Darwin Rail Trail
  • Length: 25.5km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Darwin

  • End: Howard Springs

  • Location: Darwin

  • Closest Town: Darwin

  • Distance from CBD: 20km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -12.46653458

  • Longitude: 130.9879577

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2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

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Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

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Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


Darwin Rail Trail is a 25.5km, grade 2 one way hike, located in Darwin Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Older parts of the trail are now well shaded by trees after an extensive tree planting program.

A high standard rail trail that is part of Darwin's extensive network of cycle pathes.
Follows the route of the historic former North Australian Railway and many reminders of the railway remain

The cycle path has retained original railway embankments, hand-excavated cuttings, culverts and four remnant bridges as heritage features. By conforming to the railway corridor there has been minimal disruption to bordering eucalypt woodland and riparian habitats.

An interpretative shelter built at Yarrawonga and Howard Springs includes displays of local and railway history. Path-mounted solar-powered lights have been installed selectively.

About the region

Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.


Darwin to Howard Springs in Darwin




For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia. 

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