Northern Rivers Rail Trail - Lismore to Bentley

Funding Funding has been provided by the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund
Department   Project Delivery / Destination and Economy
Status  Under construction
Timeframe   Ongoing
Strategic purpose

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail (NRRT) is a proposed recreational trail that traverses 132km of diverse and spectacular countryside between Casino and Murwillumbah


The project will convert the disused railway line which was abandoned in 2004. To be delivered in four stages, the 132km trail is expected to draw thousands of visitors each year to explore and discover the natural beauty of the Northern Rivers.

This 16.3km section will connect the former South Lismore railway station with Bentley via some of the most scenic rural landscapes in the Northern Rivers.

It will follow the route of the former rail line and be constructed in four stages as it passes through the local government areas of Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore City and Richmond Valley Shire.

Construction on the Lismore to Bentley section commenced in January 2024.

The Tweed section was officially opened in March 2023 with the Casino to Bentley section completed in March 2024.

The trail will be a safe and fun way for locals and visitors alike to explore and connect with the natural beauty of our environment. The project will tap into the rapidly growing hinterland tourism market and create exciting growth opportunities for new and existing businesses that support local jobs.

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Progress on the rail trail taken in June 2024

An aerial view of progress on the rail trail.

Progress on the rail trail taken in March 2024


Progress on the rail trail taken in February 2024


A bridge along the old rail track


Part of the old rail track