The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is set to officially open this April, after years of campaigning for rail trails in NSW by Bicycle Network and decades of hard work and dedication from the Riverina Highlands Rail Trail Inc. team.
The 21 kilometre stretch from Tumbarumba to Rosewood is Stage 1 of the project, with Stage 2 connecting Wagga Wagga to Landysmith (21km) and Stage 3 Tumut to Batlow (32km).
This is a monumental step forward for NSW who have a distinct lack of rail trails — a collective 80 kilometres over 11 existing trails, compared to Victoria's 1055km over 36 rail trails.
We know that rail trails have a positive impact by boosting local economies with tourism and year-round visitation, which will be welcomed by many rural NSW communities who have battled through both drought and fire.See a MAP OF THE TRAIL
See the invite to the official opening below.
If you are attending the opening event on 3 April 2020, please ensure you RSVP to the Snowy Valleys Council for catering purposes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who can't make the grand opening on Friday 3 April, there will be a family fun day help the following day, with Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee hosting a brunch at the Figure Street site from 8:30am before a group trail ride towards Rosewood.
Food, coffee vans and information stalls will be set up at Rosewood all day Saturday and buses have been organised to ferry people and their bikes back to Tumbarumba.
Rail Trails Australia is hopeful that the new rail trail will encourage year-round visitation to the region, stating on their website:
"The rail trail will be a big help to this bushfire ravaged region. Make sure you stop at nearby Tumut and especially hard hit Batlow along the way. Buy a drink, get a meal and let people know you are on your way to the Tumba Rail Trail."