Linville to Blackbutt/Benarkin (SE Qld) Rail Trail to Open June 3rd 2006 – Update

The 24km Linville to Blackbutt/Benarkin section of the former Brisbane Valley railway will be opened as a rail trail on Saturday June 3rd 2006.

Click here for more details of the rail trail (updated).

The Nanango Shire Council has organised the clearing of the trail and is organising the opening as follows:

10:30am – Official opening at the Linville Hall (130km NW of Brisbane) then to The Railway Precinct across the road. The ceremonies will be led by the Major of Nanango Shire and the local state and federal governement representatives will also be present. Morning tea will be available.

12:30pm – Fun Run From Benarkin to Blackbutt (approximately 5km)will commence.

12:30 Lunch at Blackbutt Showgrounds

For further information about the day contact Nanango Visitor Information Centre on 07 4171 6871 or email

This section traverses the picturesque Blackbutt Ranges and has had the rails and sleepers removed. It can be used by walkers, horse and bike riders though it is understood that he surface is only suitable for mountain bikes at this stage. In addition when the rails were removed the bridges were also removed so all bridges have low level bypasses. Not a problem in the present drought but could pose difficulties n wet weather.

The development of this section has been driven by the Linville Pioneer, Charity & Sporting Club over many years.

To date development of rail trails in Queensland has been limited so this is a chance for people in south east Queensland to show support for more rail trails by attending the opening.


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