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Northern Rivers Rail Trail – walk, ride, explore

Make the most of your experience on the trail!

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail is the Tweeds newest ‘must do’ visitor experience. It is a shared recreation and nature trail created along a disused railway line. It is free to use and provides a safe environment for walkers, cyclists, and people of all abilities to explore the beautiful Northern Rivers region.

The start of the rail trail is located at the heritage-listed Murwillumbah Railway Station just 36km south of Gold Coast Airport. Here visitors will find the Visitor Information Centre where they can grab a Rail Trail map, purchase souvenirs, and find out information on any current rail trail updates.

There is parking available at the station for 60 cars, with an overflow car park for peak periods. There are also four retail stores including bike hire and shuttle services. Bathroom facilities are available, along with a picnic table and chairs, an e-bike charger, bike pump and bike fix-it station, and a water bubbler.

The first completed 24km section in The Tweed connects the villages of Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek and features 26 bridges and two tunnels. Users will cross 16 of these bridges, many of which have been restored, and bypass ten which have been left as a feature along the trail. The Burringbar Range Tunnel is a highlight of the trail and is 524 metres long. It is not lit due to the preservation of microbats and glow worms who inhabit the tunnel. Users must take a light with them and the reflectors inside the tunnel will guide them through. The other tunnel is the Hulls Road Tunnel which is 50 metres long.

Visitors will enjoy stunning scenery, with the opportunity to rest at one of seven stops along the way, and explore the local villages of Murwillumbah, Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek. The Rail Trail also connects to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre which is just a short trip from Murwillumbah Railway Station.

There is a 2.2km section where horses are allowed on the trail at Upper Burringbar, and dogs are allowed on a short leash.

www.northernriversrailtrail.com.au

Plenty to do while exploring the trail!

Along the way you will find a range of great local businesses offering everything you need to make your day out on the Rail Trail and awesome experience. Be sure to check out what's on offer below:

Better by Bike | Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | Tweed River House | Tweed Regional Museum | Apex Dining | Kat Harvey Cheese | Moo Moo Roadhouse | Wollumbin Street Baker | Beyond Byron E Bikes


Better by Bike

Enjoy an eco-adventure with your family, riding advanced e-bikes through the rain forests, historic bridges, and abandoned rail tunnels of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail!

Conveniently located at the start of the trail, Better By Bike has everything you need for the whole family to enjoy the day. Their e-bikes are super comfy, they have tow-behind bikes and chariots for kids and pets, baby seats, double-seater e-bikes, and an adult e-trike for extra assistance. Helmets, lights, spacious pannier bags and locks are provided, and they can pick you up from your accommodation too!

Their friendly local staff will ensure you’re all set with bike operation tips and personalised trail suggestions, ensuring your family has the ‘Best Day Ever’! Book your family adventure today!

Murwillumbah Railway Station
284 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
0408 444 858
betterbybike.com.au
@betterbybikeoz


Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a modern, architecturally–award-winning building with views to Wollumbin / Mount Warning. The Gallery’s seven exhibition spaces present a dynamic program of touring exhibitions, alongside exhibitions showcasing the work of regional and national artists presented exclusively at the Tweed Regional Gallery. The Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) celebrates the career, life and legacy of Margaret Olley, Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. MOAC combines exhibitions, interactives and the permanent re-creation of areas of Olley’s famous home studio.

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah
02 6670 2790
gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


Tweed River House

Just a few minutes from the rail trail in Murwillumbah, is the Tweed River House, an exquisite bistro and bar nestled on the picturesque banks of the Tweed River, offering panoramic hinterland views of Wollumbin / Mount Warning.

Whether you choose to enjoy a meal in the elegant dining room or on the river verandah; a lighter bite with shared plates at the casual riverside Lawn Bar, or a relaxing afternoon tea in the Palm Lounge, the ambiance evokes the gentler pace and charming style of the Northern Rivers.

The century-old, restored Plantation River House is a haven for those seeking an escape to a serene and captivating dining experience, making Tweed River House a true gem in the heart of the Tweed Valley and a perfect complement to riding or walking the rail trail.

