The Unofficial Official Opening and 1st birthday celebrations

We are happy to report our long awaited Family Fun Day and 1st birthday celebrations of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail actually went ahead as planned on Saturday 10 April 2021.

As you know it was our third attempt at running an opening celebration, each previous one thwarted by Covid restrictions. Last year on 3 April 2020 we ‘virtually’ opened the first rail trail on government owned land with pre-recorded videos and footage on Facebook.

This year though it was able to go ahead with a crowd and we had a very full schedule of fun events along the rail trail 🙂

Letter to the Editor of the local paper from the organisers:

To the Editor

On behalf of the hard-working Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail volunteer committee we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone for their involvement and support, for making the Family Fun Day and first birthday celebrations on 10 April 2021, such a successful day.  This event was organised and run by volunteers, with the assistance of Karly Fynn from Turnstyle Events, partly funded by the Dunn’s Road Fire Recovery Grant and our sponsors.

It’s been a long time coming and our third attempt at an opening, but we did it!

Thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer helpers – Cathy and Owen Fitzgerald, Debbie and Grant Harris, Tony and Susie a’Beckett, Ros and Bob Gay, Ron and Cath Frew, Noelene Haslett,  Jackie Lauder, Karen Doyle, Judy Szymoniczek, MaryAnne Marshall, Bernadette and Bruce Alleyn, Emma Ernst, Serena Matto, Jenny Murfett, Julie Giddings, Julia Ham – with the amazing sponsorship from many local businesses, we are thrilled to have celebrated the first birthday and a belated opening event in such a fun way. We would also like to acknowledge the Tumbarumba SVC staff for their support of the event.

All the events along the rail trail were well received and enjoyed by all ages. It worked out just as we had planned it, maybe apart from the coolish weather!

Thanks to Serena at the Rosewood General Store for her efforts in arranging the band in the park, the jumping castle, face painting, the Rosewood School P&C stall raising funds for the local school and for having food available all day!

Jenny at Gone Barny had a great market setup with music, Vin Bar and food and drinks available all day – so many cars and people there all day, Rosewood was really jumping all afternoon!

The free displays of old bikes and train memorabilia at Rosewood were also very popular. Thanks to Karen Doyle and Judy Szymoniczek for organising these displays and liaising with Serena and Jenny.

At Glenroy Hills Road, Kearsley’s was popular with the petting zoo and animal demonstrations, with hot drinks and food available to ward of the chilly temperatures. Thanks to Lauren for her setup, it was a much-appreciated break along the trail.

We had deliberately planned for Glenroy station to have activities for the young ones and those young at heart, with puppet shows, face painting, a photo booth, ice creams, warm waffles and coffee van, plus the stunt bike rider on the smallest bike imaginable. It was a great place to stop with the kids.

One of the highlights of the day were the two Cycling Without Age trikes which took 31 senior citizens for rides along parts of the trail all day, thanks to Woden Rotary and Pedal Power Canberra for loaning us these two trikes.  It really put the ‘family’ into the Family Fun Day when all ages were catered for in this way.  The stories and smiles from the seniors were pure joy to see. The pilots, Jeff Ibbotson from Canberra and locals Grant Harris and Rob Golgini, enjoyed their ride almost as much as their passengers did and they had smiles from ear to ear at the end of a big day of riding! Thanks to Christine Cameron, Amanda Lewis, Garry McClelland and the community transport bus drivers for helping on the day to make it happen.

The ‘Unofficial Official Opening’ at Figures St was a great sight for the committee, the crowds, the families, the visitors, the locals, the politicians, everyone enjoying the fact that our rail trail is the newest rail trail in NSW and is doing so well, with positive feedback from all areas.

We had great speeches from our Patron Greg Aplin, MP Justin Clancy, Mayor James Hayes, Owen Fitzgerald, Alistair Ferguson CEO of Bicycle NSW, Damian McCrohan President of Rail Trails Australia and all were ably led by Councillor Julia Ham as MC. Owen and Greg proudly cut the ribbon stretched across the railway gates and declared the rail trail open – finally!

Our very own Pipes and Drums Band made the ceremony even more special, as when the train station opened all those years ago in Tumbarumba, the Pipe Band played then too!

