Monaro Rail Trail Inc

The association formed in August 2015 to promote the feasibility of developing a recreational cycle trail along the disused rail corridor from Queanbeyan to Bombala. Committee members are from communities along the route.

Recent Additions

April Newsletter 2020

Hello rail trail supporters It has been a long time since we were last in contact but a lot has happened in that time. The summer fire season was quite stressful for many on the Monaro as uncontrolled fires closed in from all directions…

The consultants in their report confirmed that the MRT had the potential to be the best in Australia. Villages and towns along the route were located apart at appropriate distances of 35 km to 55 km. The landscape was variable and appealing. The cycling community of Canberra and Queanbeyan, right at the trail head would be major users and with time, residents of Sydney and other capital cities would be drawn in…

Comments closed at the end of February this year and staff at SMRC advised us that over 600 hundred submissions were received and 95% of these were positive…

Read the April Newsletter Here

Response to the Snowy Monaro Regional Council Feasability Study on the Monaro Rail Trail

The committee for Monaro Rail Trail Inc supports the findings and recommendations of the consultants to the feasibility study of the Monaro Rail Trail proposal. We encourage the Snowy Monaro Regional Council to endorse the report’s recommendations. We would also like to suggest that the Snowy Monaro Regional Council proceed to:

  • Seek advice from the NSW government to clarify and release the Rail service feasability report.
  • Elevate the Rail Trail proposal to a regional matter encompassing the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council and the ACT Government.
  • Request that the NSW Department of Premier and Government facilitate community consultation events.
  • Build a business case establishing the cost benefit ratio for the project, which can be utilized by the NSW Government and Federal Government planners to assess funding of the project.

Read our response to the Feasability Study Here

Monaro Rail Trail Draft Feasibility Report

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on the Monaro Rail Trail Draft Feasibility Report that is currently on public exhibition. View the Draft Report

"The draft report is comprehensive and presents a number of outcomes in support of the proposed rail trail. There are a number of conditions that would need to be considered if the project is to proceed."

Feedback closed at 5pm Wednesday 22 Feburary 2020.

Provide Feedback on the Draft Report. (Closed)

Presidents Report 2019

The year started off with the launch of the online crowdfunding campaign to fund a feasibility study. The target was reached within 6 days which indicated to us the widespread and deep interest in the MRT proposal. Post raising $12,225 we were able to engage a local Jindabyne firm TRC, headed by Janet Mackay, to undertake a study on the economic benefits of a rail trail from Queanbeyan to Bombala…

Read the Report

Our Mission Statement

We wish to put the disused Monaro rail way line to productive use as a recreational trail for cycling and in doing so boost tourism, the economy and the well being of the region. At the same time we wish to preserve the tunnel, old rail buildings and bridges that are part of the Monaro rail history.

About the proposed Monaro Rail Trail

The proposed rail trail follows the disused rail line from Queanbeyan to Bombala, a distance of 208 km. The first stage of the ride is through timbered country and up a gentle 3% gradient to get out of the Canberra valley. After that it’s a level but winding run to Cooma. From there the line moves through open country to cross the Great Dividing Range near Nimmitabel. Then it’s an easy downhill run through both timbered and open country to the trail end in the township of Bombala.

Along the way there are, cuttings and embankments, timber bridges over creek and river crossings, a 160 metre tunnel and heritage listed stations and freight yards. The rural landscape changes constantly along the route and throughout the seasons. Many Monaro residents believe they have a unique landscape to share.

It is envisaged that most of the trail would be a gravel surface and will be fenced across private land. Near Canberra and Queanbeyan it might be sealed as it could be part of the ACT urban cycle network.

This trail will appeal to many people. People living along the corridor will have easy access for short rides and there will be interstate and international tourists who want a longer ride, perhaps a weekend, perhaps a week. Either way everyone will be riding in a safe off road environment.

The trail represents a great opportunity to boost the region’s tourism economy and to directly stimulate village business trade.

Management of the trail will be done through a voluntary committee made up of stakeholders including business operators, local council and rural landholders.