Great Vic Rail Trail spreads word on Great Vic Bike Ride

The Bicycle Network 2018 Great Victorian Bike Ride finished yesterday (Sunday 2nd December) in Benalla after starting 9 days earlier in Bright, with more than 3000 riders taking part.

Participants had the opportunity of using the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail and the High Country Rail Trail in their route.

The other major north east Victorian rail trail, the Great Victorian Rail Trail, was not part of the route but the Friends of the Great Victorian Rail Trail ensured they also had a presence.

The friends had a display at the last stop on Saturday at Glenrowan to spread the word of rail trails, using a equipment funded with the assistance or Rail Trails Australia’s community grants program. Rail Trails Australia also helped on the day.

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Ross Vaughan (Friends of the Great Victorian Rail Trail)


Glad Phillips Bridge Unveiling

On the way to Glenrowan our RTA committee person also found time to attend the unveiling at the Bonnie Doon bridge on the Great Victorian Rail Trail.

Glad was instrumental in leading a small committee of locals who worked to save the impressive railway bridge across Lake Eildon and convert it to a walking/riding bridge. They succeeded in 1999, and this 463m long bridge is now an iconic and essential feature of the 134km long Great Victorian Rail Trail which opened in 2012.

A fitting tribute to Glad’s many contributions to the area.

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Frank Kinnersley

Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail Revived

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Bicycle Network reports that the Hepburn and Daylesford Shire Councils are again pushing for completion of this 44km rail trail.

Currently a 6km section is open, known as the Domino Rail Trail Click here for background detail.

The Hepburn Shire Council notes that

Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of local produce outlets, mineral springs, cafes and wineries at Woodend, Daylesford and a number of interesting villages and points of interest dotted in between.

Cyclists will be able to conduct a return trip in a day from Woodend or Daylesford, or cycle one way, stay overnight at the end of the trail and return the next day. Alternatively, users may choose to ride or walk small sections of the trail. Staying at local villages visitors will experience the natural and cultural attractions along the way. Visitors could base themselves at one of the smaller villages and conduct shorter return trips over a two-three day period.

The proximity of the trail to Melbourne, beautiful scenery, range of food and wine options, as well as the natural and cultural attractions will all be key drivers in the success of the product from a tourism perspective.

Obviously community support is needed to encourage funding for this project.

Refer to the Bicycle Network page for ways to show this support.


Rail Trail Community Grants 2018-19 Update

RTA was delighted with the many applications for the Community Grants – demonstrating the enthusiasm of local communities for their trails.

Eight projects were funded for 2018-19, with some receiving funding for only part of their original proposal to enable RTA to fund as many projects as possible.

Rail trail Project
O’Keefe (Vic) Design of brochure to promote trail extension
Dookie (Vic) 2 historic signs.
Grand Ridge(Vic)
3 historic signs
Great Victorian (Vic)
Gazebo with signage for promotion at a range of events
High Country(Vic) Counter
Northern RIvers (NSW) Banner for promotion of proposed trail
Riesling Trail (SA)
1 historic sign (part of a larger signage suite)
North East (Tas)
Water tank (to be connected to toilet in due course)


More detail in the summer issue of Rail Trail Connections magazine about how the projects.

Refer to the application notice in August for more detail about the application criteria.


Rail Trails Australia 2018 AGM

Rail Trails Australia is pleased to have Helen Dominish from the Uncool Cycling Club speaking at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 16th November 2018.

The meeting will commence at 6.30 pm at the historic North Carlton Community Centre, in the former North Carlton Railway Station building in Solly Avenue, North Carlton, Melbourne.

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Helen enjoys smooth rail trails and getting off track

Helen is enthusiastic proponent of rail trails and has had a significant role in developing a wonderful trail cycling fraternity in South Australia (The Uncool Cycling Club). She has recently returned from a protracted trip around Australia, using and appraising many of our rail trails in all of the states. I am sure members will be very interested to hear about her journey, her group leadership and future contribution to recreational and cycle-tourism in Australia.

It will also be worthwhile to come along and meet fellow rail trail supporters.