The winners of the colouring in and decorated bike competitions were announced with some great entries and prize money won. Luke Sweeney took out the first prize in the high school category in the decorated bikes with a red train, numbered 2653, attached to his bike, with Charlie Southwell winning with his decorated balance bike, and siblings Patricia Marriott winning the pre-school section and Max Marriott winning the Primary school section. Congratulations to all those who participated. 

Several displays were set up from Rail Trails Australia, Bicycle NSW, SVC and Ride Tumba. Lots of giveaways and information were given out on the day. Several penny farthings were a welcome mobile exhibit along the trail, plus tandems, baby trailers, tag-alongs, motorised wheelchairs, scooters, recumbents and walkers. Thanks to members of the Historical Society for helping out at the Wagga road crossing and to Rotary for their help as parking attendants.

Our birthday cupcakes went down a treat, together with Rotary and Lions cooking egg and bacon rolls for an early breakfast.  Our free slap bands were well received, and the Scavenger Hunt will be fun for those undertaking the trail in the future.  These are available at the Visitor Info centre, Ride Tumba, Bikes and Blooms, Gone Barny and Rosewood General Store.

The addition of two free shuttles buses from Goodes Coaches, with bike trailers, were welcomed by many as they battled the cool temperatures and allowed everyone to enjoy the day without wearing themselves out, particularly those with kids riding. Our official photographer was Peter McDade.

All in all, we are happy with the celebrations and thank everyone again, for their unwavering support.


Debbie and Cathy

You may also be interested in this video from the local news!

We are thrilled to have finally had an ‘opening celebration’ and will now continue to promote our rail trail far and wide!

Rail Trail Committee


Where to eat and drink in Tumbarumba and Rosewood?

How many cafes are there in Tumbarumba and Rosewood?

We have lots of fabulous places to eat and drink around our area – let’s count them!

Listed in no particular order – updated October 2021

Proudly supporting local businesses

Click on the links for more info:

We came up with 10, have we missed anyone? We’d love to hear about your favourite tea/coffee/food provider in the area.

If you’re visiting, always make sure you say you’re here to ride the rail trail, so the local businesses know how you found them. Tumbarumba Chamber of Commerce

What about pubs, restaurants and cellar doors?

More places to discover – pubs, clubs and cellar doors around the area – again in no particular order. Make sure you tell them the rail trail sent you!

What about other businesses in the area?

What other businesses are there in Tumbarumba? Well we’re glad you asked.

Thanks to Bucycle NSW, Rail Trails Australia, Rail Trails for NSW for producing this video

Plus we have doctors, a hospital, police, forestry, ambulance, schools, childcare facilities, council, library, museum, post office, logging contractors, builders – it’s a great place and we love living here! Help keep us all safe and follow COVID-19 regulations.

Hope you can visit us one day and support these local businesses.

Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Team

Read: A Guide to Riding the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

Post updated 13/10/2021

Happy and Bright – and square!

What a great way of involving our Senior citizens in the Rail Trail! Cycling Without Age trikes are a fabulous idea aren’t they?

Deb's World

Bright Squares

Happy and bright is the theme for my #brightsquare post today.

How can you not smile at the happy and bright faces of these senior citizens?

They were taken for a ride on our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail in the Cycling Without Age trikes on our Family Fun Day on Saturday.

Cycling Without Age is a wonderful concept bringing joy and freedom to senior citizens who can no longer manage to ride a bike.

Cycling Without Age is a not-for-profit charity that provides a community service by connecting those no longer able to ride for themselves with their community and the outdoors by giving them free rides on trishaw ebikes, piloted by volunteer cyclists.


The average age of those in these photos is about 90 years old, with Ailsa Cottam in the bottom photo (on the left hand side) aged 98! Just look at her…

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Rail Trail Family Fun Day – 1st birthday celebrations

Finally our long awaited Family Fun Day and 1st birthday celebrations of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail are almost ready to happen – it’s all going ahead this coming Saturday 10 April 2021.

