Report on Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Qld) Moore Opening

The first state-government funded section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail was opened on Sunday 25 November 2007 at Moore. This 7km section from Moore to Linville links with an existing 23km section already developed by the Nanango Shire Council.

The opening was well supported by the local community with market stalls and a street parade at Moore and a BBQ at Linville. A number of cyclists had come up from Brisbane, although others may have been deterred the threat of rain.

After speeches and the cutting of a ribbon, a “high tea” was held in the Moore Hall followed by a walk/cycle on the trail.

A more detailed report will be included in our next printed newsletter.

For more information on the trail including a map, see our trail description.


Adelaide Hills Rail Trail (SA) Committee Formation Meeting

This proposed rail trail has been under consideration for many years now. An incorporated association has been formed to pursue this development and will be holding its first AGM to elect a committee. It will be held on the 19th of November from 7:30pm at the Balhannah Memorial Hall, Main Road, Balhannah.

Following the meeting there will be a short presentation by Marc Salver, from Adelaide Hills Council, outlining recent developments with regard to the trail

Railtrails Australia believes this proposed rail trail has great potential. We urge people with an interest to assist this committee to make it a success, especially as there are limited opportunities for other rail trails in South Australia.

For further information email Adelaide Hills Rail Trail

Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.


Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Qld) Official Opening and Public Plan Release

A further 7km of section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail between Moore and Linville will be officially opened at Moore on Sunday 25th November at 9:30am.

The local communities of Moore, Linville and the Brisbane Valley are going “full steam ahead” to present a full program of trail opening events including a street parade, brass band and markets in the park prior to the opening. Food and drink stalls will also operate at Moore and Linville.

Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.

The official opening will actually be held at the Moore Memorial Hall (Moore is a small village on the D’Aguilar Highway between Kilcoy and Blackbutt. The Memorial Hall fronts the highway so it will be difficult to miss the event if you are there on time). Following the opening the public are invited to walk or cycle up to Linville (about 7 km of flat path) and back (another 7 km). Travel restrictions for horses due to the he equine flu quarantine procedures mean that horses may not be able to travel to the event.

In addition the local organizers have arranged for the gates on the Linville to Blackbutt section to be unlocked, and manned to ensure a smooth ride up the range for those wanting to experience more of a great rail trail.

Late November in south east Queensland means the chance of hot and humid weather is high – so bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water for the walk/ride.

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is being developed by the Queensland Office of Urban Management as part of the Queensland Government’s first significant commitment to rail trail development in the state. A large turnout will not only add to the day but also show public appreciation for the government’s commitment.

To coincide with this opening, the draft Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Plan will be released for public consultation. The Plan will provide detailed information on how the trail will be developed, what issues will be addressed in the planning stages and its ongoing management arrangements.

Information about the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and consultation processes is available online at the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail website (from the 25th?)

Submissions close 31 January 2008.


Railtrails Australia Annual General Meeting

The Railtrails Australia annual general meeting will be held 7pm Friday 9th November 2007 at North Carlton Railway Station Neighbourhood House in Solly Ave Carlton North in Melbourne.

Nominations for the Committee have been received and are:

Damian McCrohan, Vince Aitkin, Michael Oxer, Alexander McCooke, Frank Kinnersley, Pam Moore, Andrew Fullagar and Malcolm Brown.

Following the meeting will be a video presentation on our recent trip through Queensland (from the Atherton Tablelands to Brisbane) looking at both open and proposed trails and the people behind them.

All members and visitors are welcome to attend.

The neighbourhood house is on the Inner City Rail Trail. Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.

Please RSVP our secretary or treasurer by Thursday 8th November so we can arrange light refreshments to enjoy with the presentation.


Cycle Tourism Conference 2007, Sydney

Attendees will find out how to take advantage of the great opportunities cycle tourism has to offer, and be inspired by the great speakers from Australian and overseas. The conference will offer lots of tips and practical strategies for research, marketing, product development and creating partnerships.