All rail trail supporters are welcome. Please let our secretary Frank Kinnersly ( know if you are attending to ensure we have enough seats.

In conjunction with the AGM, elections will take place for all positions on the Rail Trails Australia committee. New members to the committee are always welcome. If you would like to join the committee and help guide our work please contact the Secretary, Frank Kinnersley, by 4pm 14th November. He will provide a nomination form and explain the process ( Please note that nominees must be financial members at both the time of nomination and at time of the AGM. RTA apologises to its members for the late delivery of the magazine which has the official notice for the AGM.

We look forward to seeing a gathering of rail trail supporters on Friday 16th.




Events include,


Guaranteed a bouncin’ good time on our mega inflatable obstacle course. Spread over three football fields the Rail Trail Fun Run Fever is the largest obstacle course ever to hit the bush. We have 8 obstacles in total and 60 minutes to complete the course as many times as you like.


Set in the stunning surrounds of the South Burnett Region taking place over the October long weekend, the Murgon Marathon is incorporated into the Murgon Rail Trail Festival and offers events for walkers and runners of 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon in addition to 6 hour and 12 hour events (with team options).

The 18 hour and 12 hour events will take place along a 5km stretch from the trail head with participants completing a 10km lap. The 5, 10, half marathon and full marathon events will head out to their relative halfway points with a single turn before heading back to the finish. The same applies to the 3km children’s run.
6:00 pm, Saturday 29th Sept – 12 hour/18 hour individual/team – $140/$210, $240/$360 (4 per team)
6:00 am – Full Marathon – $110
8:00 am – Half Marathon – $70
9:00 am – 10 km – $55
9:30 am – 5 km – $35
10:00 am – 3 km children’s event – FREE


Prizes for best cart and fastest lap


Go Cart Competition
Pig Races
Animal Farm
Jumping Castle
Live Entertainment
Food, Wine, Market stalls and lots more…..

Where: 75 MacAlister Street, Murgon QLD 4605

When: Sunday 30th September – Festival 9am to 2pm

For more information click Murgon Rail Trail Festival

For more information about this rail trail click here



Come and celebrate the completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail 161km

It’s taken 11 years to complete the project all the way from Wulkuraka in Ipswich to Yarraman, but finally the job is done.

Toogoolawah to Moore is the jewel in the crown of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. Somerset Regional Council did a magnificent job of coordinating the project.

Let’s have a Party!!!

It’s a multiuser trail so everyone is invited. Walkers, runners, horse riders, cyclists and any other members of our rail trail community.

Programe as follows,

Big brekkie in the tradition of the olden days put on by the Moore Memorial Hall committee in Moore. It will be like a street party with live music. Followed by a multifaith blessing of the rail trail by Fr Ian Bailey and an unveiling of an interpretive sign by Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann with a history of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in Moore station.

Then everyone sets off in a long cavalcade for Toogoolawah. Fancy dress is optional, but let’s have some fun. The new section from Moore to Toogoolawah is the jewel in the crown as it winds through spectaular Queensland country. You need to ride it or walk it or run it or cycle it to fully celebrate it.

Runners and walkers will have the option of doing the whole 30 km or doing just 15 km from Harlin. Cyclists can either do it both ways or one way from Moore to Toogoolawah.

The horse trail ride will be led and managed by the Brisbane Valley Trail Riders club. Take your horse floats to Moore. Ride back to Toogoolawah (30 km). Leave your horses in the showgrounds. We’ll provide shuttle transport back to Moore in the afternoon to collect your floats in a minibus. The horse ride will stop for lunch at the Harlin Hotel – $15 lunch options organised plus water and safe tie-up area for horses.

There will be free water and snack caches at the two underpasses along the way and 4×4 support vehicles on call nearby if anyone needs assistance.

On arrival in Toogoolawah, the markets will be in full swing until 2.00 pm with more live music Plenty to eat and drink in the markets and local cafes. Be sure to check out the great exhibition at the Somerset Art Gallery and the pop-up history of the Brisbane Valley trail line in the museum at the old station.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight? There’s plenty of accommodation available in the local area.

