Northern Rivers Rail Trail Project

Northern Rivers Rail Trail

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 132Km recreational trail that will follow the disused Casino to Murwillumbah railway corridor. The Tweed and Richmond Valley sections are scheduled to open in 2022/2023. The Rail Trail will be a hero experience for the North Coast providing visitors the opportunity to enjoy exceptional nature-based and recreational experiences. It has great potential to support local businesses, create jobs and boost the economy.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Project

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Project is one of the high- profile tourism projects being implemented by Destination North Coast as part of the Federal Government‘s Recovery for Regional Tourism Fund.

The project will inspire, support and empower tourism businesses to develop and advance their product and experience offerings to leverage the Rail Trail. Local consultants, Wray Sustainable Tourism Research and Planning have been engaged to work with Destination North Coast to design and deliver the Project.

Check out the following video that shares more information about the project.

Project Stages

Stage One: Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product and Experiences Audit

The audit will identify the tourism products and experiences that currently exist in and along the 132 kilometre rail corridor. The audit is an important initial stage of the Project to inform recommendations on a path forward in developing products and experiences that will enhance and build on the Rail Trail as a Hero Experience. The audit will:

  • Identify areas of potential development and new opportunities for products and experiences in and around the Rail Trail
  • Identify potential hubs and precincts of products and experiences on and around the Rail Trail.
  • Highlight best practices from successful Rail Trails and other related projects

Stage Two: Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Program

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Workshops:

A series of workshops were delivered across the Northern Rivers from December 2021 – February 2022.  The workshops focused on how businesses can become ‘Rail Trail Ready’ and explore opportunities for collaboration and product and experience development. 

Check out the Program Flyer for more information.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Mentoring Program:

Tourism businesses in the Northern Rivers will participate in a Mentoring Program from Feb 2022 to April 2022. The program will provide guided learning and resources, online group sessions and one on one businesses mentoring support to guide and support the development of Rail Trail focused products and experiences. Applications for this program have now closed.

Check out the Mentoring Program Flyer for more information.

Check out the Northern Rivers Rail Trail website for more information on the vision and potential of the trail to the region.

rail trail map

Check out the following video that shares more information on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail – Casino to Bentley.