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Watawa Recreation Trail - Trail Description



Watawa Recreation Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Gin Gin Township - approximately 50 km west of Bundaberg, 365km from Brisbane
Start/end: Gin Gin to Tirroan Village
Status: Open
Length open: 3.4km
Surface: Fine gravel
Terrain: Flat open farmland
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Train
Features: wineries, tourist
Start of the trail at Gin Gin (2007)
Start of the trail at Gin Gin (2007)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding



  • Walk, cycle or horse ride on the former rail corridor which once carried passenger and goods rail traffic from Mt Perry to Bundaberg. The Trail provides scenic views over cane fields and rolling hills.


  • The Gin Gin access to the trail is a short walk from the commercial centre of town. Turn off the Bruce Highway at the Gin Gin Police Station into Walker Street, past the youth Centre and tennis facility, then right into Tirroan Road. Travel another 400 metres and you will see the replica Railway shelter, seating and signage which marks the commencement of the trail. Council acquired replica QR items to enhance the trail including seats and signage.
  • The Tirroan entry to the trail is adjacent to the historic Tirroan Hotel (for essential refreshments) and has a Landcare Native Plant nursery and education facility nearby, which is under development.

While there is a small replica at the start of the rail trail the council has also developed the Gin Gin Historical Village (former Gin Gin Railway Station). This site (Railway Station) is now Heritage listed and is used for Saturday Markets (BBQ, local produce and craft) and Australia Day Ceremonies as well as an annual Cane Cutting (Cane Harvest) event.

The Station site still has the original Station (Station Master ticket office / waiting area etc and devonshire teas can be arranged for bus tours). There is also a Goods building, original rail lines and other sheds, rolling stock (being restored) and a general museum and other items of interest.

This trail is on the same rail corridor as the heritage listed Boolboonda Tunnel.

Background Information

The name Watawa, links to an early farming settlement in the area, which is now farmed with sugar cane. The Railway also had a rail siding named Watawa Siding in the vicinity. The railway opened all the way to Mt Perry in 1884 but was closed back to Tirroan in 1960. It was closed back to Gin Gin in 1991 before being completely closed in 1993.

Kolan Shire Council constructed the Recreation Trail in 2004, with support from Queensland Sport & Recreation, after Council purchased the former rail land from Queensland Rail.


The Trail is maintained by Bundaberg Regional Council.

Please report any issues with the rail trail to the council.

December 2011

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