It will be a winner, and can only add to people’s experience of being in the hinterland. It would make Burringbar a new destination. We’re tickled.
to the fine station at Murwillumbah.
One worker at the Crabbes Creek general store (going strong since 1890) said she’d like to be able to cycle to Mooball on a Sunday afternoon, “have a drink and come back safely, which you can’t do at the moment”.
In Mooball, another local noted that Crabbes Creek hosted “community meal” events – “wonderful food nights … how good would cycling there and back be in the summer?”
Burringbar’s Eva Heath said “from here to Stokers Siding it’s only about 10 or 15km. I’d love to be able to go for a walk there”.
Eva said residents wanted Burringbar to retain its homely feel, but added the trail “would breathe new life into the villages in the region”, and help new ventures such as the Fallen Leaf cafe thrive.
“It will be a winner, and can only add to people’s experience of being in the hinterland. It would make Burringbar a new destination. We’re tickled.”
Horse-riding is big in the Tweed Valley and Lisa Young at the Stokers Siding Design Studio and others said they’d want the trail to be “inclusive”, accommodating horses and with camping spots.
With that qualification, she said “every village would benefit from it”.
“Each of the villages is unique, and each has an old-fashioned charm. We’re quaint, and that’s what a lot of people are looking for.
“People come here from Brisbane looking for something organic. Being able to explore the villages in the open air is good for the soul and they come back.”
Hosanna farm stay offers all that is good about country life, and owner Alex Reynolds said a rail trail would bring “heaps of cyclists here with little children, stopping in the villages”.
“I think it’s a marvellous idea for families with kids.” Hosanna offers cabins, “glamping” huts and camp sites and, importantly, animals to feed and milk. It has a huge swimming dam with kayaks. And there’s a rail tunnel nearby, with “masses of glow worms”, Alex said.
“It’s a wonderful thing that people should have access to.”
◗ Outdoors in the peace and pure air heading north from Casino.
◗ Burringbar store owner Eva Heath says the trail will bring life to villages and strengthen links between them.