We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all the lands covered by this project and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We value the contribution and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Inland Rail will link Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

The 1,600km fast freight backbone will connect Australia north, south, east and west

Inland Rail will better link businesses, farmers and producers to national and global markets

Almost two-thirds of the Inland Rail route is existing rail lines and infrastructure that will be enhanced and upgraded

  • Existing rail lines

The remaining 600km of track will be built in new rail corridors

  • Existing rail lines
  • New rail lines
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Kagaru to Acacia Ridge to Bromelton

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Calvert to Kagaru

This section comprises 53km of new dual gauge track within the existing rail corridor. It includes 39km of dual gauge track allowing single-stacked operations between a proposed terminal at Ebenezer and Kagaru. Using 1.1km of tunnelling this section will connect Inland Rail with the existing Sydney to Brisbane coastal lines and the Port of Brisbane.

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Helidon to Calvert

This 47km stretch of Inland Rail involves the construction of a new dual gauge rail line connecting Helidon (east of Toowoomba) with Calvert (west of Ipswich). This section uses the existing rail corridor and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester protected rail corridor, with possible refinements being considered within a defined study area.

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Gowrie to Helidon

The 28km Gowrie to Helidon section of Inland Rail includes constructing a new track through the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley region in Queensland and building a vast freight tunnel. This section uses both the existing rail corridor at Gowrie and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Gowrie to Grandchester 2003 protected corridor.

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NSW/Qld Border to Gowrie

This section includes building 138km of new dual gauge track and upgrading 69km of track from the NSW/Queensland border, near Yelarbon, to Gowrie Junction, north west of Toowoomba

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North Star to NSW/Qld Border

The project includes upgrading 25km of non-operational rail line and 14km of new track across the Macintyre River, allowing for future connections to Goondiwindi and the broader region. It follows the existing track north from North Star before crossing Bruxner Way and the border to join the existing Queensland Rail line.

Final alignment yet to be identified

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Narrabri to North Star

This section will upgrade 184km of existing rail corridor and construct 2km of new track near Camurra. Travelling north, the track begins in Narrabri, passing through Edgeroi, Bellata, Gurley, Moree, Camurra, Crooble, Milguy, Croppa Creek and on to North Star.

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Narromine to Narrabri

The 306km preferred route between Narromine and Narrabri is via Burroway, Curban, Mt Tenandra and Baradine. This is Inland Rail’s longest section of new track.

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Parkes to Narromine

The Parkes to Narromine section was commissioned in late September 2020 and is now operational. The project involved upgrading 98km of existing rail track between Parkes and Narromine and construction of 5km of new rail track near Parkes, known as the North West Connection.

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Stockingbingal to Parkes

This section requires specific enhancements and modifications to provide sufficient height and width along 170km of existing rail track between the towns of Stockinbingal and Parkes. This track passes through the communities of Milvale, Bribbaree, Quandialla, Caragabal and Forbes.

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Illabo to Stockinbingal

This section consists of 37km of new track and 2km of upgraded track. It will create a new direct route from east of Illabo tracking north to Stockinbingal, connecting into the existing Forbes rail line.

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Albury to Illabo

This section requires specific enhancements and modifications to provide sufficient height and width along 185km of existing rail track from the Victoria-NSW border to Illabo in regional New South Wales. This track passes through the towns of Albury, Culcairn , Henty, Yerong Creek, The Rock, Uranquinty, Wagga Wagga and Junee.

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Beveridge to Albury

This section will upgrade 262km of existing rail corridor between the Victoria-NSW border at Albury-Wodonga and Beveridge. Travelling south, the project will follow the existing rail corridor running close to the Hume Highway from the Murray River at Wodonga to the outskirts of Melbourne. It then shares the Regional Victorian rail corridor (V/Line) from Seymour to Beveridge.

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