Inland Rail

Connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Australia

Narromine Shire is set to benefit from the new 1700 km freight rail connection between Melbourne to Brisbane – Inland Rail.

Inland Rail will transverse regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to avoid the congested Sydney network and it will connect our capital cities, farms, mines and ports, creating jobs, reducing supply chain costs and making Australian exports more competitive.

A typical train travelling on Inland Rail will have the capacity of 108 B-Doubles and will complete the journey from Melbourne to Brisbane in less than 24 hours with reliability, availability and pricing competitive with road.

The route leverages earlier investments by the Commonwealth, State governments and ARTC in the Australian rail freight network by using the existing interstate line from Melbourne to Illabo. It then uses a combination of capacity improvements, major track upgrades and new track via Parkes, Moree, North Star, Oakey, Toowoomba, Gatton and Rosewood.




Parkes to Narromine

This project will include 107km of existing track upgrades to take heavier axle loads and double stacked trains. A small bypass of Parkes is under active investigation.
Current Status: The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been completed for this section of the project and can be found on the Department of Planning and Environment’s Major Projects site at

Enquiries regarding the project can be referred to the Department of Planning and Environment’s major projects team via or follow the links on the site above to place a submission.


Narromine to Narrabri

This is the most significant greenfield project within the Inland Rail Programme and will see 307km of new track constructed between Narromine and Narrabri. This project will provide vital connectivity between the southern and northern states.

Current Status: The environmental planning and approvals phase is underway with the appointment of key engineering and environmental consultants, hydrologists and surveyors expected shortly to be followed soon after by the preliminary field studies.

ARTC has been involved in active consultation with Narrabri and Narromine Councils since 2014 and broader community consultation continues as the project progresses.