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Wulkuraka - Brassall Rail Trail - Trail Description



Wulkuraka - Brassall Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Brassall near Ipswich 41 km west of Brisbane.
Start/end: Brassall to North Ipswitch
Status: Open
Length open: 3km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Bus
Features: tourist
Contact Region: S.E. Queensland
Mihi bridge (2009)
Mihi bridge (2009)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams



  • A high standard rail trail in the major population centre of Ipswich
  • Great history connections with the first rail line in Queensland, a coke mine, the Rail Workshop Museum and the Smith Street bike route to Ipswich.


  • The trail starts at Vogel Road and heads north east towards the Brassall shopping centre (Workshops Street) then travels behind the shopping centre, then crosses Haig street. 
  • Mihi Junction is reached  soon after crossing Haig St.  There are picnic tables, which are under cover.
    Soon after the rest area an 80m long steel bridge spans Mihi Creek This section of the trail is in bushland.  
  • A short distance on you will come to the next rest stop (Klondyke Junction.) Here you will see the remains of the old coke mine that supplied the QGR.
  • The Current end of this trail is at W.M Hughes Street, North Ipswich at the Workshop Rail Museum

This trail has lighting and 24 hr camera surveillance and a 3.5m wide concreted surface.

Background Information

This is on the route of the first rail line from Ipswich to Wulkuraka, on the west of Ipswich, which closed in 1868.

This beat the rail line from Ipswich to Brisbane in 1875.  Ipswich was a prime candidate for becoming the capital of Queensland,but lost out to Brisbane in 1859. This is why the direction of the first rail  is this way.

It was built in 2008 and opened in 2009 with  a proposed extension in the future further along the line which hugs the Bremer river toward the centre of Ipswich.


The trail is managed by the Ipswich City Council

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December 2011

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24 January , 2012 by Harriet67

This is a great little rail trail! For anyone that is interested in industrial history there is another 'rail trail' of sorts nearby that follows the old Tivoli Rail Line. There used to be a colliery on the other side of the Warrego Highway at Tivoli and a railway used to go through the suburbs from North Ipswich. It is marked on a 1960's street directory I have and the route can be seen on Google Earth. It roughly goes from the Rail Museum on North Street and goes up the lane opposite the carpark. It then crosses Pine Mountain Road, goes over Wyndham Street, then Liverpool Street, goes parallel to Frost Street, crosses Hill Street, Albert Street, Simmons Road ,Kay Street and onwards to Francis Street. It's not an official 'rail trail' but the council has used the easement for a bike path and may appeal to history buffs

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Wulkuraka to Brassall opens ( Brisbane Valley Rail Trail)

(Posted: 06/09/16)

Another stage of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, in Ipswich, was opened in August.


Work is progressing well on the Wulkuraka to Brassall section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

(Posted: 10/06/16)

Work is progressing well on the Wulkuraka to Brassall section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.


Brassall Trail Extensions opened

(Posted: 15/07/13)

Brassall Rail Trail has opened toward Wulkuraka Railway Station More...