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 and Experience Development Program

Northern Rivers Rail Trail: Product & Experience Development Workshops

Join us for a workshop to learn more about how your tourism business can become ‘Rail Trail ready’ and explore opportunities for product and experience development. In this 3-hour workshop we will cover:

  • Rail trail product and experience gaps and opportunities identified through the project audit
  • Case study findings and considerations from rail trails in Australia and New Zealand
  • What makes a great visitor product and experience
  • The opportunity to brainstorm ideas & network with other interested tourism businesses
  • More information on and how to sign up to the one-on-one mentoring program to help advance your business development ideas

Click below to register for a workshop near you:

BYRON – Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 9am – 12noon, venue to be confirmed.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail: Cooperative Marketing Workshop

This workshop will provide opportunities for interested businesses and local governments to explore how they can best work together to package and market products and experiences across the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

The workshop will explore participant ideas to co-create a vision and directions to guide cooperation for activating the Rail Trail as a hero experience in the Northern Rivers. A 4-hour workshop will be held in a central location in the Northern Rivers.

Click below to register:

NORTHERN RIVERS – Tuesday 22 February 2022, 2 – 5pm followed by networking, venue to be confirmed.

Check out the Program Flyer for more information.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail Product & Experience Development Mentoring Program

Tourism businesses in the Northern Rivers interested in gaining more support with developing a new or existing Rail Trail focused product or experience, will have the opportunity to apply for the mentoring program commencing from February 2022 to April 2022.

Check out the Mentoring Program Flyer for more information.

Applications Open: Wednesday 1 December 2021
Applications Close: COB Thursday 10 February 2022

 

Stay tuned!

Rail Trail Product and Experience Development Resources will be available to all tourism businesses on this page from February 2022.

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.