Sydney Train Walks

From Mittagong via Picton-Mittagong Loop 8h / 40km to Tahmoor

About this walk

This walk follows the proposed Picton-Mittagong rail trail.

Thanks to Kynan Batt for his local knowledge in clarifying this route.

It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 40 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Mittagong using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Tahmoor at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

Exit the station across the pedestrian bridge.

Follow Station Street to the shops.

At the intersection follow the Old Hume Highway to the right.

Follow the Old Hume Highway past the shops and the golf course.

Cross the intersection with Swan Street to the trailhead down the embankment.

Follow the dirt trail along the railway line.

Where the trail becomes overgrown, turn left to Railway Terrace and follow it to the right.

At the left turn Railway Terace continues straight ahead as an unpaved trail.

Follow the trail to the railway crossing and turn left down Braemar Avenue.

At the end of Braemar Avenue, turn right down Drapers Road.

Cross the Hume Motorway across the viaduct.

Continue down Drapers Road past the waste water treatment plant.

Turn right at the intersection with McCallums Road.

Continue following Drapers Road at the intersection with Ferndale Road.

Turn right at the intersection with Azalea Street.

Turn left down Pine Street.

Then right down Jasmine Street.

Finally left at Lynwood Avenue to the petrol station and general store.

At the petrol station turn left down Railway Avenue.

Follow Railway Avenue past the disused train station.

At the intersection follow Banksia Street to the right.

Use the trailhead on the right near the corner with Flora Street.

Follow the dirt trail along the railway line.

Cross the railway line at the gate, the trail continues to the left.

Continue right at the overgrown viaduct.

The trail ends at a trailhead along Filvia Street, follow it to the left down Foreman Street.

Cross the viaduct across the rails at Chalker parade across the railway line.

After the viaduct turn right and follow West Parade past the shops and the old train station.

At the intersection with Fitzroy Street, follow the dirt trail along the railway line.

Where the trail make a U turn across the railway line turn left and follow the tracks to the left.

The overgrown train tracks clear after a short distance.

Continue following the rails underneath the Big Cutting.

At the railway crossing, follow Railway Parade right parrallel to the rails.

After the disused Balmoral Station, follow the dirt trail along the rails.

Cross the open area along East Parade. There is a lookout to the right, but look out for dirt bikes.

At the railway crossing continue straight down the dirt trail along the rails.

Follow East Parade to the disused Buxton Station and shops.

At the railway crossing continue down the dirt trail along the rails.

The next railway crossing is at Couridjah Station. Continue along the railway line.

On occasion historical trains from the museum will still use the tracks. If so, walk along Station Street instead.

At the railway crossing follow Nattai Street to the right.

At the end of Nattai Street follow Byron Road to the left.

Turn right at the intersection with Bronzewing Street.

Bronzewing Street turns left at the railway and continues as Pitt Street.

Follow Pitt Street along the railway line to Tahmoor Station.

The wait may be up to two hours, but there are shops on the other side of the tracks.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.