Websites   In May 2013, the not for profit community group, Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association Inc, was formed by local philanthropists known as the Sourdough Group, community volunteers, local government councillors and staff and leaders of the tourist industry. The group came together with a common vision to preserve this very valuable community asset, the 130km of disused rail corridor between Murwillumbah and Casino and converting it to a modern cycle and walking trail through the region’s spectacular landscapes. The Rail Trail will be for the local community to use for getting to school, work and sport, shopping and recreation and by visitors seeking either a new way to experience the region’s scenery, food and culture or a more adventurous experience.  Rail trails Australia is a national organisation which promotes the preservation of old rail corridors for alternative public uses such as cycling, horse riding and bush walking. They liaise with other groups to promote the rail trail concept. They publish a quarterly newsletter, books, brochures and maps.  On the home page, under news, you will find links to various funding proposals for new rail trails in Australia.  Go to the “Trail Descriptions” tab for information about all existing rail trails around the country. This organisation is staffed entirely by volunteers so you may like to express your support by becoming a member of RailTrails Australia. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is Queensland’s first major rural rail trail from Wulkuraka to Blackbutt. The Trail is being developed by the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Steering Committee; extending two sections previously developed by local councils and will ultimately stretch 148 kms winding through the picturesque Brisbane Valley.  New Zealand’s first rail trail. The Otago Central Rail Trail was developed by the Department of Conservation in partnership the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust.  Go to the bottom of the home page and you can download a copy of the ‘Otago Central Rail Trail Economic Impact and Trends Survey 2008’.  This gives a strong impression of how valuable our rail trail could be.  The World Rail Trail Directory.  Find out about rail trails in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Bolivia and the Untied Kingdom.  You will also find a link here to the “European Greenways Association”.


The Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) feasibility study for passenger and/or commuter services on the Murwillumbah to Casino branch line, 2004. Download PDF

General Purpose Standing Committee No.4, final report on the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail service, 2009.  Download PDF

Cross Border Transport Taskforce discussion paper, 2007. Download PDF

The $650 Million Jobs Fund announced by the Federal Minsiter for Employment Participation, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor, April 2009.  Download PDF

Rail Trails and Community Sentiment – A study of oposition to rail trails and strategies for success, 1998. Download PDF