Blaze a trail with us!

 

We’re building overwhelming support for a new world-class recreational trail for all in Central Victoria.

 

Connecting communities

“From little things, big things grow.”
– Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody

Members, volunteers, supporters and friends. We are many, with one goal: to connect our communities along the proposed trail corridor.

OUR PURPOSE

CMRT was founded to transform the 55km Castlemaine to Maryborough disused rail corridor into a world-class recreational trail. A trail that can be used by cyclists, walkers and horse-riders of all ages and abilities.

We want to connect communities, defend safe travel, encourage prosperity, look after the bush and tell amazing stories of place and people.

We use grassroots action to inspire communities and spur governments to lead the charge to establish a new trail in Central Victoria.

Our community outreach aims to rally people of all ages and backgrounds behind the idea of a trail. To build a trail, we need to build a movement.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Jaara Jaara people, the custodians and caretakers of this land through which the trail will pass. We thank them for the care they have taken of the country: the rivers, mountains, trees, and animals. We could like to honour this Country, the Elders of the past and present and most importantly the young, proud Aboriginal people, as they are  our leaders for tomorrow.

Our People

We are blessed with a growing crew of talented and energetic volunteers. We think you’re amazing. You help out organising, doing, creating and spreading the word. Come on, join us!

Our Members

You can shape our direction and make a difference. Membership has expectations too. We want our members to be actively involved. Volunteer or donate so we can campaign for you.

Our Sponsors

We simply couldn’t do this without you. From Maryborough to Castlemaine and every town in between, we’re humbled by the support we’re getting from our small business sponsors.

Our Partners

Big projects need good friends. Friends who can help show the way and frame standards. Friends who help us walk just a little taller. Thank you to our partner organisations.

One of the wonderful things about our trail is that it’ll be equally enjoyable no matter which end you start from!

Start at Maryborough and you can alight from one of Australia’s grandest old railway stations. Start at Castlemaine station and you will be right where the story of the goldfields began.

A powerful and unique feature of the trail is that it has a train line to Melbourne at both ends. Easy for local commuters; a magnet for eco-tourists.

If you start in Castlemaine, you can easily find good food and coffee and any last-minute necessities, then you’ll be off along the Campbells Creek Trail to Winters Flat where the disused part of the old train line begins and the Goldfields Steam Train blows it’s whistle and turns off towards Maldon.

Then the creek, the road, and the rail trail rolls down the valley past farms and houses to Guildford. You’ll be able to look down on the cars passing by as you are safe on the trail and can enjoy the view.

At Guildford, the line crosses the highway on a high bridge and leaves the road for a while, past the place where Campbells Creek joins the Loddon River, over another bridge, and now you’ll follow the Loddon River through bush and farmland, all the way to the old Newstead Station which is now an arts hub.

Soon after Newstead, you will ride across the spectacular Joyce’s Creek bridge, the longest of the trail, at the bottom of Lake Cairn Curran Reservoir. Then it’s a short climb up onto the volcanic Moolort Plains, with big skies, and world-recognised wetlands.

The rollicking downhill run past the Moolort Silos and into Carisbrook is a blast before heading into Maryborough and the truly magnificent Maryborough Station where you can enjoy a well-deserved milkshake (or other age-appropriate refreshing treats).

We’ve always envisaged our trail as something more than a gravel path linking two points. Our region is studded with natural and other attractions. That’s why we developed our Guide to the Trail to highlight some of our region’s many attractions, and help better tell our stories of people and place.

P.S. Take a peek at some of views you’ll get along the trail in the Views Along The Trail gallery below (photographs by Mick Evans).

Love the trail? Join in the chorus for change! Sign our petition, like us on social media and stay in touch. We know you care. And you want to be heard. And you’re busy. We get that. So, just make your mark, and hang out with us occasionally as a friend.

You want this rail trail! To explore, communte or for the kids to get to school. But don’t have the time to join and volunteer? We hear you. You can make a difference. Donate and help the volunteers working for you at the front-line. So we can campaign for you.

We love our members. You can shape our organisation. You can have your say and vote. We love our members. You help keep us strong. Membership is a great chance for you to get really involved, actively make a difference and to volunteer!

