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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Ipswich and Toowoomba City, Somerset and South Burnett Regional Councils, South East Queensland, 70km from Brisbane
Start/end: Wulkuraka (Ipswich) to Yarraman
Status: Partially open
Length open: 133km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Undulating to mountainous
Best seasons: All year
Public transport: Train, Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
Coominya to Esk Ride 2014
 (Photo Mark Linnett)
Coominya to Esk Ride 2014 (Photo Mark Linnett)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Details

Features

  • Queensland's longest rail trail, which is still under development. It will be 160km long when complete.
  • gently undulating through mostly farming land in the southern section, steeper sections and bushland in the northern section.
  • the standard of the trail surface varies between sections; refer to the description for more detail
  • at this stage crossings at nearly all former bridge sites are low level crossings.  Care should be taken after heavy rains

Support Services and Attractions

Old Church Gallery logo web

Old Church Gallery Moore

A new gallery in a transformed 100 year old church in the beautiful Brisbane Valley region in South East Queensland

 

 

Esk Caravan Park Logo webEsk Caravan Park

Located away from the Highway in a quiet and peaceful parkland setting, boasting mountain views, a creek boundary, animal and bird life, and situated within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops.

 

Description

General

  • The access points at each town are the former station sites, which have ample car parking space.
  • Horses must be shod.
  • Water and toilets are only available at the towns listed in the descriptions.
  • Tiolets are now avaiable on the Linville to Benarkin section of the trail.
  • The rail trail suffered extensive damage during the January 2011 floods and have now been repaired.

Wulkuraka (Ipswich) to Fernvale (22km)

    There are no Toilets or drinking water along this section of the rail trail

  • Rail Trail start on the right hand side of the raillway station
  • Follow the concrete bikeway along along Grace street pass Arnold street on your right, cross over to the other side of  Grace street. Continue 100 m and turn right onto the Brassall Rail Trail, Travel 150m along the Brassall rail  trail and turn left at the Pinic shelter and enter the BVRT conection path.
  • Station site along this swction include Muirlea  5 km ,  Pine Mountain 8.6km , Borrallon 11.5km,
     Wanora 15 km Fairneyview 18.5km   and Fernvale 22.6 km  and are all clearly marked.

 

Fernvale to Lowood (9km)

  • easily graded with a fine compacted gravel trail surface.
  • this section is also suitable for hybrid bikes, personal mobility vehicles or horse drawn vehicles

Fernvale has quite a few facilities, including the Fernvale Futures Visitor Information Centre at the station site, bakery, café, ATM and accommodation.  Lowood is not as big but has the basic facilities and still has its station, off  Railway St and visible from Main St. The Lowood showgrounds has horse accomodation facilities.

The was the first section of the rail trail developed, by the then Shire of Esk in 2002.  A fun run is held on the trail every July.  For information about the annual fun run click HERE

For a detailed map click  Fernvale to Lowood.

Lowood to Esk (35km)

  • easily graded with a coarse gravel/dirt trail surface.
  • native bushland and farmland

The intermediate town of Coominya is small with limited facilities.  The station building, in Railway St naturally, still stands and is well looked after.  Between Lowood and Coominya is the large Lockyer Ck Bridge but at this stage a low level crossing is still used. Please do not use the bridge to cross the creek, follow the trail down to the creek level.

Esk is the major regional centre and the station is on the west side of the highway, also in Railway St off Highland St. The station has been restored by the local Lions Club and the area is now quite a feature.

A significant feature of the area is Lake Wivenhoe which holds twice the capacity of Sydney Harbour and the major water source for South East Queensland.

For a detailed map click  Lowood to Coominya 

for Coominya to Esk click Coominya to Esk

Esk to Toogoolawah (19km)

Please SHUT all GATES that you open along the trail

  • undulating with a coarse gravel/dirt trail surface.
  • farmland

Toogoolawah has quite a few facilities and a station building in good conditon.  For a change it is not in a Railway St but behind the shops in Cressbrook St.

The Station now is a small Museum and holds regular markets in the former yards.

Toogoolawah to Moore (27km)

 The Queensland Government has just announced funding for this section (Janurary 2016) and work will commence shortly.

 

  • undulating terrain
  • features the only tunnel on the trail and had a major bridge at Harlin,which was destroyed in the 2013 floods.

