Rail-Trails

Rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors. They can be used for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Where are they?

There are now rail trails all around Australia and in other countries too. Rail trails link big and small country towns and meander through scenic countryside just as railways did in the past.

What are they like?

Most trails have a gravel or dirt surface suitable for walking, mountain bikes and horses. Some are sealed and are great for touring bikes too.

Following the route of the railways, they cut through hills, under roads, over embankments and across gullies and creeks. Apart from being great places to walk, cycle or horse ride, rail trails are linear conservation corridors protecting native plants and animals. They often link remnant vegetation in farming areas and contain valuable flora and fauna habitat. Wineries and other attractions are near many trails as well as B&B’s and other great places to stay.

Are the rails still there?

The rails are usually removed when a railway is closed, but remnants of the past such as railway cuttings and bridges still remain.

Port Fairy - Warrnambool Rail Trail

Port Fairy – Warrnambool Rail Trail (37km)

Port Fairy - Warrnambool Rail Trail extends from Port Fairy to Warrnambool. You will cover approximately 37km along a Flat and undulating ...
Belgrave Railway Trail

Belgrave Railway Trail (12.5km)

Belgrave Railway Trail extends from Bayswater to Belgrave. You will cover approximately 12.5km along a Hilly trail ...
Como Bridge

Como Bridge (1.5km)

Como Bridge extends from Oatley to Como. You will cover approximately 1.5km along a Flat trail ...
Riverina Highlands Rail Trail

Riverina Highlands Rail Trail (21km)

Riverina Highlands Rail Trail extends from Wagga Wagga to Tumbarumba. You will cover approximately 21km along a Flat to slight incline trail ...
Jarrahdale 1872 Timber Tramway

Jarrahdale 1872 Timber Tramway (8km)

Jarrahdale 1872 Timber Tramway extends from Nettleton Road to South West Highway. You will cover approximately 8km along a Flat and undulating ...
Monaro Rail Trail

Monaro Rail Trail (proposed)

Monaro Rail Trail extends from Cooma/Bombala to Cooma/Queenbeyan. You will cover approximately TBA along a trail ...
Lake Margaret Tramway Trail (3.5km)

Lake Margaret Tramway Trail (3.5km)

Lake Margaret Tramway Trail extends from Lake Margaret Power Station to Dam Wall. You will cover approximately 3.5km along a Mountainous trail ...
Tyers Junction Rail Trail

Tyers Junction Rail Trail (11km)

Tyers Junction Rail Trail extends from Collins Siding to Tyers Junction. You will cover approximately 11km along a Hilly trail ...
Muntapa Tunnel

Muntapa Tunnel (0.6km)

Muntapa Tunnel extends from Muntapa Tunnel to Muntapa Tunnel. You will cover approximately 0.6km along a Hilly forest trail ...
Nurragi Conservation Reserve

Nurragi Conservation Reserve (12km)

Nurragi Conservation Reserve extends from Milang to Sandergrove. You will cover approximately 12km along a trail ...
Wadandi Track

Wadandi Track (Margaret River) Rail Trail (23km)

Wadandi Track extends from Cowaramup to Witchcliffe. You will cover approximately 23km along a Flat and undulating trail ...
New England Rail Trail

New England Rail Trail (210km)

New England Rail Trail extends from Armidale to Wallangarra. You will cover approximately 210km along a trail ...
Inner Circle Rail Trail

Inner Circle Rail Trail (4km)

Inner Circle Rail Trail extends from Rushall to Royal Park. You will cover approximately 4km along a Flat trail ...
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  1. Sadly NSW is the exception. Many people in NSW are working to convince the State Govt to develop just some of the 3100 klms of long dead rural rail routes into what could easily be some of the worlds best and most spectacular rail trails. But we need to convince the govt to act.