Works and planning

The approximately 145km of new dual gauge track and approximately 71km of upgraded track that makes up the Border to Gowrie project crosses the two local government areas of Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.

A two-kilometre-wide study area has progressed to the formal planning and approvals process, following a comprehensive study of four alternative routes. The towns of Millmerran, Brookstead and Pittsworth, and the Wellcamp-Charlton Industrial Precinct are located within this study area.

In late 2019, the proposed project footprint was released, which identifies the area required for the construction and operation of the railway. The project footprint varies in width along the line to accommodate proposed changes to local roads, earthworks, access tracks, and construction material storage and production.

Feedback from the local community and results from field studies have played a key role in determining the proposed footprint. Technical viability, safety, operational restrictions, constructability, environment, and community and property impacts have also been considered in determining the footprint.

Current and upcoming field investigations

Last updated 29 March 2021.

Location/s Type of work Timing Contractor What to expect
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Water surveys Ongoing ARTC  Contacting landowners to better understand how water is collected and used on properties. 
South Western line, Millmerran branch line and tie in with the West Moreton line Terrestrial ecology Late February to late March 2021 Cardno One or two vehicles with two people carrying out walk-throughs and visually inspecting and photographing sites.
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Geotechnical investigations Early May to end July 2021 Macquarie Geotech and ARTC Two or more vehicles driving in the Queensland Rail corridor. 
NSW/Queensland border to Gowrie Junction Cultural Heritage walk-throughs Ongoing until early 2021 Traditional Owner groups Traditional Owner representatives carrying out walk-throughs.
Brookstead Traffic counters March 2021 Austraffic Traffic counting equipment installed on local roads.
Millmerran, Inglewood, Canning Creek, Kurumbul Surface water surveys 13 to 16 April and 4 to 7 May AECOM Testing surface water within the creeks and rivers. Non-invasive survey.

Watch a fly-through of the project

Get a birds-eye view of the Border to Gowrie project. This video shows the alignment as of February 2020. The fly-through video is for illustration purposes and for discussion and community consultation.


To get a sense of what your community will look like after the project has been completed, check out our visualisations of the proposed design.

Visualisations are for illustrative purposes and not to scale.

Brookstead School

View of the project reference design, looking north-east on Ware Street at Brookstead State School.

Gore Highway, Pampas

View of the project reference design, which follows the existing QR rail corridor, looking south-east from the Gore Highway near the intersection of Brose Lane.

Gowrie Mountain

View of the project reference design, from Linora Drive looking north-west towards the Warrego highway.


View of the project reference design, looking north-west on Pittsworth Felton Road, towards Oakey-Pittsworth Road and the Gore Highway.

Yelarbon rest area

View of the project reference design, including the proposed alignment within the existing QR rail corridor and Cunningham Highway realignment and road overpass, looking south-west towards Goondiwindi, from the Cunningham Highway near Memorial Park.


View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing of Millmerran-Inglewood Road, looking north between Commodore Mine and Millmerran township.


View of the project reference design, including proposed alignment and crossing loop, looking north towards Grays Road.


View of the project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook.

View of the NSW/Qld Border to Gowrie project reference design looking north-east towards Geitz Road, Southbrook

Route Alignment History

Inland Rail has undergone a progressive route development and selection process since 2006, with each stage refining the focus on what is required to deliver Inland Rail.

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