Blaze a trail with us!
We’re building overwhelming support for a new world-class recreational trail for all in Central Victoria.
“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.
Watch our story…
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In search of memories
The Newstead Arts Hub is inviting people to come along to a Newstead station open day Saturday 22 April 2023 10am – 4pm. The Arts Hub wants you to be part of the celebration. Share your memories of the working railway station and its role in the town’s history. They’d love to hear your stories and learn about your connections.
What if kids made our video?
Imagine if we built a rail trail? Adults would give you a sensible answer based on notions of sound economics and worthy social outcomes. Ho hum. Boring! So we asked five Central Victorian young people instead. Then we let them loose with a film-maker. Watch our short film or catch it at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal.
Next generation ecologists
This week the Castlemaine Fringe Festival organisers invited young students from the Campbells Creek Primary School and Guildford Campus to decorate Guildford General Store main street window. While we work to get our trail built, we can salute our youngest generation of budding artists and ecologists.
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!
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.
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.
It’s time, says Tony Macer
On Australia Day Central Goldfields Shire recognised CMRT member Tony Macer as its Citizen of the Year. CMRT members know Tony as an amazing musicians and one of our most tireless volunteers. John Carruthers talks to Tony about community leadership, changing our national day and how the still waters can run deep.
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!
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.