Project, construction and partners

Project Construction Partners

Winding through some of the most spectacular countryside in Australia, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail will transform the scenic rail corridor into the region’s newest must-do experience for visitors and locals.

The Project

The Rail Trail will be a new shared recreational and nature trail. When the entire Northern Rivers Rail Trail is complete, numerous rural centres will be connected to Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Lismore and Casino.  The Rail Trail will be free to use and provide a safe environment for walkers, cyclists and people using mobility aides to explore the region.

To be delivered in 4 stages, the 132 km rail trail is expected to draw thousands of visitors each year to explore and discover the natural beauty of the Northern Rivers.

Find out more about the Northern Rivers Rail Trail (PDF)

Construction and timelines

Section 1 – The Tweed: Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek 24 km (open)

The Tweed section of the Rail Trail is asphalt from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to the Tweed Regional Art Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre, and between Burringbar and Mooball stations. As it passes through the countryside, it features a compacted gravel surface. Read more about surface and conditions.

The Rail Trail connects small villages with the larger hub of Murwillumbah, providing an alternate transport route for residents and visitors alike. The Tweed section preserves the area’s railway heritage, with the rail trail incorporating the heritage-listed Murwillumbah Railway Station, 18 railway bridges and passing through 2 railway tunnels.

Funding: Construction of the Tweed section has been jointly funded by the NSW and Australian governments:

  • $7.8 million NSW Government (Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund)
  • $6.5 million Australian Government (Regional Jobs and Investment Packages Fund)
  • + $600,000 NSW Government to cover the cost of operating and maintaining the section of rail trail for the first 3 years.

Section 2 – Richmond Valley: Bentley to Casino 13.4 km (open)

The Richmond Valey section starts at the heritage-listed Old Casino Station and connects with the Spring Grove Road and Naughtons Gap car parks. It moves through rich agricultural lands,
passes over a tunnel housing a mixed colony of Bent-winged bats, to finish at the historic Bentley Bridge.

The Casino to Bentley section is constructed of compact gravel, creating a strong, stable surface which is safe and accessible for all. Nine bridges make up the trail, seven of which you will cross.

The Richmond Valley section also features a bridle pathway running parallel to the main trail, allowing horse riders a set path through some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes. Read more about horse riding.

Funding: Construction of the Richmond Valley section has been funded by the Australian Government.

  • $7.5 million from the Australian Government’s National Tourism Icons Program.

Section 3 – Lismore: Eltham to Bentley 31.8 km (construction has commenced)

Lismore City Council has commenced construction of the 16.3 km South Lismore to Bentley section, that is due for completion in late 2024. Work is underway to secure funds for the 15.5 km section between Eltham and South Lismore.

For more information and updates from Lismore City Council, visit their dedicated project page.

Section 4 – Byron: Yelgun to Eltham 62.8 km (Planning and approval stage)

For more information and updates from Byron Shire Council, visit their dedicated project page.

Partners and roles

Bringing a project like this to life takes a big vision and a village.


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