Our volunteers are impact members. You make a big difference. You choose your hours. You deliver our campaigns. You keep us going! You meet other wonderful people. And we will look after you. We can offer you a role, respect and special recognition.

Celebrating our region

Celebrating our region

We’ve always envisaged our trail as something more than a gravel path linking two points. Celebrating our region’s many attractions is a primary aim for our trail. Our region is studded with natural and other attractions. That’s why we developed our regional “Guide” to help tell our region’s stories of people and place.

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Feasibility study advocacy

Feasibility study advocacy

Is the rail trail a good idea? Sure, but how good? What are the tourism opportunities? What’s the economic and social impacts can it bring? How will it impact communities? How much will it cost? How should it be built? We’ve recently raised $150,000 for a study to thoroughly answer these questions and more.

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Community Ambassadors

Community Ambassadors

Welcome to our new community ambassadors! These special volunteers are already having a big impact: from Maryborough to Yapeen, from Castlemaine to Newstead. They are working to connect communities to bring us closer together. The best voice for our trail will be local.

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NEWS

Aboriginal heroes on Country

Aboriginal heroes on Country

We have become hard of hearing. Recurring tropes of disadvantage dull us to the voices of a proud, resilient and generous people. Now, Federation University Associate Professor and new CMRT member, Dr Fred Cahir, wants to sharpen our hearing in his latest book “They Rescued Us: Aboriginal Heroes On Country”.

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All we want for Christmas

All we want for Christmas

We’ll spare you Dasher, Dancer and Prancer. We’ll even skip that most downloaded Christmas pop song of all time…But only if you listen to our little Yuletide carol about volunteering…About making the next big leap to trail construction, and why we need more community talent. We hope that’s you!

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Trail experts give us the nod

Trail experts give us the nod

Trail experts quietly began work last month on a major, six-month study to determine the feasibility of the Castlemaine – Maryborough rail trail. Senior consultants got their first tour of the 55km trail last month. CMRT’s John Carruthers caught up with FFLA Director Tim Fitzgerald about the work and challenges ahead.

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EVENTS

2022 AGM 23 Nov 6:00pm (FOR members)

2022 AGM 23 Nov 6:00pm (FOR members)

It’s been a high impact year, Trail Blazers. In the past year we’ve hit our biggest milestone: a $150K feasibility study. Our 2022 AGM in Newstead is a chance for us all to celebrate. Come along, have your say and vote a new Committee for 2023. Book today to secure your seat!

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CMRT rocks Goldfields’ Words in Winter festival

CMRT rocks Goldfields’ Words in Winter festival

“Out for Spin” began modestly; an opportunity for CMRT supporters to get together and have a bit of fun. But by mid-August CMRT’s contribution to the Goldfields literary program, “Words in Winter”, emerged as its most popular. Janice Simpson, recaps the event’s success.

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Bike touring, e-bikes come to the Goldfields

Bike touring, e-bikes come to the Goldfields

Bike-touring and e-bikes were the stars in the capstone event in CMRT’s five-workshop “Better on a Bike” series in Maryborough yesterday. CMRT President and program lead, Janice Simpson, recaps the finale. The series was underwritten by a Central Goldfields Shire Council grant.

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Volunteering

All we want for Christmas

All we want for Christmas

We’ll spare you Dasher, Dancer and Prancer. We’ll even skip that most downloaded Christmas pop song of all time…But only if you listen to our little Yuletide carol about volunteering…About making the next big leap to trail construction, and why we need more community talent. We hope that’s you!

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Volunteer shout out 2022

Volunteer shout out 2022

CMRT President Janice Simpson gave a big thanks to our volunteers at our 2022 AGM last week. Special thanks to our regular project volunteers. We probably don’t do nearly enough to holler how much we’re grateful for what our volunteers do. But here are Janice’s accolades, as delivered and straight from the heart.

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Springtime volunteer chortle

Springtime volunteer chortle

Blossoms are budding, the sun’s warming our backs, and we’re chortling our Springtime volunteer campaign. Two big roles that have recently opened up are Work Team Lead for Members & Volunteers, and a canny Grant Writer. There’s lots of other ways too you can help get the trail built sooner for your town.

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