It’s our third attempt at running an opening celebration, each previous one thwarted by Covid restrictions. Luckily though each previous attempt had dreadful weather on the day, so we are kind of happy we had to wait! It will be cooler on Saturday than it has been these past few weeks but so far no rain is forecast!

We have a very full schedule of fun events across the rail trail and Tumbarumba and Rosewood.

It’s going to be the ‘Unofficial Official Opening’ and will be a fun day for all ages!

Here is a summary of the events taken from the program.

We also have a free shuttle bus running all day with bike trailers!

Tumbarumba to Rosewood Family Fun Day Saturday 10th April 2021

8.30am – 10am Figures Street, Tumbarumba Birthday Celebration Ceremony Birthday cupcakes Food and drink available 8am-10am Tumbarumba Pipes & Drums Displays 

– Ride Tumbarumba 

– Cycling Without Age (also arranging rides) 

– Penny Farthings 

9.30am – 1pm: Glenroy Station Free Activities Puppet shows Photo booth Face painting Roving performer Ice Cream & Coffee vans 

Kearsleys Function Centre Coffee and refreshments from 9am Bar open from 12pm 2pm-4pm – Petting zoo 2pm – Horsemanship demonstration 2:30pm – Pony cart demonstration 3pm – Dog Trial Expo 

11am – 3pm: Wolseley Park Rail Trails Australia Munday’s Catering pre order collection 

9am: Gone Barny, Rosewood Boutique Markets from 10am Ollie & Scuzzi performing from midday VinBar from midday 

10am – 4pm: Pioneer Park, Rosewood Never Mind The Damage performing from 12pm Coffee and food available at Rosewood General Store Anzac biscuits stall Historical bikes and train displays Jumping castle and face painting 

Other activities along the trail on the day will include: Instagram and Facebook frames Scavenger hunt & Geocaching Cycling Without Age trikes Pioneer Women’s Hut will be open at Glenroy, access only available by vehicle or bus – there is no direct access from the Rail Trail.

Rail Trail map from Australian Geographic story
Rail Trail map from Australian Geographic story

We hope to see you there. But if you can’t make us, please wish us well!

Rail Trail Committee

Calling all Rail Trail enthusiasts

Media Release for the upcoming Family Fun Day and 1st birthday celebrations of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail on Saturday 10 April 2021.

Hope to see you there.

Rail Trail Committee

Rail Trail Forum in Tumbarumba on 9 April 2021

NSW Rail Trail Forum – Friday 9 April

Keen to know more about the newest rail trail in NSW?

Come to Tumbarumba in April and get excited.

• Hear about the success of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail one year on from its opening.
• Listen to representatives from other rail trail committees around NSW share their stories.
• Participate in a round table discussion about the way forward.
• Learn from some experts on the nuts and bolts of Rail Trail development and construction.

Costs will be $40 for the one day event including morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

An optional dinner (additional $40) will be held at the Bowling Club on the Friday night.

See here for full program.

Registration is through Trybooking:

For the forum:

For the dinner:

For more information on the Forum contact
Dennis Puniard – Forum Convenor
Email: puniard@grapevine.com.au
Ph: 0407 220 885

Sponsored by:
Rail Trails Australia
Snowy Valleys Council
The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee

Information shared from Rail Trails Australia

Family Fun Day 10 April 2021

On the following day Saturday 10 April, join the celebrations at the family fun day on Saturday 10 April and ride the 21 km trail to Rosewood. This is the third attempt at holding an opening event since the trail opened on 3 April 2020, during the pandemic. It had to be opened virtually due to restrictions.

Hope to see you in Tumbarumba and Rosewood!

Rail Trail Committee (volunteers)

Being recognised with an Australia Day Award

So many people to recognise..

Australia day 2021 saw Cathy and Owen Fitzgerald, the stalwarts of this project for almost 20 years, nominated as Citizens of the Year in Tumbarumba. They were humbled to be in such company as the other nominees. The worthy winner of this award was local hero during the bushfires, Mick Jones.

Our hard working volunteer committee were also recognised by being nominated in the Community Award category and we’re pleased to say we were announced as the winners!