Moore to Blackbutt (30km)

  • There are some steep descents/ascents where railway bridges have been removed and the trail dips in and out of creek beds.
  • Moore to Linville (6km) From Stanley Gates Park in Moore, take Eskdale Street and then cross the footbridge that you will see on the right. The trail then heads north beside Linville Road on a slight upgrade through the Brisbane Valley. The Linville Pioneer, Charity and Sporting Club have restored the Linville station and obtained some old carriages so worth a visit by itself. They plan to restore the carriages for the use of future rail trail users.
  • Linville to Benarkin (18km)From Linville the trail climbs the rugged and picturesque Blackbutt Range.

    For bike riders front suspension and gloves are recommended due to the rough surface. 

  • From Linville the trail climbs around 300 metres in elevation to Benarkin however the grades on the railway alignment are relatively easy. From the station, the trail heads out through grazing land. The surface is gravely and rocky for most of the journey with predominantly grass trees and many cuttings through the rock.  There are several gates along the way that need to be left as you find them for stock control. In a few places there may be cattle grazing on the trail.

    Closer to the small village of Benarkin the flora changes into eucalypt and scrub. Benarkin sits at the highest point of the rail trail.

  • Tiolets and showers available at Benarkin on the rail trail (FREE)
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    Distances are marked along the trail every 2km.

  • Benarkin to Blackbutt (5km)From Benarkin the trail has a smoother surface and can be ridden comfortably by hybrid bikes.

    At Backbutt the trail passes the showgrounds.

  • The old Nukku siding hut is now being restored at the Blackbutt rail yards.
  • The main town of Blackbutt is only one block to the left of the rail trail ( if heading towards Yarramman.
  •  Many eateries craft shops supermarket and one pub which has accommodation and meals.

A downhill ride from Blackbutt is obviously easier going. A family should allow 2 hours in this direction and double heading up. If doing a return trip, starting at Linville or Moore is recommended.

Moore, Linville and Benarkin are small villages with basically just a general store. The pub in Linville also has accommodation with a B&B at Moore.

Blackbutt is a regional centre town and offers bakeries, cafes, post office, accommodation and a visitor information centre. For accommodation try the old country style pub or the B&B’s close to the Trail.

Blackbutt to Yarraman (18km)

  • steady climb up to the top of the range and back down to Yarraman.
  • coarse gravel/dirt trail surface.

The old Pidna rail station site is at Harland Park at Cooyar Creek, beside the highway.

This section incorporates the Yarraman Weir Rail Trail  developed by the local progress association.

Yarraman has quite a few facilities.  The station building is in good conditon but in the nearby museum..

Yarraman has two pubs, 2 motels and a caravan park IGA  and a bakery.

Once the Kinaroy Rail Trail is completed it is only a 45 km drive from Yarraman.

August 2016

Background Information

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is being developed by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, building on two sections previously developed by the then Esk and Nanago shire councils.  When complete,it will be the longest rail trail in Australia to date.

 

The trail follows the former Brisbane Valley railway line, which ran north from Wulkuraka (Ipswich) 157km to Yarraman. The railway was built in stages reaching Esk in 1886 and Yarraman in 1913. At one time, Linville station was the largest loading point for cattle in south east Queensland. Passenger services operated until 1967 and freight services were reduced from 1988, with closure of the last section occurring in 1993.

Links

Queensland Government Brisbane Valley Rail Trail website

The trail is managed by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP), for more information about this trail email qld@railtrails.org.au  or phone the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Ranger on 0467 729 409.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association

For social rides and activities along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail click HERE

 

Support Services and Attractions

Outbike Tours - Australian Rides with Camping up to 20 Riders

 August 2016

To advertise your rail trail support business on this page, please click here.

Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: qld@railtrails.org.au.

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22 July , 2014 by lyness

Rode my hybrid bike from Fernvale to Lockyer River and back in July. Very dry with plenty of cattle on the trail. It is tedious stopping for all the gates, but I understand the reason for them. Rough little sections over the water courses. Would have gone further but didn't want to get my feet wet. Looking forward to a repaired bridge Very impressed with the Native plant garden planted outside Lowood, lots of loverly flowering plants. Thanks Pete's Hobby Nursery made the ride. Hope Somerset Council can secure funding to make improvements to the trail. Toilets, lunch stops, distance markers and water supply can make this a great rail trail. Looking foward to coming back to do more.

