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 will be equally enjoyable no matter which direction 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).

P.S. Take a peek at some of the views you’ll experience with photographs by Mick Evans in Views From The Trail gallery below.

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.

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’ll need about $120,000 for a study to thoroughly answer these questions and more.

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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

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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The laughter of Goo-Goor-Gaga the Kookaburra

The laughter of Goo-Goor-Gaga the Kookaburra

We love the Kookaburra. You’ll find her laugh in what we do. That’s because we encourage fun and stories of all kinds here. Thanks to Janice Simpson for reading this Dreamtime story by Michael J. Connolly, and to photographer Naidu Kumpatla for celebrating her hunting prowess

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EVENTS

Make history: Guildford Strangways walk…booked out

Make history: Guildford Strangways walk…booked out

100 lucky participants will make history on 22 May with this special 9km walk to explore the path of the future Castlemaine to Maryborough rail trail. This heritage walk through Dja Dja Wurrung country is a partnership of CMRT and the GDTA and will help mark where our trail began.

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Safe Riding Sessions 11 April…booked out

Safe Riding Sessions 11 April…booked out

Book now for one of our three 2.5-hour safe cycling sessions on 11 April in Maryborough with Stephen Taylor. The sessions are free; and you’ll learn lots. Sessions are capped at 12 participants. CMRT’s “Better on a Bike” series runs through Winter and is funded by the Central Goldfields Shire Council.

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Bicycle Maintenance 17 March…booked out

Bicycle Maintenance 17 March…booked out

Last bookings for our 17 March three-hour deep-dive into practical bicycle maintenance in Maryborough. Workshop is free; lunch included. Numbers are limited to 12. CMRT’s ” Better on a Bike” workshops are running through Winter and are funded by the Central Goldfields Shire Council.

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Volunteering

Volunteer Chats Bring Connection and New Ideas

Volunteer Chats Bring Connection and New Ideas

What stood out from our conversations with volunteers this week was the strong desire to connect. That’s been tough the past few months. “People are ready to engage,” said CMRT’s Yapeen Community Ambassador, Jill Pattinson. “Everyone’s tired of being kept at a distance.”

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Build it and they will come, says Deb Macer

Build it and they will come, says Deb Macer

We understand that government types want to see a trail feasibility study first. But for Maryborough CMRT volunteer and trail advocate, Deb Macer, the conclusion is simple: ‘Build it and they will come’. Especially to Maryborough. Rail access both ways is a real winner too.

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Reshaping our volunteer experience thanks to MASC

Reshaping our volunteer experience thanks to MASC

Dare to dream? We do a lot of that at CMRT. This time we’re daring to imagine we can become an organisation of choice for talented and motivated volunteers from Maryborough to Castlemaine. The program is made possible by a $2,000 community grant from Mt Alexander Shire Council.

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