Northern Rivers Rail Trail welcomes over 100,000 guests in seven months

31 October 2023

The Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) has surpassed expectations with data revealing an astonishing 108,829 guests have visited the trail since its opening on 1 March.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said the Tweed section of the NRRT, stretching from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek, has led the way with quality experiences and amenities.

“Since the Rail Trail’s opening in March, the Tweed has hosted 108,829 trail guests. On average, that’s 16,329 visitors per month, 3,726 people per week or 532 people daily. This achievement is nothing short of remarkable,” Cr Cherry said.

“Our busiest day is Sunday with weekends the busiest overall and Monday and Tuesday the quieter of the week. Most people are out on the trail between 9 am – 11am on average.”

Cr Cherry said the success of the Tweed section of the NRRT could be attributed to the unique nature and outdoor recreation opportunities the trail provides, especially as a free, safe and family-friendly experience.

“The Rail Trail provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature, breathe in fresh air and soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Tweed’s landscapes and the charming village life at our seven rest stops,” she said.

“The popularity of this attraction reflects well for our destination as we showcase the strengths of nature and outdoor recreation that is accessible for all. The Rail Trail fosters wellbeing and keeps the community active and connected.”

The 24 km Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is the first stage of the project, which will eventually connect Murwillumbah and Casino.

Cr Cherry said this landmark success would inspire confidence for neighbouring Councils who are either considering or committed to connecting to the Rail Trail.

“Connecting this project across the Northern Rivers region will enhance and connect our communities and make the Rail Trail a regional asset for locals and visitors,” she said.

“This landmark success further highlights the benefits of this project in terms of community wellbeing, tourism and the economy. We are really proud of what we have achieved so far with more Rail Trail activations on the way as we prepare for summer and peak periods.”

The Richmond Valley section of the NRRT is making impressive progress and remains on schedule for a soft opening in December 2023.

Byron Shire Council has resolved to move forward with planning and approvals for the Rail Trail expansion extending from Mullumbimby to Crabbes Creek, encompassing the old Byron Bay station through Bangalow to Booyong. Additionally, Byron Shire Council is actively exploring various funding opportunities to revitalise the Byron Shire rail corridor.

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