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New rail trail a timely salve for tourism

Edwina Mason 3 March 2020 49
Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

The 22-kilometre Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail – a pilot project for NSW – is set to open on April 3. Photo: Supplied.

Here’s an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side by heading up to the mountains for the opening of a highly anticipated rail trail which runs through the bush and lush green countryside from Tumbarumba to Rosewood.

The 22-kilometre rail trail – the realisation of a long-held dream of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee – is to be opened on Friday, April 3 by NSW Member for Albury, Justin Clancy, just under 12 months since the project’s first official sod was turned.

It possibly will be the most watched rail trail in the state as the $5.2 million State government-funded pilot project has seen the use of public land – a disused rail corridor – for the development of the 2.5 metre wide track.

The trail has been designed to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists, with the sealed surface also allowing access for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Seating, picnic facilities and amenities have also been provided.

It’s a track that will tell a tale too.

High quality interpretative and informative signage has been installed to tell a range of stories related to historical, environmental and agricultural interest, with many local community groups taking part in the restoration of many artifacts donated or discovered during the construction.

Snowy Valleys Council Mayor Cr James Hayes said the opening has never come at a better time.

“Our region is in the very early stages of healing and recovery after the recent Black Summer bushfire disaster so the completion of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is a boon for Tumbarumba and Rosewood and a credit to all those who have worked so hard for so long to make it a reality,” he said.

Ahead of the popular March 22 Snowy Valleys Cycle challenge, the community is hoping the new track will help cement the region as a premier cycling destination providing a strong year-round tourism impetus.

The official opening proceedings will take place by the historical gates at Tumbarumba’s Figures Street entrance on Friday 3 April at 11:30 am followed by a local parade featuring the many different user groups, including cyclist, walkers, prams, scooters and wheelchairs. A free sausage sizzle will be provided and coffee vans will be on site.

Festivities are set to continue on Saturday with the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee hosting a brunch at the Figure Street site from 8:30 am before a group trail ride.

Refreshments will be available along the trail and buses have been organised to ferry people and their bikes back to Tumbarumba.

More activities are planned at the Rosewood trackhead so join in and be one of the first to ride the trail!

“We hope to see as many local cycling enthusiasts as possible join us in unveiling and celebrating this momentous project and if you’re visiting from outside the area please bring your empty esky and plan to stay a few days in our beautiful Snowy Valleys to enjoy all that our region has to offer,” Cr Hayes said.

Original Article published by Edwina Mason on About Regional.


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49 Responses to New rail trail a timely salve for tourism
Joanne Carvolth Joanne Carvolth 2:40 pm 10 Mar 20

Scotty Wilson we must!

Joanne Hagan Joanne Hagan 7:53 am 10 Mar 20

Jeremy Hagan - dang it, heading there a few weeks too soon...

Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:38 pm 09 Mar 20

“Shaun Hoy Id still like to see the Heritage trains run out to Michelago”

That’s not possible for several reasons one being the railway overpass at Burra Road has been demolished 100 metres north of Michelago Railway Station.

Rachelle Loosen Rachelle Loosen 9:05 pm 09 Mar 20

Jeff Wilson Shipley this sounds fun

Caroline Jackson Caroline Jackson 8:47 pm 09 Mar 20

Looks like fun!! We have the Camel Trail and lots of other old rail tracks converted for walking in Cornwall next time you visit!!?? Xxxx

Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 8:07 pm 09 Mar 20

I am booked

Laura JB Laura JB 7:18 pm 09 Mar 20

Katrina Stokes something to explore?

Geoff Lutnant Geoff Lutnant 6:54 pm 09 Mar 20

Mark Lutnant next visit?

Chris Olsen Chris Olsen 4:55 pm 09 Mar 20

So it’s sealed the whole way?

Anissa Weekes Anissa Weekes 4:18 pm 09 Mar 20

Maureen Weekes this looks like fun

    Maureen Weekes Maureen Weekes 5:29 pm 09 Mar 20

    Anissa Weekes in what lifetime Nis? 😂

    Anissa Weekes Anissa Weekes 6:02 pm 09 Mar 20

    Maureen Weekes we can put you in a bike trailer 😇

    Maureen Weekes Maureen Weekes 7:24 pm 09 Mar 20

    Anissa Weekes 🤦‍♀️ absolutely no shame

Sandra Naden Sandra Naden 4:09 pm 09 Mar 20

These rail trails all over the country are a great initiative. Unfortunately my local council rejected such a plan between Goulburn and Crookwell.

    McComas Taylor McComas Taylor 10:07 pm 12 Mar 20

    Sandra Naden , both the Goulburn council and Upper Lachlan council are strongly in favour of the GCRT, and have actively supported and encouraged it at every stage. The holdup is with the NSW Government. Please visit our Friends of the GCRT FB Page for more info.

    Sandra Naden Sandra Naden 10:19 pm 12 Mar 20

    McComas Taylor , thank you .

Aruna Phabmixay Aruna Phabmixay 3:27 pm 09 Mar 20

Le Nat Anna another adventure some other time? 😁

Margreet Philp Margreet Philp 3:15 pm 09 Mar 20

Matthew Kelly have to come over with kids and bikes some time!

Kathryn Lee Kathryn Lee 2:51 pm 09 Mar 20

Beautiful area of Australia.

Linda Muir Linda Muir 2:50 pm 09 Mar 20

Jill Slaven Sonia Bishop - this looks good

JP Pederson JP Pederson 2:36 pm 09 Mar 20

Stephanie Way...something new 😊

Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 2:19 pm 09 Mar 20

A nice sealed trail. Don't need a mountain bike.

Rebecca Nixon Rebecca Nixon 1:55 pm 09 Mar 20

Liz Anderson on batlow weekend?

Samantha Robertson Samantha Robertson 1:51 pm 09 Mar 20

This would be awesome! Bradley could take his mountain bike and go all over the place while Julie and I stuck to the track 😁

Jenna Douros Jenna Douros 1:43 pm 09 Mar 20

I CANNOT WAIT to explore this one.

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