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


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

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