131 River Street, South Murwillumbah
tweedriverhouse.com.au


Tweed Regional Museum

There is so much to explore at Tweed Regional Museum! Current exhibition Omnia invites you to reimagine the Museum’s collection, taking you on a playful journey through our shared history. Visit the stunning new immersive spaces, including a rainbow-themed wonderland that invites curiosity and new discoveries.

Make sure you book in your school holiday workshops for July via the Museum website.
Get inspired by Tik Tok, their wall of beautiful clocks in the Omnia exhibition, and create your own unique working wall clock in their Time Travellers workshop. Or join them in Lantern Land where, using cane and paper, you will build a paper lantern of colours and patterns, creating a special way to light up these mid-winter nights.

2 Queensland Road, Murwillumbah
museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au
@TweedRegionalMuseum


Apex Dining

The magic of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is discovering the hidden beauty and abundance of the hinterland.

Apex Dining at the Tweed Regional Gallery is a standout with spectacular 360 degree views of the sparkling river, rolling green hills and ranges beyond.

Open for brunch and lunch with a fresh and modern menu, Apex Dining is fully licensed, making it the perfect reward for a vigorous day on the Rail Trail.

With cool drinks, snacks and coffee too, all available to take away, it’s the perfect pit-stop on your trail adventure.

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way), Murwillumbah
02 6672 5088
www.apexdining.com.au


Kat Harvey Cheese

Kat Harvey Cheese is a specialty cheese retail store offering a finely curated selection of more than 50 of the very best Australian and imported cheeses.

The toasties made by Kat are the perfect treat after a day on the rail trail. They are made-to-order using superior produce available in store. There is a choice from two different toasties each week with vegetarian options available.

Kat also runs regular cheese-tasting workshops. Contact Kat for bookings or to organise a unique experience for your group.

Outside M-Arts Precinct, opposite the car park at Knox Park
www.katharveycheese.com
@katharveycheese


Moo Moo Roadhouse

Located on the Tweed Valley Way in the quaint village of Mooball, the Moo Moo Roadhouse has been a popular pit stop for locals and tourists for many years, and has now added the abundance of rail trail cyclists and walkers to its fan club.

Whether you’re walking, riding or driving, the Moo Moo Cafe is the perfect spot to fuel up, grab a bite to eat, drink some awesome coffee and check out the great range of motorcycles, memorabilia and antiques they have on display. And they have free WiFi!

Open Monday to Friday 6am–5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am–5pm.

5887 Tweed Valley Way, Mooball
02 6677 0057
Facebook: MooMooRoadhouse


Wollumbin Street Baker

Discover a delectable escape just across the bridge from the Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Savour the finest in bakery treats from freshly baked bread and exquisite pastry to coffee and cake.

Indulge in Wollumbin Street Baker’s signature pies and rolls. Wether you are setting a new record cycle time on the trail or taking a leisurely stroll, they have you covered. Wollumbin Street Bakery is conveniently located with ample seating and parking. Elevate your adventure on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail  and your tastebuds by treating yourself to the perfect pie. They look forward to seeing you soon.

5-7 Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah
02 6672 5757


Beyond Byron E Bikes

Come and immerse yourself in nature on the Northern Rivers Rail Trail with an e-bike from Beyond Byron E Bikes! Based at the southern end of the trail in Mooball, their location offers the easiest access from the highway in either direction. They have e-bikes for all ages and sizes – including baby seats, trailers, tag-a-longs, and kids’ e-bikes.

Why Beyond Byron E Bikes are the best? They have by far the most 5-star reviews, offer longer rides (5 hours), and have the latest Bosch-powered German-made e-bikes. Plus, they’re the only company with puncture-proof tyres on every bike. Everyone returns with a smile!

For the more adventurous, they offer two self-guided e-bike tours. Start on the rail trail and journey through the rainforest to the award-winning Husk Distillery in Tumbulgum or venture into the Tweed hinterland and majestic Mount Jerusalem National Park to visit Unicorn Falls.

All details, live availability, and online booking are at beyondbyronebikes.com.au. Starting at just $99 for adult e-bikes!

 

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