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.

Places and stories

Places and stories

What’s in a name? A lot, we reckon. Stories and names have a lot of power. It’s been shown worldwide that a trail’s success has as much to do with the experiences they create as the routes they traverse. Which is why we’re thinking already about “storytelling” well before our trail even starts construction.

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Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

Want to join an imaginative, energetic and well-organised crew? Want to deploy your talents and just a slice of your time to make a difference? Want to meet other interesting people and make an impact in your community? Of course you do! Help us build a social movement. CMRT needs volunteers just like you!

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Community Petition

Community Petition

Signing a petition is a way to show others you care. So far, more than 4,000 people have shown they care about creating this rail trail. They’ve put their name to our “ask” that the shires of Mt Alexander and Central Goldfields spearhead funding for a feasibility study. If we build a chorus, government will listen. Join us!

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NEWS

Rumbling the old coach road

Rumbling the old coach road

A detailed and entertaining history of transport between Castlemaine and Maryborough by CMRT researcher David Tuck helped open the Goldfields “Words in Winter” literary program recently. David’s talk nailed the Zeitgeist. In part one, David describes the rigours of horse-and-coach travel before trains arrived.

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Famous Five boost short film

Famous Five boost short film

CMRT creatives Sandy Harman and Briele Hansen have teamed up to re-imagine a short film about our rail trail. Key to their project are five young stars and local film-maker Mal Bloedel. Sandy talks about the Famous Five, the collaboration and the short film’s trajectory for 2022. Stay tuned for the film launch.

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Building a groundswell

Building a groundswell

Steve’s Foskey been involved with CMRT since 2020. Steve’s now a Newstead local. He’s also been a premiership centre half back. More recently Steve took on the lead for CMRT’s Community Engagement & Events Work Team. Steve talked to us about CMRT’s community ambassadors, and what stepping up means.

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EVENTS

Out for a Spin…Sold out

Out for a Spin…Sold out

Out for a Spin is an afternoon of spoken words and song celebrating the trail-to-be from Maryborough to Castlemaine brought to you by CMRT as part of the Central Goldfield’s annual “Words in Winter” festival. Forsake the chilly open road, get inside, warm up, meet friends and enjoy the entertainment with us.

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Crowd marks future trail with historic walk

Crowd marks future trail with historic walk

More than 60 people made a historic walk to mark part of the future Castlemaine to Maryborough rail trail on Sunday. Mt Alexander Loddon Ward councillor Matt Driscoll unveiled a marker at Strangways. The historic marker declares that the old rail line will become a trail.

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Bicycle Touring and eBikes Workshop…book now

Bicycle Touring and eBikes Workshop…book now

Book now for our three-hour dive into bicycle touring and e-bikes on 20 June with Janice Simpson and Sandy Harman. The workshop is free and comes with valuable know-how. CMRT’s “Better on a Bike” series is running through Winter and is funded by the Central Goldfields Shire Council.

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Volunteering

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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New volunteer roles: we want to hear from you

New volunteer roles: we want to hear from you

We’ve got several volunteer roles now open, and at least one that probably suits you. That’s why with a fresh nip in the morning air and the leaves turning, we’re launching our Autumn volunteer campaign. There’s lots of ways you can make a difference and get your trail built sooner.

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