Just across the border from us in Queensland, and extending further down into central and southern NSW, there are some top new rail trail and cycling trail networks. This article covers three epic (or epic-in the-making) trail destinations for multi-day adventures plus we also include some shorter rail trail and day rides.
Venture into small country towns and rural communities that welcome cyclists with accommodation, refreshments and country hospitality at its best. Whether you’re just getting started with trail rides or are a seasoned long-distance tourer, these cycle destinations are well worth putting on your list to do.
Launched in July 2020, the Central West Cycle Trail (CwC) takes cyclists on 400km circuit of the central west region visiting numerous small towns and taking in some beautiful, outback countryside in the Wiradjuri nation.
The trail has been mapped to avoid busy roads and encourage visitors to enjoy some great country hospitality and culture along the way, with farm morning tea and lunch stops one of the highlights.
If you choose to ride through the whole 400km circuit, you’ll be riding through the backroads of Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Mendooran, Ballimore, Dubbo, Geurie, Wellington, Goolma, finishing back at Gulgong and Mudgee. You can also choose to just ride stages of it too of course.
Download the full and sectional maps and Ride with GPS coordinates here: Maps – Central West Cycle Trail
Looking for navigational apps? Check out our recommendations: Best Cycling Apps | Electric Bikes Brisbane
Visit the Central West Cycle Trail information page for more details on accommodation, tours and transport options.
This is an epic indeed! The Bicentennial trail actually starts in Cooktown, Queensland, and finishes at Healesville, Victoria, so it covers the entire length of NSW.
You will ride through some stunning countryside, and there is plenty of adventure with this trail as much of it is not on sealed or groomed tracks.
The trail exits Queensland through the town of Killarney and enters NSW through the village of Ebor. From there, bikers will follow the river through the Guy Fawkes National Park, to Barrington Tops and through Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
In a nutshell it follows the Great Dividing Range from Barrington Tops through to Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains and from there you make your way to Mount Kosciuszko. Keep going to Omeo and you cross the border into Victoria along the way.
This trail is not recommended for beginners and the faint-hearted - recent riders have taken 9 months to complete it end-to-end! However if you are looking for an epic adventure this is one to put on your list.
The best place for further information including trail maps is the Bicentennial Trail website.
Coming soon... we hope! The proposed Northern Rivers Rail Trail will span 128km from Casino to Murwillumbah, passing through Lismore, Byron Bay, Ocean Shores and Burringbar.
Once fully open, this trail will traverse through a World Heritage region, renowned for its beauty, food, music and arts, and the wonderful laid-back vibe of the northern NSW towns.
The Tweed Valley Rail Trail will run from the Condong to Crabbes Creek. This stage is now fully funded by the State and Federal Governments. Construction and development will start in Spring 2021 and the trail is expected to be operational by the end of 2022.
The Casino to Bentley Rail Trail is also funded by the Federal Government for more than $7 million. The masterplan’s draft was completed last December 2020, and the final design was completed February 2021.
This section that runs from Bentley to Booyong, while still unnamed, is included in the NRRT council’s top 5 projects to apply for funding.
The Byron Line is a multi-modal section that plans to accommodate both bike trails and a functioning train line. This project is still seeking final funding.
Restoring a disused rail corridor and creating a safe, enjoyable means of transport for the local community while providing a fantastic destination for outdoor lovers to enjoy can only be a good thing.
If you are impatient to explore the beautiful Northern Rivers region and can't wait for the Rail Trail to be developed then here are two route suggestions kindly provided by friends of EBB.
If you are looking for something shorter here are some other notable rail trail rides that will take you to and through some picturesque countryside and towns. Great options for day and overnight rides.
Start/End: Wagga Wagga to Tumbarumba
Terrain: Flat to Slight Incline
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Things to See:
Start/End: Glow Worm Tunnel to Newnes
Surface: Compacted Earth
Most electric bikes can take on the shorter trails. But if you want to maximise your efficiency, comfort and overall experience, as well as the capacity for hauling luggage, we have an excellent selection of Adventure and Touring bikes to choose from.
You may also check out the EBB Owners Club for upcoming group rides or to connect with people who share the same passion for electric bike touring.
And if you love your cycle touring also have a look at our articles on rides in other states:
Tips and advice from e-touring experts. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a new adventure or already a tourer and are looking to make the most out of your next trip, then this article is for you.