park station site (Grant Harris 2020)
Family Fun Day or unofficial opening of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. Cold but little rain!
View from the 'Downfall' between Humula and Rosewood(2009)
Forest Hill near Wagga Wagga, at the western end of the rail corridor
Ladysmith Station which has been well maintained by the Tumba Rail preservation group. (2011)
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