The railway heritage walk involves a two hour walk along the path of
the legendary North Australia Railway. Starting from Stuart Estate, 5
kilometres north of Katherine, the walk passes fascinating geological
formations that the railway surveyors skirted. The walk continues
through Conroy's Gap to the historic location of Emungalan, which was
established as the railhead town to service the area before the high
level railway bridge was constructed to cross the Katherine River.
This rail trail begins at the former Katherine railway station.
After crossing the historic Katherine River railway bridge the trail
borders the Stuart Highway, for 5.2km to Morey Rd on a new section
opened in 2011. The centre of the trail is the former railway
station and the nearby impressive bridge over the Katherine River. The
station has several reminders of its past days and a steam locomotive
is on display near the bridge.
At several locations the trail deviates from the formation to
preserve the rails and Carnegie steel sleepers as heritage features.
Railway culverts and bridges have been retained. Part of the
path—including a bridge—has been decked in steel mesh so
the rails and three different types of sleepers are visible to users.
Solar powered lights have been installed over the bridge.