Please pay attention to the next bit, because the transport logistics of moving everyone around for this multiuser event are complicated.

Cyclists: You will have the option of cycling to Moore and back under your own pedal power (60 km) or we’ll provide transport to Moore and then you can pedal back (30 km)

Walkers and Runners: Transport to Moore for the big brekkie and then the option of doing the whole 30 km or just 15 km. We’ll organise transport to Harlin for everyone who just wants to do the 15 km from there to Toogoolawah, including the heritage listed Yimbun Tunnel.

Equestrians. The horse ride will be organised by Brisbane Valley Trail Riders. Take your horse floats to Moore. Ride back to Toogoolawah (30 km). Leave your horses in the showgrounds. We’ll provide shuttle transport back to Moore in the afternoon to collect your floats in minibuses.

Just want to join in the fun without doing the trail? You can register for the big brekkie and come along to the party.

This event will be partly subsidised by our sponsors, but there will be a nominal fee as a contribution to help cover food and transport costs.This event will be partly subsidised by our sponsors, but there will be a nominal fee as a contribution to help cover food and transport costs. There will be plenty of volunteers along the way if you need assistance.

What:   Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Community Celebration

When:  8.00 am Saturday 8 September (Transport departs from Toogoolwah at 7.00 am)   Ends 3pm

Where:  Main Street Moore, QLD 4306  (Ride Moore to Toogoolawah)

Cost     Free –  $45

Tickets are available HERE

For more information or maps for the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or to join Rail Trails Australia click HERE

This event is proudly supported by Somerset Regional Council, Brisbane Valley Protein and Zanows Sand & Gravel.


16th Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Fun Run and Bike Ride

The 16th annual Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run will be held on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

This annual event, an initiative of Somerset Regional Council, is about enjoying the great outdoors with family, friends or work colleagues and most of all, having fun

The Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run will take place on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Lowood and Fernvale. The running/walking course is an 8km track of disused rail corridor and is ideal for amateurs, professional athletes, and parents with strollers.

Participants will have the choice of participating in either an 8km or 3km run or 25km bicycle event which allow them to take in the breathtaking views of the Brisbane Valley, Brisbane River and historic rail trail.

Amateurs, professional athletes, and families that just want to enjoy a gentle ride along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail can take part in the 25km bicycle ride which will start at Lowood travel out to Wanora and return to Fernvale.

Shuttle bus transport will be available between various locations.


Online registrations for all events are available until 11.59am on Saturday, 7 July

Late registrations for the 8km and 3km Run/Walk can be made between 7am and 8am on Sunday, 8 July at Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library, 1 Michel Street, Lowood.

Race packs for the 8km and 3km Run/Walk can be collected from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, 7 July at the Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library, 1 Michel Street, Lowood or between 7am and 8.30am on Sunday, 8 July from the 8km starting point in Clock Park, Peace Street, Lowood.
Race packs for the Bicycle Event can be collected from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, 7 July from Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library, 1 Michel Street, Lowood or between 7am and 7.45am on Sunday, 8 July from the 25km/8km starting point in Clock Park, Peace Street, Lowood.

8km Run/Walk Event

The 8km event meanders through the beautiful Brisbane Valley, along the historic rail corridor. Starting at 9am, this event will start at Clock Park, Peace Street, Lowood and finish at the Fernvale Sports Park, Brouff Road, Fernvale.

3km Run/Walk Event

Also starting at 9am, the start point for this shortened course is located along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail off Old Fernvale Road, between Fernvale and Lowood. Please note that there is no parking at the 3km start, participants will be required to catch a shuttle service to the start point.

25km Bicycle Event

Starting at 8am from Clock Park, Peace Street, Lowood the bicycle ride will allow riders to enjoy a gentle ride along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which will travel out to Wanora and return to Fernvale.

For more information contact council Phone: (07) 5424 4000 or visit Fun Run INFO


Mary Valley Rail Trail planning feedback (Queensland)

Gympie Regional Council is currently in the preliminary stages of planning the Mary Valley Rail Trail.

