Walking and riding in safety while enjoying the regional towns and beautiful countryside of New South Wales: rail trails offer this possibility ... but are a dream at the moment on NSW’s many disused government rail corridors.
NSW is missing out
All the images on this page are from rail trails on government rail corridors in other states.
The people and regional businesses of NSW are missing out on the economic and health benefits that rail trails can deliver.
Overseas and in all other states of Australia rail trails attract both local and widespread use, help bind communities and are destinations for tourists.
Why no rail trails in NSW?
There are virtually no rail trails in NSW primarily due to complex issues unique to NSW. At times there have been concerns from some adjacent landholders, concerns addressed or unfounded on established interstate rail trails.
The Fernleigh Track Rail Trail, on a former Newcastle private coal line, is now a popular local resource and convincingly demonstrates that the people of NSW would enthusiastically adopt and use rail trails in NSW.
Short term goal: let’s get started
Feasibility studies undertaken for rail trails in several areas already provide convincing arguments for the benefits trails will bring. It is now time to establish initial pilot rail trails on these to conclusively demonstrate the benefits of regional rail trails here in NSW.
Between Casino and Murwillumbah in northern NSW.
Part of the proposed Riverina Highlands Rail Trail.
Part of the proposed Murrumbidgee Valley Rail Trail.
Show support for rail trails
Following the fantastic Launch of Rail Trails for NSW in March we now need to show the state government that there is broad support for the widespread development of rail trails in New South Wales before the railway corridors degrade further and are lost forever. Write to your local state member and ask for rail trails to be established in NSW.
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See descriptions of the many potential trails around New South Wales.
These are also summarised in our Rail Trails for NSW Flyer