Riding on the rail trail

The first Pilot Rail Trail in NSW

The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail was opened on 3 April 2020 virtually, due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Watch our opening here:

Thanks to Bicycle NSW, Rail Trails Australia and Rail Trails for NSW for their support in making this video which shows the benefits of the rail trail to local businesses.

21 km of vistas, serenity, gentle gradients and sweeping curves

Visit Snowy Valleys


Getting to the Trail

Tumbarumba to Rosewood: Jump on your bike at the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge St, meet up with the multi-use path on Cape St and cycle your way to the creekscape. Ride past the playground and pump track then cross Mate St through to Albury Close. Follow the cycle path up Albury St to the road crossing into Langlands St, continue around the corner into Figures St.

Rosewood to Tumbarumba: If driving, turn off Wagga Road at Rosewood Memorial Park.

Tumbarumba – Sawpit Creek: 6.5km (one way)

Sawpit Creek – Rosewood: 15km (one way)

Rosewood – Wolseley Park Station: 6km (one way)


We are proud to be the first Rail Trail on Government land in NSW.

Get in Touch

Reach out so we can work together to ensure you get the most out of your rail trail experience.

Figures St
Tumbarumba, NSW 2653

Phone: Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre 02 69483333

Rail Trail is maintained by Snowy Valleys Council (SVC) with guidance from a steering committee made up of local volunteers.

This site is managed by volunteer rail trail enthusiasts.

Please note this page is an unofficial page for the rail trail run by volunteers and ‘friends’ of the rail trail. We acknowledge the funding bodies as in this photo.

sign of acknowledgement
sign of acknowledgement

Opening Hours

Always open unless Snowy Valleys Council deem it too dangerous – eg. total fire ban, flooding….

Railway History:

1912 – Construction began

9 March 1921 – First train to Tumbarumba from Wagga Wagga for the official opening

September 1974 – Use of railway line had ceased

3 April 2020 – Rail Trail officially opened

10 April 2021 – First Birthday celebrations and Family Fun Day

10 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello, thank you very much for creating this rail trail. We came from Sydney to ride it. We began and Rosewood and rode to Tumbarumba and back at a in. It’s a fabulous trail. We had breakfast in Tumbarumba and then lunch on our return at Gone Barmy which was delicious, ver friendly service and a great way to end a great ride. We met wonderful people while riding. We hope you are able to extend the trail into Gundagai and Wagga. Well done to you cycling enthusiasts and Snowy Valleys Council. I will tell all my cycling friends and we will be back.

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  2. Hi there 😀 my name is Zoe Evans and I am the Regional Manager for Wellways, a mental health and suicide prevention service in the Murrumbidgee. Starting on May 3rd a group of riders will be embarking on a regional challenge of riding 560km in five days 🚴🏽‍♀️, to raise awareness about suicide prevention and supports available in our communities. On Tuesday the 4th we will be riding to Tumburrumba from Gundagai 🥵. At night we will be doing a work shop in Tumbarrumba about suicide prevention and the community will have an opportunity to also hear directly from riders about what is driving them and inspiring them to ride. Some of us have trained on the rail trail, and we are so looking forward to stopping in at Tumba and supporting the community 😀

    We would love it if you could share our story and follow our journey over the five days


    For more information or to join us on the ride for a day, pls call 0418585916

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  3. We travelled from Sydney in March to ride the rail trail, and it is a fantastic experience. My grandmother was born in Elm Cottage in Rosewood in 1907, so being able to ride from Tumbarumba to Rosewood is of great significance and importance to our family. The stops along the way are very informative, with beautiful countryside accompanying us all the way.
    And the milkshakes at Gone Barny nursery in Rosewood are well and truly worth the stop, but can make the return ride to Tumbarumba a bit harder.

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  4. Hello! I visited recently, and had a lovely time on the track. Tumburrumba was also a real surprise, and I look forward to visiting again!

    BTW… there’s other tracks around the state that have been converted from rail lines to bike tracks, so definitely not the first. The 16km Fernleigh Track at Newcastle built in 2003 comes to mind, though acknowledge that the others are all private rail lines or lines that had already been decommissioned. Anyway, love your work, and can’t wait for the extension to Wagga!


    1. Hi Avril, thanks for your visit. Our rail trail is the first on NSW Government owned land unlike the Fernleigh trail which is on private land as you state. We have been given this title as we are the first pilot rail trail in NSW on Government land, so we’ll keep using it if that’s ok!!
      Hopefully the extension gets done in the near future but not holding our breath, as it’s taken sooo long to get this short bit done!
      Hope to see you back one day and yes Tumbarumba is full of surprises 🙂


  5. 7 friends from Canberra came to ride the trail trail on Saturday 29 October. Its brilliant! Such a good surface, The facilities are wonderful and the scenery superb. Just to outline our weekend – we stayed in Talbingo. Then we spread ourselves around a bit and ate in cafes, bought groceries, visited gardens, bought plants, flowers, cider, craft and jams, and filled our cas up with fuel before driving home again. The towns we spent money in were Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Rosewood and Talbingo.
    We had a wonderful time, and happily tried to help out the local economy in return.


  6. Rode the rail trail from Rosewood to Tumbarumba return yesterday. This is a fantastic use of disused railway lines. So many benefits for the community and helps to preserve history. Thanks so much to all the volunteers who worked together to make this a reality. Hope to see many more across the state.


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