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Boolboonda Railtrail & Tunnel - Trail Description



Boolboonda Railtrail & Tunnel

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Approximately 90km west of Bundaberg, 400km from Brisbane
Start/end: Boolboonda to Wonbah
Status: Open
Length open: 3km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Through a hill
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
The Gin Gin side of the tunnel (2007)
The Gin Gin side of the tunnel (2007)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for following by car



  • The longest unsupported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere!
  • Close to the historic mining town of Mt Perry


You can walk cycle or drive through this 192m tunnel,

If the tunnel is approached from Gin Gin (east side) it is clearly signposted on the left and close to the Gin Gin - Mt Perry Rd. After passing through the tunnel the trail winds for 3km back to the main road giving a good sense of the terrain the trains had to battle through. Here there is a sign (if coming from Mount Perry, west side) reading 'Tourist Drive 6'. It is then about 12km to the historic mining town of Mt Perry. The rail line corridor is still visible in places from the road but what remains is difficult to follow and after leaving the trail portions of it is on private land.

The tunnel is on the same rail corridor as the Watawa Recreation Trail.

Background Information

The tunnel was constructed in 1883/1884 as part of a railway from North Bundaberg to Mount Perry. This section of the line closed in 1960. Most of the old railway reserve is now road reserve making it unlikely that the trail could be extended.


The trail is managed by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Please report any issues to the council

December 2011

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