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There are over 100 rail trails in Australia but legislation has limited the delivery of trails in NSW.  We are missing out on tourism, mobility and recreation opportunities while other states have reaped the rewards. 

There is great news! Following a campaign by Bicycle NSW and fellow active transport advocates, the NSW Legislative Assembly debated, amended and passed the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022.  The Bill was then approved by the Legislative Council on 12th August. This amendment removes the need for each rail trail proposal to have a separate act of parliament and enables the Minister for Regional Transport to allow derelict tracks to be converted into a rail trail for ‘recreation, tourism or related purposes’.  

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is on track to open in January 2023 and will traverse 24km of stunning countryside.  We look forward to many more projects getting underway soon!

Rail trails encourage independent kids
And resilient communities We have written about how rail trails support regional communities. They do so by connecting people and Read more
Rural/farm road south west of Dalgety/Snowy River continued (Photo: courtesy Shoalhaven BUG)
Unforgiving climbs and iconic Australian pastoral vistas Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) are local groups of bike riders who get together Read more
Riders enjoy the Gears + Beers ride in the picturesque countryside around Wagga.
Despite the challenges of distance, heat and speeding traffic, regional NSW has some spectacular opportunities for bike riding. Riders enjoy Read more
Monaro Rail Trail
The successful passage of the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022 in the NSW Lower House has opened the Read more
Rail Trails Bill Passed
Bicycle NSW is extremely grateful to all involved in the passing of the Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022. Read more
Rail Trails Bill Passed
Did you know that NSW has approximately 2,000km of abandoned railway lines yet only 146 km of rail trails? Recently Read more
Goulburn Crookwell Rail Trail
In an extraordinary meeting Upper Lachlan Council has withdrawn its support for the Goulburn to Crookwell rail trail. ‘We’re confused Read more
Rail Trails Happy Valley
NSW has thousands of potential kms of fabulous, scenic rail trails. The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is near completion. Tumbarumba Read more
Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
There are over 100 rail trails in Australia but due to a legislative blockage, NSW trails are still in their Read more
Northern Rivers Rail Trail
There has been more good news for rail trails in NSW. Photo courtesy of Rosie Kew @northernriversrailtrailsupporters. Earlier this month Read more
Stage 1 of the New England Rail Trail is (almost) a go after recently receiving nearly $9 million in funding.  Read more
The 32km rail line between Batlow and Tumut sits unused but a local group has an idea to change that. Read more