Darwin Rail Trail
  • Length: 25.5km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Darwin

  • End: Howard Springs

  • Closest Town: Darwin

  • Location: Darwin

  • Distance from state capital: 20km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -12.46653458

  • Longitude: 130.9879577

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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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.


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.


Darwin to Howard Springs in Darwin




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


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