05 May , 2014 by Victoria

We rode from Fernvale to Esk (46kms) on Saturday, overnighted and returned the next day. It had rained during the week before but found the trail well drained. Good mountain bike cycling on coarse gravel trail. I rang Peter Kleis (Rail Trail Ranger) for advice on the trail a couple of days before our ride and he was very helpful.

03 May , 2014 by CNsylvester

Rode from Benarkin to Linville today, Rail trail is in excellent condition for mountain bike riding.

20 January , 2014 by princeyprince

Completed Benarkin to Yarraman and return last weekend. Trail is in reasonable condition. 1 "Taranaki" style gate/fence across the trail very close to another gateway, just prior to Harland park. This was really quite annoying and it was difficult to close, not sure what purpose it actually serves. Some trail users would really struggle with this is my guess. Some sandy patches the on the run in to Yarraman, but it was quite manageable. Trail signage at Nukku road was confusing 1 sign indicating a turn to the right (not passing under the road bridge above trail) and then heading away up some unknown side road. I pressed straight on though following the rail trail (in spite of the sign saying advanced it was not too bad in my humble opinion, except for the aforementioned gate) and was rewarded by a couple of startled deer a little further on, and lots of surprised rabbits. All in all it was a nice quiet peaceful ride. Crystal Café at Yarraman served up a good feed and the staff were very friendly, and keen to see rail trailers!

26 November , 2013 by ROSS Planning

The Ipswich City Council are undertaking an Outdoor Recreation Plan for the City and would like your input!! Cycling, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Walking are popular outdoor recreation pursuits and we want to know where you recreate, where you'd like to recreate and what can be done to improve outdoor recreation opportunities within the City of Ipswich. There are three ways to provide your input: Fill in a short online survey at www.ipswich.qld.gov.au or https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PW5QG2V Attend a user group workshop on Monday 2nd December 5.30pm, Queens Park Environmental Education Centre – Conference Room, Queens Park, Merle Finimore Avenue, Ipswich. Or email us at info@rossplanning.com.au By providing your input Council will have a better understanding of the demand for outdoor recreation, as well as plan for future opportunities.

16 July , 2013 by trail user

We rode the Toogoolawah to Cominya section over two days on our horses and while stony in parts the horses all handled it ok. My horse wore boots on the front feet but not the back and handled it all fine. The creek crossings were easy, as were all the gates and step overs. This section is all flat and we even managed to have a canter in some parts where there were no stones. The Showgrounds at Esk are a pleasure to stay at ( just don't try to ride anywhere near the golf course, as the golfers are an anti horse bunch, and you will get hit by a well aimed ball) Our only gripe is that the Summerset Council don't make it easy to ride and hire the showgrounds. Plan on looking at doing this at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance as bond for the grounds and getting it to them is an issue, and then you have to get it back. Check what you get as the showgrounds are controlled by 3 separate groups. All in all the Rail Trail do a really good job on the tracks and the water tanks and troughs for the horses are first class and it's just the council that needs to come to the party with making it easer to camp overnight with horses. .Lastly we would like to thank Peter Kleis (Rail Trail Ranger) for making sure we knew where we were going and that all was ok with us.

22 April , 2013 by bruce

We rode the Linville to Blackbutt and return last weekend. The trail is very good - there are 4 or so low level creek crossings but these are easily crossed, maybe walking down and up the slopes. One of our group rode a hybred bike but as it had narrow tires, he had two punctures with rocks pinching the tubes. The track is in very good condition and the local councils should be congratulated and thanked in the way they have maintained the track. We have been informed that the section from Blackbutt to Yarraman is open and in fairly good condition.

04 February , 2013 by wow01

The BV rail trail is open in sections. I have ridden from Esk to Toogoolawah some months ago, and yesterday I rode from Linville to Blackbutt. Both have numerous gates and creek crossings, and the trail is pretty rough in places. Best ridden on a full mountain bike, but a hybrid will also be ok (just). Parts of the trail are incredible, well worth the effort. Linville to Blackbutt has been the best bit so far.

03 November , 2012 by princeyprince

Has anybody ridden parts or all of this lately? Difficult to know accurately what stage it is at and what parts are open/closed currently. Photos on the web would seem to indicate not yet open parts have been ridden?

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