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Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail (South Burnett R.T.) - Trail Description



Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail (South Burnett R.T.)

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Type: Rail trail
Location: SE QLD, 225 Km northwest of Brisbane
Start/end: Kilkivan to Kingaroy
Status: Open
Length open: 89km
Surface: Coarse gravel, Fine gravel, Sealed
Best seasons: all year
Public transport: Coach
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
Official Opening at Kilkivan 
22 September 2017
(Mark Linnett)
Official Opening at Kilkivan 22 September 2017 (Mark Linnett)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding



This 88km rail trail is built to a good standard, with the Murgon to Kingaroy "South Burnett Rail Trail" section having a sealed surface.

There are several towns along the route and points of interest as it traverses undulating farmland.



The Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail is managed both the Gympie Regional Council and South Burnett Regional Council.

Kilkivan to Murgon Rail Trail is managed by the Gympie Regional Council ,whiile Murgon to Kinaroy is managed by South Burnett Regional Council and will be known as the South Burnett Rail Trail.

  • The access points at each town are the former station sites, which have ample car parking.
  • Water and toilets are only available at the towns listed in the descriptions.
  • Most of the rail trail has mobile phone reception, definitely at all towns.
  • Kilkivan to Murgon is a multi user rail trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
  • Murgon to Kingaroy is a walker and cyclists only

Horses and Dogs are not allowed on the Murgon to Kingaroy (South Burnett Rail Trail)

  Kilkivan to Goomeri  (27.7km)


  • Toilets and water avaiable  
  • Shops,Cafe, Pub, fuel station and Motel.
  • Visitor information Centre

No water avaiable along this section of the rail trail

Goomeri to Murgon (17.2km)


  • Toilets and water avaiable
  • Pub, cafes, motels, fuel station
  • Visitor Information Centre


  • Toilets and water avaiable
  • Pub, cafes, motels, fuel station
  • Visitor Information Centre

Murgon to Wondai (13.9km)


  • Toilets and water avaiable
  • Pubs,Cafe, motels fuel
  • Visitor Information Centre  

Wondai to Tingoora  (8 km)


  • Toilets
  • Pub

Tingoora to Kingaroy (22km)


  • Toilets and water avaiable
  • Pub, cafe.


  • Toilets
  • cafe


  • Emergency water avaiable at the state school Siefert street.


Kingaroy is a major regional centre with all facilites for a visitor including

  • Accomodation and food
  • Toilets and water avaiable
  • Visitor Information Centre

Background Information

The Honourable Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastucture and Planning officially opened the Kilkivan to Kingaroy rail trail in September 2017.

The rail trail was developed by the Gympie Regional Council and the South Burnett Regional Council.

The Theebine to Kingaroy corridor is 131km in length.  There are no immediate plans to extend the rail trail further along the corridor.

However the Kingaroy to Theebine Rail Trail has the potential to connect the Brassall Bikeway, Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the Bicentennial National Trail. developing this rail corridor into a rail trail would ultimately deliver a continuous recreation trail over 350 kilometres in length. It would connect the communities of Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast with a trail traversing the regional and rural communities of Gympie , South Burnett,Somerset and Ipswich.

The Theebine to Kingaroy  railway was used for argiculture and commercial freight as well as passenger public transport and was one of the first branch lines built in Queensland. It was utilised by the Peanut Marketing Board of Kingaroy and also by the Murgon abattoir which has since closed down.

Kingaroy to Nanango closed on the 1st July 1964, while the Theebine to Kingaroy was officially closed in early 2010.

Following the closure there has been support for the development of a rail trail at the local and state government level.


September 2017

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12 August , 2017 by

Just want to let you know the this trail is now open from Kingaroy to Murgon and is a fantastic and well used section. Beautiful views and a wonderful bitumen surface. Come and visit us in the wonderful South Burnett.

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Grand Opening of the South Burnett Rail Trail Sunday October 1st 2017

(Posted: 24/09/17)

Come and enjoy the opening celebrations of the South Burnett Rail Trail on Sunday October 1. 2017


Construction resumes on the Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail

(Posted: 25/04/17)

After a short delay, the South Burnett Regional Council resumes work of the rail trail


Work starts on the Kingaroy- Kilkivan Rail Trail (SE Qld)

(Posted: 06/02/16)

Construction has commenced  on the Kingaroy to Kilkivan  Rail Trail.


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(Posted: 01/08/14)


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