This 30km section of Inland Rail connects North Star in New South Wales to the Queensland Rail South Western System on the NSW/Queensland border.

The North Star to NSW/QldBorder (NS2B) project consists of upgrading approximately 25km of non-operational rail corridor and constructing 5km of new track.

This section will complete one of the key missing rail links between New South Wales and Queensland, using the non-operational rail corridor or new track to connect to the operating line running to Yelarbon in Queensland.

The NSW/Qld border is defined by the centre point of the Macintyre River.

Following the NSW Government approval in February 2023, the project was assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The project was approved by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) on 21 July 2023.

A copy of the approvals is available on the DCCEEW website by searching EPBC Referral No 2018/8222

The project is currently in the reference design stage. During this time, we are conducting various studies and consulting with landowners and other key stakeholders to better understand potential issues and opportunities around the Macintyre River crossing.



Upgrade and new track


12km new track
27km upgraded track

Anticipated works

Building new track across the Macintyre River and upgrading existing track


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Project map

The route tracks from North Star across the Macintyre River then joins the existing QR South Western Rail line.

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Interactive map

We have developed an interactive map of the current project design. Drop a pin on the map to add your comment. Your feedback will help us get a better understanding of key issues from a community perspective.

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North Star to Queensland Border section overview

Download a summary of the North Star to Queensland Border Section of Inland Rail.

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