Everything you need to know about

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail

An Adventure for Everyone

Farm Stops. Child-seats.

Families

Experience family-friendly convenience on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail with our available child seats and a specially curated map that guides you to all the exciting highlights that kids will love.
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Pubs. Art. Food.

Groups

For groups, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail offers an exceptional avenue for shared adventure, fostering camaraderie and creating lasting bonds amidst the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscapes.
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Picnic. Art. Pubs.

Couples

Embarking on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail provides couples with a unique opportunity to explore picturesque landscapes, engage in shared outdoor activities, and create lasting memories in a serene and enchanting environment.
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What is the rail trail?

Extending over 24kms of countryside in Tweed’s lush valley, the trail connects via several towns and villages of Crabbes Creek, Mooball, Burringbar, Stokers Siding, Dunbible, and Murwillumbah, all once train station stops along the original railway line, which was originally built in 1894.

The Tweed trail is the first section of the full 132km Northern Rivers Rail Trail to open and welcomes walkers, runners, and cyclists to breathe in nature, explore country towns, and immerse in the region’s rich agri-tourism offerings, from farm gates, cafes, and foodie hot spots.

The trail itself is smooth and quite the photogenic journey with both sealed and gravel sections, passing through landscapes of lush tropical settings to local farm animals greeting you in tall grass, as well as heritage sites such as bridges, tunnels, restored train station, and indigenous cultural hubs.

Trail Experiences and Highlights

Burringbar

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Burringbar
Food:
  • Mel’s burger bar on broadway ($$$)
  • Elwood cafe ($$)
  • The Barn Burringbar
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Crabbes Creek

The south-end of the trail. South of Burringbar.


Highlights
  • Bridges crossings
  • Fertile farmland and pine tree canopies.

Food:
  • Moo Moo Roadhouse $$

Stokers Sliding

North of Burringbar


Highlights
  • Bridges and passages
  • Stokers Siding Art Gallery
  • Printmakers Studio
  • Farm Animals - Hosanna Farm

Food & Accommodation:
  • Hosanna Farmstay

Dunbible

North from Stokers


Highlights
  • Burringbar Range Tunnel
  • Vintage & Collectible Stores
  • Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses shop

Food Options
  • Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse
  • Local cafes

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Murwillumbah

The north-ending point of the trail.


Highlights
  • Tweed Regional Gallery
  • Margaret Olley Art Centre

Food:
  • Apex Dining

Go Beyond the Rail Trail

Husk Distillery

Start at the trail and ride beyond to Husk Distillery where we pick you up.

Mount Warning

Ride past this iconic peak known for its striking silhouette and significance to the local Indigenous culture.

Unicorn Falls

Unicorn Falls, nestled within a hidden enclave, cascades gracefully in a remote corner of a mystical forest, enchanting all who discover its ethereal beauty.

The trail itself is smooth and quite the photogenic journey with both sealed and gravel sections, passing through landscapes of lush tropical settings to local farm animals greeting you in tall grass, as well as heritage sites such as bridges, tunnels, restored train station, and indigenous cultural hubs.

The best way to explore the Rail Trail

Opting for an e-bike is undoubtedly the best way to fully immerse yourself in the rail trail experience, effortlessly covering more ground while soaking in the stunning scenery.

From Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek is 24kms Oneway. Allow 3hrs trail ride, time for food and sites.

Freedom Machine, Byron Bay offer a range of premium trail ebikes and packages.

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Rail Trail Tunnels and Beautiful Scenery on an Ebike

Ride past towns and animals.

How To Get To The Northern Rivers Rail Trail?

Traveling from Gold Coast, Queensland?

Merge onto M1 and follow the motorway for roughly 25km until you need to turn off onto Tweed Valley Way exit towards Tourist Drive 40/Murwillumbah. Continue on Tweed Valley Way by following the signs noted. You will find the Northern Rivers Rail Trail on the left hand side of the road where you can begin your adventure.
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Traveling from Byron Bay, NSW?

Exit Byron Bay via Ewingsdale Road and merge onto M1 for 16km, taking the exit for Tweed Valley Way/Brunswick Valley Way/Tourist Drive 40/Murwillumbah. Keep following recommended traffic signs to stay on Tweed Valley Way and follow for another 26km until you come across the Northern Rivers Rail in Murwillumbah.
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Need a ride from Byron Bay?

Freedom Machine offer Door-to-Door and Central Byron pickup. They then take you and ebike with accessories to the trail.

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The Best Spots To Eat Along The Rail Trail?

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DOES THE RAIL TRAIL START?

The rail trail starts at the state heritage listed Murwillumbah Railway Station and its 24kms is made up of 18kms compact gravel and 6kms sealed.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOWNS ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL?

The rail trail traverses lush scenery all the way and after leaving the town of Murwillumbah and you’ll pass through the villages of Dunbible, Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball, and Crabbes Creek. You will also have views of Mt.Warning which can be seen at various locations with many other vistas along the scenic and shaded route.

WILL I GET TIRED ON THE RAIL TRAIL?

Depending on what you are riding, possibly! If you are cruising on an e-bike, it should be a nice and breezy ride for you.

IS THE RAIL TRAIL SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

Of course. This trail is suitable for everyone of all ages and we definitely encourage some family outings.

ARE THERE MEDICAL SERVICES NEARBY IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?

Yes. Tweed Hospital is the closest emergency center nearby. Otherwise, please call 000 if you are in dire need of urgent medical services.