Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Rail trail map(JPG, 322KB)
Map of the rail trail

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is proposed to connect Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Lismore and Casino.

When completed the trail will be 132 km long and pass through some of the most scenic countryside in New South Wales.

A drawcard for walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists, the trail follows the old North Coast railway line. It will offer a unique way to explore the region while helping to preserve the area’s history and heritage.

Tweed section Other sections

Partner Program

Tweed Shire Council is calling for local businesses to register their business interest in the new Northern Rivers Rail Trail Partner Program.

If you are ready to join the newest and must do experience in the Northern Rivers then we want to hear from you.

Register your interest now

Tweed section: Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek

The Tweed section of the rail trail will start in Murwillumbah and end in Crabbes Creek. It includes the heritage-listed Murwillumbah Railway Station and historic bridges.

  • 24 km
  • 18 historic railway bridges, including 5 heritage
  • 2 tunnels
  • scenic rural landscape

Connecting the larger hub of Murwillumbah to Tweed villages, the trail winds through Stokers Siding, Burringbar and Mooball. It will provide an off-road transport route for residents and visitors.

Passing through the countryside, the trail will be a gravel surface. The section between Murwillumbah Railway Station and the Tweed Regional Art Gallery will be asphalt.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Tweed section
Satellite view of the Rail Trail Tweed section


Construction of the Tweed section of the rail trail has been jointly funded thanks to:

$7.8 million NSW Government

$6.5 million Australian Government

An additional $600,000 has been secured from the NSW Government to cover the cost of operating and maintaining the Tweed section of rail trail for the first 3 years.

Timeline and construction

Design and construction is being managed by Tweed Shire Council.

  • January 2021 - Preliminary works
  • February 2021 - Community information sessions
  • April 2021 to January 2023 - Construction of the trail
  • March 2023 - Trail opens

Construction of the other sections of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail will be project managed and scheduled by their respective councils. See Bentley to Casino

Video: Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek (2:30 mins)

Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Local councils working together

The completed trail will pass through 4 local government areas:

  • Tweed Shire
  • Byron Shire
  • Lismore City
  • Richmond Valley Shire

Richmond Valley section: Bentley to Casino

Construction of the Bentley to Casino section is being managed by Richmond Valley Council.

Funds have been secured for this 13.4 km section of the trail and construction will begin in 2022.

Byron and Lismore sections

  • Byron Bay - Initial investigations and studies underway
  • Lismore City - Investigation and design work is underway with community consultation occurring in 2022

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Tourism on neighbouring Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) is going from strength to strength. The BVRT is a great example of what can be achieved through community and government support.