Registrations are open now. To download the program and registration form click below.

Visit the web site

The Cycling Promotion Fund and Shimano Australia are sponsoring a Cycle Tourism Expo at the Sydney Olympic Park Cycling Festival which follows the conference. The City of Sydney Spring Cycle which attracts 10,000 riders will finish at the festival ensuring great exposure to target markets of cycle tourism operators and destinations.


Birregurra to Forest Rail Trail ( 190km south west of Melbourne)

On Tuesday night 11 September 2007, 20 interested people met at the Forest School to hear discussions about forming a rail trail between Birregurra and Forest. The 32km line was closed in 1957 and some 80% of the right of way remains in the Crown’s name. After much discussion a motion was passed that a steering committee be formed to consult with the communities of Forrest and Birregurra and landowners in between,to gain support for the establishment of a rail trail.

This proposed trail has excellent possibilities and travels through scenic lowlands of the Otway Ranges. At the small township of Forrest a significant mountain bike trail head was recently established and offers some 100 kilometers of challenging off road cycling trails.

Three committee members of Railtrails Australia attended the meeting. We will keep you informed of developments.


Images for Australian Rail Trails Calendar 2008

Railtrails Australia is looking to produce a calendar featuring rail trails across Australia for 2008 and we are seeking photographs to appear in the calendarB

If enough suitable images are received to produce the calendar, individuals or organisations that send in the images used will receive two complimentary calendars for each image used.

This is a great opportunity ‚†or committees of management to promote your rail trail or for a rail trail enthusiast wanting to show a great image from their time on a rail trail. We will also consider a photo of a potential rail trail if it is a particularly striking image and the trail has a strong prospect of opening in the near future.

This is an ideal time of the year to get images of most rail trails as the sun approaches its equinox and the countryside is (hopefully) lush and green.

Railtrails Australia will accept photos from both amateur and professional photographers, preferably taken in the last two years. Photographs should be in a landscape orientation suitable to print to at least A4 size, i.e. at least 4 megapixels of resolution.

Railtrails Australia will acknowledge the owner of the image if used in the calendar and retain the right to use all images submitted in future publications and/or on our website unless otherwise agreed with the owner.

Please send your photo files to the secretary by email. Attachment size for each email should be limited to 4MB please. Alternatively submit CDs or prints to PO Box 302 East Melbourne 8002. Minimum information with each photo should be the location and approximate date it was taken.

Closing date for submission of photos is Sunday 14th October 2007.


Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail (North Qld) Community Meeting

A feasibility study for the proposed Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail from Atherton to Yungaburra has begun.

As part of this investigation a public meeting will be held at Merrilands Hall in Atherton on Tuesday 28th of August 2007 from 6pm to 8pm.

Development of rail trails in Queensland has been limited and this trail faces many other hurdles, particularly with Queensland Transport wanting to remove the impressive bridges. This is the opportunity to demonstrate public support for the trail, and everyone with an interest in the development of the rail trail should attend or encourage people they know in the area to attend.

Click here for more information on the rail trail.


Birregurra to Forrest (SW Victoria) Rail Trail Public Meeting

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th September at 7.30 pm at the Forrest Hall to gauge support for this possible rail trail


Rattler Rail Trail (north of Adelaide, SA) Official Opening

The Rattler rail trail is a new 19km rail trail that runs from Riverton to Auburn where it connects with the popular Riesling rail trail.

The official opening will commence at 12 noon on Sunday 19th August 2007 at the Riverton Oval with a BYO picnic, & a sausage sizzle and soft drinks. Cutting of the ribbon is scheduled for 1pm, then ride or walk the Rattler!!!

Click here for more information on the rail trail including map.

The project is the result of collaboration between the Riverton, Rhynie and Auburn Trails Management committees with support from SA Tourism, Department of Recreation and Sport and Bike SA