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The Inland Rail is a freight rail line connection between Melbourne and Brisbane.


The route will be approximately 1700km in length and include over 1000km of major upgrades and enhancements and 600km of new track via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


Comprising 13 individual projects, seven of which are based in NSW, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. The route involves:

  • using the existing interstate rail line through Victoria and southern NSW
  • upgrading about 400 km of existing track, mainly in western NSW
  • providing about 600 km of new track, mainly in western and north-western NSW, and south-east Queensland.


The Inland Rail proposal aims to complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing for a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane.


Below you will find links to project-specific pages for the parts of Inland Rail that have obtained planning approval or are currently progressing through the planning assessment process.

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Parkes to Narromine

Parkes to Narromine

106 kilometres of upgraded track and five point three kilometres of new rail track at Parkes, to connect to the Broken Hill railway line.

Read more about the Parkes to Narromine section
Landscape view of fields near train tracks, Inland Rail project. Photo by Australian Rail Track Corporation

Narromine to Narrabri

Narromine to Narrabri

A new section of rail, made up of approximately 300km of new track.

Read more about the Narromine to Narrabri section
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Narrabri to North Star

Narrabri to North Star

186km of upgraded track and 2.3km of new track between the towns of Narrabri and North Star, via Moree.

Read more
View of Macintyre River near proposed North Star to NSW-QLD border Inland Rail corridor. Supplied by Australian Rail Track Corporation

North Star to QLD border

North Star to the QLD border

Construction and operation of a 30 km rail corridor between North Star and the NSW/Queensland Border, including a new rail track of approximately 25 kilometres.

Read about the project