New England Rail Trail
  • Length: 210km

  • Duration: 14 days

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Armidale 

  • End: Wallangarra

  • Location: Country NSW and ACT

  • Closest Town: Armidale 

  • Distance from CBD: 480km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -30.5148121

  • Longitude: 151.6511455

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Bitumen Road

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Speed Bumps

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Large Car Park

Small Car Park

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Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

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Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

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Rock Scrambling

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Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

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Drinking Water

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Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


New England Rail Trail is a 210km, grade 3 one way hike, located in Country NSW and ACT, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 14 days to complete.

Hike Summary

This Trail is not developed.  It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW.

A lot of the old railway stations have been preserved and refurbished by local community groups
The Tenterfield Railway Station has been turned into a museum with a lot of rolling stock and memorabilia at the station
The line went past Ben Lomond which at 4,473 feet above sea level, is the highest railway station in Australia
Wallangarra Station is on the NSW - QLD border, and was the change of guage station.  All buildings and rail lines remain in situ
Larger towns of Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes, and Tenterfield offer many accommodation and dining options

A possible rail trail from Armidale to Wallangarra.  This would be a 210km trail through scenic mountain country.  The old rail line passed through Guyra, Ben Lomond, Glen Innes, Deepwater, Tenterfield and finished on the border town of Wallangarra.  Ben Lomond was the highest railway station in Australia, with Wallangarra being the change of guage station between NSW and Queensland.

Local groups are hoping to develop this former main line for some sections.  Interest has been renewed since the formation of Rail Trails for NSW (RT4NSW).  This group is actively lobbying the State Government to allow the development of rail trails on ex-gov lines in NSW.  For more information click on the link below.

About the region

Get ready to have a good time in Country NSW. From nation-making heritage sites and charming towns to cultural attractions, world-class food and wine regions, walking trails through World Heritage wilderness, and ancient sites of great significance for indigenous Australians, there’s a new adventure every day.

The Australian Capital Territory – home to Australia’s capital city of Canberra – is a tempting combination of outdoor adventure, urban exploration and artistic flare. Despite its small size, the state packs a big punch with world-renowned museums and a vibrant dining scene. The perfect destination for foodies, culture vultures and outdoor enthusiasts alike, the Australian Capital Territory is sure to challenge all your expectations.


Armidale to Wallangarra in Country NSW and ACT

In the New England area of North East NSW

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

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