The trail will activate a dis-used rail corridor to provide the local community and visitors alike the opportunity
to walk, cycle off-road and ride their horses between the townships of Imbil and Brooloo.
The proposed trail is approximately 4.5 kilometres one-way and will be suitable for all fitness levels as a great
one way or return experience.
This project is being undertaken by Gympie Regional Council and is fully funded by the State Government’s
Works for Queensland program.
Council is interested in your feedback about this exciting project!

To give your feedback click HERE


Wondai Country Festival (on the South Burnett Rail Trail) 23-24 June 2018

The Wondai Country Festival will commence at 7am on 23 June with the Wondai Country Market in Coronation Park.

There will be a huge number of rides, market and food stalls. We will have a full day of entertainment at the Percy Iszlaub Pavilion which will include live country music with the Stolzenberg Brothers, Wondai Town & District Band, local choirs and performers including local whip crackers.

Cilla and Eden from ‘Blue Gum Farm’ to perform their new interactive show for the children.

Saturday 23 June

Park run 7am     5 km event      FREE

Fun Run   9am     2km event     $5 entry, registrations open at 8am on the day

PCA McEuen Forest trail run    2.30pm   10km    $40

Sunday 24 June

Rail Trail Fun Run  6.45am      10km             $35

Half Marathon          6.45am       21.1 km       $50

Full Marathon           6.45am      42.2km         $70

*There are regular toilet facilities and drinks stations along the way.

*All start points are within walking distance of the centre of Wondai.

To Register for events click HERE

For more information about the above events click HERE

As part of the Wondai Country Festival activities,South Burnett MTB club  will be hosting a Rail Tail ride to Murgon and back. Distance approx 27kms. Fun for all the family. Come and ride our beautiful Rail Trail.

Meet in Coronation Park 

Saturday 10:00am for a 10:15am roll off.   RAIL TRAIL RIDE

Sunday Meet in Coronation Park Wondai at 9:00am for a 9:15 roll off. We will head out to the Mceuen Forestry car park via Mackenzie Street, to ride the trails in Mceuen Forestry. This would be a great opportunity to get a guided tour of the trails. Food and drinks available at the end of the ride.

For Maps and Trail Information about this Rail Trail click HERE



Rail Trail Community Grants for 2018-19

Rail Trails Australia (RTA) is a predominantly volunteer, not-for-profit, organisation which works for the development and promotion of a rail trail network Australia-wide.

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Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail hard at work on the O’Keefe Rail Trail in Victoria

Community organisations (also predominantly volunteer) are critical to the establishment and success of many of Australia’s rail trails and undertake an enormous amount of work to improve the experience of users on rail trails.

After many years of merchandise sales, RTA is now pleased to be able to run a small grants program to support community organisations undertaking activities that are aligned with RTA’s work. This is the first year that grants have been offered by RTA.

Grants are up to $1000 per rail trail. Up to $5,000 will be allocated for 2018-19.

Applications close on Friday 3rd August 2018.

The objectives of the grant program are to:

  • Support and foster community involvement in the development and promotion of rail trails across Australia
  • Contribute to the physical improvement of rail trails, including improving access to rail trails by all members of the community
  • Increase the usage of rail trails
  • Enable the community to better understand and appreciate rail trails; the environmental, cultural and historical values of individual rail trails and their surrounds

Community organisations can apply for a grant uo to $1000. Funding applications must be for activities that is expected to achieve one or more of the following:

  1. Increase appreciation and understanding of the rail trail, its history and/or surrounds – e.g. artwork, interpretative signage, information (digital and/or print)
  2. Mechanisms to measure and report on rail trail usage
  3. Improve accessibility – particularly for less able users
  4. Engage new users, local or otherwise – e.g. special event
  5. Improve maintenance that facilitates use e.g. Equipment
  6. Improve the environment on a rail trail – e.g. revegetation, habitat improvement
  7. Promote the rail trail

Click here to download an application form (PDF). (It will open in Google Drive, download from the top right corner)

Click here to download an editable application form (Word). (It will open in Google Drive, download from the top right corner)