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Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail

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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
Cruising the wide open spaces between Woorolin and Kingaroy (M Kranenburg 2018)
Cruising the wide open spaces between Woorolin and Kingaroy (M Kranenburg 2018)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Features

This 88km rail trail traverses undulating farmland and some bushland, with several towns along the route and points of interest.

The Kilkivan to Murgon section is built to basic standard while the Murgon to Kingaroy "South Burnett Rail Trail" section is built to a higher standard having a sealed surface.

Description

 General

  • 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)

The trail surface from Kilkivan to Murgon has a gravel and dirt surface that is rough in sections.  It also entails wading through a watercourse near Kilkivan so more suited for horse riders, fitter walkers and mountain bike riders.

Killkivan 

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

No water available along this section of the rail trail

Goomeri to Murgon (17.2km)

Goomeri

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

Murgon

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

Murgon to Wondai (13.9km)

Murgon to Kingaroy has a sealed surface and quite a few bridges restored so is suitable for a wide section of the community.

Wondai

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

Wondai to Tingoora  (8 km)

Tingoora

  • Toilets
  • Pub

Tingoora to Kingaroy (22km)

Wooroolin

  • Toilets and water
  • Pub, cafe

Memerambi

  • Toilets
  • cafe

Crawford

  • Emergency water available at the state school in Siefert St.

Kingaroy 

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

  • Accomodation and food
  • Toilets and water
  • 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 east along the corridor.

However the Kingaroy to Theebine Rail Trail has the potential to connect to the south to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, and to 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 Nanango railway was used for agriculture 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.

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

Links

The Kilkivan to Murgon section is managed by the Gympie Regional Council

The Murgon to Kingaroy "South Burnett Rail Trail" is managed by the South Burnett Regional Council.

Please contact the above councils if any issues with the rail trail are noted.

Download a basic map of the South Burnett Rail Trail

May 2018

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: qld@railtrails.org.au.

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17 August , 2018 by marisa09

Regardless of hit and miss reviews we had read, our party of seven set out from Kingaroy on Saturday morning with enthusiasm... or maybe we were pedalling fast to out pace the magpies!? We split our ride over two days: Day one easy going with the bitumen trail the entire way, providing a fun warm up with little effort. With beer and bakery stops along the way, we rolled into Murgon late afternoon to locate our camp. Plenty of photo stops were included throughout the day, taking in local historic features and quaint country structures, a spur of the moment detour at Wooroolin rewarded us with a waterside bird hide and delightful bird sightings. Day two was were the real fun was at! Distinctly different to the paved track and tidy bridges on the first leg, the section from Murgon to Kilkivan was a real mixed bag. Different surfaces and textures, dirt and gravel interspersed with sandpits and patches of the original blue metal railway bed made the riding much more interesting. For lunch we gorged ourselves on the delicious food found at a Goomeri cafe, and chatted to some friendly and hospitable locals. The ever changing scenery was delightful, despite being tinder dry. The bridge crossings from day one were replaced with deep but graded ravines requiring careful navigation to make it up the other side. A wet creek crossing made for a comical and refreshing interlude toward the end. This section was the highlight of the ride! The only frustration on day two the number of stock gates to be negotiated which slowed us down considerably, regardless this did not sway our spirit. KKRT is a fun ride! I'd do it again.

05 August , 2018 by johnobrien

We stayed at Murgon for 3 nights and rode from there to Kingaroy and back on day one, and Kilkivan and back on day two. The trail between Murgon and Kingaroy is great, with a good wide sealed surface all the way. A few missing bridges along the way, but a good sealed ramp and causeway didn't cause any problems at these points. Large chicanes have been installed at the road crossings, but you can negotiate these by slowing down, no need to get off your bike. Plenty of small villages at regular intervals to keep you fuelled up and points of interest along the way. The wetlands at Wooroolin are a bonus, as well as a train carriage stuck out in the middle of the paddock near Memerambi. The next day we rode to Kilkivan and back. This part of the trail is not very well developed, with a rather rough surface most of the time. However it was the creek crossings with the missing bridges that were the real concern. The second large crossing out of Murgon was so steep that my wife slipped and fell while trying to push her bike up a very steep and slippery incline. Some sections of the trail are covered in the original chunky blue metal ballast. Very dangerous and hard going. The deep creek crossing about 6km out of Kilkivan is just unacceptable. and a real disgrace to the owners and managers of this trail. It is possible to climb a fence onto private property and use a shallow crossing point about 100 metres upstream. You also have to be very careful at the many badly designed and placed spring loaded gates at the missing bridges and road crossings. They have often been installed next to a very steep and slippery part of the trail, and great care needs to be taken to ensure that you don't go over the edge while trying to get your bike and yourself through to the other side. It is a real pity because this section of trail has some wonderful scenery, particularly north of Goomeri. Goomeri is a great little town with a wonderful bakery and hotel. The old railway station precinct has been well looked after, and has some great interpretive signage. We have ridden on most of the rail trails in Victoria and SA, and this would easily be the roughest we have encountered. Our original intention was to ride back to Murgon on the rail trail, but we decided it was much safer to take a chance with the traffic on the highway. I rate the Murgon to Kingaroy section with five stars, but the other section only gets one.

02 August , 2018 by kirbykd

We rode from Gomeri to Cinnabar siding yesterday, we planned to go to Kilkivan but didn't. want to get wet at the crossing a little further on. The trail was mostly ok with mowing done and spring gates, care needed with some steep gullies, walking up advised. Trail was very rough and stony for the first 2.5 k from Gomeri. Grading and rolling maintenance would be good. One could by-pass the water by going left into Cinnabar Rd, take the hwy to Thomas Rd., where the trail is. I estimate hwy riding would be about 4k. Kilkivan- Tansey hwy. Mountain bike only recommended.

28 June , 2018 by pshaw

We have just ridden Kilkivan to Goomeri return and there has obviously been some maintenance since April. The gates are sprung loaded so while it is a little annoying because of the number it is easy to navigate them. The trail has been mowed and grass was not an issue. Wide Bay Creek was an adventure and involved carrying our bikes through mid thigh water, Some of the surface is a little rough. I would recommend riding a mountain bike as the suspension and bigger tyres will make the experience more enjoyable. The local Council is proposing to improve the surface and creek crossings. If you have a mountain bike and are looking for a different ride I have no hesitation in recommending that you give this a go.

27 April , 2018 by riglor

Just a warning to those folks who have decided to ride from Kilkivan to Murgon section of the KKRT This section is terrible and should never have been opened until it had the funds to do it properly,it it over grown with long grass [keep snakes in mind ] then there is a creek to wade through carrying bike with water up to the thighs ,then there is the many gates to open and close ,this can be over looked as I realise stock is involved. If your bike is not fitted with good mountain bike tyres there is a fair chance you will get a puncture on some rough rocks. My suggestion is to start the KKRT from Kingaroy as it is sealed and a delight to ride [well done South Burnett council ]

12 August , 2017 by peggy@totaltucker.com.au

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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