The economic impact for communities on or near rail trails has proven to be significant, especially when cycle tourists are involved. In Victoria, on average visitors using rail trails are spending $244 a day1. This expenditure is on items including accommodation, food and beverages, souvenirs and fuel/transport.
This kind of expenditure opens up the opportunity for people in the community to open businesses and know that there will be the need for them. Tourists also have a significant impact on regional employment rates, as seen in regions with rail trails in Victoria1.
The Great Ocean Walk rail trail in Victoria brings in $15 million to the region and in addition has 40 marketing partners and provides more than 100 jobs2.
- Beeton, S. (2009) Cycling in Regional Communities: A Longitudinal Study of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, Victoria, Australia, Research Report, La Trobe University, Bundoora
- Tourism Victoria (2014) Victoria’s Trails Strategy 2014-24 https://www.tourism.vic.gov.au/component/edocman/?view=document&task=document.download&id=755