Regional cycling and tourism
Many of regional NSW's non-operational rail lines are being converted into 'rail trails'.
Rail trails unlock scenic public land in regional areas offering visitors and local residents a safe option to walk, cycle, jog or use other non-motorised forms of transport such as horse riding. The economic benefit of rail trails includes the creation of jobs in local communities and other economic benefits for local businesses associated with tourism such as increased expenditure on accommodation, food and participation in regional events.
The first rail trail will run from Tumbarumba to Rosewood, in the picturesque Snowy Valleys Way, an already popular tourism destination. The conversion of the 22-kilometre disused rail track, into a sealed and smooth bitumen path, will be ideal for a variety of recreational pursuits which are suitable for all ages and abilities. The rail trail will help preserve the natural environment and local heritage, as well as supporting local communities.
Cycling Towns Program
Each year over 300 local walking and cycling projects are delivered in partnership with councils across NSW. The Cycling Towns Program is providing cycling networks and cycleway signage in regional towns to benefit both the town's residents and visitors. Recent cycling towns include Forster-Tuncurry and Orange.