Aus Day award 2021
Aus Day award 2021

The citation reads:

Winner of the best Community Group – The Tumbarumba Rosewood rail trail committee. After many years of hoard work negotiations, submissions and reports combined with countless meetings this group, headed by Owen Fitzgerald, finally saw their dream come true. The Tumbarumba to Rosewood” rail Trail was completed in April 2020. The fact that this is the first Rail Trail in NSW is a remarkable achievement and reflects the efforts and numerous frustrations experienced by this group. The result of their predictions, work efforts and site promotion can be seen by all. The recorded utilisation of the site is a true reflection of how this rail trail will remain as a long term tourist attraction. An economic asset for the shire. It will be the bench mark for any future rail trail development. 

Debbie, Cathy & Owen collecting the award for Community Group of the Year in Tumbarumba 2021 on behalf of the committee
Debbie, Cathy & Owen collecting the award for Community Group of the Year in Tumbarumba 2021 on behalf of the committee

Thanks for all your support.

We hope you can visit us one day soon,

Tumbarumba Rail Trail

An afternoon ride

History Information boards at Glenroy Station on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail in the glorious afternoon light.

Have you been on our rail trail yet? We’d love to hear from you!

Photo by one of our Rail Trail Team enthusiasts.

Where have we been featured recently?

Australian Geographic Magazine

Hot off the press if this month’s (January/February) edition of the iconic Australian magazine – Australian Geographic.

Late last year, we were visited by Christie Goldrick from Australian Geographic Magazine. She was keen to photograph the rail trail, talk to locals, ride the rail trail on her own to get a feel for it and then meet up with local volunteers from our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Steering Committee.

Christie went on to write a fantastic story on our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. It is refreshing, interesting and spot on! Chrissie shared how she hadn’t been on a bike for 20 years but after hiring an e-bike from Tumba Bikes and Blooms, she ended up thoroughly enjoying the experience, complete with the history of the railway line and seeing the impact it has had on our area.

Other local users were also interviewed along the trail and Jenny from Gone Barny Nursery & Eucalyptus at Rosewood is featured too! We stopped in today on our social Saturday ride and showed her a copy, as we enjoyed lunch and the best ever milk shakes! She’d already been informed of the story by a relative who is a subscriber. Jenny quipped that it’s nearly up there with being featured by David Attenborough 🙂

So good for our area, considering this time last year we were battling dreadful bushfires and most of the town had been evacuated which ended up lasting for a month!

Get out and find yourself a copy!!

Rail Trails Australia

We have been fortunate to have lots of support from Rail Trails Australia over many years and now that our rail trail is up and running, they have been fantastic with promoting it for us. In their latest edition of their magazine we are again featured and we are very thankful!

Pedal Power ACT

Lots of cyclists have visited from Canberra to ride our rail trail, as we are about a 3 hour drive away, so not that difficult to do for a weekend away or if you’re keen a day trip!

In the latest issue of the Pedal Power newsletter there are multiple stories about our rail trail, with members writing up their thoughts after visiting our area. It’s all been so positive to read and we really are thrilled with the response so far!

Once COVID travel restrictions are lifted we will have many more people visiting us than can do at the present moment.

How did you hear about our rail trail? Did you see it on social media, or in print somewhere or from word of mouth? We’d be interested to hear from you.

Relaxing at Gone Barny
Some of the team relaxing at Gone Barny on a Social Saturday ride

Happy riding.

The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail team

About us

Cycling into 2021

Well 2020 is done and dusted!

Happy New Year to all our supporters and helpers.

The best thing to happen in 2020, in our humble opinion, was the opening of our pilot NSW Rail Trail back in April 2020 after almost 2 decades of work behind the scenes by committed, hard working volunteers. Since then it has been extremely popular, despite the pandemic, or maybe because of it??

The December figures show continuing increases in the number of people using it. For those interested the numbers on the counters as collected at the end of the month:Tumbarumba: 13880 an increase of 1875 on previous month and Rosewood 13290 an increase of 1460 on previous month.

Please continue to share your thoughts, photos and feedback with us either by leaving us a review on Facebook or Google. And tell your friends about us!

We have more updates happening along the trail in the next few months and work continues by SVC to fix problem areas.

Hope to see you out on the trail sometime!

The Rail Trail Team

About Us

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