Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail


Posted 2021-04-13 by Janellefollow

The has already had over 22000 visitors since its virtual opening (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) on April 3 2020. Almost twenty years in the making, the 21 km stretch of fully sealed off-road pathway is a testament to the hard work and perseverance of the people behind it. Rail trails create a resource for local recreation that also attracts visitors and taps into tourism opportunities boosting regional economies.

Tumbarumba is a small pretty town of around 2000 people on the slopes of the Snowy Mountains with the main industries of timber milling, viticulture and agriculture. The area has suffered from the effects of drought, fires and the global pandemic but thanks to the rail trail, there has been an increase in tourism and some new businesses have opened.

The path is off-road and sealed for the entire distance with a couple of road crossings, a few bridges, sweeping curves and a mostly gentle gradient. Horses and dogs are not allowed but the trail is suitable for walkers, runners, prams, wheelchairs and all types of cyclists.

The trail is a work in progress as there are no toilet facilities or drinking water along the path, but there are bike repair stations and informative signs about the history of the rail line. There are blue kilometre markers that give details of the location and the nearest cross street in case of emergency. Trees have been planted alongside the trail to create more shade and there is the ongoing construction of shelter sheds, picnic tables and livestock crossings.

The scenery is magnificent and varies between views of mountains, wineries, pastures and bushland. There are a few places to join the trail if you and/or your family is unable or doesn't want to complete the distance.

At the other end of the trail, you will reach the tiny village of Rosewood where you can refresh at the lovely park. There are toilets and water and also a general store/cafe. There is also a great place (Gone Barney) to buy burgers and milkshakes just before you reach Rosewood.

Take your time and enjoy this lovely part of Australia, just make sure you take plenty of food and water, especially when the weather is hot as a lot of the trail is exposed and the steady uphill cycling can be quite exhausting.

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